Friday 22 December 2017


I am a big fan of Wonderwoman. I haven't seen the recent film, tbf, but I am a keen admirer of her outfit, peripherals and power.

(I'm guessing this image is copyright DC comics).

It's just iconic, isn't it? And easy to copy in a variety of ways. Last year I went to Hallowe'en bikram in a Wonderwoman outfit. I ironed some transfer stars onto some blue boxer shorts and wore them with a red bra top and a couple of wrist things I'd fashioned out of a cut up yellow towel. Unfortunately the popper I'd fabric-glued to the towel headband came loose, and the red star fabric painted on had not dried, so I wasn't in the full glory of it, but one day I will get another chance.

A few years ago, I knitted a WW headband for my ski buddy Cara for our fancy dress skiing. I am thinking of having a fancy dress ski day on the trip at Easter, too. I think I could DIY another one for myself by then.

Anyway. I have had a pattern in my queue almost since I started knitting, and browsing the finished items on Ravelry, I came across this amazing Wonderwoman jumper, and I decided I had to give it a go. That must be nearly two years ago now, since I bought the yarn for it at the John Arbon open day in 2016, so this week I have bitten the bullet, bought the pattern and got ready to get started.

This has mostly involved a lot of charting. I was a bit daunted by the stars and where to place them, so decided the only thing to do was to chart out the whole upper section and work out star placement before I got started. Right up to the final increases. Sigh.

To begin with, I charted out the blue, then added the stars and thought I was probably ready to start. But then I realised that I hadn't considered where the raglan lines would fall. I stewed on this for a day but then pulled up my socks and chart those as well....and ended up with something like this:

I say something like, because I had already begun fixing it by this point. I can't knit raglan increases on top of stars, my head will figuratively explode. I also started to worry that my stars might be a bit small, so I trawled Ravelry quickly for a pattern and have ended up with this:

(Just an aside - neither of these pictures captures the whole chart. It is bi, i, ig. Now quite sure it is usable, but it does put me in mind of when I charted the lace increases for that lace cardigan I never finished nearly 10 years ago. I hope that's not prophetic.)

Much more pleasing. Now I can start winding my yarn. There will be a point where I am juggling 10 white bobbins and crying into my gin, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it (and maybe strand).

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