December 13, 2011

Intarsia knitting

I finished my 1949 riding sweater! It's warm and cozy and turned out just the way I wanted.

So... I've been knitting for over 10 years but I've always been terrified of colour work knitting. I love the look of a fair isle sweater and remember all the beautiful sweaters my grandma knitted for me as a kid (a long fuchsia Minni Mouse sweater was a favourite). Well, don't they say that you should conquer your fears? I found a simple pattern at Lion Brand (click here for the free pattern) and used a puppy pattern from Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection.


Messy back. 

December 3, 2011

Christmas sweater

Oh, and I made a cardigan for Christmas! In red mohair Debbie Bliss yarn using this pattern from Garnstudio.

December 2, 2011

I'm gonna knit like it's 1949

I've been getting back to knitting lately (mainly because monthly "stitch n' bitch" meetings with fellow Swedish knitters here in Toronto) and found an amazing book, Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters, by Lise-Lotte Lystryp, where she has remade vintage knitting patterns to fit a more modern figure and style. I'm a real snob when it comes to knitting books and find most patterns way too crafty looking for my taste but this book has the most genuine vintage styles I've seen. Get it for Christmas! 

I'm currently working on a riding sweater from 1949.