The pattern on this long-sleeved, crew necked, jumper, was inspired by The Owl Service, a book, by Alan Garner, about teenagers, forbidden first love, and a dinner service whose pattern could be understood as flowers, or (sinister) owls. The Owl Service was itself based on the Blodeuwedd story from the Welsh fokloric Mabinogion, in which Lew, a man forbidden to marry, creates Blodeuwuedd out of flowers and oak branches, to be his wife. Blodeuwedd has an affair while Lew is away, then plots to kill him, and ultimately the magicians that brought her to life from flowers and branches turn her into an owl, to be ostracized by all the other birds.
Chest: 32 [36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches
Length: 22 [23, 24, 25, 26, 27]inches
At least 4 colours are required; any colours may be used.
Main Colour: Rennie chunky (aran) yarn [100% lambswool;95/m per 50g skein]; 9 [9, 9, 10, 11, 12] skeins approx.
Subsidiary Colours: Rennie chunky (aran) yarn [100% lambswool;95/m per 50g skein]; color: any; 1 [1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] skein is required of each additional colour, 3 in total (one of these requires a tiny amount of yarn with which to work the eyes).
Total yarn used: 500g [500g, 500g, 600g, 600g, 600g] approx.
Knitting needles: 4mm straight needles; 5mm straight needles; 16-inch 4mm circular needle
Gauge: 17/24 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch
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