Twinkle Sweater

Twinkle sweater

I’m very excited to share my first colourwork jumper! The pattern is the Twinkle Sweater by Midori Hirose. The suggested yarn, Daruma Genmou, sounds divine but it is difficult to source from here. I ended up using the Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8 ply wool in Mallard, Silver, and Harvest Gold. I’ve seen similar colour combination on Instagram, so I know it would work.

Twinkle sweater

Twinkle sweater

I started this project on 13 August and finished on 20 September. I also started working on another project while on sleeve island 😅, so it’s actually a pretty quick knit! I bought 2 balls of Harvest Gold as MC, 1 ball of Silver as CC1, and 1 ball of Mallard as CC2. My tension was a bit off stitch wise even after I upped a needle size, so I knitted a size S instead of XS. Still, I have got quite a lot of yarn left! I’ve documented my needle sizes and yarn usage on Ravelry if you’re interested.

I have never knitted Midori Hirose patterns before. Compared with the patterns I’ve knitted, this is hands down the clearest, easiest to follow. It’s also packed with little tricks that helped me to achieve a very nice finish. It’s the first time I don’t need to darn any underarm holes! I love how the yoke turned into raglan, which avoided the awkward ‘bat sleeve’ situation with some top-down patterns. I’ve learned a lot! I would not hesitate to recommend this pattern even to beginners!

Twinkle sweater Twinkle sweater

How cute is the colourwork pattern! It’s very easy to remember and such a joy to knit. The most interesting part of the process was that I forced myself to knit one colour English style and the other colour Continental style. It’s so tricky at the beginning, but it did become more natural.

It’s not obvious but I did make a mistake when I knitted the increase rounds at the raglan section, but given that my tension wasn’t right in the first place, I think the additional stitches around the bust and upper arm wouldn’t be much of an issue. I decreased evenly the extra stitches later on when working on the body and sleeves. I don’t think the error caused any fitting issues in the end. However, you might want to check your sleeve and body lengths. I didn’t increase the length, but it may be a bit short for some.

Twinkle sweater

Twinkle sweater

In these photos, I was wearing it with my Closet Core Ginger Jeans, but it would also look great when worn over a dress. Spring has well and truly sprung here in Perth, so I don’t think I can wear the Twinkle out until next winter. I know I said this every time but I would really love to knit another Twinkle, maybe using green as the main colour with grey and white contrast.

Twinkle sweater

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