The pattern is the Oatmeal Pullover by Jane Richmond
Etsy website, where the pattern is for sale. (Although my finished jumper is recognisably the same pattern, she is obviously a lot slimmer than I am.)
The description there is: "This fitted pullover is knit from the top down and requires very little yarn. The body is generous in length featuring deep ribbing and raglan sleeve shaping. The 3/4 length sleeves require no shaping and are fitted to flatter. The entire garment is knit in the round and requires absolutely no seaming. Perfect for trying on as you go for that perfect fit."
The pattern says that the pullover is designed with negative ease, for a very close fit, i.e. it is designed to be smaller than you are. I decided that actually I would rather it was bigger than me.
I knit it in Sirdar Hug yarn (from Kemps Wool Shop, only 99p for a 50g ball). The recommended gauge for the yarn (on the ball band) is 13 stitches and 17 rows to 4 inches on 8 mm needles, and that is what I was getting in my test swatch. The pattern is for a chunky yarn, but the gauge is looser, even though on smaller (6.5 mm) needles. I was glad that Mooncalf had been there before me, because she said that "even on 8mm needles my gauge was a little tighter than that specified on the pattern", so I felt safer about using 8mm needles myself.
I calculated how many stitches I would need to make the finished jumper the same bust size as me ( to avoid the negative ease thing) and decided that I needed to knit the size 48 - this is at least 10 inches bigger than I would normally choose. (The 48 in. size is designed to have a finished body circumference of 43 inches - the extra shrinkage down to my proper size is due to my tension being tighter than recommended.)
I also took Mooncalf's advice to add three extra rows to the yoke. She found that the shallowness of the yoke pulled the neckline out sideways, whereas it is intended to be slightly square, and the 3 extra rows have made that work.
I was a bit doubtful that it would turn out alright, being on the wrong size needles and in theory 3 sizes too big. So it was especially useful to be able to try on while knitting. And it is fine - a close fit, but not too small.
- I hate sewing up, so it's wonderful to avoid that.
- I loved being able to try the jumper on as I was knitting. (Of course, that's because it was knitted top down, as well as in the round.) It did make a difference to the finished jumper - I was originally planning for the sleeves to be shorter, but didn't like the result.
- It's kind of geometrically satisfying to knit the whole garment at once, rather than separate pieces.
I'm still not sold on knitting in the round, so the experiment wasn't altogether a success. But at least I have a nice jumper out of it.