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An interlace jumper

Object number: ROMGH.1998.110

Type: Jumper

Technique: Knitted

Material: Textile

Production date: 1920 - 1968

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This long sleeved, ladies jumper with its vivid interlace was knitted by Bain’s daughter Claire. She was following one of his charted designs, using stocking stitch. The wide blue interlaced strands, outlined in red, flow seamlessly onto the sleeves. If you look closely at the stitches you can see how this was done.

The body of the jumper and parts of the sleeves are knitted as one piece. Perhaps Claire used a long circular needle. The rest of the sleeves, with their closely fitting cuffs, were knitted separately and then grafted or sewn on.

George Bain charted many patterns to be used for knitting. There is a hint in his Celtic Art, Methods of Construction that he may have been thinking of publishing a book on the subject. When his son Iain retired, he gathered together his father’s knitting charts with the hope of printing them too. This never happened.

Author: Barbara Pritchard

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