I finished this Puffer My Size back in December, and it’s already become an absolute staple in my wardrobe. I found the pattern by Ministrikk on a long Ravelry-scrolling afternoon a good few months ago, and it sat on my make list eagerly waiting for me to purchase the yarn and get cracking.
It’s knit from super chunky yarn and, as such, works up pretty quickly. It did feel like the body went on forever but once it was finished and I realised that all I had left to knit was the sleeves, it was absolutely joyous – you don’t realise quite how much of the work you’re doing when you’re knitting the body all in one piece!
When I first looked at the pattern, I thought the puffer stitch would be quite complicated to create but, as with most things in knitting, and as I’m sure I’ve said countless times before, it was a breeze! At first it feels super unnatural to be undoing your stitches, but it became a really fun way to break up the monotony of stocking stitch, and the result is an absolute dream. I’m sure I’ll be working this stitch design into some of my own patterns in the future.
I messed up on the decreases for the neckline. The pattern was a little unclear, telling you to decrease every XXcm instead of rows, and I just didn’t get it right so the shaping is a little off, but I don’t think it matters. It’s a big, cosy, oversized knit so the little details don’t stand out so much!
I used King Cole Big Value Super Chunky yarn, purely for the low-cost factor, and I ended up needing to order a couple of extra balls to finish off the sleeves. I think my knit has worked up denser than the pattern, judging by the pictures, but I think it still looks great. The yarn is pilling a bit already, but I think that’s to be expected from a low-cost, well-worn fibre, and it doesn’t show up too much on the black.
All in all, it was an enjoyable knit, and has become a really handy addition to my small wardrobe, allowing me to finally wear t-shirts now that I have some sleeves to layer over them in this colder weather! Speaking of the sleeves, though, sadly they’re too chunky to fit under my coat, so it’s more of an indoor cardigan until the weather turns a bit milder and I can leave my coat at home!
Have you knit the Puffer My Size? Have you got a different favourite cardigan pattern? Please let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat about it!