Since I’ve been knitting, I’ve found that one of the most satisfying simple pleasures is donning a freshly blocked, hand-knit item and finding that it fits like dream. And believe me, this isn’t always the case, so when it is, it’s a celebration. This last piece, the Hepburn Pullover by Jennifer Wood, is much cause for celebration.
If you’re looking for a first sweater pattern and want something knit in one piece (who doesn’t? I mean, c’mon) than give this a try. It’s written up so clearly and just flies off the needles. I also fell in love with Manos del Uruguay Maxima in the process. It slid through my fingers beautifully and is just so cozy when it’s all knit up.
These cables are so flattering and just enough of a design element to add visual interest without overwhelming the simple nature of the sweater. And look at those color variances! Ah, the beauty of hand-dyed yarn.
The original pattern is shown with a turtleneck, which is quite lovely, but for me, I prefer a simple crew or boat neck. I chose to begin knitting after the turtleneck portion of the pattern, using short rows to add a bit of height for the back neck.
As you can see here, the cable border along the hem is half that of the cuffs. This was a way of making the sleeves longer without having to frog back to the stockinette sleeve and knit on for another two inches. I figured I could just double the cuff cable repeat and make gauntlet style cuffs. It really works. I like the extended cabling on the arm.
The pattern calls for both sleeves to be bound off purl wise, which is smart because they already have a tendency to curl and this gives them a little more stability.
Overall, this is a great pattern and a fun knit. And if you do decide to give this a try, go for the Manos Maxima that it calls for. If you’ve never knit with Manos, then this is a great pattern to take it for a test drive, and not only that, it makes such a luxurious fabric.
Happy knitting friends!