Stitchcraft Freebie: Bobble Stitch Jumper

For today’s free knitting pattern, I took to my stacks and pulled out a summer pattern for you all.  It comes from the June 1949 edition of Stitchcraft.

Also, here’s a B&W image that shows the stitch pattern a bit better:

Click on the following link to download the free pattern as a pdf: Yellow Bobble Stitch Jumper Pattern.

Click here to add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue or Favorites.

Isn’t it lovely?!  The more I look at vintage knitting patterns, the more I’ve been seeing this stitch pattern or a variation of it.  Besides the stitch pattern, I think the sleeves and neckline treatment ‘make’ this jumper.

Doesn’t it remind you of this Simplicity 3445 dress pattern you may have seen made up on The Sew Convert’s blog?  What’s interesting is that the pattern is from the late 50’s or early 60’s while this jumper is from the late 40’s.  This unique sleeve treatment doesn’t seem prevalent, from what styles I’ve seen of the 50’s, but yet it’s remained fashionable for 10+ years.  I personally love this sleeve treatment since you have the breeziness that comes from a sleeveless style but it conceals the very front and back of your arms for modesty or for self-consciousness.

Pattern Details:

This jumper is knit with a fingering weight yarn with a gauge of 9 sts per inch.  Unfortunately, this jumper is only sized for 34-36 ” bust; since this is a more advanced knitting pattern I’m sure it would be able to be sized bigger by adding in an additional pattern stitch repeat or by making the space between the pattern repeats slightly wider.

The moss stitch border on this jumper is knit up separately and is applied at the end.  If I were to make this up, I’d be tempted to pick up stitches and knit the border directly onto the sleeve and neckline.

As always, if you guys want to see a particular type of knitting pattern just send me a shout-out in the comments.  Otherwise… next week’s pattern may or may not be a little knitted bathing suit.  :)

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Comments (13)

  1. Jane June 8, 2012 — 10:36 AM

    Every time you post one of these, all I want is to knit a short sleeved sweater….and then I have to tell myself: “Not until you finish your year+ cardigan project!” Sadness…

    1. Liz June 8, 2012 — 12:07 PM

      heh… I am an enabler… You should make a summer top. :)

  2. Tasha June 8, 2012 — 11:02 AM

    Such a tight gauge, that would be easy to upsize I bet! I love the look of bobble stitch patterns. And I love those sleeves, so neat, especially with the buttons at the shoulder. What a great excuse to really show off some great vintage buttons.

    I always go back and forth on whether or not I should bother knitting short-sleeved sweaters since I end up wearing them so little… I think maybe the solution is to sew more skirts to wear them with. ;)

    1. Liz June 8, 2012 — 12:07 PM

      Me too! At work it’s freezing and I need cardigans, but then outside I think some of the more lacey patterns would be great to allow for more breathability.

  3. Yummy! Post more summer knitting patterns please! I’ve been making great strides on my spring knitting project and have started pondering what to knit next!

    1. Liz June 8, 2012 — 12:06 PM

      I can do that! I’m assuming you’re looking for summer tops?

  4. Sherry June 8, 2012 — 3:54 PM

    Oh dear, I’m going to have to add this to my queue too – it’s incredibly lovely! Now which colour…

  5. Aww, love it! Such a gorgeous shape, too, with those almost cap sleeves.

  6. Jo June 8, 2012 — 8:58 PM

    I wonder how to size it down? I want to make this but I have like 6 knitting projects that I have to make first! It’s so cute :)
    About knitting the border separately- I think that might be good not to skip, I was reading the other day about how seams add stability so if you don’t have them in the shoulders, it’ll droop and sag (unless you stabilise it another way with ribbon or crochet or something).
    Okay, well that’s how my newbie brain interpreted that info. (Seriously I’m totally new to this) Here, check out the link :)
    Do you think I have it right? lol!

    1. Jo October 5, 2012 — 3:05 AM

      Actually I’ve been thinking more and I think picking up stitches like you said actually does stabilise the knit enough, because picked up stitches are like a seam.
      Anyway, since it’s lightweight and (probably?) negative ease, it shouldn’t matter. I know, what a weirdo, coming back to comment months later…lol!
      But I have a dream of knitting this one day so I’ve been thinking about it! :)

  7. Phyllis April 28, 2014 — 10:45 AM

    Bobble Stitch Jumper

    My daughter wants me to knit for her this but needs a size 32. How do I down size this pattern? Also, how much yarn does it require? The pattern calls for 5-oz but one needs to know the yardage because different weights can have a different amount of yarn. Any help with both these questions would be so appreciated.

    1. Liz April 28, 2014 — 11:04 AM

      Hey Phyllis,

      This looks like a tricky pattern to size down. The best I can tell you is to remove some of the stitches at the side seams while still knitting in the pattern design as much as possible.

      I checked on Ravelry and this gal knitted it up:

      She may be able to offer you a better perspective than I, since she has already knit it up.

      As far as yardage goes, I can eek out a cap sleeved jumper with around 900-1000 yards of fingering weight yarn.

      Sorry I don’t have any concrete information for you on this – I’d buy 1000 or so and make sure it’s returnable if you have extra.

  8. Phyllis April 28, 2014 — 10:54 AM

    Actually my above comment should read different brands of yarn in the same weight can have different amounts of yarn so one needs to know the yardage for the pattern. So, does anyone know how much yardage this pattern requires? And of course I’d still like to know how to downsize the pattern.

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