Double Trouble

This image for me was just as described, ‘double trouble.’ It also came about through a series of highs and lows; successes and failures.

Initially, I came up with the idea of running jumpers 9 and 10 together because life had left me one jumper behind schedule. ‘Why not make a matching pair’? I thought. They could be similar, based on the same design but not identical. Like twins? And here’s an even better plan, I could knit two versions of a pattern I have already designed for dolls thus getting a plug for my pattern into the post too! What could possibly go wrong?

So off I went, merrily and speedily knitting a red version of my Craft Coat. This is the first knitting pattern I have published (the second is not out yet…), and it was a hugely entertaining learning curve.
You’d like to see it, you say?
Oh, alright, I’ll show you a picture:

It took a little tweaking to make the coat fit a beer bottle rather than a doll; the first see-saw experience.
Cast on 20. Too short, rip it out and start again.
Too long, rip it out and start again.
Fitting well but forgot the increases under the arms, rip it out etc.

I decided I would illustrate a girl wearing this one, and a boy wearing the next. And so, on to the second version with a wide double-front and a straight-edged collar rather than the picot edging of the first. This needed different proportions right from the start, so off I went with the ripping out and starting again game. As you can see, I got there in the end.

This to-ing and fro-ing gave me the idea for the seesaw, which I immediately loved (I’m up!).
But I would need a longer, landscape image to fit the seesaw in, and so far I had been designing square images just to make it easier to display them on Instagram (I’m down).
Maybe this was the perfect opportunity to try that clever trick of making two Instagram posts that in situ display one, longer image (I’m up again)!
How hard can it be? (and down again)
Hey, there are Apps that allow you to manage Instagram on your laptop (up)
But they’re really expensive (down)
Maybe I can use Photoshop to play with the image, yey it looks great (up)
But I don’t know how to get the picture onto my phone to finally post it and really want to throw the phone at the wall now (down, down, down)

At this point my thirteen-year-old wandered in, sorted it all out in about five minutes and then even explained what he had done.
Thankyou! (up, up, up)

So here it is. I’m sure you’d like to see it again, just incase you missed it earlier…

Personally I think it’s worth heading over to Instagram to see it if you didn’t arrive here from that source.

The seesaw even lines up in the middle.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: Malabrigo Worsted yarn in ‘Sealing Wax’, 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, ink and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see these jumpers as of TODAY on display as table-number bottles in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ.

Published by Hannah Sanguinetti

I am a author/illustrator of children's books and a dollmaker living and working in Trieste, Italy.

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