Friday, August 13, 2010

Sculptured Fair Isle by Jean Moss

I'm still away on vacation without my computer, and I'm hoping to have some knitting to show you when I return.  For now, I'll share a project from the past.

A long, lonnnnnggg time ago, before there were the 48 Rowan magazines, there were 6 amazing little Rowan Journals.  They were published 3 times a year for two years for members of Rowan International.  The first one was 32 pages, and that included both sides of the covers!  I have all of these small magazines and love them a lot. I have spent a lot of time just browsing through them over and over again, and I still enjoy them.   This is the first one:

I like the articles about designers' studios and the beautiful patterns. I still get compliments when I wear my "Sculptured Fair Isle" by Jean Moss from the first issue.  Jean designed this sweater for Ralph Lauren about 25 years ago. I made it with a German cotton from Wolle Rödel.  It was my local yarn store when I lived in Lahr-im-Schwarzwald (how I miss that city).

The yarn worked up to the correct gauge, was a matte cotton and came in large variety of colors, which is just what I needed.  Aside from the fair isle design, which I liked, there were also some purl stitches which made a textured design.  All in all, a very nice, well-written pattern.  I think that the sweater has withstood the test of time.  I would have no hesitation to make this one again someday, should this one wear out.  As a matter of fact, I may do just that as the cotton has stretched some since I first knit the sweater.  I made it in colors as close as I could match them from the original. I liked it just the way it was.  Here is the picture from the pattern in the magazine:

1 comment:

Jean Moss said...

So good to revisit my back catalogue and see one SO well knit. Would you mind if I used it on my own blog? You are a mine of information Joanne! :)