Inspired by the close-fitting elegant clothing the students at Beauxbatons Academy of Magic wear, this top is easy to knit and flattering to wear. I love the photo above. It was taken at Temple Newsam park in Leeds which has this ornate fountain in front of the house in the formal gardens and for me it was like we were shooting at the Beauxbaton palace itself with the Nicolas Flamel fountain. Joelle did a great job with the shoot.
The jumper is knit from the bottom up in the round with A-line shaping. It has an empire waist that is gathered in pleats, with a braided cable detail. Picot edging on the hems ensures a dainty look. A zip fastening at the back ensures it is easy to get off and on and gives a professional finish. Adding zips to knitwear appears frightening but are very easy to do, look great and so I have uploaded a tutorial here.
This jumper was one of the first designs for the book and was partly inspired by the yarn. I used Baa Ram Ewe Titus which is a light but warm fingering weight yarn with alpaca, Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester wool. The Aire colourway (named after a Yorkshire river) is a perfect match to the colours of the uniforms the students wear in the Harry Potter films. I just knew I had to use it in the book and I am very thankful to Baa Ram Ewe for their yarn support.
Beautiful Knits for Beautiful Sticks is available to pre-order in my shop with a special offer of a free download of the ebook with the print book (normally extra). Delivery will begin on the 24th September with Yarndale.