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Need Help Finding a Pattern

DClemens | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

I have been a subscriber to Threads from the beginning.  However, I’ve moved a few times, and regrettably,those old magazines just had to go.  Several years ago, there was a knitting pattern for a woman’s sweater, knit on circular needles, with 3/4 length raglan sleeves, and you could use several different yarns for variety.  I made several sweaters from the pattern, but then I moved to tropical south Florida and gave up knitting.  Unexpectedly, I’m moving north again, and want to find that pattern.  Does anyone remember it? OR can anyone recommend a pattern that I can adapt?  Thanks a lot.  Donna Clemens


  1. EileenB5 | | #1

    Knitting has had such a revival and there are so many new patterns out there I would check out a knitting shop (not the knit section of a big chain store) or the many new magazines.  I'm sure you will find something you like!

    1. DClemens | | #2

      Thanks, I tried our only upscale local knitting shop, and they weren't a lot of help.

        I did find a series of notes from 10/16/04, discussing a Scrap Yarn Sweater that was in Threads, and I think that's the one I'm looking for.  Unfortunately, the issue numbers they mentioned are not available as back issues!  Does anyone have that pattern?  Donna

      1. Tess | | #3

        Which issue is the pattern in?Tess

        1. DClemens | | #4

          In that discussion, there were 3 different issues mentioned, numbers 7, 17, and 53.  Since I found the pattern early on, I might  guess that it's issue #7, but I'm not at all sure. 


          1. Tess | | #5

            This is a picture of the sweater in issue #17. The sweater in #7 is a raglan, knit from the bottom up. I have made both of these and they work up very nicely. The sweater in #5? is not at all as you have described: it has a lot of texture and odd angles. I have never tried that one.There is another raglan sweater that I have made many times, knit from the neck down. I don't know which issue it's in right now.Tess

          2. DClemens | | #6

            Tess, I was very excited to get your reply, but I couldn't get the photo.  DH suggests that's it's because the jpg extension didn't have a DOT in front like it should.  Could you try re-sending it?  I'm sure one of these two is my sweater.  Thanks so much.  Donna

          3. Tess | | #7

            I am not sure how to upload a picture. When I click on the attachment, it downloads to my computer and ends up as a file on the desktop. Maybe search your hard drive for "Oddball Sweater" and it will be there? I use a Mac and maybe that is a problem?I'll try again. I think this is the design you are looking for.Tess

          4. DClemens | | #8

            Yes, that it!!!  YAY!!!!   Thank you so much.  Now, how can I get the pattern?  Donna

          5. Jody | | #9

            I have the pattern you are wanting and it is also in the knitting book by Taunton Press, I believe the name of which is Hand Knitting, it is out of print but is in many libraries, and is a compilation of knitting patterns that were in Threads magazine.  If you wish, I will copy mine and send it snail mail.  Jody1

          6. Jody | | #10

            The name of the Book is Hand Knitting Techniques.  Sorry, I just left part of it out.

          7. DClemens | | #11

            Jody, thank you so much for the information about the book.  Being an Amazon junkie, I went to them and found a used one still available.  Since I'm in the process of moving north (that's why I'm taking up knitting again), it's being sent to my kid's house.  Tess is sending me a copy of her pattern, too, so I think I'm really all set.  By the time July really heats up, I should be ready to start knitting. 

            Now, Im ready to change the subject---what are some good reference books for knitting?  I had some but gave them all away when I moved to the tropics.  Donna

          8. Jean | | #12

            The Harmony Guide to Knitting is good, so is anything by Barbara Walker.

          9. DClemens | | #13

            Thank you, thank you!  Donna

          10. Jody | | #14

            Hey I know what you mean about taking up knitting in the midst of "stuff" going on.  Moves, new babies, etc.  The way that I keep looking up knitting stuff is through the local library, and this column.  Jean is a walking (typing) dictionary, and knows wonderful websites.  I have them bookmarked.  And I also use About.com.  In this column several months ago there was a website all about socks.  When you get to one site, it leads you to others.  We are wealthy in knitting knowledge,  also Katina is a gold mine of info.  Glad you got your pattern.  Jody

          11. DClemens | | #17

            Thank you all for your advice.  I'm making a list of the recommended knitting books, and as soon as I get moved, I'm going to get started on something, probably that sweater.  It gives me something to focus on while packing boxes!  Donna

          12. Jody | | #19

            Hi, Did you read Katina's post?  I have seen scarfs woven of all sorts of of threads, yarns, and ribbons in Santa Fe, NM.  They are wonderful.  Some of them are woven from hand spun yarn from the sellers flocks of sheep, and alpacas.  This knit shop owner I mentioned in my post, is young, and although I havent talked to her about it, I do know that she offers spinning and weaving classes on demand, and has the spindles in her shop.  Also rovings that are being used for many things as well as spinning.  It seems to me that the sky is the limit in our craft.  I have seen a patchwork jacket made of different threads, and it is beautiful.  Started out as squares and rectangles, and made to a schematic for the jacket.  It was gorgeous.  Have fun even in the midst of the move.  Jody1

          13. Jody | | #30

            Donna, for some reason this post was marked unread.  I did read it the same day, and you are welcome to my little bit of info.  Thanks, Jody1

          14. katina | | #15

            Hello Donna

            How nice that you're able to take up knitting again.  I'm definitely a knitting junkie - hubby says my eyes glaze over when I see yarn.  My stash is rather large, but much of it's gifts from friends who are often heard to remark: "Just give her a ball of yarn and she'll be happy."  True! 

