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October 26

Stitchcraft Freebie: Bobble Stitch Jumper

Ooooh do I have a great knitting pattern to share with you guys today!!!  This pattern comes once again from the November 1936 Edition of Stitchcraft magazine.

As soon as I saw it I wanted to knit it up for my next vintage knitting project.

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

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

Do you guys know what’s funny?!  I actually loathe knitting or crocheting bobbles.  I love the way they look, but I just think they’re tedious and annoying.  But I have to make this sweater anyhow, that’s how much I love it.  :)

I’m nearly finished with my ‘Accessory for your Spring Suit’ jumper, so I’m needing another project to work on really soon.  I was going to knit the Chuck Sweater next that you may have seen on Lladybird Lauren’s blog (which is gorgeous and so cute in red) but I’m thinking I have to do this one first.

I was hoping to use a yarn from my own stash to reduce, but the only appropriate yarns I found were pastel yellow or sky blue, none of which would suit for this winter jumper.  I’m thinking of knitting it in either a pretty red, a cornflower-royal blue hue, or a hunter green.  What do you guys thinks it should be knit in?

I don’t care for the tucked-in sweater look, but I love the action shot here.

Pattern Details:

This pattern is designed to fit a 34-36″ bust and has a tension of 7.5 sts per inch using a US size 5 (or 3.75mm) needle.

Huh.  This is the second time in this Stitchcraft edition that the gauge seems quite different vs. the needle size.  I did a bit of digging and found this site, that lists out some vintage yarns and their gauge with the recommended needle size.  I’ve used this site a bunch of times to reference, and here for the same yarn “Paton’s Beehive Fingering, 4-ply” they use a US size 3 needle (or 3.25mm).  I’m thinking that the booklets from further back (prior to the 50’s and even 40’s) have a different needle size system or something.

That’s all I have for you today.  As always, feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to see a particular type of pattern posted and I’ll see what I can do for you.  Have a lovely weekend everyone.  :)

  1. Annabelle / Oct 26 2012

    Love this pattern! Seriously, you are making it so difficult to choose my next sweater pattern. There must 10 different patterns you have listed that I want to make.

    I think the color choices you are considering for this jumper are great – have you thought about what you would wear with it? That’s always my biggest hangup – vintage sweaters hit at the natural waist, but all my pants are contemporary low-rise! What color sweater would go best with your favorite highwaist pants? Other colors to consider are eggplant (that’s on my mind because th yarn I am using right now is that color) or dark teal (like your coat).

  2. Liz / Oct 26 2012

    Thanks so much for your help Annabelle! I always forget to consider what I have in my closet for my bottom half. :)

    I’m already debating an Eggplant color for a future Chuck sweater, so I can’t do that one. Soon though….

  3. Lauren / Oct 26 2012

    How funny – every time I’ve talked knitting with something this week, bobbles have come up in the conversation. I was actually talking last night about how I wanted to knit something with bobbles. GET OUTTA MY HEAD, LIZ :)

    This is really really cute! I don’t know if I’m quite ready to commit to fingering weight yarn (I think I want to start out with socks. Maybe. I don’t know!! There are too many awesome patterns out there haha!!), but I’m saving the pattern for sure. My color vote is for forest green, btw :)

    And yay for your future Chuck! It knits up so fast, I bet you’ll have it finished in no time haha.

  4. Rachel / Oct 26 2012

    You could always investigate your ‘seasonal colour’ before deciding which colour :) Me… well I have a weakness for red. I love it so! And blue is a colour I look good in so….
    Red. I keep envisioning it in red. Possibly because it is a wintery colour…

  5. SewSavory / Oct 26 2012

    Ooooh, I like the looks of this sweater (minus the pocket)! As I have no experience, I can’t comment on those bobbles, but I can comment on the color. I think a forest green would be an excellent choice. Do you have a nice, thick wool skirt that might pair up nicely with this Stitchcraft beauty?

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  7. Liz / Oct 30 2012

    This is adorable. Can you tell me what brand and weight of wool you would use for this. We have a hopeless selection in my home town and have to rely on buying online. Would a Cascade Fingering do?

    • Liz / Dec 22 2012

      I love cascade fingering yarn! It’s one of my favorite stand-by’s! :)

  8. Liz / Oct 30 2012

    Oh, and in answer to your question Red or Teal would look fabulous!

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