One of the things you learn from getting older, especially with regard to fashion, is that if you wait long enough, the style you loved but has fallen out of favor will return.
I flipped through the Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2008 issue that arrived yesterday thinking that I wouldn’t find much to interest me. I don’t like knitting with “summer yarns”, and for knitting purposes I imagine that summer doesn’t exist and I’m living in a world that has perpetual fall and winter. I almost always knit with wool or wool blends. And in general, there are at most only one or two designs in a VK that I deem worthy of knitting. I enjoy the articles and often will consider something—a stitch pattern, a sweater shape, a featured yarn—to use for a sweater of my own. I find the schematics for sweater shapes very useful in planning original sweaters. So I’ve collected all the VKs since they began to republish in the 1980s. (I first started buying VK in the 1960s, and I was disappointed that they suspended publication in the 1970s, in reaction to what I assume was a lack of readership.)
In the new edition, there is a Kaffe Fassett jacket. This immediately caught my eye because it was so beautiful.
But then I took a double-take. This is the exact design in the first Rowan kit I bought years ago—Moghul Gardens.
This kit is so old (circa 1985) that it doesn’t use Rowan DK. The background yarn is Chunky Tweed, which I’m sure has been discontinued for ages. The color yarns are the kind of Persian yarns I’ve generally seen for needlepoint. I had no idea what I was getting into when I even considered Moghul Gardens. The original pattern has you knit the back and front in one piece (no shoulder seam). You start at the bottom of the back and when you reach the shoulders, you reverse the design! There is no chart, and each row reads something like:
2J, 1A, 1D, (3A, 1D, 1A, 3J, 1A, 3J, 1A, 1D) to last 7 sts, 3A, 1D, 1A, 2J
This version has 16 colors plus the Chunky Tweed background. Here are 13 plus the Chunky Tweed:
The new version has only 8 colors. It has a chart. And it is fitted, with the fronts and back knitted bottom up.
I had put this kit on the back burner because of its difficulty, thinking I’d get to one of my easier seven Rowan kits, the Susan Duckworth Deco sweater, first—and it will probably be the first I attempt. I had planned to become more skillful in intarsia before tackling Moghul Gardens. But I think I’ll use some of the modifications in the new version, such as the fitted look and knitting the pieces bottom up, when I do get around to this kit.
On the actual knitting front, Liv’s sleeves are finally the right length. I basted in one of them, and it is exactly where I want it to be. The second sleeve is knit, but not blocked. In a few more days, there should be a modeling shot.