I've always loved knits, especially sweaters, vests and dresses, and have lots of ready-to-wear knits in my closet. However, I never really had the interest to knit anything myself even though I did knit and crochet as a little girl. But when I saw this lovely jumper from Flossy and Dossy (below) passing by at the Vintage Pattern Files I gasped and was immediately heartbroken that I didn't know how to knit. My mother does knit, so I proposed to translate the pattern to Dutch so that she could make it for me. But that didn't work out because I did not understand the instructions at all. But I didn't feel like learning how to knit just so that I could make this one sweater. I always ignored knitting patterns but now my eyes where opened and I started to see lovely knitting patterns for 1940s and 1930s jumpers and dresses everywhere. So a few days ago the decision was made; I had to learn how to knit. So I have been knitting away, practicing, watching YouTube videos to understand the knitting terms every day for the last 5 or 6 days. Just as with sewing, I am learning how to knit in English because there is so much more information available.
After gathering a lot of lovely knitting patterns on my Pinterest board and taking a glance at their instructions I finally found a simple 1930s pattern for a sweater that was easy enough for me to make; The 3-Hour Sweater. I started by making a mini version of the front, mainly to practice the neckline. Then I made a full sized mock up of the sleeve to see how that would turn out. And now I'm ready to knit! I only need the right size needles and yarn and, well, it won't be a 3 hour sweater for me, but I think I can do it in a week.
|The 3-Hour Sweater|
The sewing is on hold for now, it just takes too much energy at the moment. The whole move to England is so stressful (we still don't have a place to live) and I was actually working on a 1940s blouse but I just couldn't focus, made a lot of mistakes, and the whole project went awry. I actually really wanted to join the Fall For Cotton sew along but I only have one fabric in my stash that I know is 100% cotton, which is meant for a specific pattern, which I have to adjust to my size, which is too much effort for me at the moment. I feel so much more zen when I'm knitting. It's much easier to just knit one or two rows in between doing other things, or sit on the couch in the evening, knitting while watching a movie. I never expected to fall in love with knitting! I still like sewing more though, and am bummed that I can't work on anything right now.
Without further ado, here are some lovely knitting patterns I have been drooling over: