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1930s Tennis Blouse

(Tennis blouse, part 1.)

This one spent quite a few weeks in time-out before I finally dealt with all the little things that were annoying me about it. First, I have decided that I really do not like knitting with cotton. The fiber has no give, and my fingers actually started to feel a bit sore after awhile. Also, it may not have been such a good idea to stray so far from the original pattern. One word: STRIPES. Since I knit the front in pieces, they were a b***h to match up. Plus, the lace pattern slants to the right (oops), so it was tricky to seam so it laid evenly. I’m not pleased with my finishing on this one either, but it’s time to call it a day. It’s quite pretty…if you don’t look too closely at it.

Pattern: 1930s Striped Sweater with Lace Panel, from Vintage Knitting
Yarn: Rowan 4-ply Cotton (discontinued) in aegean and fresh, 3 balls each
Needles: #2s for the ribbing and #3s for the body
Raveled here (with detailed pattern notes, not that I suggest you follow them!)

Kate took these pics today, a very gloomy Labor Day. No tennis racket to hand, but I found my grandparents’ old croquet set in our garage. I think this qualifies as random nerdiness.

4 Comments to 1930s Tennis Blouse

  1. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    September 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    This looks great! Super-cute.

  2. emmms's Gravatar emmms
    September 9, 2009 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous! What a fab piece; you may just have inspired me to get my knit on!

  3. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    September 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I love the comparison of the two photos!

  4. Person hinter den Worten's Gravatar Person hinter den Worten
    September 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Really beautiful, great job! 🙂

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