A step-by-step guide to knitting the woolly wonder Taylor 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 Taylor Jumper is a great project if you've knitted one or two cosy masterpieces before and it's an excellent introduction to knitting in the round. 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 knitting in the round.
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
- 5 to 7 balls of Cardigang Chunky Merino Wool
- Stitch markers
- 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 the body of our jumper in the round. Knitting in the round is where we use our circular needles and knit continuously in loops, rather than back and forth in rows (like a lot of beginner patterns do). Now don't worry! It's not anywhere near as hard as it sounds. When knitting in the round, you're always knitting on the "front" side of your work so you don't need to turn the piece to knit on the "back" side. Plus, you don't need to sew your piece together at the end!
Cast on the required number of stitches using your 15mm needles.
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!
Join your stitches in the round before you begin knitting the rib stitch. If you need a refresher on joining your stitches watch the video below 👍
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.
Use your stitch marker to mark the beginning of your loop and remember to move it to the new row once you've completed each loop.
Next, we're going to knit up the body. We knit all of these loops in knit stitch, so our little 'v's are facing out and the little bumps are on the inside of our jumper.
Tick off the circles to help you keep track of your progress.
Okay, you've reached the point where we will split the body to make space for our arm holes. From this point onwards you'll be knitting this piece flat instead of in the round.
Because we're no longer knitting in the round, we have a 'front' and 'back' of the work. This means instead of knitting every row, we need to knit one row and then purl the next - this maintains our stockinette stitch pattern.
While you knit up the back piece of your jumper, the stitches for the front piece will continue to hangout on your needles. We won't be knitting them until we've finished the back piece.
Cast off the stitches for your back panel. When you've got just one stitch left on your right needle, simply cut your yarn from the ball (leaving about 20cm) and thread it back through your last stitch to secure it 🔥 Nice work!
Time to work up the front side of your body. First, you'll need to re-attach your yarn. To do this make sure that you're holding your work so that the knit side is facing you (the little v's are facing out), then you'll tie the yarn in a knot around the base of the stitch closest to the end of your left needle.
Continue knitting in stockinette stitch as the pattern instructs.
We're going to start shaping the neckline now. To do this, we split the work into two shoulders and a space for the head hole.
In the first row of our neckline we're going to knit the stitches for the first shoulder, then cast off some stitches in the middle (this creates our head hole) and then knit to the end of the row to create the second shoulder.
Once we've done that row, we'll knit the first shoulder up, knitting back and forth just up to the hole in the middle of the piece.
Next, we'll knit the first should up, knitting back and forth just up to the hole in the middle of the piece.
We're going to create some shape around the head hole by knitting some stitches together on our knit rows. Watch the video below to see how that's done.
📹 Watch How to Slip Slip Knit
Once you've completed the rows, you'll cast off your stitches for the first shoulder.
Let's knit up the second shoulder now 💪
You'll want to reattach your yarn to the stitch closest to the end of your needle (like we did earlier), but this time the little bumps should be facing you because we're starting on the purl side of the work.
We're going to mirror the shaping we did on the previous shoulder by knitting some stitches together in our knit rows. This time the technique is slightly different because we want the angle of our stitches to mirror those on the opposite shoulder.
Once you've completed the rows you'll cast off.
And that's the body of your jumper D.O.N.E! 🕺 Time for a happy dance!
Grab your darning needle, we're going to sew our shoulders together now.
Line up your cast-off edges from the front and back piece making sure the outer edges are lined up correctly - otherwise, your head hole will be a little off-centre!
Then sew the cast-off edges together working from the edge of the piece and sewing inwards.
We use a technique called the invisible seam technique which gives us a nice neat join. In the video below, we cover two variations of the technique - you can pick which you prefer!
We're getting close, I can see the finish line 🎢🙌
Now it’s time to knit our sleeves which we do from the top down. We're going to need two of these so follow this part twice! ✌️
Using your 15mm needles you're going to pick up stitches from around the edge of the raw armhole. Make sure your stitches are spaced evenly and count them to make sure you've got an even number. Then mark the beginning of your loop with a stitch marker.
Knit the allocated number of rows/loops in knit stitch. You'll be good at this by now!
We're going to decrease the number of stitches in this row in order to create a nice balloon shape for our sleeve before we knit the cuff.
Knit two stitches together all the way along the row.
Next, we switch to using our 10mm needles to knit the cuff of our sleeves.
💭 To switch to a different size needle we just hold the new needle (in this case the 10mm 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.
We’ll work the allocated rows of 1x1 rib stitch in the round. It might feel a little tight now that we don't have as many stitches on our needles. The trick is to keep adjusting and moving the stitches around the loop as you knit.
Cast off your stitches loosely so that the hold for your wrist to fit through isn't too tight!
Okay knitting QWEEN we're going to finish our gorgeous jumper with the neckline.
Using your 15mm needles you'll pick up an even number of stitches from around the neckline.
Mark the beginning of your loop and then knit 4 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 💥❤️