Sunday, March 9, 2014

knit one, purl one.......

...or was it knit one, slip one purl ways, knit one, pass slip stitch over?? Oh I don't know...my head is in a bit of a muddle. You see I have decided to knit a jumper, using random balls of 8ply pure wool that I found tucked away in a cupboard; in readiness for Winter. I know, I realise the rest of Australia seems to still be in the throes of hot weather, but for us down  here at the bottom of the world (Tassie) it is getting a little cool and besides, by the time I have finished my jumper, Winter will have us in it's icy stranglehold!



Why am I in a muddle, you ask? Well.......... I'm not really following a pattern....I am just going to make it up as I go along, knit by the 'seat of my pants' so to speak. I am going to refer to these oft-used knitting books that are filled from front cover to back cover with glorious stitch patterns, to mix my jumper up a bit, both in pattern and colour. These books are my knitting bible to which I have referred time and time again. Mmm......not quite sure how this will turn out. It's just as well I will only bum around this li'l ole abode, clad in this experiment  original design!! I don't suppose I should be seen in public wearing this 'coat of many colours'....the locals will really wonder about the quirky lady who lives in the house on the hill (not that they don't already).
 
You didn't know that I love to knit, did you?? I have been knitting for what seems forever! As a little girl, I adored going with my mum to the haberdashery, where each week she would buy a few balls of wool that she had put away, for whatever garment she was knitting. My mum was the most beautiful knitter. I remember the soothing clickety clack sound of her knitting needles. It seemed to me, that my mum whipped up cardies and jumpers in an amazingly short amount of time. Fair isle, aran, intarsia, lacey patterns, motif knitting; you name it, she knitted it. She was always knitting; wherever we went, she would whip out her needles and knit and chat. I remember that my brother and I were always garbed in beautiful hand knits. Indeed many a comment would pass between passersby and my mum about the gorgeous hand knits that we were wearing.
 
This cute as cute cardie is one that my mum knitted my Pip when she was a wee li'l girl!! Mother duck being followed by her wee baby ducklings, waddling across the front and back of the cardie!! This cardie was knitted 25 years ago, in Patons Bluebell, a favourite wool of my mums and was worn to death. It still looks as if it was knitted yesterday. Remember when picture knitting was the rage?? Some of you won't, but those of you who, like me, tip-toed on the earth with the woolly mammoths.....will vaguely remember!!
 
 A baby layette that my mum knitted for my Pip's christening. Isn't it beautiful?
 
I learnt to knit at my mother's knee. I actually remember knitting my first jumper when I was only 10 years old. I still remember the wool. It was a beautiful blue, black and white boucle wool. I felt very grown up when I would go with my mum and ask for two or three balls that were on lay by at the haberdashery and the lady behind the counter would hand me my very own balls of wool, for my very own jumper that I was knitting. Alas, I seem to remember my jumper had a few too many holes, but I didn't care, in my childlike way I was very proud of my holey jumper. I thought it the most beautiful jumper in the whole wide world. Why, my holey jumper would have been the height of fashion these days, where dropped stitches are the next big thing.
 
My mum taught me so many things......how important tension is, the different ply of wool, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, knitting with four needles, how to read a pattern......that she preferred to always knit with 100% pure wool, something that I have always remembered. Indeed there are pure wool garments that I  knitted 25 years ago and they are as beautiful today as they were way back then. Indeed, my daughter has commandeered some of them and wears them now. It seems thick cabled aran knits never go out of vogue. My mum told me to never hang hand knits on the line but to lay them flat on a towel to dry, another 'rule' that I strictly adhere to. So, so many little gems of my mum's knitting knowledge has been absorbed through my being. It's funny, isn't it, the things that we remember our mums telling us.
 
My mum always said that knitting is easy; that it is really just two stitches....knit and purl. Everything is a combination of these two stitches; a combination of knit and purl and the thousand ways that these two stitches can be interpreted and played with. And do you know what, knitting is easy. You can make it as simple or as complex as you want.

