Friday, 11 April 2014

Knitting Knotes - Sleeveless Thistle

Thistle from the Country Diary Book of Knitting

Yarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton Solids 700g
Needles: 3.25mm and 4mm
Tension: 22sts = 10cm
Pattern: Thistle by Rosy Tucker, published in The Country Diary Book of Knitting (October 1987) by Annette Mitchell
Finished measurements: Chest - 112 cm / To Armhole - 38 cm   / Overall Length - 58 cm

  • Cast on with 3.25mm - 118 sts and rib K2, P2 for 27 rows.
  • Increase to 139 sts.
  • Change to 4mm needles and commence pattern.
  • Knit for 14 inches/36 cm (In terms of the Thistle pattern this was the ribbing, 2 pattern repeats and 10 rows of the next pattern repeat.)
  • Armhole shaping - cast off 10 sts at the beginning of the next two rows = 119 sts *
  • Cast off 1st each end on alt rows x 5 = 109 sts.
  • Knit until 4 pattern repeats and 16 rows of the 5th have been completed.
  • Cast off 31 sts at the beginning of the next two rows. 
  • Cast off putting middle 47 on a holder.


  • Same until *
  • Divide for neck - at this point there are 119 sts. Divide = 59/1/59
  • Next row - dec 1st at beginning for armhole - knit a further 57 sts - put middle stitch on a pin and turn.
  • Keep armhole shaping as before but this time simultaneously dec 1st on next and every 3rd row at neck edge x 8 = 46 sts
  • Complete as for back and then match other side.

  • Using a 3.25mm circular needle - pick up and knit in K2 P2 rib - 132sts (66 each side)
  • Rib K2, P2 for 10 rounds and then cast off. 

  • Using a 3.25mm circular needle - pick up and knit in K2 P2 rib as follows.
  • 70 down left front and 70 up right front (in the front middle - K4 - the centre stitch on a pin being the second of the 4) then 47 across back but dec 1 for 46 = 186 sts
  • Row 2 to 7 - the front middle 4 sts - K2 tog, SKPSSO.
  • Rib for 7 rounds and then cast off. 
I bought this book back in 1987 when it came out but this is the first time I have made anything from it. However there are some lovely patterns, especially for children - here is a flavour:

The gorgeous Poppy - I always fancied this in black with green stems. 

A lacy jumper - very in vogue at the moment. 

I love this sleeveless top - but I'd make it shorter.

Just two of the fab girl's jumpers - there are toys too and rucksacks. 

Overall I am very pleased with this project, it looks great today with jeans and will look fab in the summer with white linen trousers. 


  1. Really pretty!

    I had a slightly different edition of this book- US version, maybe.

  2. Thanks - did you ever make anything?

  3. Hi Daffy, Thank you for popping in and leaving such a lovely comment! ooh i wish i could knit, the truth be told i have a short concentration spam and never finish most things i start! haha,....I do enjoy crocheting though..
    1989.was your year too! Wow..we do have a lot in common, with running and all and now our wedding year too! Thank you also fro the mention..I totally fell in love with Alligators, in ~fact so much that i feel I could have cosmic ordered my Bumble Bee shop job from this..The people are very interesting and much the same are our stories of finding 'vintage pieces, but in house hold pieces though...
    Have a weekend full of fun, dear Daffy...
    hugs Maria x..

    1. Ooh came back to check I hadn't made a spelling mistake..., Daffy! and oops I seem to have made quite a few...READING GLASSES! that's what I need right NOW!!! haha...
      With hugs Maria x
      And wishing and hoping you both share as lovelier time as we both have this week!
      25 years is soo special, my friend!

  4. Your knitting is beautiful. The design is lovely. By the way I found your blog layout confusing. I kept clicking on the post I wanted but nothing happened. Eventually I scrolled all the way down and found the post but I was about to give up.

    1. Thanks for the compliment:) I'm sorry you found the layout confusing - were you clicking on the link at the top where the thumbnails are? I'll check it out.


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