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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Some Designing and looking forward ... for a change!

Before I begin this post properly I just need to thank everyone once again for their words of support. You have no idea how much they have helped me keep going - even today when we're still waiting for our money and a nasty man knocked on the door demanding it!

We have just returned from a lovely weekend at the Unravel event in Farnham, Surrey where I gave a talk about "Fashion in the Ration" on each of the two days and in return had a little stand selling our wares. It was lovely to see old and new friends and to discuss some plans for the future - the gossip from the show for my next post!

A pattern that is available right now is one I was working on several months ago for The Knitter.
Its a very funny experience finishing a design and then sending it off in the post, and then months later its suddenly out there without your involvement.

So let me introduce "Mitford".

I had been reading about the Mitford Sisters when I was last submitting designs to The Knitter and my head was buzzing with the thought of those glamorous, hedonistic days of the early thirties, with willowy, long limbed, bobbed haired 'gells' charging round the countryside to one party after another in the latest motor car. I had seen examples of these marvellous, voluminous sleeves on many garments of the period and wanted to interpret them into a hand knitted design. The design of the sleeves proved quite a challenge but after a number of attempts I finally got the look I was after.

The volume is created by working increases very rapidly over only a limited number of rows and predominantly at the 'front' of the sleeve so the outside part - away from the body - is the fullest.
It then decreases more slowly from one textured section to the next until down to the normal required sleeve width.

The body length is short and to be worn to the waist. I have worked the body in one piece to the underarm - not common practice in 1930s written patterns, but makes much more sense here with the main body pattern twisting around the torso. The body is divided at the underarm and then raglan and yoke shaping worked back and forth on the two body pieces. Once that is completed the sleeves are worked. The slightly unusual construction continues with the raglans of the sleeve and body being sewn together at this point and then stitches picked up round the curved neckline and the textured yoke is then worked.

It was quite a complicated design to produce but I think would make a very interesting knit. At some point I would really like to knit one of these for myself! The sample garment was knitted in Sublime Extra fine merino 4 ply which was a perfect yarn for this design with a clear, neat, defined stitch detail which showed particularly well on the stocking stitch panels of the body. The pattern is exclusive to The Knitter for six months.

I do hope you like her.

for now a positive
Ruby xxx


Anonymous said...

Love that first shot - very Clara Bow somehow!

Anonymous said...

I love the design ! Very lovely colours

Shrinky Inky said...

hi Ruby - it's a beautiful sweater! where can i find the pattern online?

Stefanie Valentine said...

Great sweater, love the sleeves!

Donna Druchunas said...

Beautiful, I love it!

helene magnusson said...

Quite dramatic sleeves!

Linda said...

What an amazing design! The sleeves are lovely.

Anonymous said...

Cool. That volume is stunning.

Lauren Hairston said...

I love it! I just re-read *Pursuit of Love* and *Love in a Cold Climate* a couple of months ago and am currently trying to get my hands on some of Nancy Mitford's out-of-print books (I do have a copy already of *Madame de Pompadour*). Love it the sweater! Have to find a copy of The Knitter here in the US somewhere.

Glad you're back!

yudis said...

nice sweater

greeting from Indonesia

Anonymous said...

Just got this issue at my local Border's bookstore here in the US. I was thrilled to find it. Love your sweater. I want to try it in a short sleeve version (hot flashes you know). And, today I've discovered your blog. Hurray!

Kitty Hates Everything said...

Where is this pattern now available? Preferably from the web. It's absolutely awesome and I want it in 6 different colour schemes!

Just call me Ruby said...

This pattern should be available in the next few weeks - certainly by the end of May :)

Ruby xx