Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vintage Knits

I managed to get a whole load of knitting done over the weekend - the one upside to the 4 hour car journey to Yorkshire. This jumper doesn’t look like much yet (hence I haven't shown you much) but I think it's going to be lovely. I'm hoping that it will be a successor to my Shetland jumper from Toast which after four years is sadly starting to look a little threadbare - and not even in places that I can hide with elbow patches! The front and back are done and I've nearly finished the first sleeve - it's looking like it might actually be finished for winter!

I'm using a vintage pattern and I can't even tell you where it's from because I've only got it as a faded photocopy. It's got lovely raglan sleeves and absolutely no shaping in the body whatsoever so it will be lovely and simple - perfect to throw on with my trusty skinny black jeans and ankle boots. There is something about vintage patterns in general that I find really charming - the jumper I'm making at the moment is super simple and really lets the beauty of the yarn stand out but often I find vintage patterns are much more intricate and tailored than a lot of modern patterns (especially the funky, chunky, knit it up in 20 minutes patterns that are out there!). They often have neat little shaped waists, puffed sleeves and pretty edging. They make me want to stretch myself by learning new techniques and attempting patterns that at first might seem too tricky for me to handle.

Gerry Warner of Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns has written a fantastically eloquent and inspiring blog post on the subject of vintage knitting and you can read it here. Here are a some sweet knits inspiring me at the moment - hop over to Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns to purchase the original patterns!

All images from Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns


  1. i wish i had more skills than I actually have! it sounds like a dream to be able to knit my own sweaters... however, I am looking forward to see the project done! Have fun!!! and thanx for the comment!

    1. Thank you! I'm desperate to get it finished before the weather turns cold! I'm looking forward to being able to share a picture x

  2. You must be talented! I wish I could knit my own sweaters!

  3. Oh but you can it's easy peasy! Start with something small like a scarf and you'll be whipping up your own sweaters in no time! Loving your blog too! :)


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