Added Sep 10, 2010
London, United K...
I was given about a pound of old silver acrylic wool, some of it wound off by hand, some still in the ball bands – presumably an aborted knitting project of some kind. I wanted to find a pattern that would work with it; my usual 1930s jumpers all require 4-ply or thinner, and this claimed to be Aran weight, although it didn’t feel like it.
I ended up making up this fancy leafy lace design from my random collection: Robin 13034. Having never done a lace pattern before I had no idea that a 12-row repeat was actually a very complicated one!
From the makeup and hairstyle of the model I would guess that the pattern probably dates from the 1980s. Compared to the Thirties designs it’s very crudely made, with ugly square armholes to save (presumably) on shaping. However, fortunately the leaf design is fancy enough and the glittering wool flashy enough to distract from the deficiencies of the shape. In practice the ‘Aran’ weight wool, woven as a hollow tube, actually is a little too heavy, but the tension worked so the garment is just a little stiffer than expected.
Silver is a colour that doesn’t suit me at all, so I plan to give this jumper to a friend.
Knitted up in Paton’s silver “Spritz” (76% acrylic, 24% metal fibre)