Growing up, I was in love with the world and characters Agatha Christy created. Reading the paperbacks my mother collected, I followed my favorite Ms. Christy character, Belgium Detective Hercule Poirot. The world in which he lived and solved crimes was Art Deco glamorous, dangerous and exciting.
When I watched the series with David Suchet as Poirot (my fav Poirot ever), I became absolutely, positively green with envy over EVERY SINGLE OUTFIT the witty secretary Miss Lemon wore. Effortlessly chic, she wore sweaters, dresses, smart hats. My favorite were the outfits with big bows, very 1930’s. There is a particular sweater worn by Miss Lemon that I’ve been coveting from the moment I saw it on the screen.
Red pullover, faux button band front, white and blue stripes on sleeves, big striped bow on front. Just searching online images for the “Miss Lemon Red Sweater” shows I am not alone in my love of this piece. It has been wore by several other characters in the TV series. And I know I’m not the only person who saw this and screamed, “What the heck is she doing wearing Miss Lemon’s sweater?!”
I used Knit Picks yarn Wool of The Andes Sport in Red, White and Sapphire Heather. Original pattern called for Alpaca silk baby yarn, and I would’ve loved to use that yarn but budget would not allow such a luxury 🙂
I had to alter pattern to acccomodate the gauge and Knit Pick yarn. It involved math. Bleh. Let’s say I ripped out a bit over and over to get the size I wanted.
The yarn works up quick and beautifully. It’s 100% Peruvian Highland wool and the colors are so rich and intense.
This took me over 5 months to knit, only because I had several ADHD side knitting projects delay me a bit 🙂 But since it’s still too warm here in Texas to wear a 100% wool sweater, I wasn’t too pressed for time.
I was stuck on which buttons to use. From what I could make out, the original sweater had a unique beige colored set. I searched EBay and found some inexpensive plastic toggle buttons.
The pattern also doesn’t give instructions on neck, just to make edging for neck. I decide to get my head through too and to keep it simple, I crocheted a front post double crochet border.
There is a lovely blog with a free pattern for this sweater that I followed. I have tried contacting the very talented creator but can’t seem to get ahold of her to see about linking her blog post. But you can search online and it should pop up 🙂
The new movie remake of Murder on Orient Express is coming out soon so I’m saving wearing this for when I go to the theatre to watch it, as a nod to Miss Lemon and how Poirot wouldn’t of solved his mysteries as well had he not had such a great secretary on his team 🙂 I will post that outfit on my Instagram. Have fun creating your own Miss Lemon sweater!