            Reference books which I find particularly useful are Montse Stanley's "Knitter's Handbook", Vogue's "Ultimate Knitting Book", and Maggie Righetti's "Knitting in Plain English".  There are many excellent books available for all tastes, as it were.  As you, like me, are an Amazon junkie, I'm betting a ball of yummy yarn that you'll soon be building up a great collection of knitting books.

            Enjoy - Katina

          15. katina | | #16

            Hello again Jody

            Do you have "Colorful Knitwear Design', another collection of knitting articles by Threads?  Page 34 features a patchwork jacket combining sewing and knitting which originally appeared in Threads magazine of August 1993.  I've been experimenting with this sort of patchwork; the article about the work of Koos was also very useful.  Have you tried anything along these lines?  I'd love to see Threads doing more such articles.  As we've remarked before, there's much potential in combining knitted and woven fabrics.  Imagine having a fabulous length of fabric handwoven from a selection of yarns that are suitable for knitting.  Then you could sew an outfit, using some of the yarns to knit sleeves, or a collar.  Wow - I'm having palpitations at the thought!

            Greetings - Katina




          16. Jody | | #18

            Hi!  I do not have the book you mentioned, I will look for it at the library.  I cant imagine having such a woven fabric!  There are so many beautiful yarns now, that never in a million years would I have imagined before, and I loved knitting even then.  A new shop has opened up in a small city about 45 mi from me  and there is a darling, forward thinking, adventurous owner.  My daughter goes to college there, so I have a real reason, as opposed to excuse, to drive up and join the knitters that gather there, just ogle the yarns or visit.  It has been so long since I had such an opportunity, if ever, that I am speechless!  I am so glad also to hear from you.  Jody1

          17. Jody | | #20

            Hi, its me again.  I went to my "library" and found a book,  The pattern companion, Knitting, bySterling Publishing Co, Inc, New York.  It has some really nice patterns and ideas.  It assumes that you know basic knitting.  I love this book.  Jody1

          18. katina | | #21

            Hi Jody

            I also like this book - some cute stuff for kids.  Are you going to make anything from it?

            Tell us more about the patchwork jacket you mention; it sounds like it's woven pieces.  I've got a length of handwoven silk, quite a loose tweed , that I bought years ago.  I reckon it's time I did something with it!



          19. Jody | | #22

            Hi Katina,   I am on the 4th pointed hem sweater in the Knitting book.  I have 3 daughters, and a grown granddaughter that just had to have it.  It is really fun to make.  In the same book is the jacket I mentioned on page 56.  This patchwork jacket is the key to boredom and like the sweaters I have made from this book, should be fast to make up.  By the way that is on page 41.  I really hadn't looked at the kids clothes, but since this granddaughter is expecting in Feb, I think I need to take a look. 

            Your handwoven fabric sounds like sleeves, and pockets for a great chanel jacket.  You lucky girl you!  I have a niece who  weaves prayer shawls for her synagog and if she ever has time (her husband is a rabbi)  maybe she can do a length for me, or teach me to use the table top loom.  We are so blessed to have such options.  Jody1

          20. Tess | | #23

            Glad to hear that you got the pattern you wanted. It's a fun pattern to make: so many possible combinations of yarn and creativity. The sweater comes out looking good and you can see what you are making as you do it. I have access to a variety of leftover yarns--never enough to make a garment out of--that I have really liked this pattern: more of a "method."Tess

          21. Jody | | #24

            Hi Tess,  Since you have access to short amounts of yarn, you might enjoy the jacket pattern I mentioned in the post to Katina.  I also have the sweater on the circular needle just about finished, and it is a joy to make, and easy to adjust the size.  I am not the expert that Jean and Katina are, but by staying in my element, I have been able to make some fun things.  Happy knitting, Jody1

          22. katina | | #25

            Would that I were an expert, Jody!  I love knitting fun things and firmly believe that knitting doesn't have to be complicated to be effective.  I'm going to give that pointed hem sweater a try.  Then I'm going to make a summery skirt to team it with.  Fantastic excuse to go yarn and fabric shopping, don't you think?


          23. Jody | | #26

            Hi,  My oldest daughter wore her pointed hem sweater with khaki pants, I knitted it with two skeins of Red Hearts Tutti Fruitti in turquoise.  It was so cute.

          24. katina | | #27

            Any chance of a picture, Jody?  There are so many gorgeous yarns available that would work well for this top.  I'm hoping to find a super fabric to complement my yarn choice; maybe an ethnic weave or batik in the same color family.  Seems to me this would make a useful summer outfit.

          25. Jody | | #28

            Gee I'm so sorry, I dont have them now, the girls snapped them up.  However, I will ask my oldes daughter if she can take  a pic of hers.  The others do not have a digital camera.  They are a fun project.  I think a summer skirt and this top would be super.  I think that the yarns with slubs or with flecks of diff colors are great.  That would go with the batik.  Also, the pleated rayon skirts would be good.  My girls have only worn them with jeans or slacks.  I will mention the skirt idea to them.  Have fun.  Jody1

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            ehBeth | | #29

            Throwing this in generally about patterns and yarn.Last week I was at Goodwill (dropping off at the back door, browsing through the front door). Found a huuuuuuuuge bag of mixed yarn and needles (think see-through garbage bag size) for $12 Canajun. Brought it home - washing the yarn inside pillowcases - will use it when I'm teaching colleagues. Yesterday - at another Goodwill - found some old school knitting pattern books - basic afghans and sweaters - for $1 and $2 apiece. Grabbed them as well. They're going into the teaching catch-all - which is going to need an official home soon!

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