Monthly Archives: November 2013

Brunswick Mostly Male

Here is a look at one of my other vintage knitting booklets.


As the name implies, it is mostly patterns for men, though some styles are seen on both sexes.

Check out this centerfold:


Who wore it better, the man or the woman? And is that a chain with an astrological sign that the man is wearing with his swimsuit and sweater?


I think one of the models looks like Jack Wagner, but several other possibilities were advanced at knitting group but I can’t remember them.

Anyone up for knitting an entire knit pantsuit?


And to round out the collection a lightening bolt sweater for the geek in your life. Don’t forget the matching hat!


I can’t lie, I’ve contemplated knitting a pantsuit just for comedy’s sake. Though there are kind of cute knit pantsin the new More Modern Top Down Knitting book…


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FO: Houndstooth Bonnet and Mittens

I finished up my last 2 items for the Epic Kal-Cal for Skein After Skein!  I needed to finish a hat and a pair of gloves or mittens.  Since I’ve been on a bonnet kick, I had to make another bonnet!

Hat pattern: Houndstooth Bonnet by Wendy Bernard from Knitscene Accessories,2012.

Yarn: Knit Picks Capra (DK weight) in Topaz and Sea Spray.  I used two balls of the main color and one ball of the contrast for hat and mittens with a little bit left over.

Needles: US 5 for the colorwork, and US3 for the ribbing.

Hat Start Date: October 26, 2013

Finish Date: November 15, 2013

Notes:  The colorwork portion of the bonnet is knit flat, which  means stranding back and forth.  That doesn’t bother me too much, but my tension on my left hand purling is pretty crappy which just means that it takes me longer than it would if I did it in the round.  You pick up stitches to finish off the crown of the bonnet.  The pattern has you decreasing every other row, but I didn’t love the puckered look of the crown in the original pattern.  I changed to decreasing every two rows which gave me a larger crown.  This is good because I have a head on the large side (something like 23″).  The hat pattern is written for three sizes and I had trouble deciding which one to make.  I ultimately knit the medium size, but with my mods in the back for a little extra room.  (And not so much puckering!)

My only other mod was for the ties.  The pattern has you knit a long I-cord and then sew it down to the bottom.  I took the suggestion of another Raveller and knit I-cord for as long as I wanted the tie and then did an attached I-cord edging along the bottom of the bonnet and then continued with I-cord for the other tie.  Much easier!

Now the mittens!

Mitten pattern: Houndstooth Check Mittens by Sarah H. Arnold  – a free Rav pattern!

Yarn and Needles same as bonnet.  I had ordered an extra ball of brown because I was worried about running out of the bonnet, but then decided to use it for mitts.  For the record, you can make the bonnet with just under a skein of Capra (MC only), and the mittens for even less.

Start Date: November 14, 2013

Finish Date: November 17, 2013

I had been thinking about making matching mitts for my hat and then I stumbled upon this free pattern in the Anthopologie Mitten KAL.  It used the same houndstooth stitch pattern and  had the same gauge as my hat!  (Though the pattern does call for thicker yarn.)  I pretty much followed the pattern.  Instead of starting the thumb gusset on the 6th row, I started it on the 2nd row.  I wanted the wrist to be snug, and I was worried about how much yarn I had.

I had some problems with the directions, but some of that was due to the fact I printed it out in black and white and I wasn’t quite sure where the thumb was supposed to go.  I think there was a red line indicating where, but I couldn’t see it.  I just put it in the middle of the chart and then moved on.  I ended up with an extra stitch on my thumb, I think, but that was good because it was a little snug.  Otherwise no issues.

I love my vintage-y set!  I feel like I am getting potentially weird looks on the street wearing my bonnet, but I don’t really care.  It maybe looks a little dumb when the ties are tied, but that’s what needs to be done when it is windy and cold!  My sister was flying through Los Angeles yesterday with a long afternoon layover, so she helped me take these pictures down in Manhattan Beach.  A very quiet overcast day at the beach!

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Columbia-Minerva Knit Scene

Two weeks ago I went to Torrance for the Southern California Handweavers Weaving and Fiber Festival. My parents were in town so they came with me. My Mom is an accomplished knitter, spinner and crafts person and my Dad is very accommodating of our hobbies! Well, he is into wood working so he was able to chat with the “nut guy” who turns support spindle bowls and little containers out of brazil(?) nuts.

At the festival there were a ton of old books and magazines being sold for the guild. I hit the mother load and came away with a dozen really awesome vintage knitting magazines. From the 1950s to the 1970s. I’ll show you some highlights over the next week or two.

One of my favorites was this one:


After I added it to my Ravelry library I saw that all of the patterns are available free on Free Vintage Knitting. That should link you directly to the patterns for this booklet.

I love everything about this booklet. It is from 1968 and it is very mod! I love the picture in front of the huge calculation machines!

This is one of my favorites:


But my absolute favorite is the Orangetown Dress. Not to mention the matching helmet!!


I want it so bad! I haven’t decided what color I would want to make it in. I love the yellow of the original, but I was thinking about orange maybe. Lucas helped me try some options in photoshop and he created an awesome .gif to show some of them off!


What’s your favorite period for vintage or retro patterns? I love them all!


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FO: Fuzzy Lemongrass

I finished my Lemongrass in the fuzzy Noro yarn.  I was aware that it was a bit of a risk, but I don’t know if it paid out.  Eh.  They can’t all be winners.

My Rav Page here.

Pattern: Lemongrass by Joji Locatelli

Yarn:  Noro Kochoran, in #17, about 5 1/2 skeins.

Needles: US11

Notes: This yarn was pretty deep stash.  I was pretty committed to using it.  It is super comfy and cozy.  The dimensions of the sweater came out to the right size, but I did lengthen it by a few inches.  I am almost debating shortening it to the length in the pattern.  But then I’d have to redo all the ribbing, and maybe I don’t care enough.  The cable pattern is fairly obscured by the fuzzy angora yarn, but it may be a little more visible in person than in these pictures.   The yarn is super soft but it did shed quite a bit while knitting and I’d end up with hairs in my eyes and nose sometimes.  I think I extended the collar a bit to make it nice and plush.

Since I lengthened the body, I made the buttonholes a little lower than in the pattern.  I wish I had left them where they were because the gaps at the side are a little long.

I do like this, but I definitely don’t love it.  Because it is an oversized sweater this yarn may not have been the best choice.  The busy fuzzy yarn seems to accentuate the large size.  It’s not super flattering.  It looks a bit like a sack at times.

So yeah, now I’m back to my comfort zone of solids and semi-solids.  🙂

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