Apart from the design, what also caught my eye are the variety of sizes the pattern caters for, as I find that many vintage patterns only go up to a 34-36" bust and occasionally a 38". I know that you can size a pattern up or down to suit, but as my math skills are virtually non-existent I'd rather have someone else do all the hard work for me, so that I can just get on with the knitting. I've chosen to knit the Dolman sleeve version and am knitting the main body in a dark grey 4-ply, but am as yet undecided about what colour to knit the contrast bands in - either a light grey or black. What do you think?
...and have completed the right arm and am now moving on to knit up the opposite side. I'm lucky that its been a easy pattern (don't speak too soon!!!) so far - but reckon that once I've got the front finished, I should whizz through the back. Although I'm not looking forwards to all that seaming and hope that after all this work it'll fit!
Finally - and this ties in quite nicely with my last post about the Wartime Farm book review, I have to thank LandGirl 1980 for her recent post promoting a charity knit for the Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover knitting pattern. This in turn led me to Susan Crawford's Just Call me Ruby blog where Susan has expertly reworked the original vintage pattern as a modern knit - and in a variety of sizes from a child up to an adult. Hurrah! the hard work's been done! The pattern in question is the Fair Isle pullover that co-presenter Alex Langlands nonchalantly wore during the BBC2 Wartime Farm series. You can purchase the pattern for £5 from here, where £2.50 of that price will go towards the well deserving Womens Land Army Tribute.