I’m smitten with the free knitting pattern for you all today; it’s a tailored jacket from the January 1936 edition of Stitchcraft.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
This is a little coat with an air. The specially thick wool it is made in has the double advantage of being quick to knit and warm to wear, and the wool “fur” is a trimming idea featured in the Paris collections.
Link to download the pattern: Stitchcraft January 1936_Tailored Jacket
I recently bought some earlier editions of Stitchcraft from someone in the UK off of ebay. Most of magazines from the seller went for a pretty penny, but I was able to get this one at a decent price.
This jacket pattern calls for a size 6 knitting needle, but today that would correspond to a size 8 needle (5.0 mm) and the tension is 5 stitches per inch and 6 rows an inch which is a dk weight yarn or a light worsted, depending on your gauge. I love happening across a vintage pattern that calls for something other than a fingering weight yarn, don’t you?! I just love how wonderful this pattern manages to look so tailored while being a thicker yarn.
The texture of the jacket is created with purl stitches and the curve at the bottom of the jacket is simply achieved by increase stitches.
I’m not particularly a fan of the woolly bits for the neckline or the pockets, but this detail could easily be changed into anything that suits you. I’m thinking scraps of faux fur or rectangles of contrasting stockinette stitch. These bits are added on at the end, so they’re not essential to knitting the jacket, and you could exclude them entirely if you wished.
I wish I had found this jacket sooner before starting all of my fall wardrobe planning. Oh well, the pattern isn’t going anywhere so I’m sure I’ll make this for the spring or perhaps next fall.
As always, be sure to leave me a comment if you’d like me to scan & post up any specific types of patterns for your knitting pleasure. Have a lovely weekend!