At last! I have released Deco! Clearly, I am behind the times in more ways than one – it seems that the Futurists came up with the idea of mirroring skyscrapers on garments long before me:


Fortunato Depero, illustration for American Vogue, 1930.

The more I write up my designs, the more obsessed I become with developing an economy of instruction. The hallmark of the pattern-writing of the designers I most admire – Gudrun springs immediately to mind – is clarity and brevity. I do hope that I’ve achieved that here, and that knitters enjoy the process, as well as the finished result, of their Decos (would you like to see Mel’s recently completed version? How nice is that ribbon trim?)

Anyway, the pattern can now be found here or here!

Well, we’re off for a highland adventure in what Felix has dubbed the ‘wazzwagon’. Hope you all have a lovely weekend, however you are spending it!

51 thoughts on “Deco is here!

  1. I’m late to the party here, but I just discovered this sweater through your Ravelry ad and I love it! I also love the dress you’re wearing – is it vintage or available somewhere? Just beautiful!

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  2. This is such a lovely design, I had to purchase! Your blog is fascinating and the pictures and scenery are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the story of your stroke. It warms my heart to read of your tenacity to reach recovery. (a fellow stroke survivor at 35, now 47)

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  3. My mother, active member of the knitting community (should I say the needle sisterhood ?) put me me in the loop of your work. First found I Deco lovely, then fell I in love with the story of this cardigan. This is the perfect match between inspiration and eccentricity, I just love it ! The thing will be to get the virtual Chrysler hat out of my head when wearing it. Thank you for this moment reading you !

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  4. Thanks! I was looking for my next knit last night as I thunder towards completing my first garment since my hand op, and that will do very nicely indeed, will zoom over to Rav now. I’ve got just the right buttons in mind, too.

    (I’ve always loved that photograph of the architects in fancy dress – maybe this should have an accompanying hat, inspired by them? Or then again maybe not…)

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  5. Lovely, classic, just like Art Deco. I work in an Art Deco ‘skyscraper’ of 18 stories, and never tire of looking at the design work. I struggle with the the clarity/brevity concerns with pattern writing. Sometimes, more words are just confusing. Off to purchase Deco and see how your work towards a solution is going. Plus, I have the perfect yarn for this.

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  6. I love this cardigan pattern, and the ribbon reminds me of the Pringle of Scotland cardigans, although theirs were plain grosgrain, and they are exspensive here.
    Have a lovely trip away in the Wazzwagon!

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  7. Thanks so much for this pattern. I’m so excited to knit it once I finish my Pas de Valse (one sleeve to go!)

    I’ve got a query as to what you mean by robust yarn? Would something like merino or alpaca or cashmere not be robust enough? Or is it more that the yarn needs to be spun woolen with high twist. Could you recommend a more readily available substitue for your lovely Corriedale?

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  8. “Oh, WOW!” was my response when I saw the picture of the sweater. Now, that’s my kind of style. I may have to add an inch or two as I’m tall. However, I’ve noticed that girls are taller these days so does that make me ‘average’?

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  9. Me too–I ordered it right away because I loved it so much when you showed it a while ago. Gorgeous sweater. And as luck would have it, I think the yarn I splurged and bought a week ago will be perfect for it!

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  10. Hurray, the Futurist sweater is here! Another beauty for my queue. I love both versions – and Mel’s buttons are unbelievably perfect.

    I hope your Easter holiday is lovely. Happy trails!

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  11. That is really beautiful. I love it’s clean lines, simplicity and the neat finishing touches. I’m half way through Owls at the moment but this could well be next on my list. Enjoy the Wazzwagon!

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  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been waiting breathlessly for this pattern. I can’t wait to start on it. Kate, you’re such an inspiration to all of us…have a wonderful time on your adventure!

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  13. Dear Kate,
    Thanks for the pattern. I have been waiting for it since I saw the cardi in your blog for the first time. It is absolutely lovely. Have a nice Easter holiday!

    Greetings from sunny Germany
    Anett

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  14. Hi, I just bought this pattern. It is one of the most lovely and manageable patterns, for a cardigan for me, that I have seen for a long time. Thank you.

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  15. Timely…working on a Art Deco project and can truly appreciate your efforts and finished piece. I wasn’t a fan of Art Deco until I got into this project. The sweater is fabulous. Hoping to hear all about your trip in the Wazzwagon.

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  16. Thanks so much Kate for this pattern ! I was really waiting for it and I’ll be on holidays next week…..Great ! with this smashing cardigan to knit !…i have to take my english-french knitting glossary though !

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  17. Have a wonderful weaster weekend in the Wazzwagon (sorry, couldn’t resist).

    Deco design is lovely and elegant and you look terrific.

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  18. behind times? Hardly. I have always gotten a deco impression from your designs. the first time I saw your current banner I thought of the Chrysler building in NYC , my favorite example of art deco architecture.

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  19. I went right over to Ravelry and purchased Deco–I’ve been waiting! Wish I could tell you that you’d see a finished product from me, but I’m notorious for not finishing anything…but I love art deco, and loved your sweater from the first time you shared it.
    Have a wonderful weekend in the Wazzwagon!

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