10 000 Years b.r.

What did you do in the olden dayes, mummy?
Well son, back in the dark ages, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, long before the internets were invented and St Bob gave us ravelry, we used to go to the wool shop and choose from the delightful range of knitting patterns on offer …

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My mum’s been having a clear out of her old knitting patterns. She was going to throw them away! Of course I objected violently and so she gave them to me instead. I don’t know if I will ever knit anything from them.  There are a lot of of aran jumper patterns in there (which probably explains where I got my love of cabling from) and I will probably use the stitch patterns at least.  And anyway I like having them if only for comedy sentimental value.

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football hat scarf patternThis pattern is where it all started.  I was a football-mad 11 year old tomboy who refused all my mother’s efforts to teach me ‘girly’ stuff like sewing and knitting, and I desperately wanted a Liverpool FC scarf. My mum refused to buy me one or make me one, instead she took me to the wool shop to pick a pattern and wool to make my own. So I had to learn to knit.  I also made my Dad and Grandad hats from this pattern.

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lovely hatsI once made my sister a hat from this leaflet, the one on the top left. Lovely. Luckily for her, both my knitting skills and my taste in fair isle hats have improved since then
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landscape jumperMy mum made me this jumper, at my request. Look, it was the 80s and I was a teenager and I thought it was beautiful. And I wore it a lot. Not that I do ever doubt that my mum loves me, but if I ever wanted to make sure, I just have to look at this pattern. It’s not just all that (shudder) intarsia, which I now know she hates as much as I do. It’s the pattern itself. pattern You’d expect to find a chart when you opened that leaflet, wouldn’t you? Well you’d be wrong. It is written out, line by line, not a chart in sight. And my mum still knitted it for me. That’s love.

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4 responses to “10 000 Years b.r.

  1. ahhhh picture sweaters….those were the days! and yup, your Mam loved you to bits, and if her grandson wanted a picure sweater of Gandalf I’m sure that you could chart it yourself 😉

  2. LOL! thanks for posting this, you have made my morning. I am loving the cowboy themed Childrens Thick Cardigans. Awww pleasepleaseprettyplease will you bring them to knitting group for me to see? They look hilarious.

  3. I’ll bring selected highlights

  4. I was knitting 80s picture sweaters too, but I just followed the photo on the front of patterns as a kind of chart. Might be hard to believe but in those days charts were hard, so the written out pattern was good marketing technique!

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