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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Vintage Christmas Competition

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a very special project. A little knitting pattern booklet called "Vintage Christmas Knits". It features between 12 to 15 vintage inspired and adapted patterns from Victorian time to the 1950s, focusing mainly on the 40s and 50s. It will be available to pre-order in the next week or so in both print and digital versions. The 'proper' photos aren't done yet but here is a sneak preview of a couple of the designs featured.

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This is the perfect 1940s christmas sweater in classic red and white, to fit a wide range of sizes. Just enough kitsch but not too much with that quintessential sweater girl shaping and christmas motif. It is knitted in Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Yarn.

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The repeat pattern almost looks like snowy peaks!

The next design is still a bit of a secret, but will give you something to think about.
This is inspired by a late 40s, early 50s design but I have reconstructed it completely to make it an easier knit.

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It is knitted in 4 ply alpaca yarns and is dreamily soft. The main part of the design which is on the photo is worked in a simple slip stitch.

Sometimes your favourite part of a design is a detail, something that not everyone will even see. Its the case with this design. I really, really love how this section looks

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Nothing complicated but completely different from the original design which had the piece you can see sewn in place rather than joined as you can see here. This just works so nicely I think.


I'll reveal more next week but I would love to see in the meantime if someone can identify exactly what it is that I'm knitting. And as an early christmas treat I have a little goodie bag of vintage patterns, buttons and yarn to give away to the winner who I will draw at the end of next week. Just leave a comment on this post saying exactly what you think it might be.

Good luck!

I am also hard at work at some other secret knitting for The Knitter. I am very excited to have a number of patterns coming out in their magazine from about March/April of next year. For now however this is all I can reveal.

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And finally, the Knit a Poppy Appeal draws to a close at midnight tonight. Donations have surpassed our wildest dreams standing at present at £2632.00. Its quite astonishing, thank you all so much. There is still time however if you would still like to get your poppy pattern by making your £2 donation here.

I have been asking for images of the poppies to put on the knitonthenet blog and here is a very special one from my lovely husband, Gavin, who daringly decided to knit his poppy this year from embroidery thread and 2mm needles. I think its come out fantastic. The centre is a vintage button.

knitted poppy

This tiny little poppy is about the third of the size of the original but is knitted to exactly the same pattern on 2mm needles. Particularly great for men who might want a more discreet poppy to wear.

Hope to hear from you all soon,

for now


Lottie said...

I think that it could be a Christmas Stocking - and will have my fingers crossed!

Squonk said...

Is it a hot water bottle cover?

alabama whirly said...

I'm hoping it's an ice skating skirt - we all need them, right? ; )

GivvyGavvyGoo said...

Is it cheese?

Rhian said...

The booklet sounds very exciting - I look forward to it!

My first thought was a hot water bottle cover too, so that will be my guess.

Anonymous said...

A hooded capelet maybe?

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MsLestat said...

I was thinking a lovely hood with an attached scarf?

At any rate, I'm very much looking forward to the booklet.

Ivywindow said...

As soon as I saw it I wondered whether it was a hottie cover. I shall keep my fingers crossed that I am right!

Ivywindow said...

Actually having read the comments, I hope Alabama Whirly is right!

alabama whirly said...

hee hee do I ivywindow : )

I might have to make myself one to cheer myself up anyway, come on Ruby make it easier for me and be that pattern!!

Anonymous said...

I think it's a Christmas stocking, but it would be lovely if it was a hot water bottle cover!

Linda said...

Is it a muffler ... one of those things that you have to put your hands in that goes round the neck and hangs down?! It looks so sofy whatever it is!
I look forward to seeing your designs and the Knitter stuff.

Sarah said...

I'm going with Tea Cosy!!!

Seriously it looks nice whatever it is!

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Joanne said...

How about mittens?

Isis said...

a poncho with a hood?

Unraveling Sophia said...

I think it is a baby blanket!

Mrs Juzzie Green said...

it does look warm, i think it's decoration- a stocking

Saskia said...

My first thought were cosy winter underwear. Something to make a long christmas sermon easy to through warm.

Cherie said...

I think it's a lovely bag in which to carry your Christmas Carol music or last minute gifts. I'm trying to think outside the square here because I'm a New Zealander and our Christmas is in summer - no need for hot water bottle covers in December.

AmyPinSeattle said...

I think any of the above would be cool!

My frist thought was a christmas tree skirt.

But I think I'm going to go with what I truly hope it is...a capelet with or without a hood! I'd so be up for making it.

Aruba Blue said...

The pictures are beautiful Ruby, Gavin's poppy rocks!! :)x

Flossy and Dossy said...

I don't know what it is but i'm really exited about you vintage knitting booklet!