Saturday, 10 April 2010
Updating a Classic
The jumpers and cardigans in the book are quite simple designs, and the stitches are not complicated. They are all knitted in one colour, too. But they are all, I thought, very wearable - classics, in fact.
However, when I came to look at the patterns in detail, with a serious intention to knit one, I saw that they won't do. The shapes are wrong for today - they are mostly very loose-fitting, in the body and the sleeves, and they all have dropped shoulders, which makes for bagginess around the armholes. Many of the jumpers have a close fitting rib, followed by an increase in the number of stitches, as well as a change to a larger needle. That means that the waist is much wider than the hips - nowadays we make jumpers much more close-fitting.
The jumper I wanted to knit, Badminton, is actually described as "a long slender shape", though to a modern eye it looks very roomy, especially around the waist and armholes. The waist is 6 inches bigger than the waist size it is intended for, and the tops of the sleeves are very wide too.
But it still is basically a very appealing jumper, I think. I love the vertical lines (each is a single stitch in moss stitch (aka seed stitch)), and the square neckline, also in moss stitch. So I am attempting to knit a slimmer version with set-in sleeves. I am using a straightforward modern pattern for DK yarn, and morphing that into Badminton.