Rainbow Paddlepop Is Reborn

In the 80s my grandmother knitted a top for my mother. It was made with a multicoloured cotton/linen that looked like a rainbow paddlepop when it was knitted up. It has been loved to threadbare death by my mother and my sisters and I. It has a very simple design; straight armscye and sleevehead and an oversized scoop neckline that falls off one shoulder.

I now have custody of a box full of my grandmother’s old knitting patterns, and I found the one in question. Patons ‘Summer Style’ book 757, using ‘Focus On Linen’ yarn. The model in the picture even has a necklace with little wooden parrots just like my mother!

Though I always loved the paddlepop colour, pastels are never as exciting to me as bright bold colours. I chose the Yellow, Red and Navy because that combination had been haunting me for a while in the form of a handbag my sister bought in Hong Kong.

The yarn is Filatura Di Crosa’s Millefilli Fine, which I have some experience with, having used it to knit my sister’s wedding dress (better than it sounds, I’ll save that clothes story for another day). It has a lovely sheen and drape, and is easy to knit.

I followed the pattern faithfully, and all I have to report is that the sleeve openings are a touch too tight. I should have cast on with a little less tension. Otherwise, I think this will be a fine addition to my growing wardrobe of projects.

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3 thoughts on “Rainbow Paddlepop Is Reborn

  1. Joan Harkin on said:

    C’est très jolie, j’aime le couleurs.

  2. Hans De Backer on said:

    Ah oui, vraiment jolie! Je vais le montrer a Stiene, qui ne fait que tricoter de ces jours.

  3. Toni Patricia on said:

    Tres Jolie ! Les couleurs sont tres beaux et la technique – c’est formidable !

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