I knit this over a year ago, but when is a more appropriate time to post than when season 3 is only one month off?(!!!)
I knit this glorious John Watson jumper for the 2012 Ravellenics challenge during the summer olympics which meant that I had to get the whole thing knitted in two weeks. Not sure how I pulled it off. Pretty sure I didn’t sleep. Somehow it fits, but I think that was just dumb luck.
Click here for the knitty gritty details, but I’m also placing my writeup under the cut because I am damn proud of how many references I put in that description.
Here’s hoping for the reappearance of John’s oatmeal jumper in season 3! <3
A Study in Patterning
Due to my complete lack of experience and understanding of jumper knitting, I decided that I was going to knit this project flat rather than in the round. Using the wonderful rewritten pattern by MeldeBaggins I was able to do just that, and while some of my attempts didn’t come out just as the pattern specified, I was able to fudge some things and make it look more or less like it’s supposed to.
I must say that I really like the look of this version of the pattern compared to the original Dr. Watson’s Cabled Crew-Neck (using a seed stitch for the chevron). Not only is it more accurate to John’s jumper from the show, it fits like a dream and was written in terms that I could easily understand and apply my meager knitting knowledge to.
The Blind Knitter
I will be the first to admit that I had absolutely no bloody idea what I was getting myself into when I started this project. As a knitter with only three other projects under my belt, I was more than a little bit overwhelmed when I realized just how much time and effort would have to go into this. However, I set the deadline for two weeks and somehow managed to pull it off—though not without a bit of pain first. As a whole I am a fairly slow knitter; my average time to complete a full repeat of the pattern on the front/back panels was 1.5 hours and on the sleeves, 1 hour. The true panic came, however, when I had three days left and two sleeves plus the full assembly of the project left to achieve. In the end, after two grueling 17 hour days of knitting and a lot of frantic stitching, I pulled through and finished this glorious thing despite some rather serious finger pain. Because that’s what knitters do, and it’s all fine.
The Great Neckline
I had a bit of a panic when coming to shaping the neckline since the pattern I was using didn’t distinctly specify and the original didn’t have the same stitch count, but with a bit of deductive reasoning and some math, I figured it out without too much trouble.
I worked the pattern even until I reached the p2 immediately before the center chevron and then turned and worked the rest up to the shoulder, decreasing as stated. I joined new yarn and did the same on the other side, leaving 15 unworked stitches in the center (the chevron and the p2s on either side). I found this from the number of stitches that had to be decreased when shaping the shoulder at the top: 99 - 2(3 + 2 + 6 + 8 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 2extra) = 15
Don’t know if that makes any sort of sense, but that’s how I figured it!
I also did some crazy things when knitting the collar that weren’t necessarily stated outright in the pattern. I picked up approximately 135 stitches around the neckline and then knitted 5 rows (about .5 in) of stockinette, the last row decreasing 11 stitches evenly around, bringing the stitch count to 124. From there I knitted 1 inch of 2x2 ribbing before casting off.
At first, I hadn’t cast off the 15 stitches left from the shaping of the neck and simply used the loops already there, but being the most fantastic kind of idiot I am, I decided two rows in that I liked the look better if they had been cast off as well. So I went about the messy business of unraveling that particular section, casting off, and then picking up the stitches and the two rows. It worked, and I finally got it to look the way I wanted, but I really wouldn’t advise this method.
A Scandal in Shoulder Seaming
In short, my experience in sewing the pieces of this project together was a bit not good. My nonexistent sewing skills (it’s really not my division) coupled with the strange turnouts of some of the pieces was a promise for some sort of disaster. The assembly of the two main panels went perfectly fine, but joining the sleeves to the main body was where things got a bit strange and infinitely frustrating. I’ve never made anything else with sleeves of any type before, but I found that the length around my sleeves compared to the circumference of my arm holes was horribly disproportionate with a size advantage to the latter. There was a lot of stretching and straining, and the sewn-on sleeves came out a bit bunched in places. The outcome is not horrible overall, but hopefully a good amount of wearing/washing will even things out.
The Arms of The Baskervilles
I struggled in multiple ways when it came to making the arms of this particular project. Partially due the the fact that I had two days to make two arms and also that I was knitting with US 1 needles, I found myself very easily frustrated when making them. They both came out a little differently for reasons which I am yet to discover, but knitting late into the night for two days in a row will do that to you, so I’m trying not to be too concerned with it, especially as both of them still conduct for their intended use as arms.
When beginning to bind off the first stitches of arm #1 at the sleeve cap, the row that I was on didn’t line up with the row number of the pattern. Technically I was supposed to cable on the same row, but something somewhere was off and that didn’t happen (it seems as though I was one row too soon), and thus I shrugged and decided that it wasn’t essential and went ahead and bound off.
On arm #2, however, things seemed to line up correctly and I did have to cable on the first row of casting off. I have no idea how, but it happened. And then continuing from that, I had to cable again on the very last row of the arm which wasn’t specified as being necessary. Oh well, one of life’s little mysteries. I’m fairly sure that it’s not too noticeable.
Another note to make on the arms was that my arms only had 13 repeats of the pattern while what I could tell from pictures of other projects (specifically MeldeBaggins) had 14 repeats. I purposely didn’t start a 14th when nearing the end of the sleeve because it wouldn’t fit all the way with the number of rows that I had left, though perhaps I misjudged. Either way, I think I’m fairly fine with the way they turned out.
The Ravellenic Fall
It was a monster of a project and got to be very unexpectedly last minute (finished during the closing ceremonies!), but in all this whole project has been an absolute joy to work through even with all my struggles. I wish that I could have been able to do more than one project for the Ravellenic Games, but my personal achievement in this project quite overshadows that. It also makes me ridiculously happy that there are such amazing people who will watch shows so closely as to make patterns this incredibly accurate to their counterparts and then would go so far as to share the pattern with everyone else. I thought no one could be that clever, but some of you definitely could. It’s amazing and fantastic! I had a ball with this pattern! Thank you all so much!