Red is not my colour and never has been. My clothing palette over the decades has been that of a ruined paint box, dirty greys, smudged greens, navy bleeding into black. Bottom of the pond colours, as my mother used to say. However, March 2014 a new mood descended – a red cardigan was the way forward, lifting the spirits and delivering confidence and style.
Fast forward through the planning period, skip ahead across the months of knitting together two strands of 4ply on size 8 needles, broken up with navy diamonds – and the two fronts, the back and the extra long sleeves are done! It is Christmas now and the end is in sight. We are a knitting family and at some turkey stuffed moment one wise daughter says, “Mum, it’s hideous.”
How will red ever work? Maybe a trip back to the trusty 1940s.
A Family Knitting Book …. and the beautiful endpapers. This could be wallpaper.
One of my favourite idling activities is knitting research – just turning the pages of old knitting books and wondering if any of the patterns might work for me. And this might ….
To suit all ages – A Tailored Cardigan in stocking and moss stitch
This is an interesting pattern – there are three sizes – daughter, mother and grandmother. It is a ‘tailored’ cardigan, meaning it comes in slightly at the waist and then out again for the bust. This shaping is done by switching to the smaller needles for about 3 inches. And the yoke area is all moss stitch.
The rigid scarlet garment, more like an arctic coat than a cardigan, is completely unravelled, rewound and restarted on 10s and 12s needles. I am making the grandmother version!
The back is done and I am onto the right front. It feels much better; the knitting is much finer, not so stiff and galumphing – although there was a muddle on the collar for a while due to extending the length. Sorted now I hope.
To be continued ….