Sweater tops and sweatshirts have been all over my Instagram feed in the last couple of months, with loads and loads of Toaster sweaters dominating, just the way the Linden did last year. I bought the Talvikki sweater on its release with the Pulmu Pencil skirt to make for the daughters. I figured this was the time to make the Talvikki for me, using the quilted navy jersey bought in South Africa when looking after my mum.
According to the size table the 48/50 should be cut. I checked the finished measurements and looked at others online before deciding it would be way too big on me, too baggy, and that was not a look I wanted. So I cut the size smaller and it seems to have worked! This particular version is straight from the pattern, I’ve changed nothing.
The darts look fabulous radiating from the raised neckline and I love the hemline with split side seams. The instructions are dead simple and the sweater makes up pretty quickly too. I used the overlocker for all the construction, and twin needled the hems.
Changes to be made next time… If I find another lovely fabric to make another version there are two things I’d change. The neckline on me is too narrow for the height, it could do with being 3-4 cm wider to be properly comfortable on me. Then there is the length of the sleeves. They’re a little too long for me, for now I’ve just turned them up like the model has in the photos (this should have been a hint..) I will be taking my seam ripper to the hem stitching and shortening the sleeve by 3cm. Unfortunately I forgot that I’d turned up the cuffs on the sleeves when these photos were taken!
But there will be another one, I really like wearing my Talvikki sweater and have had compliments from friends and family which is always nice. In fact, I’ve worn it so much that the fabric is starting to pill – not nice. Now to find suitable fabric, but it won’t come from the stash, there’s nothing in there that’s suitable. I’ve got a couple of tops to make next, and a pair of Morgan jeans that’s been sitting on my cutting table since the pattern came out. I’ve got a lot to catch up on from last year!