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Ah, Easter. That delightfully confusing time when parents gloss over the potential question of what a giant rabbit and ovomania have to do with Jesus by plying their children with sweet, sweet sugar. Until the hippie revolution, Easter was also a time of Great Hats, with a venerable tradition of ridiculous haberdashery in the Easter Bonnet, a frivolous bit of headgear that welcomed in Spring with lighthearted silliness. Excellent examples can be seen below, tossing aside the dour seriousness of winter with increasingly goofy bonnets almost completely abstracted from the concept of ‘hat’ save for their placement upon the head:


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In this tradition, here is a delightful pagoda hat, with or without tassels, sure to perch perkily upon your head with Deco charm:

Not coincidentally it sort of vaguely resembles DEVO’s famous engery dome, itself based upon a 1930s light fixture.

(yes it was an excuse to post this image.)
Happy Easter!

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A small change this week: seeing as it’s wedding season, instead of a pattern from my vintage collection I’m sharing a cross-stitch sampler I made to honor a friend’s nuptials.

Unfortunately when I decided to post it, this printed version I’d folded and stuffed in my bag was the only remnant I found of the original pattern I’d worked quite some time on. Let this be a warning to all ye crafters- even if you think it’s mere piffle, even if you’re totally 100% done with the project, ALWAYS SAVE THE DOCUMENTS! Save it, back it up, and keep it in a marked folder. Otherwise you’re in for hours of fruitless searching and frustration.

As it was I recreated the pattern from scratch, hopefully in a more reader-friendly format.

Another protip for the crafty- documentation. It can be interesting to see how a project takes shape, and useful for you to note any techniques you came up with on the fly. I took these photos at random throughout the process, but darn if I don’t wish I took better ones in brighter light.

Ooh, look at the texture on that shield.

Working on the border….

Still working on the border…

Even if you neglect to take documentation photos, MAKE SURE TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THE FINISHED OBJECT! Because I sure didn’t! This photo is the closest I have to the final ironed and framed gift. Now I don’t have it anymore, and this is what I had to base the pattern (which I neglected to save properly) on. Sigh.

But our Princess is in another castle!

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Aw, nertz. I thought I’d set this thing up to post automatically, but it appears this was not the case. C’est la vie.


This week’s pattern reminds me of New Jersey native and fashion icon Debbie Harry. What with her predilection for showing off her incredible gams, you’d save time, yarn, and more closely emulate her style by knitting the skirt about 3 feet shorter. Even better, follow a pattern for knit shorts (say, this pattern right here), and make a trendy lil’ romper.

Modern Knitting S47 39

You just keep on dreaming.

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Ah, spring. When a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of nifty geometric short-sleeved cardigans from the 40s. The pattern suggests wool, but given the crisp nature of the design and snug fit, I think this could work up especially well in cotton or bamboo. As an additional benefit those yarns are a lot cooler to wear in summer heat than wool or wool blends.

Patons 171 03a

Springtime Ahoy!

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Seamless! Not just the jumper but what I thought to myself looking at the second image in Photoshop. Cue rimshot. In any case here’s a cute lil’ pattern that is indeed worked in one piece, though you’ll still have to set the sleeves in (unless you pick them up and knit them, which is totally feasible as they’re knit top-down). The band’s an interesting point- it’s knit ‘diagonally’, creating squares in miter style. If you’d prefer a tunic to a blouse-y look, simply omit the elastic band used to pull in the back.

Square Necked Jumper 1

Square Necked Jumper 2

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