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November 16

Stitchcraft Freebie: 1937 Cable Jumper

Today’s pattern is such a lovely one for the winter months to stay cozy and chic.  This one comes from the January 1937 edition of Stitchcraft.

Click on the following link to download the free pdf: 1937 CableKnit Jumper Pattern.

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I love cable-knit patterns but sadly, I’ve only knit cables a few times.  I love how there are cables that stop just short of the bust and go upwards as straight lines, keeps the top from getting too busy with the interesting neckline detail that they added.

This jumper is designed for a 32-34 inch bust with a gauge of 6 stitches to an inch measured over the widest part of the cable stitch.

I’m having the hardest time figuring out which yarn & needle size that these vintage patterns are using.  The yarn type here is really vague “yarn cord” with no brand attached to it.  And all of my sources say that the ribbing section of the jumper is done using an old size 9 needle or modern day US size 5 or 3.75mm needle.  And the main part of the jumper is made using the old No.7 or modern day US size 7 or 4.5mm needle.

What’s strange about all this is when I compare it with my personal gauge that I got with the bobble stitch jumper pattern, it’s way off.  Let me explain.  I’m using US 2’s or 2.75mm needles and I have a gauge around 7.5 to 8 stitches per inch, which is exactly in line with the pattern gauge.  What what’s more is that they pattern specifies that I should be using an old size 9 or US size 5, or 3.75mm needle.  This is drastically different!

If you’re keen on knitting this pattern up, what I would suggest is use a sport weight yarn (try sport weight first, then try a dk weight if needed) with the correlating needle size (this is usually stated on the yarn label) and check the gauge.  From there you can move up or down a needle size, as needed.

Now this is only me guestimating based on my own gauge, but I’d guess that the ribbing would be done in US 3’s and the main body of the jumper done in US 5’s or 6’s.  Again this is only my guess, but that’s where I would start since I know I use 2’s for my main body with a fingering weight yarn (and I knit loose, so I always have to go down a size).  And given the fact that the ribbing is always done in 1 or 2 needle sizes smaller than the main body, I’d guess that it would mean the main body is a US 5 or US 6 with either a sport or dk weight yarn.

Yay for vintage patterns!  :)  heh  Have a lovely weekend everyone!

  1. Tasha / Nov 16 2012

    There is no way I’d get 6 spi over stockinette with 3.75mm needle over stockinette! I just used 3mm on my DK weight beret and it was about right. I usually use 3.75mm or 4mm for worsted (in fact I currently am on one of my numerous WIPs, a red cabled jumper). Now of course I’m assuming here the pattern calls for that gauge over stockinette, or the pattern stitch? Since it would be much tighter since the pattern is all ribs and cables.

    Of course this being said I fully admit that with vintage patterns, I usually just read the gauge and go by what I know of my own knitting and pay no attention to needle size recommended whatsoever, since I know I’ll always need to go down at least 1 or 2 sizes anyway since I’m also a loose knitter. My dirty little secret. lol!

    I really love this pattern, and what a great opportunity for using a solo really fabulous button! I have two different sweater quantities of yarn I could use for this, one rusty orange (possibly too heavy), and one sort of a light blue, a cashmere blend that might be kind of perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rachel / Nov 16 2012

    Lets see… for me, 6 sts per inch would probably be a 4 or 5 and a sport weight yarn. I might be able to get the gauge with a larger needle if I went with a fingering yarn.
    I did find a very helpful chart the other day with the old yarn and what it was gauge and yardage wise!

  3. Liz / Nov 22 2012

    Ok I really think you need to stop posting amazing patterns – I just can’t keep up, I haven’t even started the bobble jumper and now you post this? Now I can’t decide!!
    I need to quit work just to knit all the jumper I want – aargh!!

  4. anne / May 27 2013

    If you have the double collared jacket from this issue I would be forever grateful……..! x

    • Liz / May 29 2013

      I’ll check for you Anne.

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