Ages ago, when I was utterly gripped by the fabulous first series of Danish crime drama The Killing, I desperately wanted my very own Jumper of Wisdom. However, I didn’t want to make an exact replica, more of an ‘inspired by’ version of my own; a sheepy, fairisle jumper in which I could to fight crime, solve puzzles and run through badly lit basements, car parks and storage lockers.

I ordered lots of wool from Jamiesons, set about swatching, came up with all sorts of exciting ideas, and even cast on a jumper – which then languished at the bottom of the WIP pile for the better part of a year.

However, a few weeks ago, armed with my new copy of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s brilliant 200 Fair Isle Designs, I started again. This time, I opted for top down, instead of bottom up; I went up a couple of needle sizes for a looser gauge (and up another needle size for the fair isle, to stop my tension getting too tight); and then I winged it.

I cast on, and did the neckline and basic raglan increases like I would for any simple jumper. Then once I split the sleeves, I picked out a pattern from the book and off I went. I didn’t map everything out, I didn’t have much of a plan, I just had fun with it.


I didn’t do any waist shaping, and I just left two stitches at each side plain, so the pattern is broken in half, front and back. With a bit more planning, I could have made it a continuous loop around the body, but I was too impatient.


The main snowflake is centred, but one thing I would change next time is to centre the other two patterns in line with it. Also, I didn’t have enough of the main colour to make it long sleeved. But considering it was a bit of a rush job, I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s sort of a prototype for my real Jumper of Wisdom, but in the meantime I’d like to think Lund would approve.

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14 Responses to Lund

  1. torirot says:

    Well done, I love it! The grey edging, is that just garter stitch?

  2. torirot says:

    Great tip, thanks! It looks nice. (I’m not very fond of working i-cord edgings..)

  3. Lorna says:

    It’s stunning! Well done, you. :)

  4. liz says:

    brilliant! sounds like it was fun to knit – and gorgeous for a “prototype”!

  5. kate says:

    Really pretty. I’ve heard that the American version of The Killing might be coming back. I love that show.

  6. myriam says:

    Looks great!!!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I sense a new designer in our midst! That makes 2 in a row. Great work.

  8. moleymakes says:

    Looks fab. I reckon Sarah would approve 😉

  9. Congrats – I really like the colours you chose for the fair isle.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Wonderful! You being slim really makes the jumper look ever better. I am very jealous. I would love to be that thin.

  11. Jan (jcoop on ravelry, twitter; coopcomp on pinterest) says:

    You’ve probably already seen this

    I like your version better, though. But at least one picture suggests that there are cozies–for gun and torch–in the book to go along with the sweater.

    I also dream of knitting the sweaters from the American version of The Killing (see & scroll down for some glimpses). The colors in the fair isle sweater would work well in our local alpaca yarns.

  12. Suzanne says:

    Well done, it looks fantastic! All best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  13. Barbara Edelman says:

    You are designing BEAUTIFUL sweaters!

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