Now back to this woolly garment that I am going to knit. I knitted my husband this jumper a couple of seasons ago; again with no pattern; again making it up as I go.
 
The Front 

The Back 

And I must admit, that it didn't turn out half bad. Pattern after glorious pattern all combined in what adds up to be a very original jumper. Anyway my husband seems to live in it, so I am guessing that he considers it okay as well. It is made from 8ply pure wool and is wonderfully soft and warm.

So, first things first. I have knitted a lovely cable bask; much spiffier than a boring knit one, purl one rib; don't you think.





Then the fun begins. The fun of mixing different colours and patterns.
 
This pattern is called 'crossed bi colour stitch' knitted in two colours; incorporating knit and purl stitches  and slipping stitches purl wise. Easy....it is.....really and truly!! I tell no lie!!
 
This pattern is a 'garter slip stitch' pattern, also using two colours.
 
This pattern is called Knot Ridges using many colours and slipping stitches to make little knots.


 BUT......the problem with 'making it up as you go' is that one makes little and BIG boo boos and one has to unravel some rows (sometimes many, many rows) and start again! It's just as well I am a patient gal!!





Deary, deary me!! Me thinks, this jumper is not going to be finished yesterday!! Indeed, it looks as if this original design is going to take quite a long, long time!!

 
So....all is well with my knitting world again; well at least for the time being. The stitches are back on the needles, the slight hiccup remedied and I can incorporate the next pattern. Mmm...I wonder what pattern I'll choose. Will it be a two colour brick pattern....or perhaps a two colour star stitch pattern.....or better still a lattice stitch pattern....oh I don't know....there are just too, too many glorious patterns from which to choose!! 
 
So toodlepips....I'll report back with a 'blow by blow' communique, when my jumper has grown some!!

 
Happy Knitting !!
 
Linking up to  Rainbow Hare Wool on Sundays





22 comments:

  1. Your knitting is just as creative and amazing as your quilting and sewing creations! What fun to work on an adventure as you knit. Our Miss O (12) has been experimenting with a little knitting this weekend and has requested a trip to Lincraft to choose some lovely soft yarns to work with.

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  2. You are a braver woman than me. there is no way I would venture to knit up a jumper unaccompanied by a pattern. Obviously you are way more accomplished knitter and I am sure your jumper will be a triumphant testament to your skills. Good luck anyway, may your mistakes be few and your jumper a beauty

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  3. Looks like you definitely inherited your mothers' talent. Your cabled ribbing is wonderful! The baby knits do look perfect still. So nice to have them. I'll be watching your progress on this 'patternless' Cardi. I'd be lost on something so big. A hat is one thing, but a Cardi? Enjoy the sound of your needles.

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  4. I think it is good not to follow a pattern and go with your know how. I love the mix of patterns, you won't get bored, and the mix of colours, fabulous!

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    1. You are so, so right Teresa, I most certainly will not be bored knitting this jumper, though there are certainly a few other emotions that will come to the fore whilst knitting and unravelling this jumper!! Thank you so much for visiting!!

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  5. I'm so glad to have found your lovely blog. Your Mum's knitting is beautiful and I LOVE your patchworky jumpers. Your husband's looks great and I think yours is going to be even nicer :) Thank you for linking up with Wool on Sundays :)

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  6. I know nothing about knitting or crochet... Except that I love the projects. Just not patient enough to actually learn it myself. I like your style!

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  7. Well, well Miss Kim!! This is absolutely amazing. Love your misters sweater. I can only imagine how soft and comfy these 'jumpers' are. You are one talented lady!

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  8. hopping from wool on sunday, that is such a unique sweater. Love it. Have fun making yours now.. your mom's work is absolutely lovely.

