Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cherry Cardigan and Knitting Inspiration

As the weather gets colder and colder here, I'm rediscovering my love of knitting. I've started on the Cherry Cardi by Sasha Kagan, which I've wanted to knit for ages. It's supposed to be knit in Rowan Cashsoft 4ply, but as that yarn has been discontinued, I'm substituting Adorn Yarns Silky Cashmerino 4ply. I think it's actually nicer as it's 70% superfine merino, 20% silk and 10% cashmere.

The cardigan is a simple 2x2 rib, but it's quite a challenge increasing in ribbing while still keeping the rib pattern. I made it more difficult for myself by choosing to make the waist in the small and the rest of the cardigan in the medium size, so I'm having to increase a lot more. Hopefully it works!

Of course along the way I've found a whole lot of other cardigans and jumpers I want to knit! Most of them are by Susan Crawford from her Stitch in Time books, which are packed with original vintage patterns rewritten for today's knitter (multiple sizes, modern yarns, etc). A Stitch in Time: Vintage Knitting and Crochet Patterns 1920-1949 Volume 1 contains 59 patterns, which seems like value for money!

These are a few of my personal favourites. Blue Bird (from 1945) has a lovely lattice pattern and slight puff sleeves.

The Blackberry Cardigan (from 1947) is wonderful - I love the deep v-neck and those hilarious bobbles all over it.

Jersey with a Soft Bow is knit up in fine silk, it's so prissy and librarian-ish.

Sun-Ray Ribbing looks amazing and quite easy too, I love it in bright red.

I also rather like Such Flattering Puff Sleeves, although being rather large of shoulder, it might make me look a bit like a linebacker.

Volume Two has a whopping 80 patterns from 1930 - 1959, and is available as a PDF to download. 

Again, my favourites. Dinah's Lacey Jumper is so cute, especially the little button at the neck. I'd love to make it in pale pink or black.

The Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper is actually a cardigan, and looks so very warm and cosy. I particularly like the colour it's shown in here.

The promisingly-named Quick Work in Thick Wool is knit up in 10ply and looks fun and easy, although I'd be tempted to make it in a size smaller to get that negative ease I love so much.

Susan Crawford also has two other books, Vintage Gifts to Knit and Coronation Knits, both of which contain patterns inspired by the 40s and 50s.


  1. so great! My fabs are Bluebird and Jersey with soft bow.
    It's shame I am such a bad knitter!

  2. I luved everything! Your customs the hotrods the mexican dresses everything! Im a male not female but you have a very special talent & very beautiful & your cousin alice is gorgeous now i have a huge crush on her! Lol! I came across your site by accident & im glad i did very interesting keep up the good work girl & may God bless you!!! :-) oh yeah give your cousin alice a huge hug & kiss for me! Lol! ;-) from new mexico!

  3. Thank you, that's very sweet. Alice is a doll isn't she!