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FO: Popcorn/Pompom jumper (knitted in August 2016)

The last few years I’ve seen lots of popcorn/pompom knits on Instagram and the blogs that I read. These have mainly been for babies, with a few exceptions. In fact, I have made my own share of popcorn items, including this kids popcorn cardigan, two popcorn jumpers for Mama and daughter (I have since made them two more as well) and a beautiful popcorn romper.

A good friend of mine in England saw the ‘Mama popcorn jumper’ and requested the same one in the same colour. Only she didn’t want it to be a cropped version. So in the midst of packing of our lives to move across the world from England to Australia in 2016 I knew that I absolutely HAD TO make this jumper for my friend.

And what’s so special about this jumper? It’s one of my own made up patterns. I have now knitted three versions of this exact jumper, the first one was a cropped version, this one and the third one were normal length. I love them and if I could carry them of I would totally knit myself one. What a happy recipient…need I say more?

STATS
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 31st July – 20th August 2016.

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FO: Popcorn Cardigan

It’s a shame I never remember to write down notes as I am knitting, as I would then be able to publish some patterns, like for example this sweet popcorn cardigan that I made back in April for a friend’s daughter.

ke-1ke-8I loosely followed the dimensions of several jumpers to make sure that I got the sizing right, but the rest I pretty much did freestyle.

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I love everything about the end result, the colour, the amount of bobbles aka popcorn, which I was sure would be too much almost the entire time I was knitting it.

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I love those bobbles all lined up, they look so sweet. And that yellow is such a happy colour. Making so many bobbles does take it’s time, but it’s so worth it.

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I made this to fit a child aged 6-7, so the sleeves are a bit long, but that just means my friend’s daughter is able to wear it for longer!

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I used a twisted rib, where you twist the knit stitch, which makes the rib a bit stiffer. It works great!

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I managed to find these buttons in my stash, which work really well with the finished cardigan, especially as I didn’t want to put something that took away from the bobbles.

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I added pockets too, because 5-7  year old kids love pockets, don’t they?

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own improvisation.
Yarn: DROPS Karisma in dark mustard.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 11th-23rd April 2016.

 

 

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FOs: Two Gorgeous Girls in Two Popcorn Jumpers

My good friend Davina asked me to knit two jumpers for her, one for her gorgeous daughter Bonnie and one for herself. She picked a gorgeous orange merino yarn that her dad, who owns a sewing machine store in Edinburgh, sent her.

I used the Paelas popcorn genser / popcorn sweater pattern and adjusted it slightly.

I believe I added more ‘popcorn’ than the pattern called for, but they just look so sweet! I knitted up the size for 2 years as my friend wanted it to be big enough for her daughter for another year or so.

What I really love about this pattern, apart from the ‘popcorn’ is the twisted rib, it adds such a nice finish. Actually it’s really easy to knit it, check out this video if you need some help!

The knitting took a little longer than a usual jumper would because of the ‘popcorn’ but the final look of it is just perfect and worth the extra time it took to make.

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And just take a look at gorgeous Bonnie wearing her jumper, and a bonnet that I made for her too (blogged about here.) Doesn’t she look cute?

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STATS
Pattern:
 popcorn genser/popcorn sweater by Siri Hoftun.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 17th-28th February 2016.

I then also knitted Davina a short, long-sleeved jumper using the same ‘popcorn’ pattern as the ‘little jumper’.

The rest of the pattern I just made up, following the general sizing for a womens jumper in small. Easier than I thought it would be, but actually I didn’t write any notes, so I am not sure I would be able to recreate it.

I am very pleased with the final result and my friend is too.

She looks amazing in it, doesn’t she?

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My friend is currently away, but she sent me the most amazing picture yesterday, which prompted me to post about these two beautiful girls in their ‘Anna-made’ jumpers.

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 14th April – 4th May 2016.

 

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FO: Sunny Popcorn Romper

On this dreary, grey day I thought I’d share a lovely sunny yellow romper with you that I knitted in January this year for a friend who had a baby girl (her second daughter).

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This is another great Paelas Paelas pattern, three women, based out of Norway, who design beautiful classic baby clothes with a vintage feel.

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I have knitted a few of their patterns in the last few months and even though the translations are often quite rough I do love the end result.  I knitted one of their rompers for Max and another for a friend’s daughter.

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The popcorn or bobbles on this little romper are very sweet and there is a bit of a theme emerging with some orders I have knitted and some that I am just about to start. It’s actually a really simple way of adding some texture to a garment, providing a great look.

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The buttons are from my stash, originally from TextileGarden I am sure.

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The back construction is pretty cool, as it has an added elastic band at the waist. I am sure this makes it a great fit as there won’t be any gaping holes.

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I am not sure why yellow is so hard to photograph and looks so different in some of the pictures, but it’s a lovely sunny yellow.

STATS
Pattern:
 Popcorndrakt by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in light orange.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th-21st January 2016.