From my first foray with the beret nightmare through to the Just William pullover and my recent cardigan from a few posts ago, I've started to enjoy following the patterns and choosing my own colour combos. Heck, I'm even designing a pair of patterned wrist-warmers and am currently knitting up the prototype pair. But what I'm thinking of doing next is madness in my mind, considering my slow knitting pace.
I'm planning to re-write a pattern from the 1920s for a Fair Isle coat and knit it up. Its the cream one on the bottom right of the below cover.
I'd love to have an original copy of the above booklet just for the full-length coat alone, but luckily my chosen pattern has been digitised and saved here, as published in The Australasian, May 31 1924.
As the newspaper print is tiny and still annoying to read even when blown-up, I will re-write the pattern. I'll re-do the charts too, but it looks like its a straightforward pattern repeat so hopefully there'll be no unwelcome surprises.
As for colour, the original pattern uses 'putty', 'blue' and cherry'. However, I'm more swayed by the colours used in the full length coat, so am thinking about black, red, teal and either green or yellow.
Am I mad?
Will I finish it?
Will the finished coat even suit me?
Who knows, but I'm hoping it'll be a fun project to have a go at and will keep me busy over winter, spring, summer, autumn....