Friday, December 5, 2008

Retro Knit Friday!

Here's the last few fashions shown in the Columbia Minerva booklet from the early sixties. The sweaters are worn with slacks, straight skirts, and the sheath dress, which seems to be back in style.
The first sweater is a jacket trimmed with wide ribbon. The ribbon is threaded through gaps in the knitting and trims the sleeves and neckline. The gaps are formed by tying on new balls of yarn for every separate section of knitting, then joining all the sections together. All of these sweaters are made with the yarn called 'Firenze' which knit up at about 3 sts/inch.
The suit has a short jacket and a straight skirt. The sleeves of the jacket are cast onto the body, and all the edges are finished with knitted facings. The jacket closes with applied leather tabs.
This is a nice classic little jacket with cable-trimmed front edges and 3/4 set-in sleeves. It looks great over a sheath dress. The pattern is written in four sizes, from 12 to 18. The size 18 was for a body bust measurement of around 39 inches.
Boy, this pullover has Super Texture - a ridged pattern in the bulky yarn. You would really have to be slim to escape the weight-adding properties of this sporty sweater.

My husband is reporting to me that he loves the Woolease socks that he got for Christmas last year. It hasn't been cold enough to wear them before this fall. He says they are very warm and comfortable and are wearing well so far.

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