Knitting to commemorate the First World War

Recreating a Jacket

(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!

Grace original sm

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.

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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.

swatch and yarn

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.

measurements

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.

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If you would like to see a more detailed account of the process, go to my blog, Northern Lace.

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2 responses

  1. It is a beautiful stitch – does it have a name Liz?

    January 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    • No, Pauline – but then naming stitches is a modern thing! It is a useful one as it is double sided – the reverse isn’t the same, but is equally good!

      January 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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