Reindeer Norwegian Sweater

Well – that time is here again… Christmas knitting and crochet is upon us! Already. Arg! I personally am still in “autumn bounty” mode thinking of crocheted pumpkins etc… But the winter seasonal patterns are in demand now. We need time to produce all those lovely things with Reindeers, snowflakes, pompom snowballs and of course some Nativity sets (more later on those). The UK knitting magazine “Simply Knitting” has kindly chosen one, a beautiful – very vintage – pattern to feature in their issue 112; and this time for the gentlemen (although you could pinch it too). The popular (and very wearable) man’s reindeer, or Norwegian jumper (or sweater… chose your own jargon here!). WZ281 ( aka Sirdar1661)

WonkyZebra Norwegian Sweater Jumper

This is such a stylish version of the iconic seasonal reindeer look. Not for nothing are they sometimes called “Ugly Sweaters”! However – don’t panic – you can be part of the fun without going completely Bridget Jones style naff… and kit out your man in this elegant but amusing little number. Thus showing off your needlewoman skills, whist still retaining some style credibility; and ensuring that it will be actually worn! What man wouldn’t want to show off his style cred, sartorial humour and the knitting love of a devoted woman in his life, all in one sweater? ( One lady I know is making FOUR of them; respect! ) Especially if you choose a lovely soft wool to make it in ( better make sure it a washable one as you don’t want a one season wonder; this one should last a lifetime ) ! I am guessing it is popular because it has almost everything a knitter would like, as well as style. There are some plain bits for when you just want some “non-demanding “plain knitting, some “not to demanding but interesting” Fairisle bands (in just 2 colours) , a fab motif (charted –which is unusual for vintage) and an uncomplicated shape. Perfect. What are you waiting for? Oh – and there is lots more lovely knittingness in the magazine and more from WonkyZebra too!

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About WonkyZebra

WonkyZebra and I have collected tons of patterns over the years. Before this was fashionable and the whole “vintage” thing happened, it was just considered to be a funny sort of hoarding; a bit “anorak” to use one of the slightly mocking terms us English specialise in. Now it is a wonderful source of lost treasure in the online textile universe; who would have guessed! It was quite a relief to find there are many others “out there” who appreciate a good pattern-and maybe even enjoy using them! I think it is a good thing anyone can get access to the designs instead of just those lucky enough to find them in gran’s workbox or charity shops. So, here we are with all our hoard, trying to make it all available as fast as we can…hooves don’t help much so it is down to me. I squeeze it in between actual crocheting, knitting, life, and other sundries. Vintage patterns; PDFs for sale at http://wonkyzebra.etsy.com
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