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My First (Owls) Jumper


Handmade Kate Davies Owls Jumper
I finished my first jumper! Owls by Kate Davies. This is only my second ever knitting project and I wouldn’t have been brave enough to try a jumper (or anything else wearable) so quickly if not spurred on by Kat and Sabs’ knit-along.
Handmade Kate Davies Owls Jumper
I actually think it was a good early knitting project as I learned TONS making this jumper. It was my first time using circular needles, knitting ribbing, cabling, etc., etc. When I started this project I was finding it difficult recognising individual rows and recognising the difference between the knit and purl side of a piece of knitting and now at the end I feel so much more confident. I’ve already jumped into my next knitting project – Andi Satterlund’s Myrna cardigan. I’d totally recommend Owls to other relative beginners.
Handmade Kate Davies Owls Jumper
I made a ton of mistakes of course. I spent quite a bit of time unpicking stitches and re-doing things (including re-doing one whole sleeve), but there were also errors I was too lazy to redo. In particular the bottom band… It was my first attempt at ribbing and it definitely isn’t ribbing! I was obviously feeling lazy that day as I left it be. I’d figured out ribbing by the time I got to the cuffs and neckline – I’m looking at the jumper as proof of the learning process:)
Handmade Kate Davies Owls Jumper
The wool is an acrylic and I think the wool for the whole project cost less than £10. I decided not to attach button eyes to my owls. I bought 32 tiny buttons from Birmingham Rag Market but decided I liked it without. I’m looking forward to seeing the other Owls knit as part of the knit-along:) Ok, on to Myrna!
Handmade Kate Davies Owls Jumper


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

14 thoughts on “My First (Owls) Jumper

  1. Yay! Your owls look great, and I love the grey shade you knitted them in! I think I prefer the little chaps without the button eyes too and have decided to leave mine without them. Looking forward to your next knitting success! 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to seeing your jumper soon:) Let us know how you got on if you tried the steam blocking – I just hand washed mine & hoped for the best in the end! My wool was supposedly washing machine friendly but I was too wimpy to risk it…

      • Ha, mine is supposed to be machine-washable too but I’m also afraid to try it! I haven’t blocked it at all yet, I’m actually ridiculously nervous of the process but I will steel myself to get that done this week – I can’t wait to wear it!

  2. Yay looks brilliant! So glad you enjoyed the KAL (altho I’m a little ashamed of myself for not keeping up and finishing mine yet ☺️) I’ve got Myrna on my list too – but I need to finish owls then knit a baby blanket first so don’t think I’ll get to it for a good few months yet! Look forward to seeing yours. Enjoy wearing your owls!

    • Thanks for running it, I never would have tried a jumper without the KAL to make me go for it. Hope your owls are still going well:) I’m hoping to make the Outfit Along deadline for my Myrna but I’ll see how I get on as I also want to get some sewing done:)

  3. Wow! Brilliant early knitting project, it looks great.

  4. Wahoooo! Congrats, it looks fab!

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  7. Absolutely Gorgeous!! love it 🙂

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