Saturday, July 12, 2008

Retro Knit Saturday!

This has been a busy week of putting up stuff for the freezer. Yesterday I started cooking up the applesauce having already made the pickle relish. I am also knitting on the second Shibui sock.

These are the rest of the projects shown in the Bernat Book 104 published in 1962 . These were designed by Mirsa of Italy, a name I have run across before in old ads and booklets. The first picture shows a pullover for sizes 6 through 12 in yellow and white with a large face-framing collar. The pattern is made with slip stitches and stranding. The same sweater is shown in color in the small photo. The cardigan, drafted for the same sizes, in knit in yellow, white, and navy. Both sweaters have raglan sleeves.

The next two cardigans are made with interesting pattern stitches, one uses texture alone, and one uses texture and color. The man's cardigan has a shawl collar and banded pockets with contrast pockets on the chest, body, pockets and sleeves. The materials list says it is knit in white and crimson. The boy's cardigan has an attractive pattern stitch that uses YOs and crossed stitches, and has garter bands. The buttonholes are sideways and not vertical, and it causes the buttons to slide off to the side and look sloppy.

I like a ribbed texture stitch in a sweater. This man's raglan pullover looks very neat and classic. The girl's sweater, a raglan pullover with a large collar, is also shown in the color picture below and is knit in red and navy.

The color picture shows color-work sweaters. The woman's pullover is knit from a chart and has dropped-shoulder sleeves and a straight neckline. The man's pullover is knit in white, walnut, and black, and has raglan sleeves and a turtle neck. I have never worn a sweater with a straight-across neckline, but I wouldn't think it was very comfortable. Easy to knit, though.

Lucky for us, the weather has changed for the better. Yesterday never got out of the 90's, and this morning it is overcast and cool. At least I think it is overcast, it could just be more smoky than usual.

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