In 2015, Ella Gordon and Kate Davies did a talk on collecting vintage knitwear during Shetland Wool Week. A video can be seen here, and a blogpost by Donna Smith here. I fell in love with one of Ella's sweaters.
In 2016, Ella Gordon was the patron of the wool week, and in her lecture, she talked about her designs, but also about her vintage collection, and we got to see some of it, among them my favourite. I could have a close look, and I asked Ella about the construction. She told me the sweater sould have been machine knitted, the body bottom up, and then stitches were picked up and the sleeves were knitted top down.
I liked the vintage feel of the seed stitch edging. From the chart book that had just come out, I found a beautiful hand coloured chart, and here's the first swatch.
The idea to add some texture to the plain body came from this gorgeous sweater seen at an exhibition at Islesburgh community centre. (I also have a hard time knitting a lot of plain stocking stitch...)
The main colour? 202, of course!
Cones of yarn are great value for money, if you can fit it in your luggage!
The pattern? Coming in 2018!