I had favourited the Mount Robson Pullover from the Summer 2015 edition of Interweave knits with Mark in mind; the slim fit and shoulder interest seemed right up his alley. A while later Inna shared some magazines with me, including the one with this jumper in it so I showed it to Mark and not only did he like it, as expected, but he was actually pretty keen for it to be made for him… sooner rather than later. I’ve shown him other jumper patterns and this is the first time he had that reaction!! I had been thinking some day in the undefined future but he was so eager that it became a ‘this summer project’!
I knew I wanted to use the same yarn as I had used for my Rockerfeller shawl, it’s nice, light yet hardy without being too sheep-y (Lang Jawoll Superwash 75% wool, 25% nylon)… we ended up going for a similar colour as the sample, a kind of dark army-ish green, which isn’t really showing as true to life in any of these pictures.
Yarn in hand I got to swatching… and very quickly ran into quite a roadblock; the stitch pattern just wasn’t giving me the same impression as what I was getting from the pattern pictures, it was all so flat instead of nicely defined ridges. As you can see I didn’t venture very far into the swatch, it was disappointing and not the look we wanted for Mark’s jumper.
Instead I tried looking around for other instructions for the cartridge rib stitch but wasn’t liking any of them so I turned to The Penguin Knitting Book which I had with me and delved into the different rib patterns in it, as well as checking what stitches were used in the men’s patterns in it. It had a pattern for a men’s cardigan using a twisted rib stitch that I liked the look of so I swatched both the variation used in the pattern (twisting every second right side row) and the original stitch description (twisting every right side row) and was humming and hawing about which to use… settling on the twisted every right side row version as it was particularly squishy feeling, had those well defined furrows and Mark liked it (it is going to be his jumper after all!!!).
This swatch got proper attention, knitted for 40 rows, blocked and measured and then formed the basis of my re-jig of the pattern as the gauge was nowhere near that of the pattern as written. I also have a stocking stitch version for the saddle shoulders that has successfully made it through a round in both the washing machine and dryer!
So far it is proving to be a nice knit – I’d been worried about it being too yarn hungry or laborious with all that twisting but it’s actually rather rhythmic and efficient, both in movements and yarn!
Jumper for Mark based on Mount Robson Pullover
Yarn: Lang Jawoll
Needles: 3mm 32cm circular
My gauge in twisted rib stitch: 36 rows and 30 sts = 10cm/4″