Weldon’s Freebie: Teen-Age Fair Isle Jumper
Guess who got her very own scanner this weekend?! That’s right…. I am no longer paying to have my scans made but can now do them myself, anytime, for FREE! (I did pay for the scanner of course, but I’m thinking it will pay for itself in a short amount of time.)
Today’s pattern doesn’t come from my usual Stitchcraft magazine but a Weldon’s issue all about Fair Isle knitting (for the whole family).
I did a quick google search to find out what year this was produced but it turned up no results, I’m guesstimating somewhere in the mid-to-late 40’s.
Since I’m a scanning fiend now, I’ve scanned in the intro to this wonderful, little booklet:
I love how useful the editor’s information really is and how forward-thinking the patterns in this booklet really are. Oftentimes we-knitters assume that certain aspects of knitting are ‘modern’ notions when in fact they may not be. In all of my Stitchcraft pattern booklets, I have never come across a circular knitting reference. But in this Weldon’s booklet, the editor refers to knitting on circular needles with fair isle, which is far easier than knitting a piece flat. Additionally Weldon’s makes use of charts for each of the fair isle patterns. What a novel idea, no? :)
For today, I picked the Teen-Age Fair Isle Jumper for this week’s freebie:
Isn’t she lovely?! I love her hair style.
Click the following link to download this pattern as a pdf: Teen-Age Fair Isle Jumper.
Addendum: Missing page #27 can be downloaded here: Teen Age Fair Isle Jumper_pg 27.
Two colors are used on this jumper, a natural color and a royal blue for the main motif. I think this would make for a lovely holiday jumper if you were to swap the royal blue for a cherry-red, don’t you agree?
The tension is measured over the fair isle pattern which is 15 sts. over 2 inches wide, by 10 rows to 1 inch using either US 2’s or 3’s (3mm or 3.25mm). Sorry I can’t tell you definitively which needle to begin your swatch with due to the fact that I’m uncertain about the year this edition was published (this makes it difficult to source the correct needle sizing). If it were me, I’d try the size 3’s first and work my way down if needed.
I plan on posting a few more of the patterns from the Fair Isle booklet for you all soon, but thought this was the perfect pattern to start out with.
Hope you are all having a nice week, and thank you for your kind comments about my Minoru jacket.
I have ladies patterns, ‘gents patterns, as well as children’s Fair Isle knits in this one booklet. I know Christmas is coming up so if anyone is thinking about knitting for that special someone… I have just the thing for you. Just let me know if there’s any certain types of patterns you would like me to post next. :)