Knitting Patterns by Lyndell

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This is the blog of a constant crafter - a 'showcase' for some of the things I make, some hints for crafting & recylcing - lots of photos and some words. I hope it will inspire.
Please Note: all photos are Copyright.

My Blythe Dolls have their own blog where they are showing lots of photos from our holiday in France - it is here.


Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Plotting and Planning

Sometimes the plotting and planning of a project is the very best bit - and sometimes a project proceeds no further than that stage! But let me tell you of my latest schemes :-)

Now I may have mentioned before that I have a very large collection of vintage knitting patterns ... one I've had for a very long time is also one of the oldest in my collection. A Patons & Baldwins "Helps to Knitters" leaflet No: 2324 - probably dates from the early 1930s. There are 2 patterns in the leaflet - only they are called "Recipes".

Don't you just love the snooty model - she looks so terribly bored (and so terribly thin!)

I've been wanting to knit this little top for decades and finally I've found some yarn which I think will work. You see, back in the 1920s and 30s a lot of handknits were in rayon yarns - and in my work with vintage clothing I have seen (and fondled) some rayon handknits ... lovely things :-) Rayon has a sheen and great stitch definition for lace knitting. But until recently, rayon yarn was just not obtainable - until all the bamboo yarns came on the market. "Bamboo" is just a rayon fibre made (we presume) from bamboo rather than from crop waste or timber or some other source of cellulose. Unfortunately, most of the bamboo yarns are in the thicker plys and the vintage knits call for thinner stuff ... but I stumbled upon this 4ply Cleckheaton Bamboo at my favourite yarn shop + cafe - A Coffee and A Yarn YIPPEE

Now I wonder if I can get the snooty look and thin arms (well maybe not that thin!) by the time I finish the garment?

There is also a great deal of plotting and planning is going on in the dolly department.

Simplicity have issued a pattern for Blythe doll clothes - mine arrived today from This is Blythe and Lillian is trying to decide what she would like first - her pet green bird is trying to help but I think he is confusing matters somewhat.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Knitting for my Grandduaghter

Finally - Finally - finished ... the vintage style dress. This languished all neglected for a while but I finally bought some buttons (with shiny pearl finish) and dealt with the dilemmas caused by the collar. Thankfully I had knit it rather too large and so it will still fit my little granddaughter, she's 19 mths old now.

I think it'll look even prettier on her :-) it is a combination of 3 very vintage patterns (I think the earliest was from the 1930s) and I dyed the yarn myself - and ran out so I had to dye up some more the same !!! (see my post from March).

Here is a close up of the front bodice & collar


and the back with those buttons (from All Buttons Great & Small in Newtown)











I'm so pleased with how pretty this dress has turned out :-) here's another picture, this time of the skirt with its graduated waves ...

I'm also making a twin-set for my sweet little granddaughter - also vintage inspired but not quite a classic, conservative Twin-Set. The styling will be totally classic; all in 4ply (sock yarn) the jumper with short sleeves, in a lace stitch and with buttons at the back neck - the cardigan with a medium buttoning V neck, mostly stocking stitch with panels of the same lace stitch as the jumper. Very Classic - Very 1950s.

However, the colour is not classic & conservative at all ...
I kettle dyed that yarn too - both the mad, psychadelic purples and the aqua for the dress are Bendigo Woollen Mills "Luxury" 4 ply - originally "Frost" which is white. I dip dyed the purples twice - the first time most of the colours were really quite pallid, so I mixed up more colour and dipped again. Much Stronger Colours!

Well granddaughter looks lovey in all shades of purple and mauve so why shouldn't she have them all at once!

Finished the jumper this morning - here is it in all its eye-popping, digital camera confusing glory!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Been away but now ... I'm Baack!

Had a lovely time with our daughter and grandkids :-) spent some wonderful quality time together. Ahhh if only we all lived in the same city - or state even!

Gave daughter the big, warm cardigan with "random rabbits" - finished it just in time :-)


the Back and a Sleeve.

My intarsia is far from perfect but the bunnies looked OK with some knit-stitch embroidery - gave them all very fluffy tails with some eye-lash yarn. Daughter says that wearing the cardigan is like "a hug from mum" :-)

Grandson got a Pirate's Beanie ... he loves dressing up as a pirate, and pirates ALWAYS wear stripes! I incorporated his favourite colour - green - and based the shape on a vintage pattern, the motif is a purchased sew-on type.

Darling grandson also did some 'modelling' of his Retro Vest (see previous posts ... it is based on a Vintage pattern called "Lance").

I've several knitting projects for our granddaughter that are not-quite-finished ... but so she doesn't feel left out of this post, here she is modelling a beanie I made some time ago.

A Cleckheaton pattern # 951 "Cocoon Baby" - I dyed the yarn with “blossom spots” in pink and green.