Monday, 20 February 2012

Purple Pea Matinee Jacket

I spent a good part of my sit down time working on this little cardigan on Fri/Sat in between working on a few other little goodies. I wanted to try out one of the vintage patterns from my Family Crochet Book and chose this one as a first go. 

I have to say I was a bit wary of the pattern as it was quite odd to say the least. Changing hooks mid skirt had me looking at it funny. AND it had you leaving gaping holes for the armholes and well it was all a bit odd in my books. The sleeves were sewn up leaving four rows open and those four rows folded across the gap to give it a big armhole. 

That said, I followed the pattern to a tee and behaved myself although I do believe I frowned a fair bit going on the comments of those around me.

This picture shows the colour a bit better....

I used Purls of yarn acrylic 8ply in a purplish variegated style colourway which I really did not love at all. I am not the greatest fan of acrylic as we all know but this was actually really nice to crochet with, I just did not like the colour at all. 

I nearly did not give this to my niece on her birthday yesterday as I did not feel it was up to my usual standard. I wrapped up her new fairy doll and the other little jacket I made last week and stuffed this one in my bag to show her mum........who by the way LOVED it! Go figure! 

Miss Peanut also loved both her new jumpers and insisted on trying them both on in the stinking summer heat. LOL We did not take a picture as it was too hot. She ended up wearing this little get up instead......

Her favourite present of all.....her new slippers from nana or soooz as she calls them and her Dora Tutu. She is the only 2 year old I know who prefers clothes over toys. Xmas was much the same, her trying on her new clothes and ooohing and ahhhing over them. Such a cutie! 

Hope you have a wonderful week everyone! I have a bunch of cowls to show you soon and another bag!  

Hugs and smoochies xoxox


  1. I think it has turned out quite nicely, and the colourway is quite nice too. But I know what you mean. Every time I crochet with a multicolour yarn I am disappointed with the results. I have such high expectations and they always fall in a heap! Did the gaping holes disappear after joining or was it still a little strange after finishing?
    xXx Helen

  2. Yes it all fitted together nicely, it was just not what I was used to I guess. I love variegated wools normally but I did not actually buy this one myself so its not something I would have chosen.

  3. I like it! Were I a smaller person, I'd love to have a jacket like that myself. And I really like the color. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea (I can't really wear pinks and reds well as it makes my skin go very red) but something similar in blues or greens would be gorgeous!

    1. I don't see why you could not adapt the pattern making the bottom in the shell stitch but keeping it straight rather than such a wide skirt. It would make a nice cardigan that way. :-) I agree that greens or blues would look much nicer too.