Saturday, 11 January 2020

One (two) for the chenille lovers...

As a teenager, I owned a beautiful red chenille sweater. It was cropped and had full length sleeves, and was like wearing a hug. I have no idea what happened to that jumper (I vaguely recall that it was handed down to my sister at some point), but while I had it, I wore it to death. Last year, I Like Knitting magazine* put out a call for designs using chenille yarns, and I leapt at the chance to recreate that original jumper.


The Junie chenille sweater takes its inspiration from the jumper of my teenage years, updated for 2020: a sweater made of chenille is like wearing a hug! Junie is written for two lengths – the shorter of the two is designed to be quite cropped, while the longer version offers a little more coverage. Both options are cosy and cute!


This sweater is worked in the round from the bottom up as far as the armholes, then the work is split and the front and back worked separately before joining again at the shoulder seams, after which the neckband is worked from stitches that were placed on hold during the shaping of the neckline. The neckline and hem are shaped using short rows. The stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armholes and knitted from the top down.


Junie is knitted in Premier Yarns Retro Velvet,** which is a super-chunky weight yarn, making for really speedy knitting. The pattern is written for finished bust sizes 36.5 (44.25, 52.5, 60.25, 68.5)” in short and long lengths. I recommend choosing a size with 4-8” positive ease for a relaxed fit.

I'm really sad that the sample for this one is not in my size, as I really wanted to wear the sample as soon as it came off the needles!

Full details of the pattern can be found on the Ravelry page, which can be found here.

Not content with designing just one chenille piece, I also designed the Billie chenille hat.


Billie utilises the lightweight but cosy texture of chenille with a braided cable for a look that is perfect for winter. It’s a beanie style hat with a slight slouch and a faux fur pom to top it off. The pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up.


Billie is knitted in James C. Brett Flutterby Chunky,** making this hat a project you can knit up in just an evening.


Full details for the Billie hat can be found on the Ravelry page.

Want to see my other designs in I Like Knitting magazine? You can see them all here.**


*I Like Knitting is an electronic magazine that can be viewed online via a subscription model. Full details can be found here.**

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All images copyright I Like Knitting magazine.

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