Polo neck industrial rib sweater by Doris Paice knitted on the Passaps
Now its getting chilly here in Brittany in late November and this is the time of year I knit myself my annual heavy polo neck jumper – the reason for this is that I am unable to wear wool – even the softest fibres irritate my skin especially my neck which goes an attractive shade of beetroot. The colours below are mustard, navy and white.
I have an enormous stock of industrial yarns - of every description and in reality this is what I use the most when knitting anything. About 5 years ago I spotted some yarns being sold in a charity shop in Brittany and went in (who wouldn't) and after browsing through some of the huge cones, I was asked if I was interested in taking it all away for 70 euros, well what could I do but say yes. This was a huge mix of stuff and some of it very old but when knitted up and washed, most of its top stuff - wool, cotton, linen, acrylics - you name it and I have it but unfortunately in single cones and being the lazy so and so I am I usually mix it rather than put it onto separate cones The largest amount of yarn I have is single ply cotton, I could sell the stuff and its on enormous cones - I wonder what they used it for - I think most of this yarn came from a knitwear factory.
Why I like this design
Now back to the polo - the pattern I love is by Doris Paice of New Zealand and its from one of my old Duet books Winter 1991 issue number 9. I particularly like this design because the polo neckline is incorporated as you go – the garment is knitted in industrial 2 by one rib.
I knit this on my Passap with my motor and use a mix of the too many fine industrial that I have, some of the results of the combinations of colours are hilarious but hey I never said I was a designer – however, I quite like this mix so I will wear it, its exceptionally soft and comfortable – just ideal to go under my wool jerseys and jackets.
Designer Doris Paice
Doris Paice states that the original size is close fitting and if you want to go up a size she recommends going up a srand of yarn and in my case this is necessary. Another addition to the original pattern is that I have made it about 30 rows longer. The ribs of the jersey and the ends of the sleeves are knitted at a tighter tension that the rest and to be honest its one of the most comfortable designs I knit hence my pattern is scrawled over in red ink and explanations as to how the neckline is incorporated are scrawled all over the page.
Duet International Books
I note the Duet books are available now for free download on my well recommended site, www.machineknittingetc.com - my testament to this site is that I no longer have to look up the name – says it all with my memory!
I have tried to find out more about this designer but have not had any luck but this is one fine design.