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  9. Wow! Your sweaters are a visual delight, and I can only imagine how soft and squishy all those different patterns feel. Love, LOVE the cables throughout, and the colours ... everything! Your Mom's ducky sweater and christening gown are beautiful! I have some knitted sweaters my mom made for my kids, and they're highly treasured and were worn continuously as well :) Keep us posted with the progress, I love seeing knit patterns, and all together like this in one piece is such a treat! Enjoy your day! Wendy x

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. There is something about cable patterns, isn't there; they add wonderful warmth and visual interest in the different designs. I must say that the knits that my mum knitted for my girls are treasured heirlooms. Somehow they bring my mum very near and all those wonderful knitting memories swirl around and around in happy remembrance!! Have a lovely day, Wendy!! Kim xx

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  10. I am in awe, to be able to make it up as you go and have it turn out well is amazing to me. I learned to knit and purl at my mother's side too, but after my teenage years, a scarf or two, and a couple pair of slippers, it didn't stick. I remember starting a sweater but not finishing it. Didn't help that it was probably summertime when, paradoxically, there was plenty of free time for such things but no A/C in the house at that time. Your sweater will be gorgeous and unique. I'm excited to see how it turns out!

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  11. How amazingly clever you are to be able to knit patchwork. I have never seen anything as original and creative as this and I can't wait to see the finished jumper. Philippa xx

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    1. Thank you Philippa!! As for the unveiling of the finished jumper....mmm...could take a while; I seem to unravel more than I knit!!

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  12. Oh my goodness, you are so CLEVER!! I know that you say that knitting is easy, but I just don't find it so! I am in awe of your mum's work, as well as your amazing knit-as-you-go creations. The last picture with all the different patterns is simply amazing. I have already told my children that our family heirlooms will not be of the knitted variety (well, not from me anyway!); they will have to make do with quilts! I am so looking forward to your completed jumper!! PS How on earth do you keep track of where you are up to? I used to get all mixed up with simplest of patterns!

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  13. Oh, wow! Both you and your Mum have made so many beautiful pieces!! My mom was a knitter, too. I especially remember one little green sweater that I wore everywhere when I was 5-6. LOVED it! And she made sweet little outfits for my children when they were born. Beautiful.

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  14. Your blog is such a delight! I'm glad you joined the NeedleBook Swap so I could find it.hah.ah.a.ha

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  15. The knot ridges with many colours is so wonderful! Would you be able to give detailed instructions for that stitch? I searched on the net..couldn't find any.
    In fact, the other stitches you've used are also extremely attractive

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    1. Hi Hema,
      The pattern is called Knot Ridges.The pattern requires a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1.
      The pattern is:
      Rows 1-4 Using main colour work 4 rows in stocking stitch, starting with knit on right side.
      5th row Using 2nd colour k1, (k1, yf, k1) into next st. *sl 1, (k1, yf, k1) into next st; repeat from * to last st, k1.
      6th row Using 2nd colour, k1, k3tog tbl, *sl1, k3tog tbl; rep from * to last st, k1.
      Repeat these 6 rows.
      In my jumper I of course used many colours for rows 5 and 6
      Abbreviations: yf - yarn forward, tog - together, tbl - through back of the loop.
      I hope this helps you. If you have any queries please let me know. Have a lovely day. Kim xx

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    2. Thank you so much, Kim, for responding so quickly. I'll definitely try this. The fact that you've used so many colours is what gives additional zing to the simple pattern! I loved the effect. Will try to share my creation when I'm done:)

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    3. You are most welcome, Hema. I would love to see your lovely finished creation when finished. Kim xx

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  16. Oh I've just come across this post on your blog - what a wonderful creation - I'm going to go hunting tomorrow to see if I can find the finished article ... I always fancied making a blanket like that, but never thought of a jumper - I don't think I have the skill to make up a pattern - maybe I'll try it someday - I too learned to knit from my mother when I was very small, and while I can knit anything from a pattern I'd love to have a go at creating something myself ... You're inspiring me :) Fil

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