KNIT YOUR OWN 'MUST HAVE' PIECES
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Are you ready for our very last post of 2018?
We hope you have had a lovely Christmas, and that you’ve had time to relax and think back on the year that has passed. We have all travelled back to our home countries this Christmas, Annabell to Germany, Zsanett to Hungary and I (Sara) am currently in Norway where we have had a stunning white Christmas this year.
So before starting on the actual blog post, we just want to wish you all lovely readers a Happy New Year. And say thank you so much for following us through a great year! Now we can’t wait to get started on a new and hopefully very exciting year - bring on 2019!
Now, back to business - and to this post which is actually supposed to be all about knitting (again). Seeing that there has been a lot of focus on knitting this December, I figured it was appropriate to finish off with one last knitting post.
HOME MADE KNITWEAR
Have you ever tried knitting? I know that this hobby has a bit of reputation of being something to indulge in when reaching later years of one's life. Of course, I know there are people in all ages that love to knit - but I do think it’s safe to say that this is a skill that (sadly) not many people choose to learn anymore. Or at least not in London… In Norway, knitting is still a pretty common thing – but it wasn’t until I met our guest blogger Jennifer that I knew about anyone in The UK who knew how to (and she’s actually German). During the last month, us girls have all been meeting up with Jennifer, in various cafés around London, to knit. There have also been other friends of us who have been wishing to learn this skill, and have therefore joined our little knitting club. So we are certainly doing our best to make this skill more popular :P It is strange how many people who have actually been coming up to us, very interested in what we’ve been doing. So maybe knitting is more popular than what I first thought.
I am a massive fan of knitwear and during this cold time of year, it is pretty much the only things I wear. My fellow blogger, Zsanett, always laughs at me when we go shopping as I’m always going straight for the knitwear stuff. But can you blame me? Big chunky knitted jumpers are warm, soft and cosy and most of them look super stylish. Or is it just the Scandi in me who has an over obsessive love for knits?
I think there are so many amazing knitwear pieces out there atm, but my problem is that most of the things I looooove are usually from a high-end designer brand and the prices are just a tad too high for me to justify buying them. So… why not make them your self? Well, I’m not going to lie and pretend that my knitting skills are THAT good – because I’m still quite inexperienced. I only just finished my very first full garment, a cardigan designed by guest blogger Jennifer (see photos further down – I am very proud), but you got to start somewhere. Of course, a good quality yarn is not cheap – so it’s not always cheaper to make the clothes your self, and if you count in the value of your time working on it – then I guess the jumpers end up being rather expensive. But if you enjoy knitting, then you shouldn’t obviously think of the time used on it as an expense. It’s rather the opposite actually - find out why here in this post from Jennifer where she talks about the benefits of knitting.
But enough babbling from me now, I’m going to get to my main point of this post now. I (as so many others) fell in love with the Julliard sweater from GANNI. However, it costs £355 and to me, that is just a bit too much to spend on one jumper.
My good friend whom I was recently visiting in Norway was wearing one of these jumpers in red, and I was like – wow, did you actually buy one of those!? It looked great, and I have to admit that I was a tad jealous (hehe, in a nice way I promise). She told me that she had got a similar knitting pattern for it and that her mother in law had made it for her. She forwarded me the pattern, but sadly I was not able to knit this my self (yet - I’m getting there). Luckily for me, I got in touch with this very talented lady who lives back in my hometown, who was happy to knit it for me for a reasonable price :) Ok, so I ended up spending quite a bit in total on the jumper after all. But the yarn was on sale at the time, and this lovely lady gave me a really good price – so I still got it for quite a lot less than £355. And I also now have a jumper that fits me perfectly has been made specifically to my body measurements (I have btw found out my arms are kind of short during this process..hehe).
I love my new pink ‘Ganni inspired’ sweater, and I couldn’t care less that it’s a replicate and not completely identical to the real deal. I think the fact that it is homemade makes it even more special :) Now I am thinking that I really need to practice my knitting skills as my ‘knitwear wish list’ is just so very long, and I would love to be able to create some items my self and also make little amendments to make it more personal and unique.
This pattern which is not in any way a true copy of the Julliard Jumper, but heavily inspired by it, is called Kristianes Bølgegenser.
You can buy the pattern for about £5 here! Sadly it is only available in Norwegian, but here are some abbreviations that I have translated from Norwegian to English. I hope it helps:
Perlestrikk = Seed Stitch
1 omg = 1st round
2 omg = 2nd round
Rett = Knit
Vrang = Purl
You can always comment on this post if you need anything translated, and I’ll do my best to translate it :) Or, you can get it knitted in Norway. This talented lady who knitted mine will be very happy to get more orders. The work including the yarn comes to approximately £120.
SOME STREET STYLE LOVE FOR THE JULLIARD JUMPER
This is where is how I started with knitting, by making beanies. I think I made some scarfs as a child, but this is the first thing I’ve made ad an adult. I made so many mistakes and kept having to go back, but in the end I think it turned out pretty alright :)
MY FIST EVER PROPER GARMENT
Next, I knitted this cardigan designed by Jennifer. I only finished it a few weeks ago, and I’m already itching to start something new (I bought some yarn today actually for my next project). This cardigan took a lot more time than the beanie, obviously, but I really enjoyed making it. Now I’m excited to step it up a notch! You can download the pattern for this cardigan, as well as some other easier and more difficult pieces here in our last blog post.