Sunday, December 01, 2013

Knitting for Victory

After several years of knitting, I have finally bitten the bullet and decided to knit myself a garment.
I've knitted hats, beanies, newsboy caps, scarves, toys, half a blanket and various other items, but I've never been brave enough to knit myself a jumper.
It's the sleeves I'm scared of. I've heard stories about people having trouble with their sleeves and armholes and shaping and bodices and all manner of knitting conundrums.

But I've decided to get over those fears. Afterall, there is no technique in this pattern that I am not familiar with. And everyone used to knit their own clothes, so it can't be that hard, right?
To ensure that I don't shy away from the more difficult parts I've decided to join a knit-along.
I saw By Gum, By Golly's Knit for Victory Knit Along back in November, when it started, and seriously considered joining, but decided against it.
But after a recent trip away, my dear sister brought me back 8 balls of the most delicious yarn. So I decided to cast on and join Knit for Victory.

The Knit Along gives you until the 31st of January 2014 to complete any 1940's inspired garment, be it a jacket, hat or even a pair of gloves.
I have a whole book filled with treasures from the 1930's, 40's & 50's so finding a pattern wasn't hard.
It'll be getting it finished that will be the hard part.

You see, as of today, the 1st of December, it is officially Summer here in Australia. Summer is hot, and sticky, and not ideal weather for knitting a winter jumper.
And because I have joined the knit-along a whole month late, I have just 62 days to get my jumper finished.
If it were winter I wouldn't be worried, but it's not. I seriously doubt that I'll get it done in time, but I'm going to try anyway! I like a challenge. And luckily it doesn't usually get too hot here in summer, except in the days before a storm. Then it is almost unbearable.

So wish me luck in my knitting ventures.
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The Details:
I'm using Morris & Son's Empire 4ply, a lovely Australian Merino yarn, in Kingfisher Blue
I'm making it into the Clara Bow-Panel Sweater from the gorgeous book Knit Vintage


  1. Oh this challenge sounds fantastic! I am so excited to see what you create! I have no doubt that it will be beautiful!

  2. Good luck and have fun with your project! Can't wait to see the outcome! Your pictures are wonderful!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm really enjoying it so far :-)

  3. You can do it! Just think of the beautiful classic sweater you'll have come Winter :-).

    1. Thank-you so much for your encouragement!! :-D

  4. Gosh good luck with this, I'm relearning to knit next year, so my best thoughts are with you! It is a beautiful yarn you have there...Chrissie x

  5. Good luck with this jumper, my friend! I only wish I can knit. I'm sure it will turn out looking real pretty...what lovely yarn you've got

  6. Best of luck with this Sarah! You're braver than me. I'm still at the hat/scarf/mitten stage ;) I do have quite a large stash of some lovely green (my fav colour) Shetland wool that my mom had in her stash ... I think she meant for it to be a sweater, so maybe someday ... for sure keep us up to date with your progress so we can cheer you on!! Wendy x

    1. Thank-you Wendy! I'm sure you'll get to the clothing stage one day too - I never thought I would! And truth be told I'm quite nervous that it won't turn out and I'll be put off making clothes forever lol!
      Sarah x

  7. I admire you, I'm still nervous about attempting a large project although I enjoy knitting. I love 1940s style clothes too. I have a blanket on the go and as we are in the grip of winter it will be fun to sit in front of the fire and work on it. I expect you will have plenty of outdoor work competing for your time.


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