Silverleaf

Added Sep 10, 2010

by harrietbazley

London, United K...

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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.

Material Notes

Knitted up in Paton’s silver “Spritz” (76% acrylic, 24% metal fibre)

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Fall
For
Women
Garment Type
Tops
Style
Casual, Romantic
Material
Wool

Credits

Robin

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    Sep 10, 2010, 10.32 AMby mitmit

    I love it!! I started knitting again last winter, but I don’t think I would ever have the courage to try out something so complicated as your blouse. But still.. It’s beautiful!! :-)

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      Sep 10, 2010, 06.29 PMby harrietbazley

      Thank you! It did take me three or four months to finish….

      I’ve uploaded a close-up to show the pattern more clearly.

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      Sep 18, 2010, 07.47 PMby mitmit

      I would imagine it being really hard doing that pattern!

      I inherited a lot of older knitting patterns from the ladies I worked with in a cultural history museum (is it called that, I wonder?) and some of those patterns had the same look your blouse has.
      I instantly fell in love, but after trying many times, I gave up.
      My mother in law has promised me some “lessons”, so I’m hoping for some “knitting-quality-time” with her this winter ;-)

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