With Melbourne weather best described as “four seasons in one day”, finding the right clothes to wear can be a challenge, especially in autumn and winter when it is cold/wet/windy outside, and cosy warm inside. Layering is the answer, with multiple pieces that can be added or removed as required. Whilst the term “Twin Set” can conjure up images of dowdy or old-fashioned clothing, they are extremely practical and ideal for the modern woman: wear one or both pieces to create a mix’n’match wardrobe!
This week’s crochet pattern is the Pretty Twin Set from Patons, consisting of a short sleeved buttoned camisole with matching long sleeved cardigan. Both feature a v-neckline which combined with cotton yarn makes for warmer weather clothing, however you could happily substitute your favourite next-to-skin wear yarn. Using a 5ply/sport weight yarn, 3.50mm hook and a simple textured mesh, this set could be made up in next to no time. The pattern uses US crochet terms; see here for UK/Australian crochet term conversions.
For cooler weather, try the Aran Texture Twin Set, a knitting pattern that is also from Patons. The set consists of a high necked sleeveless shell and a long sleeved cardigan, both featuring lots of aran cabling. Patons classes this as an intermediate knit; whilst cables are not difficult, time and patience is required to achieve the perfect knit. This pattern calls for 8ply/DK weight yarn and 3.75/4.00mm needles. Again, use your favourite next to skin yarn for this!
And just because I love the colours, the simplicity of the pattern, and the fact that they are not ‘matchy-matchy’, here is a third free pattern!
Another Patons Twin Set knitting pattern (from July 1949!). The short sleeved striped jumper has a round neck and button back opening, whilst the cargidgan is a simple textured v-neck. This vintage pattern calls for 3ply/light fingering yarn and a pair each of 2.75, 3.00 and 3.25mm needles, however I suspect you could easily substitute other yarns. How about a luxury 2ply/lace weight jumper and a 4ply/fingering cardigan? My fingers are itching to cast on…..
We’d love to know if you try any of these twinsets, or if you find other patterns out there 🙂