I’ve always loved the wallpaper design from the BBC TV Series “Sherlock”. You can buy the wallpaper itself, but it’s pretty expensive! This is a nice alternative to be able to create something to wear that has that same feeling.
This piece is knitted in the round using circular needles. Towards the very end, I switched up to double-pointed needles as the number of stitches decreased. In total, it took me 2 weeks or so, just working in the evenings and weekends. Knitted in the fair-isle technique, which gave me plenty of time to practice getting my tension right. The pattern suggests using cashmere yarn, however I just used regular double-knitting yarn. The final item is probably slightly larger than the pattern describes, but I think it’s perfect!
It took me about a month to complete, on evenings and weekends. I actually did the entire back piece in one day! Because I couldn’t put it down. I did however do and undo the pattern across the bust probably about 3 times, just to get it right. And I was experimenting with the techniques to do the colourwork.
The technique is not specified within the pattern, so you have to do what you feel is best. I used the intarsia method for the larger blocks of pattern at the cuffs, bottom hem, and stars. The bust pattern I ended up using the fairisle technique, as it left fewer holes and the tension could be kept more constant.
For my very first attempt at making a whole jumper/sweater – it’s not bad! I’ll get tidier with practice.
I found a lovely pattern over at Ravelry for this Star Wars “The Force Awakens” hat. I’ve not knitted in years, these days favouring my crochet! But I thought I would give it a go and make one for my Dad for Christmas… and of course, one for myself! Dad got a green one (not pictured) and I made myself a purple one.
I had also never knitted using circular needles, nor done any complex colour work before, so the entire thing was a bit of an experiment. Overall, I’m really pleased with the outcome. The pattern is free on Ravelry, so I’d recommend having a go for yourself!