Stitchcraft Freebie: The Knock About Jumper

Today’s freebie is brought to you once again by Stitchcraft magazine.  But instead of another 50’s pattern, this pretty little jumper is from the January 1936 edition.

Click on the following link to download the pattern as a pdf: Knockabout Jumper Pattern.

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

I simply love vintage knits from the 30’s and 40’s.  They have a special charm to them, don’t you think?

The pattern is written for a girl in her early teen’s, but in reading the description I was surprised to see that the model is actually only 14 years old.  Maybe it’s the shading but she looks to me in her late teens or early 20’s!

The tension is given as 5.5 stitches over and inch wide and 8 rows to and inch for height.  Coupled with a US size 4 (or US size 5) knitting needle, this would be a sport weight yarn.  *Yay*  A non-fingering weight knit that looks slim & chic!

The semi-downfall to this pattern is that only one size is given and it’s for a 31″ bust.  But since the pattern stitch is quite simple, you could just cast on for the number of stitches you need for your measurements and work it up accordingly.


I’m about to embark on a 3.5 hour car ride and I feel like starting a new project.  I’m highly debating starting this jumper or making the ascot & beret pattern that I posted here.

I’m not sure how I’ll ever decide between the two!  I may have to see what yarn I have in my stash and let that be the deciding factor.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Comments (6)

  1. Tasha August 10, 2012 — 2:57 PM

    That is so cute! I don’t usually go for turtlenecks, but I have a feeling we’re going to find our house a -lot- colder in winter than our super warm condo, so I’m tempted!

  2. Donna August 10, 2012 — 4:36 PM

    I love the scarf and love anything with polka dots on it. I think my Mother owned a scarf like that! The beret is cute also!

  3. Jane August 11, 2012 — 7:04 AM

    Or that bias-knit sweater! I swear, I’m starting it sometime this summer!

  4. I love that jumper! Ooh, car-ride knitting is so fun! It is always a bit tricky planning out just the right project to bring!

  5. Liz August 12, 2012 — 9:47 PM

    make the Ascot – gorgeous!!! I am knitting a hat now, wish I had remembered about the Ascot set I would have made that. Hmmm…do I have time to do both. How many projects on the go is too many?

  6. hildegard November 17, 2013 — 2:16 AM

    Hallo, Recently i came across your website via Pinterest. I am a keen knitter and sewer for many years . The above pattern intrests me for my youngest daughter. She loves a bit of vintage style, as she works in A’Dam (netherlands) as a manager at Exota Design.
    How many grs. of wool is needed for this jumper? I’ma bit puzzled with the amount in ozs.


    Ps: love your site and your rabbits too

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