I was organizing old pattern books this morning and came across this one. Yes, I actually bought this one and not too long ago either--2005. From the cover you would think 1970--lol. One pattern had immediately caught my eye, Ravelle. Interesting construction, very unique design. There were one or two others I thought would work up nicely as well. So I brought it home and added it to my ever expanding collection.
Shortly thereafter my Mom was leafing through the book and what pattern does she stop at? Yes, Ravelle (the apple doesn't fall far... etc etc). With dilated pupils she says we must find yarn for this. Holidays were approaching and she imagined this as a classy New Year's Eve topper. We found Berroco's Bonsai (now, alas, discontinued) and I worked it up for her. It is basically a long knitted scarf. When you are casting off, you drop the middle stitches to make that lovely draped effect. She always gets tons of compliments on it. It is a very striking piece and she can pull it off.
Here is another one I might have passed over. This is a Gedifra design, Frisetto.
What is with the badly sutured slashes?? I mean, did anyone actually make this one?? Without the slashes it is truly a classic boat neck dolman, and very flattering. I don't remember the yarn I used to knit it up (this was 2007 and I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday lately) but it was cotton blend. This was another one for my Mom and she gets tons of wear out of it, dressing it up and down.
I love knitting for my Mom. She so appreciates the time and effort it takes and she makes my work look good. Last year I made her a Ladder Sleeve Pullover in purple. Now she wants one in another color and she has been requesting a dress (yikes). I need longer days or another set of hands...