back & front

Well.  I am astonished!

The back of my sweater is completed.

From this book:  VINTAGE KNIT

The more I progress with this sweater, the more I am besotted with this book.  In my collecting of vintage knit & crochet books, I have ALWAYS wanted to somehow make those garments pictured in black & white but ALWAYS got completely lost with the terminology of the antiquated directions.

That's why this book is becoming more & more dear to me --- Marine Malak & Geraldine Warner have revived those classic designs and made the patterns SO do-able with beginner knitters like me.

And this sentence ...
The main thing to anticipate when approaching an older pattern is often patience.
...can be applied to so many things.

 Not just patterns.

Ohhh!  Something else I have also learned from this endeavor:

Don't be afraid to take/scribble copious notes when constructing a garment.  

Make a copy of the pattern from the book - find an old spiral notebook the kids' used in science class - and start tabulating all those increases, decreases, repeats, etc.

How lovely is this?...the front panel involves a lace pattern.  And to see just a peek of it nestled among the ribbing is just perfect.

I am learning so much from all of this.

And honestly -- I'm quite shocked (but ecstatic!) that one book sent in the mail could cause such a dogged response from me...


annemarie said...

I am so impressed!! You are doing a wonderful job.

Jeanne said...

How spectacularly wonderful for you, Dawn!! The back looks great. The little lacy bit looks terrific as well. What an exciting feeling for you to see such success you progress with your project. Great testament to the book for sure! I wish you continued success!! :)

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

It looks awesome! I just know you will love this sweater for years to come. :)

Wishing you a most lovely day! :)

Marilyn said...

Love to read the excitement in such an accomplishment. You know you have taken a step forward when something like this actually appears in front of you. You're amazing...
and I look forward to the reveal.... down the catwalk... with lots of 'shoulder work'... you know to show full effect!!!! well done you...;) xx

Pradeepa said...

Will I ever learn to knit? I have a pair of knitting needles, a gift from my friend who didn't know the difference between knitting needle and crochet hook. Someone even taught me a basic stitch but after a few attempts I just lost interest. Whenever I see some nice knitting patterns I wish I had learnt it a bit more seriously then.

sajuki said...

great !
Greetings from Poland :)


Martha said...

beautiful knitted fabric in a lovely colour. looking forward to seeing it done :)
it always scares me - the big scale knitting like making jumpers, cardigans etc. id love to knit some nordic socks and mittens tho!

Anna said...

You are doing great !!!
Have fun !

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