Fibre Mood Tara Ribbed Jumper

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Can you believe that my first knit took me almost a year to complete and this one took less than a month? Yes, I've discovered the power of super chunky yarn! No it doesn't make me a better knitter, but it does make me faster, and seeing my knitting grow at speed gives me even more motivation to see it through to completion (plus I'm learning lots of new techniques on the way)! Here's the Fibre Mood Tara - my second knitted jumper and the second make of my #2019makenine.
Finished Fibre Mood Tara jumper!
Fibre Mood are a fairly new-to-me pattern company that offer both sewing and knitting patterns via their website and their aesthetically impressive and cooly styled pattern books. You can access some of the patterns for free online in return for signing up to the Fibre Mood website - the Tara Ribbed Jumper being one of them - buy individual patterns as PDFs, or purchase the pattern books which come with folded paper patterns in the back. 

The Tara styled with some incredible trousers in pattern book 1
The Tara looked like a fairly easy second knit with lots of garter stitch and stocking stitch, but slightly more challenging than my first, which was made up purely of squares/rectangles. The sizing is a little limited, with only XS, S or M to choose from, so I went with the size M (40-42) as I wanted it be oversized. I picked this Drops Eskimo super chunky yarn in Olive from Wool Warehouse. The low price and huge colour range made it pretty appealing, plus it's 100% wool. After using a Wool and the Gang kit last time, this was my first attempt at pairing yarn with a pattern. Luckily my Mum is an expert knitter so she could check I'd made a good choice and help me to calculate the yardage!.

Drops Eskimo in olive

I'm by no means an expert, so can't talk at length about the standard of the instructions or compare it to many other knitting projects, but I can tell you the things I learned along the way! First up was the Italian cast on method, which I found out is really good for ribbed edges. I've since used the same method to cast on a double-knitting ribbed hat I've made so many times and it's made a huge improvement!


Casting off the shoulders/top of the sleeves together was totally new to me too and made for a really professional finish, plus it reduced the amount of sewing up at the end. I learnt how important it is to do this loosely so not to restrict the movement or fit of the jumper - I'd probably try to cast off even more loosely next time!

Shoulders cast off together

Just the mention of crochet fills me with dread as it's one of the only crafts I feel like I've never really tried to learn, so I wasn't too keen at the suggestion of doing a slip stitch finish around the neckline. I didn't really understand the instructions, but after watching a couple of YouTube tutorials, it seemed to make more sense. It was actually quite easy once I got into a rhythm and it really neatened the finish of the neck. It's probably worth saying that I referred to YouTube a lot throughout this project. The pattern does include a glossary/explanations of some of the techniques used, but I personally found them difficult to visualise without the help of a video tutorial!

Slip stitched neck
The full jumper took 10 balls of yarn and I used every last bit, even ordering an emergency ball when I got the 'fear' near the end. I realised I wasted quite a lot of yarn when finishing one ball and joining in the next, so I think that's something I could work on improving with my next knitting project. There were LOTS of ends to weave in, but I found it to be surprisingly therapeutic!
Worn with my faux leather Ready to Sew Juliet
Whilst I really like my finished Tara Jumper, I would say that it's a lot less oversized than I expected based on the images in the pattern book - the model is very slim I guess, but even the sleeves look longer on her! My tension was fine, so I wonder if knitting it on slightly bigger needles in future would be ok (the instructions suggest using 10mm needles, 8mm for the ribbing). I'd also consider knitting it on circulars next time just because of the sheer volume of stitches on your needles when you increase the stitches for the sleeves.

Back view

Overall, the Tara was fun and interesting to knit and it's great to wear. At £21.95 for a wool jumper I think it's turned out to be a real bargain and has totally squashed some of the misconceptions I had about knitting being way more expensive than sewing - phew that it can be done on a budget as I don't think my bank account could support another expensive crafty hobby! I've already cast on my next project using a different colour of the Drops Eskimo yarn and would definitely recommend it and the Tara Jumper as a good starting point for fellow novice knitters!


I can definitely see the benefit of having a knitting project on the go at all times now and I've started saving some of my favourite patterns to Pinterest. Do you have a knitting pattern that helped you to learn the ropes? Please leave me your suggestions below so I can add them to my knitting plans!


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6 comments

  1. gorgeous sweater, I keep meaning to really really try to knit (I only crochet) and this looks like an great sweater to try especially with the chunky yarn. I am still only able to do the garter stitch tho!

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    1. Thank you Eimear! I've been able to knit for years, but never committed to much beyond a hat until now. It's nice to find a bit more of a balance between it and sewing (though sewing will always be my main craft)!

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  2. This is lovely! I’ve not come across Fibre Mood before but this looks like a good pattern for getting me beyond scarf-knitting!
    And your nails in the photos look AMAZING - what a superb manicure ����

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    1. Thanks Lianne! Fibre Mood is so great - both the knitting and sewing patterns I've tried have worked out amazingly :) And thanks about the nails - I really stretch out my pre-Christmas manicure haha xx

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  3. I love your jumper! I have yet to work with bulky yarn for a sweater, although I am loving the trend for that style right now.

    When I first learned to knit, it was because I wanted to make socks. (Well, sweaters too, but socks especially.) So I started with socks! I am a firm believer in just jumping in and learning the skills you need for a project as you go; and anyway, the beauty of knitting is that you can always unravel it and start over if you really mess up!

    -Abbey

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    1. Thanks Abbey! I keep seeing more and more people jump in with chunky knitting - the Good Night, Day patterns seem especially popular! I admire your sock making patience. I've made a couple of pairs, but I can never get beyond the first sock and I'm not great at turning the heel. Maybe I'll have to revisit socks next winter...xx

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