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October 5

V’s and Stripes 1940s Cardigan Pattern

Today’s pattern comes from the April 1951 edition of Stitchcraft magazine.  I’m actually quite surprised this pattern is from the 50’s since it looks very much like it’s a mid 40’s pattern.

Click on the following link to download the pattern as a pdf: V’s and Stripes Cardigan Pattern.

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I think it’s a lovely cardigan all around, and I think you guys know by now that I love it when there’s some extra waist shaping involved, like the navy block that ‘just happens’ to fall at the models waist.  The colors on the cardigan is navy, white, and green which would be so wonderful together.

I know I promised to put up some gloves, hats, and winter accessory patterns but I really couldn’t find that many.  :(  I went through at least half of all of my pattern magazines and I only came up with two glove patterns.  It was sad.  But it also has me thinking, why weren’t there more glove and hat patterns being designed and published in these Stitchcraft magazines in the 50’s???  Makes me wonder…

Well, back to the pattern.  The gauge for this pattern is 7.5 sts per inch and 9.5 rows per inch, which according to my own knitting is a heavier-weight fingering yarn either with US size 2’s or 3’s.  It’s designed for a 32-34 inch bust, but could easily be made larger by adding more stitches, when needed.

For example:

Assuming you’re right on gauge with the pattern and are a 36″ bust you would need a total of 15 more stitches at the bust area.  This is 7.5 sts in the front and 7.5 sts in the back: I’d round and make it 8 in the back and 8 in the front.  But really when you think about the back bodice piece, adding 8 sts total is only 4 additional stitches at each side seam area.  You could just add in some extra increases from the waist on up.  Make sense?

Everything you knit is based on your knitting gauge which is why it’s so important to make a swatch before starting any major project.

Other Updates

1.)  I’m up to running 8 minutes at a time with the C25K program (Couch to 5k).

2.)  I cut nearly all of my coating pieces last night (but not the lining yet… that will wait till we get to that part in the SAL.)

3.)  I just finished my first sleeve on my Accessory for your Spring Knit Jumper, and will be casting for my sleeve #2 soon.

3.) I officially have 200 RSS readers which means there’s going to be a surprise for you.  I’d stop back on Monday if I were you!  *hint hint*

Hope you all have a great weekend!

  1. Rachel / Oct 5 2012

    It does look like a 40’s knit!
    On the accessories- they had special accessories pattern books back then, so maybe the stitchcraft had special issues for them too? I’ll see if I have any in my files, but I don’t think I do :/

    Congrats on your 200 mark :)

    • Rachel / Oct 5 2012

      Oh and where is the link?!

      • Liz / Oct 5 2012

        Oh dear! I can’t believe I forgot it. Just added it. :)

        • Rachel / Oct 5 2012

          LOL thank you :)

  2. Bex / Oct 9 2012

    You’re right in that the accessory knitting peters out in the 50’s – I think Stitchcraft did the accessories more in Oct-Nov for Xmas knitting?

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