Caledonia Complete: My first Vintage Jumper

The first thing I have to say is I’m now addicted to knitting up vintage jumpers.

Here’s the original Caledonia jumper pattern I chose to use for my first vintage jumper.

I omitted the plaid design, but I do love it, and would consider making another up with that included.

This is my very last project for Colette’s Spring Palette Challenge.  This jumper represents the dove grey in my color palette of hot pink, black, and dove grey.  I had a lot of fun, but it was definitely hard work getting so many projects done in so little time.  I have no idea how the professionals do it.

I really thought it would be tedious and difficult to work with size 2 knitting needles and such thin yarn, but it’s really not that bad….really and truly!  I feel like it’s taken me the same amount of time to complete this vintage jumper, than any other modern sweater with worsted weight yarn.

Okay, it’s probably due to the fact that modern sweaters are a lot longer and I’ve made long sleeves for them… but still.  I cast on around Feb. 28th or we could just say March 1st and I finished knitting Caledonia roughly 2 weeks ago (I’ve been slowly seaming it together since which doesn’t count to me, in knit-time).  So really it took just about 1 month to knit up.  Not bad for working with fingering weight yarn, no?

I wore my little jumper for the first time today (so please excuse the wrinkles), and I couldn’t be happier with it.  I want to make more, but sadly, I think people would notice.  Ahh well, there are lots of other patterns that I want knit up this spring/summer, especially my Briar Rose jumper in By Gum, By Golly’s KAL.

I paired my little jumper with a basic black A-line skirt I haven’t worn in ages.  I think I bought this skirt when I was in high school actually; I’m surprised it’s lasted so long.  And I have on my trusty black tights (still so cold here…) with my little 40’s inspired shoes from MeToo.  I really wanted my jumper to have an extra pop today, so that’s why the rest of my ensemble is so black.  I’m hoping to find the perfect shade of pink (linen or other cotton) to make a fun skirt to pair with it for the spring time.

I modified the sweater to be an inch or two shorter than the pattern directions, but honestly, I wish I didn’t.  I think I would have preferred it just an inch longer.  But all of the shaping (increases, decreases, etc) was done just as the pattern instructed, since I had the same gauge.  The one other (large) modification I did was to completely redraft the sleeves.  I knitted up one sleeve just as the pattern had written, and they were too long and much too wide.  I wish I had taken a picture, but I was very quick to frog it and re-start.  It’s my own fault I didn’t test out the measurements before hand…  I should have followed my own mantra: Measure twice, ‘cut’ once.

I was lucky that just as I was casting on my sleeves for the second time, Tasha of By Gum, By Golly had just posted up a tutorial on how to re-work knitted sleeves and the sleeve caps.

It worked like a charm, don’t you think?!  It looks like these sleeves were made for the pattern.  I wish I could take credit for these guys becuase they have just the right amount of ease and ruffles at the top of the cap…  So if you happen to find yourself in the same conundrum, make sure to check out her blog.

It really is the windy city… everything is always blowing one way or another, in this case my skirt.

To recap, I found this pattern through a Ravelry member, Michou, and hunted down where she got her pattern.  So if anyone else is interrested in knitting up the same jumper I bought it through the online shop, Iva Rose.  It’s actually a whole booklet of cute designs so I hope to make others from it.  The original colors on the front of the booklet are pretty bad, but the shapes and designs are cute.


And this shot was just for fun…

As always, thanks for checking out my latest project.  And don’t forgot to comment to win a free pattern or fabric in my prior post.

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Comments (20)

  1. Are you kidding me?? That is sooo awesome! (I want to say CUTE, but that would be kinda unmanly). Color me impressed with your knitting skills, my wife would LOVE to be friends with you, she’s getting into crocheting lately and trying to make things that are a bit more involved than scarves. :-) She crocheted herself and me matching little weiner dog puppies, they’re so funny! It was just a test for her to learn how to crochet and do curves and alternate directions all that jazz.

    And aside from all of that knitting hulla-ba-loo, WOW does that look cute on you! You look great! Good job!

  2. Tasha April 6, 2011 — 10:27 AM

    It looks amazing!! I love the finished result and the little detail on the sleeves. And can I just say I am SO glad that the sleeve info worked so well for you. The sweater is really just fantastic. And what a great basic color, it will go with so much! I can’t say enough good things about it. :)

  3. Letty April 6, 2011 — 11:24 AM

    Oh wow, your jumper is so beautiful. I like the sleeves with those bows. I’ve got some petrol blue wool, maybe i start in a few days with my jumper. But i have to think about which will be perfect for me.

