A Few Scrappy Flax Jumpers


I should probably address the elephant in the room here... I know, I'm not British but I can't stop calling sweaters "jumpers". It just rolls off the tongue! Next thing you know I'll be calling desserts "puddings". 

Anywho... here is how I spent my spring, making fun scrappy Flax sweaters for a few little girls that I know and love. Pre-kid I used to knit at least one sweater for every friend I knew who was expecting. Post-kid that fell to the wayside, and that's a darn shame because I LOVE giving knitted gifts! I decided that for no reason other than the fact that I felt like it I would knit a sweater for the babies that I totally would have, but didn't, knit a baby sweater for. I use the term "baby" loosely, these kids are now 4, 2 & 2 years old... better late than never when it comes to knitted gifts right!? My only self imposed rule was to use exclusively leftover balls of yarn from my yarn wall. No breaking in to fresh skeins. 

I'm not going to detail all of the specific mods, because they are dead simple! Basically I just knit with one colour until I either ran out or felt like I wanted to stripe and then switched to the next colour. For the pink/grey version I omitted the garter stitch panel from the centre of the sleeves and instead worked a smaller garter stitch panel between each of my raglan increases. I had no plans for the stripes, the more random the better. I love each interpretation but I'm particularly proud of myself for throwing in that incredibly random turquoise stripe in the bottom version. God I do love a scrappy sweater.

I could knit this pattern over and over and never get tired of it. It's really the perfect base pattern for any mod you could dream up.

The sweaters have all been gifted and despite my best intentions I neglected to weigh them beforehand so I can't say for sure how much of my yarn wall these projects ate up, at least 6 skeins worth I'd say. Scrappy sweaters for the win!