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Design Focus – Lorelle Jumper knitting pattern and kit

Since we posted it on our Facebook page yesterday, so many of you have told us how much you love Susan’s Lorelle! Take a look at her blog post here if you didn’t spot it yesterday. Lorelle is a super useful jumper and a great knit for those who despise seams, and here is a little look at the pattern in closer detail.

The Lorelle Jumper is knitted completely in the round which means there are no side seams, no underarm seams and no shoulders to join up! The only stitches you will have to join once the knitting is complete are the tiny bit under the arms. That’s it! Ideal for those who just can’t stand the finishing part of their knitting.

Lorelle Jumper Purl Alpaca Designs

Knitting in the round is done on 5mm circular needles or on DPN’s (double pointed needles). Usually circular needles are used for working larger amounts of stitches, such as on the body of Lorelle, and DPN’s are used on smaller amount of stitches, such as the sleeves. You can also use the Magic Loop technique to do smaller amounts of stitches, hence eliminating the need for DPN’s. Magic Loop can seem daunting at first, but here is a good video to show you how it works.  If you are new to knitting on circular needles we have the perfect set of needles for you. The Addi click bamboo gives you all sizes from 3.5mm to 8mm and three different cable lengths. All you need to start knitting in the round!

The needle size is intentionally quite large for the yarn thickness (equivalent to a Sports weight) to create a lightweight and open textured fabric. This means you end up with a jumper that is warm but won’t feel heavy.

Lorelle jumper sleeve Purl Alpaca Designs

The edge of the Lorelle jumper is knitted in reverse stocking stitch. When knitting in the round this means you will be purling every round. The bulk of the jumper is knitted in plain stocking stitch and when knitting in the round this means you will be knitting every round.

The zig zag detail of Lorelle is created using a 2 stitch cable method. This means that by purling certain stitches, knitting other stitches and swapping some stitches over you can create this really pretty and effective detail really easily.

Once you have made both sleeves and body, you will join the three pieces to make the yoke of the jumper. This may seem fiddly at first, but stay with it, it will become easier. Having a longer cable on your circular needles and using the magic loop technique can also help as you can create more movement in the needles if needed.

Lorelle jumper yoke Purl Alpaca Designs

In v.1 of the Lorelle jumper there was a misprint in round 2 of the yoke. Some of the numbers for the graded sizes were missing. Here is the correct round 2 for those working to v.1 of the pattern.

Round 2: Place stitch marker, k1, ssk, k38 [40, 43, 47, 51], k2tog, k1, place 2nd stitch marker, k1, ssk,
k56, [68, 75, 85, 91] , k2tog, k1, place 3rd stitch marker, k1, ssk, k38 [40, 43, 47, 51], k2tog, k1, place 4th stitch marker, k1, ssk, k56, [68, 75, 85, 91], k2tog, k1.

At this point you will be doing another set of zig zag patterns before you finish of the jumper working in reverse stocking stitch whilst making the decreases for the shoulder shaping. The neck on Lorelle is a boat neck, this means it cuts straight across both the front and back of the neckline.

Lorelle jumper front Purl Alpaca Designs

We’ve seen some fabulous finished versions of Lorelle, such as Susan’s and also this fab version by Kate from Fabrickated as well as a few lovely ones over on Ravelry! If you are working on Lorelle, please share your project with us! We love to see what you’re up to!

Lorelle Jumper knitted by susan Crowe

Susan Crowe wearing her version of Lorelle

Lorelle Knitted Jumper made by Kate Davies

Kate Davies looking fab in her Lorelle Jumper

If you feel inspired to cast on for your own Lorelle, the project takes between 5 and 8 50g balls of our Fine yarn. The price range is from £50.50 to £78.25 and there is free postage for all kits over £50! Should you wish to knit Lorelle but would like to use a different yarn, here is a link to the pattern only.

Happy knitting!

Kari-Helene xxx

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