  4. Karen April 6, 2011 — 11:30 AM

    I can’t even believe you made that! I am so impressed, you are amazing talented!!!!! Great job :)

  5. Anna April 6, 2011 — 12:28 PM

    It’s so beautiful! I can’t believe you did it in such a short time, I’m amazed!

  6. Marie April 6, 2011 — 1:41 PM

    My goodness, what a a lovely knit!! I can’t believe how perfect and ‘shop-bought’ it looks. Have you been knitting long? I’m thinking of learning, just need to find someplace near where I live.

  7. That is absolutely gorgeous! Great color.

  8. Gina April 6, 2011 — 8:48 PM

    So very sweet, you are amazing sewer and crafter queen! Love it, very very good!!!!! keep up the good work

  9. Suzie April 7, 2011 — 8:28 AM

    Oh my goodness, this sweater is gorgeous! I love the colour and I love the shape – it really really suits you. I can’t believe you knitted it!!! I am in awe – I started knitting a chunky red scarf last Christmas and got about 20 lines down before I got fedup with it! Well done!

  10. Kate April 8, 2011 — 8:33 PM

    Hi, I love your jumper i think its beautiful! Where did you get the pattern because i would love to knit one myself, although it might take me a LOT longer than a month!

    1. Liz April 11, 2011 — 10:26 AM

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks so much for your nice comment. Here is the link of the online store where I bought this pattern from. It’s part of an overall booklet that has about 10 patterns in it.


  11. I just found this through the Gum and Golly blog and can I just say “WOW!” And oh my – wouldn’t it be fab with the argyll-iness knitted in?! Want, want, want ; )

  12. Kerry April 14, 2011 — 5:06 AM

    I absolutely love this jumper, well done, it looks amazing!

    I’ve knit a vintage ‘style’ jumper designed by Kim Hargreaves and have collected a few vintage patterns to make though I haven’t made one yet. Your gorgeous jumper makes me want to start knitting immediately.

  13. Lisa Kirch April 22, 2011 — 10:39 PM

    Liz you are brilliant! I adore this jumper, and your creative abilities never cease to amaze me :). Excellent work and great photos!

  14. MIchou June 2, 2011 — 12:53 AM

    Hi, I just found your blog via Sew Retro and thought you looked so cute in your skirts that I went on and on reading through your posts. Until I found this jumper and – once again – though how lovely it looks on you and that I do know this pattern. Well, I was pretty astonished to find you mentioned me – thanks for the credit :-)
    This sweater is still my favourite one because it never fails to make me feel pretty. Right now I am knitting another on.
    All the best

    1. Liz June 2, 2011 — 4:54 PM

      I was on Ravelry when I first favorited your Caledonia Jumper. And when I was choosing a pattern to use for my first vintage jumper, I kept coming back to yours on ravelry, and decided to make it beacuse I loved yours so much.

      I think it’s so cool that you found my blog through Sew Retro, and and saw my version of the jumper. If you look at my first post about 40’s jumpers, I even have a picture of you up there in your red Caledonia! :)

      What color are you making your next one in? And are you planning on making it with the plaid stripes?

  15. MIchou June 4, 2011 — 1:17 AM

    I really have to browse through your blog a bit more – my little boys kept me running those last days.
    Well, I do feel honoured that I could inspire someone as talented as you are. Your sewing projects are all equally marvellous and knitting the needed sweaters was the obvious next step :-)

    The plaid part: I do love it and think I will use it. One day. Not with this one. There would have to be the perfect skirt to go with it and the perfect colours. What is on your needles right now? Or to make it easier for me: what’s your Ravelry nickname?

    All the best, I’ll be coming back

  16. Blanka October 17, 2011 — 11:55 AM

    I like knitting but I’ve never tried any vintage pattern…

    1. Liz October 18, 2011 — 4:18 PM

      They’re truly not too hard to work with. You just have to know that the needles used aren’t on the same scale as today and that they generally used much thinner yarns than we currently use. Quick google searching should help with the conversions (or you can always ask me). :)

      Are you on ravelry? There’s lots of patterns and forums with tutorials and things to help all knitters/crochet-ers.

    2. Liz October 18, 2011 — 4:24 PM

      Oooh! I love your blog! I’m now a subscriber! :)

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