When WAG Screen decided to make a film to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we had no idea that we would meet with so much generosity and love. I can think of no better way to mark such a poignant anniversary. We now have a team of over 250 knitters offering their expertise, knowledge, knitting time and even dipping into their own stashes to help. We also have wool donated from Rowan Wool, Texere, Jamiesons of Shetland, Frangipani aka Guernseywool.co.uk and Blacker (thank you all). However, just as we had no idea that this wonderful knitting project would blossom from our original plan, we hadn’t budgeted for it either and the postage alone is considerable! Please help us either directly or by posting the link to our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you xx
Knitting designer Liz Lovick has modernised the 1918 pattern below for today’s knitter, with all the extra information required as well as yarn and needle sizes. We have made it part of our Kickstarter fundraiser: Check out the updates there for more. £15.00 donation is all that is required.
I am a fair way trough knitting a shawl now, I love this and will feel a little sad to say goodbye to it, I love shawls and this one is right up my ally! With this pattern there seems to be some disagreement as to what size needles you should use, now with shawls sometimes it really doesn’t matter what yarn you use it just means you change the needles depending on the weight and this pattern is one of those, I am using a DK yarn and the pattern says ’8bell gauge’ needles so I researched this and it is apparently a modern 4mm..however the shawls that have already been knitted have used either 5mm or 5.5! so what do I use!?
The pattern was written in such a way that any beginner can understand it which is great however I found it a little too wordy so have rewritten it, I wasn’t sure if this was a good idea at first but then I decided the only way to find the right needle size was to do a few ‘swatches’ of the pattern so was glad I wrote it up as it was much easier to knit without all the words in between!
here are the different samples I knitted up
I have to say I am leaning more towards the 4mm, which is great because I have already started knitting with the 4mm! I know it will take longer but it will look nicer, and it really wont take that much longer, I think as a knitter that is the first thing that goes trough your head when you go down a needle size!? before I did the samples I asked the people in the know, and had decided to knit it up in different needles while I awaited the decision, after all it may have been needed and it would give me peace of mind that it is right!
And the reply to this was to do it in the 4mm which was my original thinking’s,Phew I have done more than enough ripping back in the last few months and relieved that i did not have to do more! It did seem that the size needed has been debated more than a few times but it just seemed right to me that it would be in the 4mm, really should have learned by now to trust myself, I think I was worried about getting it wrong and having to do over once finished!
So Glad I Didn’t Have to Frog It!
It is coming along nicely now and can’t be too far of finishing the main part, can’t wait to add the stripes!!
(written by Elizabeth Lovick, Northern Lace)
As I am frequently looking at old photographs and recreating knitwear based on them, I was delighted when Pauline sent me the photo of Grace in a jacket she had probably knitted herself and asked me whether I could copy it. The photo is clear, and the way Grace is posed means that all the important parts of the design are visible, so my answer was Yes!
Before the yarn arrived I looked hard at the photo to work out the details of the jacket’s construction, then worked out the stitch pattern. I narrowed it down to two possibilities on paper, then knitted them up to see which was right. After only a few rows I realised the first one was wrong, but the second one was right.
When the yarn arrived I worked out what needle size to use. The yarn chosen, donated by Rowan, is almost exactly the same thickness as the yarn Grace used for her original jacket.
The actress playing Grace is Victoria Rigby. I had been sent her measurements so the next job was doing the maths to make it exactly the right size for her.
Now I have started knitting the back. Some tweaking will need to be done as I go along, but the harder parts of the design work are done.
If you would like to see a more detailed account of the process, go to my blog, Northern Lace.
Seeing the items knitted anew from old patterns is a little like time travelling. Sheila Cunnea knitted this beautiful cardigan using a 1918 pattern and Rowan Creative Focus Worsted wool.
The 21st century model is Bryony Roberts.