The Knitting Pattern Expedition

I was given some lovely blue/green 4ply sock wool. More than enough for a pair of socks! Merino sock woolNow years ago my mother made herself a cardigan that I inherited, and love wearing, but which is getting a bit old and I had long planned to make a replacement.CardiganNow this wool seemed to be just the thing for this project but what about a pattern?

I searched my mother’s old pattern’s thoroughly but couldn’t find one for this cardigan.

I looked on line and found a Sirdar pattern that was similar in that it was 4ply and had raglan sleeves, which I love, but seem to be less common.

I discovered that this pattern was for sale in a shop in nearby Hythe. Now I have heard about this shop and how wonderful it is so I decided that it was time for a visit.

I suggested to my friend that we might go together and we chose a mutually convenient day.

The weather has not been too good lately so when we set off it was a bit overcast as you can see in the photographs.

The most fun way to get to Hythe from Southamton is to take the ferry.

Here is the view back to Southampton as we set out.Looking back to SouthamptonWe chose to sit outsideHythe ferryand on the way we saw this rather ugly container shipContainer shipand people who were out sailing.People out sailingAfter about fifteen minutes we were approaching Hythe pier.Approaching HytheWe then took the little train to travel along the pier.Hythe ferry trainHere you can see the entrance in Hythe.Hythe ferry entranceWe then turned and went into the town.Hythe townWe found the shop – “Shirley Wools”Shirley Wools(A closer view of the window.)Shirley Wools shop windowand went inside.Lots of yarnsAs you can see they have a good selection of yarns, needles and other itemsOther stuffand a wonderful display of buttons and threads.Buttons and threadsThis is where they keep the books of patterns.

I bought this pattern and a ball of cotton yarn.Pattern and yarn(I don’t really need any other yarn at present though it was all tempting!)

After this we went and had lunch in a nearby cafe. I had the all-day breakfast All day breakfastand my friend the sausage, egg, beans and chips.Sausage, egg, beans & chipsI decided to finish up with a ‘Millionaire’s shortbread’ icecream Icecream(10p cheaper if you had it ‘to go’.) Delicious! all that fudge and shortbread pieces and chocolate chips.

We went for a wander. However by this time the weather had taken a turn for the worse and I didn’t dare risk taking photographs, as it began to rain, though I did take a quick one of this cottage Cottageand this lonely seagull.

Seagull(This is cropped, I could never have got this close!)

On the way back we sat inside the ferry and looked out at the rain.Return journey

I bought the cotton yarn because the dishcloth I made two and a half years ago.Original dishclothwas finally showing it’s age Old dishclothand might not last much longer.

So I made a new one with this cotton. New dishclothIt may not last as long as the original which was made with proper ‘dishcloth cotton’ but I fancied a pretty one.

The pattern is just rows of trebles (US-dcs) and as I wanted a pretty but not impractical border I decided to go to this bookCrochet edgings bookand close this edging. Edging patternI left off the last row as I wanted a robust outer edge.

Hope you enjoyed coming with me. Don’t expect the cardigan to appear very soon, as it is more for the summer, but I do hope to start it within the next year.

11 thoughts on “The Knitting Pattern Expedition

  1. What a lovely day on with a friend. The wool shop looks wonderful. So glad you found a pattern you liked. I have been wondering, mind wondering only, about making myself a 4 ply cardigan for summer. I haven’t made a dish cloth since I was a girl guide. Amazing how these things go around. Showing my age now! Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.


    1. 4ply cardiagans take longer than double knitting ones for children but you do a lot of knitting. More than me I suspect. Maybe you should make something for yourself. And My home made dishcloth has lasted much better than shop ones.


      1. What a lovely expedition. I enjoyed reading this. I live in Kent, but quite a way from Hythe. It is pleasant to visit and I usually visit that shop and can’t resist eating in the lovely fish restaurant facing the sea.
        I’ve started using 4ply more often and really prefer knitting it to thicker yarns. What pattern do you use, please, for the inner part of the dishcloth? (I have the same book on borders and can find the edge.) I’m changing over to hand made dishcloths


        1. As a point of information the Hythe I went to is just across the water from Southampton, not the much better known Hythe in Kent.

          As to the dishcloth: I started with 30 chain and worked trebles into the fourth from the hook then all along which gave me a total of 28. (Though one chain less would have been a better match for the edge as it needs multiples of 4 plus 3.) I then worked rows of trebles: one stitch into each stitch of the row below till it was rounghly square – 14 rows. I worked round with dcs (two for each treble for the sides) and one extra in each corner. Then because I had one too many stitches on the sides for the border I was using , I missed one stitch in the middle of each side to get down to 27 on the first row. I am hoping the open pattern will let the dishcloth dry more quickly than the previous one.


  2. That looks like a great day out. I guess you know about if looking for patterns. You have given me the urge to knit again – I’ve been on a crochet fest for some time now – must get those needles out again. I like the look of the Crochet Edgings book – but I have two already! xxx


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