Everyone knows I LOVE a cropped jumper, so needless to say that I was over the moon when Jennifer Lauren offered to send me a copy of her Enid Sweater to try out. And surprise, surprise, I'm a big fan!
One of my favourite things about Jen is her unique sense of design which sets apart her patterns from other similar ones. I'm also a big fan of how easy Jen's PDF patterns are to use (she has a knack of setting them out and breaking them up in a really well-ordered way), as well as how detailed her instructions are.
For my version of Enid, I went with the square neckline for an authentically vintage look. A word of warning here: even if you're experienced with knits really pay attention to Jen's neckband instructions and don't skip a single step! I overestimated my abilities and only just about managed to salvage this make as a result. My neckline doesn't look bad, but had I followed the instructions more carefully from the start, it would have looked even better!
Adapting the Enid Sweater pattern for stretchy knits
Enid is designed with sturdy sweatshirt knits in mind and requires you to cut the bodice on the bias to maximise the stretch. However, it seems like I wanted to break ALL the rules with this make, as I decided to use a stretchier knit and cut my bodice on the fold. The latter wasn't an issue, but my fabric choice resulted in pooling around the side-bust area and seriously wide/floppy sleeves! So I unpicked it all (it took a deflatingly long time) and used my Violet Dress pattern pieces to amend my Enid ones. By placing Violet on top of Enid I was able to reduce the sleeve (by a lot) and side bodice (by a little) widths. If you're a big cheat like me, I hope this tip helps, because Enid's worth it!
So there you have it, my first Enid Sweater. I imagine it'll be my first of many, including making it in a sweatshirt knit...how it was originally intended to be!
Have you made this pattern? What are your thoughts on Enid?