I designed this halter top in 1981. 41 years ago. I know because it was my first year of teaching high school in Moree, NSW. Some other dates in my life are not so easy to identify.
I don’t have the photo of the models wearing it then, it was before the digital age. I reworked this design for A Summer Collection book published in 1998. 24 years ago. The model in the 1st photo here just had her 30th Birthday. Happy Birthday Biddy!
Her Mum was on the front cover, My Mum was in there too.
The Summer Collection book could never have been done without the help of Diane Bailie. Here are her daugher’s Azticia and Jacinta with my daughter Anthea modelling in this design from 1998. ( middle photo) Azticia’s back view shows the interesting back and backpack & hat too.
5 years ago Jacqui modelled it in 2017. I remade in my new Stonewash( well it was new then). This design has just been published in Simply Crochet magazine in 2021.
I think that there will always be pretty girls wanting to wear something cool in Summer to highlight their lovely figures. I renamed this as the Jacqui Halter now because Jacqui was so kind as to model it for me. Thank you for being so Gorgeous!
And 40 years later it is an actually pattern you can make yourself. #slow fashion
Too funny right ?40 years really is Slow Fashion.
Jacqui Halter Top – Jenny King Designs
Many years ago I saw a knitted baby wrap in an Ashford magazine. It was perfect for little “wee” babies to keep their arms wrapped up and cozy warm. I used to sell my crocheted version of that pattern in my first yarn store near Buderim at least 12 years ago.
I finally had a chance to see if the design actually worked with our first little grandbaby who was conveniently born before winter this year, and it did. Since I made the first couple of Snuggle Wraps I had made one in Noro Taiyo. It had been hiding in “THAT PILE” and it was just a waiting for the buttons to be sewn on. You may know “THAT PILE” ;the please finish me and don’t start something new yet, until I’m finished pile.
It is finished now and I went to add the new photos to update the old pattern onto my web site only to realise that the Baby Snuggle Wrap has never been an online pattern and none of you would have ever seen it.Baby Snuggle Wrap – Jenny King Designs
Our first little darling is too big for this one in Noro now that the buttons are finally on, but there may be more coming later???? Fingers crossed.
So, if you have a little precious due in Winter then you may like to make one for them. Noro – Taiyo yarn – at KnittingFever.com
This discovery does make me wonder how many patterns have been hiding like this one and will reveal themselves to me over time. Perhaps we will discover this together. I promise I’ll show you.
Here is our first beautiful grandbaby sound asleep in her Snuggle Wrap.
While on official Australian Crochet Guild business I saw a yarn so colourful and enticing that I just had to go and get it. I bought 1 ball in 6 colours home with me and laid it on the table. I was hoping that it would tell me what it wanted to be.
I just couldn’t wait for it to talk to me. The vibrancy of the hues were so inviting. I decided that all those colours look great on me so I chose to make it a Get Squared /Baker’s Dozen sampler top.
I’ve only just worn it once but I felt FABULOUS, and that is every girls’ dream HUH?
I started with the original Get Squared stitch until the first ball ran out. With each ball I changed to another stitch from the Bakers Dozen e-book. Not in order as that is not how this brain works. Most stitches were interchangeable. I used the 6mm (J) hook throughout.
The only problem I had was that the mock moss stitch was a bit firm on the bust, as it is the nature of the stitch, as it is a bit more dense, so I added 4 chains when joining the underarm.
I will post up later the colours I selected.
The Wren is 100% cotton is not mercerized and has a stringy look. “Stringy “may not be the best word to describe it. Perhaps natural, organic and rustic would be better as it is really soft to work with. The yarn is Fiddlesticks Wren 100%cotton with 125m/50gm ball. I used 2 balls of most of the 6 colours as I needed it in Jenny size and long enough to reach my crotch.
I thought I would share my fun incase this makes you feel like experimenting with all the lovely colours in your stash and with both the magic and confidence of the fit that is Get Squared and then add to that all the possibilities of the Bakers Dozen if you have them both. I had an absolute ball doing this and I hope you will too! If you are in the cold you know you could make it long sleeved in bright winter chasing wool either.
As a youngster I was called JennyWren so this seemed an appropriate name for this design. I hope you Love, Love, Love the concept as much as I do.
Disclaimer : I purchased this yarn at full retail price and all opinions I have for it are my own. I liked it so much I used the last 2 extra balls for a Fairy Floss baby cardigan for Little baby Emma and I bought the Cement colour for another Get Squared cardigan variation for Me. When it is done I’ll show you I promise.
Do you remember that old song” Lily the Pink, the Pink, the pink” she invented a drink. This drink was some amazing compound that made everything better, Or am I showing my age?( the song can be found on hey Google called Lily the Pink from 1998. Just listening it to will make you smile)
Well I think I discovered what that amazing compound is for me.
For me it is Colour ! I realised that it actually makes my heart sing. And there is evidence that working in bright colours actually lifts your spirits. So I’m introducing you to my Lily the Pink class. Lily will be available in other colours, she will be available in Noro, she will be avaible in Cotton or Wool and kits can be dropped shipped to you in Australia, USA and Canada with the help of some of my friends in the industry.
If you need chase some shadows away the you can join me in a series of 5 classes online via zoom to make a Lily of your choice.
Lily’s sizing is up to 3XL too.
I’m setting up my studio so please check back in August for class times. You wont need to travel but we can get together and hang out. 5 classes for $50 plus kit.
I’m back in the yarn business again. I wasn’t going to, I know, but I just couldn’t help myself. I love beautiful yarns. I can’t in all honesty say it was against my will. When I was given the opportunity to design them to my very own specifications in the colours I desire I was like a moth to a flame.
I’ve always been in the search for the perfect yarn, aren’t we all? Normally my first choice would be wool and there are many wools that I love but let’s face it I live in Queensland, Australia and there are only 6 weeks a year I can wear it, and even then I would have to stand outside, on the football field, after the sun goes down to wear it.