*Photo credit: Ellen Bloom* Thank you Ellen.
Until about 2 years ago I did not know how to read a knitting pattern. It looked like a different language to me and I did not know how to speak it. Knitese, bunch of shorthand with k2tog, ssk, yo, yib, who knew what all this meant. I have knit most of my life but only by visual freeform knitting and just sort of made things up. My mother had a few little patterns written down and she showed me how to knit and read her patterns. I lost them years ago and was left with "freeform" knitting.
One day I was at Stitches from the Heart looking at yarn and Kathy Silverton the owner of the charity approached me and asked what I was going to knit. I don't know just something, then I told her my big secret that I really did not know how to read knitting patterns. Kathy suggested I buy Sally Melville's book "The Knit Stitch" I picked the Einstein coat, since I've made several variations and really love Sally's book. She illustrates with great color pictures and the patterns are written so even a person who has never read a pattern can follow.
When my mother died and I was going through her house and belongings I found this glove she had saved. It was part of a set I knit when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I made a scarf and a hat and gloves to match. Only found the gloves.
Here are some other "Einstein" pattern projects I've knit. Once I remembered this simple and easy pattern I started knitting it over and over again. This green wool coat with sleeves and the others as vests.
Green sport weight wool coat, I don't love it but it's ok.
Then came this one I knit this on a trip and found this lovely green silk ribbon at a yarn store in Venice, Italy. My friends were sightseeing and I was sitting and knitting at a yarn shop. Had a great time...
This is Black Cashmere from Scotland, this yarn is coated and does not become so soft until it is washed, so I washed it and threw it in the dryer. It is just heavenly soft.
I added a bit of a border on the armhole edge.
Then I loved it so much that I made this red one also cashmere but this yarn is from China. Soft but not as nice as the Scottish cashmere.
Links: The Knit Stitch
Stitches from the Heart