Knitting a Jumper on the Prym Knitting Mill

This piece is knitted in 100% lambswool because it was all I had in sufficient quantity, but could just as easily be made in acrylic. The fun bit is as the large bits were knitted on a machine it took 5 evenings or so to complete.

The red lines show 3x 42 stitch panels, knitted on the mill. They are knitted until they are as long as the distance from armpit to hip, then seamed together into a tube using mattress stitch.

The yellow lines are 2x tubes, knitted on the mill. They are knitted until they are as long as the distance from armpit to wrist.

The green sections marked 6, 7 and 8 are edging that I hand knit onto the 3 tubes I am left with at this stage – the mill does not cast off, remember. I chose k2 p2 ribbing, just because I like it. However, as this is the only embellishment you could do something more intricate.

Finally, section 9 in green is the handknit section. Joining the 3 tubes on one circular needle I proceeded to knit a raglan shoulder decrease in the round until I was left with 50 stitches. Then I k2 p2 ribbed until I had a sufficient collar and sewed in the loose threads.

This was my first try and so there were some issues:

– Getting equally sized pieces was tricky, I picked up the live edge of the shorter panels/tube and handknit a few rows until they were equal.

– Tension is crucial in knitting flat patterns on the mill, and being a beginner I ended up with a few holes I had to sew up in the middle of the torso of my jumper. This feels like a practice makes perfect type problem.

Overall, a successful and wearable jumper was the result, it’s a relatively straight forward project and it’s satisfying to see it grow so fast!

Got 600g of yarn and a few evenings spare? Give it a go!

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