Yup, you read that right. One whole sweater, in seven days, with my two hands.
You might be wondering if I have knitting machine hands or something, but the secret is simple: Big yarn and big needles. Not only are extremely chunky knits the very definition of cute and cozy, they also knit up super quickly.
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Wool and the Gang Eden Jumper review
I’m a huge fan of this yarn, which I’ve knitted with before. It’s thicc, plush, and soft enough to wear against the skin, not to mention incredibly warm. The chunkiness of the yarn is, of course, a fashion statement that will have people on the street jealous of your Pinterest-worthy cozy vibes, while the wool is sourced sustainably from sheep in the Peruvian highlands.
They sent me their Bronze Olive color, which is a funky shade halfway between yellow and brown, with green undertones. It’s a fun not-quite-neutral that pairs with most colors without being boring. I think it’s also quite flattering on my skin tone, too.
The pattern itself was easy to follow. I did make adjustments to make the sweater a little smaller, since the smallest size would still be huge on me. I made these adjustments simply by casting on fewer stitches for each piece, and I also knit the body pieces a little shorter than specified in the instructions (I did these adjustments on the fly so unfortunately do not have specific notes). Although it was a bit of a pain to improvise adjustments, I ended up with almost two whole balls of extra yarn, which will most likely become hats.
Fair warning: If you are petite and have narrow shoulders like me, the smallest size for Wool and the Gang’s sweater patterns, especially their chunky ones, may still be very oversized on you. If you’re a confident and experienced knitter, it probably won’t faze you to improvise your own adjustments, but if you’re newer to the craft I’d advise trying out something like a hat or scarf first.
It knit up so quickly that I was done in 7 days, all while finishing a binge-marathon of Riverdale (it’s like junk food for the brain…so addictive, but all I’m left with afterwards is withdrawal symptoms and a weird crush on Cole Sprouse).
I wore my finished sweater to a weekend getaway to the mountains, where temps were below freezing and it was snowing. Thanks to this chunky baby, I stayed relatively warm while enjoying the winter wonderland!