Soo... since I'm quite enjoying this little journey through my closet, I'd like to show you another project I'm very fond of... Elsa Schiaparelli's legendary Bowknot Jumper.
As I said, I'm pretty in love with this one, not only because it was my very first vintage knit (actually my very first wool jumper with long sleeves), but it's also a piece of fashion history - "an artistic masterpiece" as it was called back in 1927. And it still is the most famous piece of handknitting in the world, I think.
So let's face it, that's not of little importance, not to me at least...
I knit it during last Summer and it went on really quickly, it took me less then three weeks.
Once you've practiced a bit with the "Armenian knitting" (carrying both colours for the whole jumper, so you have two strands of yarn throughout) it's not difficult at all.
You just need to pay some extra attention to keep the tension even, as you have to control both your left and your right hand at the same time.
^ The original jumper ^
I used a pure merino 4ply wool, I can't remember the gauge but anyway this 20's style jumper is meant to have far more positive ease than later 1930's and 1940's knits, so it's not so important to obtain exact measurements for a close fitting.
^ A close up of the bowknot ^
This jumper was a real challenge and now I'm quite proud of it... ^.^
It was the latest fashion in 1928 but I think it's still stunning enough for 2016 and perfect to wear at any occasion. So why not keep this piece of art alive?