A step-by-step guide to knitting the anything but basic Betty Jumper
When it comes to knitting, practice makes perfect
Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your masterpiece.
The Betty Jumper is a great project whether you've knitted one or two cosy masterpieces before or it's your first knitting adventure. If you're a total beginner you'll want to be confident with the knit stitch and its friend the purl stitch before we start. We put the knit and purl stitches together to make a rib stitch and a stockinette stitch. You'll also want to get the hang of tying a slip knot and casting on - AKA getting the stitches onto your needle!
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch!
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of knitting visit our Learn How To Knit page.
Onto the Jumper!
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 10mm and 15mm circular needles
- 1 ball of Cardigang Chunky Merino Wool in colour 1
- 5 balls of Cardigang Chunky Merino Wool in colour 2
- A darning needle
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors handy.
📏 Sizing and measurements
🥣 Test your tension
🧶 Let's knit up a storm!
Time to get click-clacking and whip up your cosy jumper.
Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature! 💪
We knit our masterpiece in pieces, starting with the back panel, then the front, and then the sleeves. Once we have all our pieces we’ll sew the jumper together and knit the ribbed neckline.
We start with the back panel, it’s the simplest piece of the knit and will give you confidence as you move on to other pieces. We knit from the bottom up, starting at the rib and going up to the shoulders.
Cast on the required number of stitches using your 10mm needles and colour 1.
Hot tip: your piece will 'grow' as you knit so don't be alarmed if it looks like you're knitting a baby's jumper to start with!
We’ll work the allocated rows of 1x1 rib stitch. To create a rib we knit 1 stitch, then purl the next, then knit the next, then purl the next and repeat.
💭 Make sure you’re moving your yarn tail from the back to the front of your work between each stitch (bring the yarn in through the middle of the needles) to ensure the rib is executed correctly.
Next, we're going to change to our 15mm needles and colour 2 to knit up the body.
We knit the body in a stockinette stitch which is created when we knit all stitches in one row and then purl all stitches in the next row - we repeat this sequence for the number of rows specified in the pattern.
💭 To switch to a different size needle we just hold the new needle (in this case the 15mm needle) in our right hand and the current needle with your work on it in your left hand. Then knit the stitches from your left needle onto the new needle in your right hand.
Tick off the circles to help you keep track of your progress.
Cast off the stitches for your back panel. When you have just one stitch left on your right needle, cut your yarn from the ball (leaving about 20cm) and thread it back through your last stitch to secure it 🔥 Nice work! The biggest piece of your jumper is done!
Did somebody say wine time?! 🍷
Want some good news?! The front is identical to the back piece up until we reach the last 4 rows where we start to shape the neckline. So you'll knit this piece in exactly the same way as the back.
We're going to start the neckline now. To do this, we split the work into two shoulders and a space for the head hole. We're going to create some shape around the head hole by purling some stitches together on our purl rows.
So let's knit up the first shoulder. We're going to purl the number of stitches the pattern specifies and then purl two together to create a decrease.
🎬 Watch How to purl two together
You'll continue knitting up the first shoulder as the pattern instructs. The rest of the stitches will hangout on your needles until we've finished this first shoulder.
Once you've done the 4 rows you'll cast off your stitches.
Let's knit up the second shoulder now 💪
We're going to mirror the shaping we did on the previous shoulder.
You'll want to reattach your yarn to the stitch closest to the end of your needle, the little bumps should be facing you because we're starting on the purl side of the work.
First, you'll cast off some stitches. This creates the space for our head hole.
Then knit up your second shoulder as instructed.
Once you've done the 4 rows, cast off your stitches. And that's the front of your jumper D.O.N.E! 🕺 Time for a happy dance!
We knit our sleeves from the top down so you'll start with your 15mm needles and you'll work with colour 2 until you reach your cuffs.
Remember you need 2 of these so follow the instructions twice! 😎✌️
Grab your darning needle, we're going to sew our masterpiece together now.
📹 Watch How To Sew Your Knit Together
Lay your front and back pieces on a flat surface, the right sides facing you.
Sew the shoulder panels together using the invisible seam technique, leaving the hole for your head.
Time to attach the sleeves to the body. Make sure the middle of your sleeve is lined up with the shoulder seam. This will ensure the seam of your sleeve is right under your armpit, not halfway around your arm! Once you've made sure it's all lined up, sew the sleeves to the shoulders.
Fold your jumper in half so it looks like the shape of a T. With the wrong sides facing each other, we're going to sew it together from the cuff all the way up the arm to the armpit, then down the side seam to the bottom of your jumper. And then repeat this on the other side.
💭 We suggest trying to match the colour yarn you use to the jumper to keep it as invisible as possible. It's normal for the wool to get a bit shabby as you go, so we recommend using a few pieces and tying them together underneath as you go!
Okay knitting QWEEN we're going to finish our gorgeous jumper with the neckline.
Using your 10mm needles you'll pick up an even number of stitches from around the neckline.
Mark the beginning of your loop and then knit 6 loops of 1x1 rib stitch.
📹 Watch How To Knit Your Neckline
Cast off your stitches. Now this part is critical... don't cast your stitches off too tightly or your cute little head won't fit through the head hold! We've been there and trust us, it's super frustrating!
The last thing we do for every piece is weave in the ends. That’s basically just tidying up the piece so all loose ends are trimmed down and tucked into the inside of your work. You use your darning need and weave those ends into the seams so they are nicely hidden away.
The final step in finishing a knitted piece is to block it. This step is optional and not all beginner knitters will block their work (we certainly didn't 🤣) but it can improve the overall shape and finish of your piece.
Blocking your knitting is a process where you wet your piece to set the finished size and even out the stitches.
You can choose to block your work before you seam it together, or after. If you block before seaming together you might get a better result with your seaming because the stitches will be more lined up.
Soak your knit in cool water. You only need to let your piece sit in the water for a few minutes and make sure the full piece is completely wet.
Remove your knit from the water and dry it off by rolling it in a towel. You want to get us much of the moisture out of the knit as possible at this point but be gentle! You don't want to stretch the knit.
Transfer your damp knit to a flat surface to block it on. If you've got a blocking mat - great! otherwise a towel will work. The surface needs to be somewhere where your knit can lie flat and can stay there until it fully dries so that the shape sets properly. Make sure it's not a surface that can be easily damaged by having something wet sitting on it!
Arrange your piece so the right side is facing up and the shape is as you'd like it. If you've got a measuring tape you can measure and adjust the piece so it's the correct size.
Allow the knit to air dry - this can take a few days. You can also use a hair dryer to speed up the process, just use a light heat and don't concentrate the air in one spot.
D.O.N.E! You've finished your jumper, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever knitting project or one of many, we hope you had a blast click-clacking and making your masterpiece 💥❤️