Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Made So Quickly: A Stitch in Time Retrospective

As the name suggests, this lovely jumper really is a quick knit. Originally published in Women's Weekly magazine in September 1936, it appears in the Fitted Tailored Look section of A Stitch in Time, volume 1.

 Image copyright Arbour House Publishing
Made so Quickly is knitted in double knitting yarn; the garment in the book uses organic cotton for a lovely drape. It has an easy-to-knit stitch pattern which would lend itself to knitting in front of the tv or whilst listening to a podcast, but is involved enough to keep your interest. It is knitted from the bottom up, in sections and the front is divided for the look of a cardigan. This is a great jumper to show off some beautiful vintage buttons too. 
Image copyright Arbour House Publishing
I've no particular swatching tips this time, apart from please remember to wash and block your swatch before measuring it in the same way as you'd wash the finished jumper. This will show you what will happen to the yarn you have chosen once you wash the whole garment. It would be terrible if the colour ran or it felted like mad!
Image copyright Ingrid Murnane

There are lots of lovely Made so Quicklys to browse on Ravelry, so you see what it looks like in different colours and on differently shaped people. I always find that helpful, don't you? Here's Susan herself in a fetching blue version.
Image copyright, Susan Crawford

The original pattern describes it as 'a pet of a jumper in easy knitting' so why not give this lovely pattern a go.

Happy knitting
Ingrid x

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