Monday, 14 November 2011

Date Maker Hey?!

What-ho folks!
I’ve just been thinking that I haven't shown off any of my recent(ish) knitteds lately. I now intend to correct this and yes, show off one of me woollies!
This one was knitted from the intriguingly named 'Date Maker' pattern found here<<
It was love at first sight for me as it comprised of all the things I like in a knit..... Nipped in waist, thick wool, and big needles. Perfect!
Immediately cogs started turning (the few that I have) as I saw potential…. To me it had the look of the Military. A waisted jacket with a buckle fastening is very battledress like don’t ya think? Well that’s how the design spoke to me, and as I’m rather partial to a nice battledress or two I thought I would make one of my very own. I originally had visions of it being in a kaki, but apparently that shade isn’t in vogue at the mo. My visions were dashed for a whole minute until I looked heavenwards in the wool shop and spotted some wool babies of the purest air force blue! It was meant to be….. a sign….The wool babies spoke to me…. Tupney dear, you don’t want a kaki BD. Tell me, what sweetheart brooch would you wear upon it? Now Tupps, what you need is an air force blue to wear with one of your countless pairs of wings! You need me… buy me… knit with me... Yes, of course! You are quite right oh mighty wool baby…. I shall take you home…. Gosh, how could I have ever thought differently!
And so, the Kaki BD was confined to history and the air force coloured BD reigns supreme!
Showing the back of the Cardigan and the Lovely Roger M!

It caused quite a rumpus on its first outing too! Ok, it wasn’t actually  the jumper, and  it wasn’t two dashing young AC’s fighting over me (mores the pity!) but a WOMAN quite stuck in her ways ( and incorrect ways at that), saying that the wings I was wearing (upon my very lovely jumper!!!) were wrong as they carried the ‘Queens’ Crown…. Oh and remind to tell you the whole story at a later date wont you!
 It’s a shame really as I shall always think of this jumper as the Jumper I wore when I nearly had fisticuffs with a WOMAN outside the Tourist Information, and not the Jumper I wore when Trevor Howard took me boating on the lake…. Well, that wouldn’t happen anyway but you know what I mean!
Why yes Trevor,  I would love to go boating... but what time? I'm meeting Roger at the milk bar at twelve!!!

So there you are the trials and tribulations this Cardigan has brought me so far!

Tupney xxxx
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Yes, I have too much time on my hands.... and yes, I shouldn't be left alone with a RAF Tunic and my collection of scarves!


  1. Oh that's splendid!! I'm so glad to see someone has knit it up! I can't wait to get to this pattern someday. Yours is fantastic!

  2. I just bought some yarn to make the Date Maker...but I would appreciate some details on the construction...needles, etc. Are you by chance on Ravelry? Hoping you are and you can log some details on this pattern.

  3. Me again...are there shoulder pads or that just the garment that you are wearing beneath the Date-maker that has shoulder pads? I don't see anything about shoulder pads in the pattern.

  4. It looks fantastic, and exactly the right colour, baby was right.

  5. I think it is a splendid jumper, and you shouldn't let some silly woman spoil it for you. (A lot of people seem to have been accosted by silly women of late. Perhaps we should start handing out badges so we can identify them. 'Known Distributor of Unwanted Opinions' perhaps.) The colour looks exceptionally nice on you.

  6. a every one!

    I am and I'm not on Raverly. I Joined and never did anything with it! Can't even remember my ID!

    Needles used were a 7 (I think that’s 4.5 metric?)
    Construction: sew the shoulder seams together first, and then set in the sleeve head. Then sew the entire sleeve seam and side seams in one- from cuff to waist or visa versa.
    Then attach cuffs and waistband.

    As for the shoulder pads.... well I didn't use them and I’m not wearing any- just have square shoulders!

    Tupps xxx

  7. I love this cardi, excellent colour, and your "scarf couple" are fab too!! X

  8. Wow that cardigan looks super nice. And I'm loving the last picture of the sweethearts :)

  9. It looks great, and indeed a fabulous colour on you!

  10. I have never been a knitter...I knit tight and it put me off...although I do sew. I can tell a good knit when I see it though, and that's a good knit! Well done, looks fab, makes me wish that I could make something like, but after all these years I know it's never going to happen.

  11. I adore this knit! I Must try it when I'm finished with my 3 hour sweater. The color is gorgeous on you. Thanks so much for the construction tips. x

  12. Very, very nice! I love the whole design, with the "belt" part of the construction! xx

  13. Marvellous as ever lovely. I've been meaning to make this for ages, I'm thinking a very pale blue or bright red. Might make it my christmas holiday project. xx

  14. Quick question my dear - did you use a worsted or a chunky? I'd need to resize it to a 36 so am thinking of going for a chunky yarn and slightly larger needles rather than faffing with recalculating that diagonal...

  15. Lisa I used an Arran for mine. (red would be jolly nice ;) ) Just been to measure it also and it works out at a 35/36 inch measure- Compared to the 14-16 (32-34 bust). I probably would just go up a size in needles to get the correct blousy-ness! Hope that helps. T x

  16. Thank you love - ordering my yarn now!

  17. I adore this cardigan so much! I wish I had the patience to knit one myself :(

    ~Vixen~ x

  18. I love this cardi but no good for me as I get just too hot! I have to stick to 4 ply and even then don't get much wear out of them. I knit cardis from my collection of 1940s knitting books so I have quite a few. What about some of the Bletchley patters? Good eh.


Ta very much for your messages folks!

Tickety Boo Tupney xxx

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