A few ramblings about knitting, mainly vintage stuff and other bits and bobs

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Oddment Gloves Pattern - Weldons 212

I know that it's not yet winter, or even autumn, but it's never too early to start knitting gloves and these are just the thing to keep your fingers snug when the weather start to chill.

They are made from scraps, so have a rummage through your stash and if you've got 50g of 4-ply or fingering, you'll have enough to make these. And they are on 2 needles too so no fiddly dpns to deal with although you could probably convert it to in the round if you wanted.

Clothing started to be restricted in 1941 and in 1942 full on rationing limited not only the fabrics available but the styles of clothing. Every item was strictly regulated with even things like the number of buttons and pockets, and the sweep of the skirt limited to a set amount. To counter this, people became more creative with the limited resources they had available: Fair Isle became popular to use up small amounts of wool and bright accessories were used to cheer up the more limited colours of utility clothing. I wonder too if people used small bit of brightness to remind themselves of happier, pre-war times.

This pattern also gives us an idea of the colour combinations that were popular at the time so if you want to knit yourself a pair of lovely, stripy gloves click on the pattern cover to download this great and easy to knit pattern

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WIP Wednesday - Chic Minnie

I found this wonderful 1950s pattern in a pile of sad looking 1980s patterns stacked in the dark corner of a charity shop and fell in love. I just had to have it so 2 minutes later it was mine after paying the princely sum of 50p.

It is such a clever construction. Worked from side to side, you cast on 253 stitches for the sleeves and work in a broad rib. There is no increases or decreases, you just keep the rib going for the stripes and then split for the back and front. Then the rib continues in the single colour until you get to the stripes for the other side. After that there is the waist and sleeves welts. I'm not sure how I'm going to cram the hundreds of stitches into the cuff but the rib makes it very sprongy so I'm sure I'll manage.

The original wool was 3-ply so I am using Cygnet wool rich 4-ply as I've found it to be a good substitute and it's soft but doesn't pill as much as merino. As I'm stash busting I had to use black instead of white but I think it looks a bit like a chic version of Minnie the Minx's jumper.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Back to the Blog with Little Things

It's been a while and I have missed you all but I just haven't felt like writing these past few months. Not really felt like doing anything to be completely frank and it's been an uphill struggle just to get the boring day-to-day things done, let alone anything more thrilling.

Normally when I get like this, I stop doing everything that makes me smile (which is why the Bathing Belle KAL died, but hopefully I will resurrect it later in the year) and wait for the depression to get bored and wander off but this time I am going to try something a little different. I'm going to do a small thing every day that make me happy. I have no guarantee of success but if we don't try, then we will never know.

One thing that does make me happy is sharing things so my little thing today is to share this wonderful cardigan pattern with you. It's a little bit outside my usual date range as it dates from 1964 but it's such a beauty, is knitted in double knit, and comes in 3 larger sizes to boot.