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Hello all,

Perhaps you’ve noticed a lack of posts recently. Perhaps you’ve been too enomoured of the changing seasons to even notice. Perhaps my ego’s puffed up enough to assume anyone actually notices anything about a particular website before immediately clicking on to the next series of animated GIFs (featuring kitties, of course). Of late time has become a more precious commodity, due to the slowly dwindling amount of daylight to burn, the toll of the daily grind, and what I’ll loosely refer to as ‘The Saturn Return’. Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” I’d hate to think of this site as work, and, for now at least, will limit Free Pattern Fridays to a vague schedule of every other week-ish, or whenever I find a genuinely exellent pattern to write about and share.

So much for the ‘bad news’; on to the good: this week’s patternsssssss(plural) include a most delightful removable Peter Pan collar, a dainty belt, wee rosebud jewelry, and a change purse. The change purse (or ‘compact cover’, to hide the shameful fact you powder your nose) I could live without, but who knows, perhaps someone on your holiday gift list has been dying for some way to keep their loose change just like the folks on ‘Mad Men’.


(Here’s what’s on the table this week.)

Fuzzy Wuzzy is an undignified name for a yarn.

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Hey folks, today’s a special occasion here on A Rarer Borealis. This week marks the 100th pattern shared on the site, and I’ve been saving a particular pattern for just such an occasion. It’s one that delights with vintage detail and nerdish charm, and what a coincidence, it’s just in time for the end of the school year!

Yes, no more pencils, no more books, except for the full set of Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ (that’s how most kids spend their summer, right? That or deeply immersed in the Teapot Dome scandal?). It’s almost surprising to see ‘algebraic symbols’ used as decor in an age where the phrase ‘guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses’ pointed out the social stigma of girlsmarts (clearly demonstrated by eyewear) and the horror of it possibly impinging your marriage potential (don’t worry about that any more, ladies.)

I hope you children remembered to bring your implements of destruction.

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While perennially popular, of late thin stripes have made the majority of fashionable youths look like extras from ‘On The Town’ . Perfect! Let’s make Fleet Week EVERY WEEK! The ‘modern’ update’s been to focus stripes around the yoke, so how convenient to find a pattern from 60 years earlier that fits the bill! It’s almost as if someone from Urban Outfitters time-traveled and gave the 40s hints!


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The suggested color combination is baby blue with royal blue, but come on, we all know this should, nay, will, be white and navy.

New York, New York, it’s a helluva town…

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Alright, alright, I’ve held your hands long enough, with the helpful hints and detailed directions and graph charts. No more mollycoddling- you got a picture and some instructions, go knit that cardigan already!

Perhaps the extreme brevity of this week’s pattern, with its ‘you get the idea’ attitude and lack of any detail whatsoever (“Embroider flowers, as suggested on sketch”) is due more to cramped layout than churlish writer. The paragraph-long charmer was stuck far in back of Handicrafter Vol. 10 without even a picture of someone wearing the finished garment. Just ‘there it is, have at it, kids’.

It’s a pretty adorable cardigan to just be stuck in the back of a magazine when all the other patterns get full-page photos and layouts, what with its pleasing chevron effect, crew neck that’d go nicely with collared shirts, and ease of chunky gauge. It would look great in any sort of jewel-tone, or pastels, I guess, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Pictures of Woolydown, the yarn used, can be seen here on Cathy Knits – a similar substitute would probably be Lion Brand Thick & Quick or a similar all-wool yarn. Enjoy!

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Man, for some reason I am really into these chunky cardigans from Jack Frost. They all have wonderful 40s shoulders and lines but without the painstaking effort of tiny gauges and time. This one caught the eye with another recent fascination, chunky cables and textures.

This would look wonderful just a tad longer for more of a swing coat feel or, for the more adventurous: start off with the knit braid + 1 stitch on the inside edge, knit it long enough to fit across half the back and the front piece plus a little extra, then cast on the rest of the front and continue as normal. When seaming up tack the braid to the sides and seam them together at the back for extra length plus a bit more texture.

Can’t get enough of that Willow Down stuff.

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