Friday, October 14, 2011

Film Noir goes live

Remember when I promised you a pattern release on October 14? Well, here it is, October 14, and here is the pattern: Peter Lorre, the Mysterious!  I love Peter Lorre, and I’m glad the folks at Sanguine Gryphon chose to name the pattern for him. He was versatile - Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Kentaro Moto (a Japanese detective) in a series of movies, including “The Mysterious Mr. Moto.” According to, in the 1960s, he and Vincent Price costarred as as crimefighting antique dealers in the unsold pilot, “Collector’s Item.” That’s a series I’d like to have seen!

Designing a Film Noir inspired pattern was fun and came naturally. From Sherlock Holmes and Mr. Moto to Charlie Chan and The Thin Man, I grew up with the classic mystery movies. (Thanks, Mom!) The detective characters were always our favorites, especially when they had a sense of humor and personality to spare. With this vest, I wanted to design something that wouldn’t be out of place in the wardrobes of Nick Charles, Archie Goodwin, or Sam Spade, but would still have something a little unexpected. The traditional argyle pattern becomes subtle and modern when it uses varying textures instead of colors. The base diamond pattern is easy and intuitive, with the surface chain-stitch applied after knitting and before seaming. The vest could as easily be worn by a gentleman of today as by a noir detective.

Sizing info:
Men’s Sizes S (M, L, XL, XXL)
To fit Chest Circumference: 34-36 (38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52)”/86-91 (96-101, 106-111, 117-122, 127-132) cm
The pattern allows for two inches of positive ease. It is written with straight sides to be flattering on your favorite gentleman, but it could easily be worn by a woman. Choose the size according to your bust measurement and add your favorite method of waist shaping if you want a more structured fit.

Click here for the Ravelry pattern page
The pattern is available for download from The Sanguine Gryphon for $6.00.

Peter Lorre was born László Löwenstein (aka Peter Lorre) was born 26 June 1904, Rózsahegy, Hungary.  See a list of his credits and his bio and trivia at the Internet Movie Database.

Meanwhile ...

I also released two accessory patterns last week. The Garden of the Mind's Eye is a lightweight hat knit in a  reversible chain-link pattern. Sizes are included ranging from infant to large adult. Dreams Are Quite a Thing is a scarf worked in a reversible wrapped rib pattern which enhances variegated yarns. Each piece uses less than 1 skein of sock or fingering-weight yarn. Both are shown at right knit in Fire Lizard Studios "Joy" sock yarn, colorway Garden. Louet Gems Fingering Weight would also work well.

"The Garden of the Mind's Eye" Hat, $5.95 at Ravelry
"Dreams Are Quite a Thing" Scarf, $5.95 at Ravelry

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