The purple jumper gang

It’s not often I make two things the same. If I do, it’s usually something small like a cowl or mittens. Quick and easy. Even then, there will be a difference in some way. A different colour. A tweak to the pattern.

But a jumper. Two identical. No.

Except I have this time. Once my husband saw the purple hoodie I knitted youngest over the summer, he dropped hints. The strange thing was, that I had over ordered the purple yarn. It was almost as if, deep down, I’d anticipated that I wouldn’t be through with this knitting pattern after the initial one had left the needles.

I cast on, once more. Not such a quick knit this time, due to the size. I finished slightly too late for it to be wrapped up and put under the Christmas tree, but it’s done now.

My husband loves it. He says that it is surprisingly light and warm. He’s worn it to the office most days this week.

The only part I’m not happy with this pattern is the hood. It looks fine down, but when worn up, it’s a different story. More like a 1950s young child cocoon look, if you get what I mean. Snug around the head, with a last minute thought of an opening for the face.  In hindsight, I should have pondered why the photos on the pattern sheet, show the hood down in all four photos.

On the upside, it does look good down.

To make up for the lousy hood, I have knitted a beanie hat in purple. Again, this has gone down well, but we do disagree with how it should be worn on his head. I say pulled down. He says pointy.

So, no hat photo.

Before I finish, and just to prove that I haven’t somehow stretched the first version, here are the two jumpers, because we all know that twinning is winning!


  1. That is SUCH a good jumper! I love that it matches with your son too and the colour is ace.
    Just found your blog through #mmbc and I’m very much enjoying it. Hope February is better for you than January was. x

  2. Fantastic jumpers. Purple is my favourite colour so I’m a little envious of their cosy new jumpers. I may have to learn to knit so I can make my own. Is is harder than crocheting? #mmbc
    p.s looking forward to your post on your Cleo

    1. I’ve knitted for years and couldn’t get the hang of crocheting until recently. Crocheting seems to grow faster, but I think I prefer the look of knit more, so it is worth the extra time for me. Cleo post is up.

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