Sunday, January 25, 2009

Concepts have their histories

I have started two cardigans. One for me, and one for my granddaughter. Although our age difference is fifty years, it's the same form : Top-down and raglan.
The pattern of my cardigan can be found in Knit.1, a magazine I can buy in Denmark. It's called # 22 Garter Yoke Cardi. The yarn for this is a merino from Sandness , Lanett, held double. I have used it before for mittens and hats. It is strong and soft, it doesn't pill and it is perfect for baby stuff and elderly female knitters.

Cardigan for a 7-year old: I have chosen Pamela Wynne's February lady Sweater. The pattern is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Baby Sweater on Two Needles". Pamela has created a fantastic cardigan in sizes XXS to XXL. Now I am adapting the pattern backwards for a girl size 128 cm. I knit the XXS, but have chosen a yarn with a gauge of 22 stitches / 4 " in garter stitch. Rowan Felted Tweed has a colour called Paisley. It´s a Kim Hargreaves´colour. Rosy tweed with flecks of white and blue. Very romantic, very British.

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