I was salivating over a vintage kids’ pattern book from Patons the other day. The general styling looks like it might be from the 60’s? (There’s no date on the cover).
I decided I simply had to knit this for the young mister. I took the booklet to him, where he was busy playing a computer game. “Do you like this pattern? Can I knit it for you?”
He glanced at it quickly, went back to his game and said, “Yup….” I started to walk away, happily plotting what yarn I would use, when …”But I don’t like the neck. It looks like it could be itchy.”
Crest-fallen! But… the cabling…!! The lovely pattern…!! I went back to him, and turned the page. “What about this one then?”
A quick glance, “OK. It won’t be too hot.”
I still rather like the look of that first jumper, but if he won’t wear it, there’s no point in knitting it.
This one is also really nice:
I want it for me! The polo neck on this one definitely disqualifies it for consideration for knitting for a certain young man. Unless I adapt it into a v-neck.
There were a few other patterns that I liked the look of. This one for a girl looks sweet, although don’t they look like they forgot to put on their tights or at least skirts or jeans!? (I do recall my mother wearing similar things in the 70’s and even at my tender age, I thought she’d forgotten to wear half her outfit that day!)
Here’s another pattern that I’m quite liking for an adult-sized project:
There’s something about those pockets that particularly grab me. I think I’d make a looser neck though, and have it longer.
In many respects, those jumpers look quite modern, and could easily be knitted for a kid these days. The cardigan is probably the only ‘dated’ item from my point of view. I guess I’ll need to think about whether I should knit it for him or not, as he’s starting to be conscious of appearance. I don’t want to traumatise him by making him feel ‘uncool’. He might never wear my knits again!
There’s nothing like good cabling though – it’s timeless!
All I can think of now is which yarn to knit them in. I’m thinking 100% wool would be best, but oh, the possibilities!! Or maybe an alpaca/wool blend? Or a possum merino??
Do you find you do that? Look at a pattern and start to imagine what yarn you’d like to knit it in?