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September 30

Stitchcraft Freebie: 30’s Tailored Jacket

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!

Per Stitchcraft:

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!

  1. Tasha / Sep 30 2011

    Very cute, I like that one a lot! I don’t care for the nubbly looking trim much either, but imagine it somehow with faux fur as a collar and on the pockets!

  2. Sophie / Sep 30 2011

    this is wonderful! i can see it in a tweedy turquoise yarn with some brown fake fur trim… so tempting!

  3. Casey / Oct 1 2011

    Love this!!! Adding it to my (already too long ;) knitting wishlist. Thank you ever so much for all the time and effort you put into sharing these!

    • Liz / Oct 3 2011

      I love having my own, personal stash of vintage knitting magazines, but it honestly just feels selfish if I’m not sharing them with everyone. What’s bad is that I’m paying for my scans at kinkos every week…. I really need to invest in my own scanner. :)

  4. erin / Oct 1 2011

    Love all the details: the fitted shape, the curved hem, the little purl stitches and the neat crochet edging. Thanks for posting this cardi, I love it!

  5. Ruhan / Oct 2 2011

    Liz, I love this pattern. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Nadja Eleonora / Oct 5 2011

    This is the pattern I’have serched for! I love the fur and the closing! A soft grey and fake chinhilla?
    Thank you so so much!

  7. Sara / Oct 6 2011

    Loved this so much that I pinned it. Thanks.

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