My recent discovery of vintage magazines in my loft set me thinking about some of the patterns I have knitted over the years, and how some were more successful than others!
One of my early favourites, which had lots of wear at the time, was a cream cotton top with a small cap sleeve and a lace panel across the top, front and back. I remember that the cotton was slubbed, and the top was extremely useful, dressed up or down. Sadly, it eventually lost its shape and was consigned to history.
I still have the pattern, stored safely in a folder, although I haven’t ever knitted it again. It’s the small inset photo; a cap sleeve version of the three-quarter sleeve top. Looking back, it’s a wonder I ever made it, as the tiny photo doesn’t show it off very well at all!
The pattern was from the old high-street store Littlewoods, who used to sell wool, once upon a time. I think it must be 1980s? There are 4 patterns in the booklet and I think the Dolman sleeve jumper looks quite modern, with its textured stitch and distinctive sleeve shaping. I’m tempted to give it a go …
But that will have to wait a while, as I spotted some slubbed Sirdar Beachcomber Cotton, the texture of which reminded me of the little cotton top from all those years ago … and I decided to knit the pattern again, this time in blue.
I’ll let you know how I get on!
Have you re-knitted an old pattern? Was it as good as you remembered? Did it become a new favourite? I’d love to hear about it!