Stitchcraft Freebie: Plain and Practical Cardigan
Today’s knitting pattern comes from the January 1943 edition of Stitchcraft magazine.
Click on the following link to download the pattern as a pdf: Plain and Practical Cardigan Pattern.
It’s so dreary a name for this lovely, chic pattern don’t you think?! If it were me this would be the “Pretty & Practical” cardigan pattern. Let’s just assume it was a typo on the publisher’s part, shall we? :)
It’s sad that there wasn’t a color image of this cardigan/jacket pattern, but I’m sure you can see just how lovely this would be to wear out and about. I love the angled hem and the gathered yoke is ahhhmazing! If I didn’t have any self-control, I’d be starting this cardigan in a heart beat.
While I do love the contract yoke, I’m not sure if I would use two different colors like the pattern has stated. I feel like it would reduce down the number of outfits you could pair this with; I would perhaps just use one color to make it more versatile.
This pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn and uses US size 3 needles (or 3.25mm) for the main body of the cardigan. The tension is stated as 7.5 sts per inch.
You may recall that this same yarn is used in the Lace Panel Jumper pattern I posted up a few weeks ago. But in that pattern they call for a US size 2 needle (or 3.0 mm) with a tension of 8 sts per inch.
What does this mean for you?
Well… it means that this cardigan’s weave will be a bit more open and loose. You have a larger knitting needle working a slightly fewer number of stitches within one inch. I imagine it’s a bit looser of a tension so that the cardigan can stretch a bit more to fit over your underclothes and garments.
I nearly forgot to mention, this pattern is drafted for a 34-36 inch bust.
Well, I hope you all have a great weekend. As always please feel free to mention in the comments if there is a particular type, style, era of knitting pattern you’d like me to post up next. I’m all ears…