a few months ago I did a blog about my new interest in the Canadian Style of Cowichan Knitting, I actually managed to find one of Etsy with a bit more of a Native American feel that I have worn a lot since i got it
But at work the other day Sandra mentioned to me that she had seen what she thought was a Cowichan cardigan in the window of the Lerwick Save the Children charity shop.. my interest was piqued.. so on my day off on Thursday I decided to go for a peek.
Of course I bought it.. I have no self control when it comes to vintage knitwear. I was walking down the lane towards the Street which has Save the Children at the bottom, from about half way down I could see it through the window and in less than five minutes I was walking out with it in a bag.. hey ho..
It is a very classic Cowichan cardigan and I’m really pleased I bought it, its a bit big but not overly so and I could definitely wear it as a jacket. Literally wearing it for 5 minutes to take these photos made me very warm and in my house that’s something!
It has been made in the traditional way, and not steeked as far as I can tell, I hate purling and cant imagine having to incorporate Fair Isle and Intarsia with knitting back and forth.. but I see how the thick roving wool its knit from might not be ideal for steeking, if it had been there would be a lot more bulk around the edge of the zipper.
I don’t know how a traditional Canadian Cowichan ended up in a charity shop in Shetland but I’m glad it did.. because now I can enjoy it.
Happy Knitting.. oh.. and Happy Christmas!