Thursday 17 June 2010

Knit It - Such a Debonair Little Jumper

The Butterfly Balcony - A Stitch In Time Volume 1
A Stitch in Time 1920-1949, Vol. 1 by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford
I have wanted  to knit something from this beautiful book for ages now, but I have not had the chance, partly due to not having any suitable wool/yarn (there are so few colour choices available in 4 ply nowadays it all seems to be baby pastel shades) and partly due to the fear of starting something that is beyond my skill level and so will most likely end up unfinished and thrown in frustration to the corner of the room.

Well, my mum has just solved one of my problems by gifting me three large balls of balls of a turquoise 4 ply wool and so with being between knitting projects at the moment I decided it was time to give on of these vintage patterns a crack! As there are so many gorgeous garments to choose from it has not been an easy task but after much debate, I have finally plumped for 'Such a debonair Little Jumper'

The Butterfly Balcony - Such a Debonair Little Jumper

OK, the pattern was picked, but then I panicked a little when I realised, though I knew that each ball weighed 100g I didn't know if the yardage/meterage would be enough to cope with all that knit one purl one rib needed!! I ummed and ahhed over this for a few days then decided just to go for it, so I cast on with crossed fingers (quite difficult!!) and half way through the 40 odd rows of K1, P1, I remembered just how much I hate knitting rib - not the best jumper to start with this being the case. Oh well in for a penny....

The Butterfly Balcony - Such a Debonair Little Jumper
So this is the story so far
It has taken much longer than I'd first hoped as I found I just could not get my tiny brain around the leaf pattern - I just could not see the pattern forming - so after knitting and ripping back about 6 times, though it feels like many more, I have finally sussed it, and have to say it is really quite a simple pattern when your firing on all cylinders that is!!

I am away at my parents in the Isle of Wight this weekend, so hopefully I'll get plenty of time for knitting, with the added bonus of my mums knitting advice being on hand!

Wendy x

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