At the end of October I mentioned that I had been tinkering with a knitting pattern for mug sweaters. I said I would elaborate in due course, and now finally here are the details.
I first saw this mug sweater when Crafty magazine posted a photo of it on their Facebook page. It appealed to me at once: cute and quirky, and related to hot beverages. WIN. I went and found the pattern, which is by Nawanowe (click here to visit their Etsy shop), and purchased it… but immediately found a flaw. Surely the sweater would get wet every time you took a sip of your drink? Nope, it was no good, I had to tinker with it.
Knitting is not really my forte, and I’ve never meddled with a pattern before, but I strongly felt that this sweater needed a scoop neck. So I had a play, and my first scoop neck wasn’t bad.
I wasn’t 100% happy with it though. I had created the scoop neck but retained the ribbed top as featured in the original pattern. It didnt’ quite work aesthetically, so I went back to the drawing board and tried again. This time I was more successful, and the new-and-improved sweater was born.
Of course, typically, none of the photos show the wretched neck off properly! What I had done was use a moss stitch for the top two rows of the sweater, which then carried around the scoop neck nicely and made for a nicer finished look. I was very pleased, and wasn’t the only one as a friend asked me to make four sweaters for her to give as gifts (the ones pictured above).
Will I make more sweaters? Probably, they do make nice quirky gifts for people. Will I be putting the amended pattern up here? No, as it’s not really fair on the people who sell the original pattern. It’s fairly easy to tinker with the pattern though (I made my sweaters a little bigger too, as the original pattern was just a smidge too small for my mugs), and at just £3.13 it’s a complete bargain so I highly recommend buying it (click here to visit the Etsy listing).