Brona Jumper (sort of finished)

MohairHaze

I’m not going to lie – I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this jumper over the last few months! The last couple of weeks have looked a bit like the image above – but a lot messier!

I started knitting Brona by Gemma Atkinson just before the Knitting & Stitching Show last October. It was the perfect project to take with me because there was a huge section of stocking stitch with no shaping, so it didn’t take much concentration and I could easily pick it up and put it down.

BronaLatticeDespite it being knitted in a 4ply on 3mm needles, I was whizzing through it and quite quickly reached the lattice section and raglan shaping at the top. This is where I started to love it slightly less!

Mohair Haze is beautiful – but dark blue, 4ply fluffly yarn isn’t easy on the eyes and if I split a stitch at all in this section it was difficult to correct without going back to that row. So suddenly it required a lot of attention to make sure I wasn’t splitting stitches or forgetting my decreases – because mohair is not fun to pull back!

I also realised as I was working on this section that the knitting was leaning. The lattice pattern is one directional, so the stitches are being pulled towards the right, giving me a much steeper slope on the left than the right!

BronaFront

With some gentle easing it seems to pull in to shape so I think it will be fine when blocked, but it all looks very wonky at the moment!

I normally sew up and completely finish a garment before blocking, but with Brona I’m going to block each piece separately first, so that everything is the correct shape before sewing up. I really hope it works and doesn’t twist after blocking!

My next problem was that I ran out of yarn! I was getting close to the top of the sleeves and could tell I wasn’t going to have enough to finish. I can’t say with confidence that the yarn requirements on the pattern are wrong because it’s possible that I lost a ball! I didn’t want to carry them all around with me so I was just adding balls to my knitting bag as and when I needed them. Perhaps one went astray…

I knitted both of the sleeves at the same time, and added 2cm because I like long sleeves. I thought if I took them back and didn’t allow the extra 2cm I would have enough to finish the sleeves and would just need an extra ball for the neckline. After a few nights of tinking and nearly crying (I hate pulling back mohair so much!) I discovered that I still didn’t have enough for the sleeves and would need to start the odd dye lot ball for the last few cm’s.

Luckily – the odd dye lot was very close in colour. I striped it in with the original dye lot so that it would blend in and with the fluffiness – you really can’t see the difference.

Brona

I know I said I would only have one garment on the go at a time this year – but I need a little rest before sewing this up! I’m planning to block all the pieces so that it’s ready for sewing up and finishing, and then it will go into hibernation for a while. I know I’m going to love it when it’s done! The yarn feels so soft and warm and I love the colour.

If anyone else out there is knitting Brona – let me know if yours is wonky too!

Yarn provided by Rowan

6 thoughts on “Brona Jumper (sort of finished)

  1. Hi Jem. Have you finished your Brona? I’ve picked mine up again, and both sleeves finished now. Front and back both measure about 12″ but I will add more length. Mine is a bit wonky but I think it will be ok. ( or should that be it will have to be!) I found decreasing and keeping in pattern was a challenge, and lifting the stitch to make the wrap slowed me down. I’m using Knitpro Symfonie, and with hindsight Karbonz may have been a better choice.
    The yarn is lovely, and I want it to be a cosy, loose fit, good friend kind of a jumper.

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    1. Hello Pat! Yes I’ve finished – I wrote a blog here: ://make.jemweston.co.uk/2017/02/19/brona-jumper/
      I’m really happy with it. It’s really cosy and soft. Blocking and sewing up sorted out the wonkyness! X

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