Two colour raglan jumper (No 11) with Fair Isle sleeve border

2 colour raglan (From Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4) on a Welsh blanket given to me by my grandmother and nearly as old as I am

Another variation on a Debbie Bliss pattern which has been an invaluable friend to me while our grandchildren have been little. The basic pattern comes from Debbie Bliss’s Baby Cashmerino Book number 6 and once again I’ve raised the neckline. A Christmas present for my husband’s 6 year old granddaughter I thought I’d knit the body in indigo (col. 07), which works well with jeans (denim generally) and give her a blast of hot pink (col. 060) for the sleeves with a bit of extra colour in Fair Isle Band No 177 (from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 200 Fair Isle Designs). I’m hoping there’s enough bright pink for her to enjoy and not to much to weary her mother. I rather like putting all a garment’s decorative energy on the sleeves and should I one day have the time I would like to embroider a few similar borders on ordinary long sleeved T shirts for me.

Detail of Fair Isle border on jumper sleeve – design No 177 from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book 200 Fair isle Designs

I used this Fair Isle design on a little baseball jacket previously. I liked the effect then but  thought this time it would be nice if the flowers stood out more, so I cut out one of the background colour changes.

Another example of Fair Isle pattern No 177 from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book 200 Fair isle Designs

It has been another frustrating week on the technical front. I won’t bore you with it (and golly it has bored me) but eventually we  hit upon a successful delivery of photos to my computer via a circuitous route  through various devices – all of which would work well if  the internet hadn’t been so, so, very iffy. We’re gearing ourselves up to visit the Apple shop in Cheltenham (to solve the computer problem- goodness knows what can be done about the internet) but  I’m not looking forward to it as I usually haven’t a clue as to what they’re saying. Enough said.

Fair Isle pattern No 177 from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book 200 Fair isle Designs

To combat frustration I have bought 5 pots of white hellebores from a local shop and spent an enjoyable half hour or so potting them up and placing them so they can be seen from inside the house. I particularly enjoy the pot on a little metal table which stands at the right height to be seen though the living room window from the minute you enter the front door  – assuming the living room door is open. I’m tempted to buy more.

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  1. Elizabeth
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 4:52 pm | Permalink


    Is your internet supplied by BT? If so, I have found a way of contacting them that gives v satisfactory results. Contact me if so. E

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Elizabeth, that’s a very kind offer.
      Fortunately, things suddenly seem to have gone back to normal.
      Fingers crossed this continues.

  2. Bev S.
    Posted December 15, 2020 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    This is certainly the year to buy more flowers! So sorry about the internet problems.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Kind thoughts, Bev.
      Yes, flowers are helping!

  3. Posted December 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    That does work very well as a variation. I agree, computer shop people do tend to speak a strange argot all their own!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for sympathy and empathy, Rachel.

  4. Posted December 16, 2020 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    That’s a very beautiful jumper!
    I have just been introduced to, which is a clever tool whereby two of your devices can share a file as long as they are using the same wifi. Very quick and easy. I trust it is not too painful to discover something you needed yesterday! If it’s of use then perhaps it will save anguish in future. I think it will free me from emailing photos to myself and then much palaver 🙂
    Happy Christmas!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 16, 2020 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      I’m tucking your helpful suggestion back for possible future use, Victoria – although I feel the only way I’d be brave enough to even try it is if I had a useful young person sitting beside me (and probably even staying with me for a day or two). As yet this isn’t going to happen … but maybe it will a few months down the line.
      Glad you like the jumper!

  5. ceci
    Posted December 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m imagining a sweater with fair isle bands all down the sleeves – wouldn’t that be fun! First I have to learn to knit beyond the occasional hat of course. Maybe next year.


    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 16, 2020 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

      Ah, I’m not sure I’m ready to go all the way up the sleeve, but I could tip toe my way a bit further up with a couple of narrower bands of pattern

  6. Posted December 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I really like the touch of color at the cuffs!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 19, 2020 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Jeanne,that’s nice to hear.
      I think decorative ends of sleeves are the ideal solution for those who like plain colours but who also have a hankering for a bit of individuality.

  7. Amara Bray
    Posted December 21, 2020 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    I love thinking of you cheering yourself up with flowers. Lovely sweater — and I think you really did improve that band this time around, at least the bolder look goes well with the bold sleeve.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 21, 2020 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      I can experiment with little things, but the bigger and more technological the sphere …

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