Happy New Year from WonkyZebra!

Hopefully everyone’s creative batteries have recharged and are ready for some new projects.
The reindeer sweaters were very popular this year and judging by the staff in Sainsbury’s supermarket, it looks like quite a tradition of “Christmas sweater wearing” is developing.
So, do get a pattern now, while you are still in the festive mood and have lots of time to get one done ready for next Christmas, LOL.
To make the idea more tempting, I will give another free with any Xmas pattern purchased; just contact me.
Moving on to new projects, how about some more cosy coverings for you to wear?
Simply Crochet magazine featured WZ235, a cute retro swing jacket… with bobbles no less, and it made me think what a good idea it would be to make a light but warm, jacket.

WonkyZebra 235 snowball pompom jacket

WZ235

[By the way, Simply Crochet is a great magazine; it is full of patterns and articles, and no, I am not on the payroll, but I am glad to provide helpful images for the lovely staff there when asked.]
Here are some more jacket projects to consider:-

A classic, really retro, knitted in boucle yarn with a fringe!

WonkyZebra 440 Fringed Jacket

WZ440

A couple of granny square versions… we all love those granny motifs so let’s get them out of the way first…

These are embracing the whole “blanket” look…

WonkyZebra 488 Happi Coat in Granny Squares

WZ488

While I was messing about with the background colour for this image… this happened, and I thought it actually shows how nice this could look in a more modern colourway.

WonkyZebra 488 Happi Coat in Granny Squares2

WZ488

WonkyZebra 271 Crochet Coat

WZ271

And this next one takes it up a notch… but needs a light yarn as it is a very thick fabric otherwise. I love that it looks like lots of stars… I think the version with the coloured bands looks the best and it could work as a great stashbuster, used with a batch of one colour.

WonkyZebra 112 Granny Jacket

WZ112

Or a minimal touch… kind of sewn-on scarf effect…

WonkyZebra 211 Icelandic Jacket 2236

WZ211

Now I come to think of it there is a granny square cloak too.

WonkyZebra 495 Kilarney Cloak

WZ495

Not to mention this fab stashbuster…

WonkyZebra 442 Stash Buster Cover Up 5394

WZ442

But I digress, back to useful jackets. How about these his and hers 70s jackets? A real wardrobe staple then, and still cosy (maybe not for both of you at once, unless you can convey irony with your body language)!
It is no wonder he looks less than thrilled with having to wear the same jacket as his lady friend.

WonkyZebra 412 His and Her Jackets 9055

WZ412

Here is another

WonkyZebra 350 Chunky Jacket H147 blog

WZ350

Both have Norwegian snowflakes as a suitable “winter design”, but I have a very retro “Starsky and Hutch” version which still seems to be acceptable for the guys these days.

WonkyZebra 295 CT Starsky Jacket 2566

WZ295

Here is another long 70s jacket, this time for ladies

WonkyZebra 671 70s Long Jacket 2260

WZ671

Ditto;

WonkyZebra 333 Ladys Knit Jacket 1424

WZ333

Ghastly colour combo – but actually a good shape and an interesting spike stitch pattern… just try for a subtler effect or everyone with need glasses to talk to you… although… black and white is trendy (hold me back before I go all wonkyzebra-ish here!)

Let’s calm down with dainty WZ620 – for those lucky enough to need some cover over party outfits

WonkyZebra 620 Irish Crochet Jacket

WZ620

And I have not forgotten the menfolk, more for them soon, but I will finish for now, with the last of the reindeers and chunky jacket 447

WonkyZebra 447 Reindeer Canada Sweater

WZ447

Apologies to my Canadian readers; it is an old English pattern, so despite the “no expense spared styling” I think reindeer is intended rather than moose…

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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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