So far every one I have made are using the Grainline Linden, and variations thereof. I like but don't love this pattern. Its just not as cosy as I would ideally like- the neck is too wide for my liking and I always wish it had pockets.
So I finally got around to sewing up the Jasper sweater by Paprika patterns. Now I'm ashamed to say I've had this pattern in my stash for a good few years and I knew I would love it the minute I saw it, but I didn't tackle it as I assumed it would eat fabric and that it would be complicated with welt pockets and all. I am very pleased to report that I adore this pattern and neither concern proved to be true.
The reasons I love it... its everything the Linden is not - snuggly & cosy, a little fitted and HAS POCKETS! Its a straightforward sew and making the pocket is especially satisfying. It must use more fabric than the Linden, but because of the piecing, you can combine fabrics using up some scraps so I find it quite economical (I don't like to have to buy more than one metre of Liberty sweatshirt fleece/loopback due to cost and happily managed both of the below with that plus scraps left from other stuff.)
And there are 3 options- a hood, a funnel neck and a dress version. I ve made the first 2, dress to follow ;)
Here is the first one I made and the sad story of my fabric letting me down... grrrrr.
Its made with a Liberty Loopback, bought from Guthrie & Ghani with a contrasting Denim look Loopback from my stash. Then I used a navy flecked jersey for lining pocket & hood. I absolute love it.
I really like the fit of the pattern- no adjustments at all, it fitted great. I find the side panels give a bit of shape and structure and the contrasting fabric choice makes it look quite streamlined and less bulky than most sweaters.
The hood on this jumper is absolutely huge. Its fine down, looks actually quite nice being chunky, but you just wouldn't wear it up - I could actually fit 2 heads in it.
The only negative I have on this are firstly the size of the hood and secondly, I don't like the way the hood is finished, a lot of seams would be visible, and very visible when it is so huge! Loopback was white on reverse, looking terrible so I lined the hood, but it was difficult to attach- next time I would construct hood differently and significantly reduce size.
Giant hood alert!!
I'm gutted to report that since washing it has incurred some issues. I can't remember where I got the denim loopback from but its letting me down. Some patches have gone really strange meaning one side looks totally different to the other- really don't understand it. And when I ve washed it, its started coming away at the seams in 2 places- I've sewn alot of knit fabrics and I've never experienced this before!!. Note to self, never risk mixing Liberty fabric with an unknown quality one.For my next one, I m using a trusted loopback from Fabworks with the Liberty to ensure it will stand the test of time...So onto version 2, this time without the hood. This version I find more practical to wear actually- the neck sits nicer when not puled back by the giant hood and it fits easier under coats. I've lived in this one since making it.
I started with the Liberty (also loopback from G&G) and went through my stash to look for a royal blue to combine with it- but then I came across this duck egg loopback and it just looked perfect. So that was that! I then used a scrap of red as a pocket accent and then choose a very thick fleece back jersey for lining the neck- a nice contrast and the body helps the neck sit nicely and makes it extra snuggly.
I just love this. Everyone needs one of these sweaters in their life!!