Monday, 12 May 2014


This weekend I was reunited with an old friend, thanks to the lovely Claire Montgomerie, Commissioning Editor of Inside Crochet.

Claire had tweeted whether anyone was interested in any Patricia Roberts pattern books as she was having a clear-out due to a house move and this little tweet sparked an old desire deep within to find the first knitting book I'd ever bought as a teenager.

Many moons ago in the early 80's, just following my punk era, I spotted this book in my local wool shop in Warrington, and just had to buy it. I love the cover image - a little risque for a knit book - don't you think?
I was a regular visitor to this shop which was located just around the corner from my home. In fact I think I may have been the only 'youngster' that passed through the doors!!! I'd been knitting and crocheting for many years, thanks to my nan, and was desperate to knit something for myself. I was quite a trendy young person and during the punks years my friend and I made our own clothes - usually a tight fitting skirt to wear with a jumper or baggy top. Sometimes the garments didn't quite last the night, but fortunately rips and holes in clothes were all the rage for a punk, so it didn't really matter if the seams came undone (which was a good job really!!). A few years later, we tentatively embraced the bright colours of the eighties, along with shoulder pads, leg warmers and plastic jewellery, before I eventually returned to my punk roots and entered the dark side - otherwise known as Goth, where bright colours were no-go!!

But I digress. For many years I've been searching for my elusive Patricia Roberts knitting book. They're quite hard to come by and cost quite a lot to buy on the various auction sites. So I'd given up and forgotten about it, until Claire's tweet. I asked Claire if she had the book with the liquorice allsorts jumpers in it, and guess what - she did and very kindly sent it to me, along with a couple of other Patricia Roberts Pamphlets - what a star!!! Thanks to Claire I spent Saturday reminiscing about bygone times when all as I had to worry about was what I was going to wear that night!! The booklet Claire send to me was an abstract of some of the patterns from the main book, but luckily they were my favourite ones.
This image really tickled me up - it seems a lifetime ago when smoking was 'acceptable' and even used in photoshoots:
I love the tweed jacket and feel compelled to find the time to knit one up. It would look fab with jeans. The shades used in the original book are back on trend now, so mustards and browns here we come......

Do you remember your first knitted garment? I'd love to hear all about it. Happy Crafting, Lynne x


  1. I even think the alsorts jumper would be geeky cool now too. Lovely blog post, really enjoyed this.

    1. Thanks Rachel, I'm very tempted by the liquorice allsorts jumper too. I've just found the original hard back on ebay for £2.99 with free postage - I can't believe it!!! I'll let you know if I ever get around to making one xx

  2. Ahhh I have these books!! I made licorice allsorts when I was at college, it's a great knit. I only cottoned on to Pat Roberts in the early 90s when it was completely out of fashion. I can tell you from (fairly) recent experience though, they're no longer interested in serving youngsters! They told me it was 'far too hard for someone my age' and that I should probably just buy a pre-made jumper. I won't be returning there any time again soon!

  3. My mum made the all sorts jumper for this book. She was one of Pat Roberts top knitters.