My handmade jumper collection

My Mum taught me the basics of knitting as a child. She learnt from her mother and grandmother, and the skill has been passed down the generations. I’ve augmented those skills through a combination of YouTube videos and trial and error.

I turn to knitting regularly when I need a moment of calm; the repetitive motion of creating stitches takes my mind off whatever is worrying me. My day-to-day work is mostly intangible, so I enjoy the satisfaction of holding a physical object I have made, and even better that it’s something I can wear to stay warm and show my personality.

I’d forgotten until writing this quite how many jumpers and cardigans I have made! 2020 was a particularly prolific year, as with no musical engagements I spent the majority of my free time with my needles in hand.

There’s a list of patterns and materials at the end of this post should you wish to recreate any of these garments. If you’re not a knitter but are feeling inspired, please feel free to contact me on Instagram – I love talking about knitting and would be delighted to share tips and resources for getting started in this wonderful hobby.

1. Turquoise cardigan (2016)

A mid-blue cardigan. It is raglan-shaped with elbow length sleeves, and has a straight-cut body with eyelet details at the hem and an open collar.

2. Carbeth (2020)

A variegated blue jumper with a high ribbed neckline, long sleeves and raglan shaping.

3. Multicolour speckle (2020)

A rainbow speckled jumper with a pale pink base. It has a high neckline, 3/4-length sleeves, and a cropped body with waist shaping.

4. Stripes! (2020)

A striped jumper in navy blue, chartreuse and three shades of purple. It’s a fitted style with a boat neckline and 3/4-length sleeves.

5. Stars and moons (2020)

A long sleeved jumper with a stars and moons pattern around the yoke. It has long sleeves and a cropped, straight cut body. It has a bluey-green background with yellow detailing.

6. Love note x 4 (2020–2021)

Left: a chartreuse short-sleeved sweater with leaf-shaped lace detail in the yoke. Right: a elbow-length version of the same pattern with lace detail, this time in a variegated red yarn
Left: a turquoise-green mix version with elbow-length sleeves. Right: a neon pink jumper with short sleeves. It has an ombre effect so the colour is most saturated in the yoke and fades out gradually towards the hem, neckline and sleeves.

7. Blue and white accidental marble (2021)

A boxy jumper with a high slash neckline, ruffle sleeves and hem. It’s indigo and white with a swirly irregular pattern.

8. Cats! (2021)

A purple jumper with cat motif yoke in shades of pale pink, coral and teal. It is short sleeved and has a cropped body with textured criss-cross stitches.

9. DIY pattern (2021)

A v-neck dropped sleeved open cardigan in navy blue. The sleeves have a large twist cable detail running vertically from the shoulder seam to the cuff.

10. Roosimine challenge (2022)

A cardigan with large yellow and pink rooisimine details on a navy background running down the length of each sleeve, and corrigated ribbing at the neckline, cuffs and hem in the same shades.

11. Gingham dream (under construction 🚧)

The partially knit body and sleeve of a jumper in orange and dark teal, with an all-over gingham pattern and dark teal ribbing.

Patterns and materials

  1. Pattern: Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer. Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Petrol
  2. Pattern: Carbeth by Kate Davies. Yarn: Adriafil Cortina (discontinued)
  3. Pattern: Beauty School by Poison Grrls. Yarn: Qing Fibre High Twist BFL in Harajuku.
  4. Pattern: Joanie Boatneck by Poison Grrls. Yarn: Artyarns merino cloud in naval blues and chartreuse, Urth Yarns merino gradient set in magenta.
  5. Pattern: Astraeus by BadWolfGirlStudios. Yarn: Retrosaria Brusca in 5A and 10A.
  6. Pattern: Love Note by Tin Can Knits. Yellow: Artyarns merino cloud in chartreuse and Artyarns silk mohair in chartreuse. Red: Black Elephant sock and lace mohair in Moulin Rouge. Turquoise: Castle View yarns merino nylon (discontinued colour) and Isager silk mohair in 0 (undyed). Neon pink: Artyarns double mohair ombre in neon coral.
  7. Pattern: Flutter Buttshirt by Jessie Maed Designs. Yarn: Swans Island Ikat Watercolours in Indigo/Natural Ikat.
  8. Pattern: Mello Kitty by Casapinka. Yarn: Needle & Fred BFL sock in You’re Turning Violet, Coral Me Maybe, Tealing My Heart and Unicorn Poop (purchased as a kit)
  9. Pattern: Self drafted using Amy Herzog’s Ultimate Sweater Book. Yarn: Studio Donegal DK in Midnight Blue.
  10. Pattern: Seli Cardigan by Aleks Byrd. Yarn: The Yarn Co Cumbria Fingering in Derwentwater, Garthenor Preseli in Tilia and Raspberry (purchased as kit).
  11. Pattern: Gr8 Gingham Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs. Yarn: Artyarns merino cloud in Sunset and Mariana.

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Coco Chan

Digital professional, musician, textile artist. Tweets @_crmzchan_