Aqua Waves Jumper Pattern

Since I’ve cast off my Briar Rose Jumper, my knitting needles are now freed up to start a new project.  While I have amassed lots of vintage Stitchcraft magazines and patterns, I still wanted to retain my original focus and knit up this fresh, spring jumper I’m dubbing the “Aqua Waves” Jumper.

 Download the free pdf pattern here: Aqua Waves Jumper.

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Errata 1: It appears that this jumper’s right side is actually the purl side.  I personally feel that this is a typo.  But be sure to work up a gauge swatch so you can see for yourself.

Errata 2: When working in the round with the knit side being the RS (right side), you’ll need to alter the 4 repeat rows of the main body pattern as follows:

  • Row 1: *Knit 4, Yarn-over, Slip one stitch knit-wise, Purl one, Pass slipped stitch over the purl stitch, knit 4*
  • Row 2: *Knit 4, Purl 2, Knit 4*
  • Row 3: *Knit 4, Yarn-over, Purl 2 together, Knit 4*
  • Row 4: *Knit 4, Purl 2, Knit 4*

The main change is on row three.  You have to yarn-over before you purl the two stitches together, unlike the pattern instructions which called for the other way around.

This pattern comes from the June 1957 edition of Stitchcraft magazine.  I don’t think my name for the jumper is that off since the original pattern uses a sky blue for the main color and contrasts it with white at the neckline.  The construction is somewhat different than I’d imagined since the wavy, lace yolk is worked completely on the right hand side first, then the left hand side is worked separately.  When I get to that part, I’m going to see if I can’t just pick up all the stitches I need and knit it all at once.

I cast on for this jumper on Sunday afternoon, using Cascade Heritage Silk in Aqua Foam (#5630).  It’s a fingering weight yarn with a content of 85% Merino Wool and 15% Mulberry Silk.  This is the same type of yarn I used on my Pink Briar Rose Jumper which makes it easier to figure out alterations I’ll be making to this pattern since I’m already familiar with the characteristics of this yarn.

I’m using size 2 needles and have a gauge of 8 stitches and 10 rows to an inch even though the pattern itself has a gauge of 8.5 stitches and 10.5 rows per inch.  (I’ll be casting on a slightly different number than the pattern indicates as a result.)

One thing to keep in mind if you’re going to knit this up, is that the lace pattern is worked in sets of 10 stitches and in rows of 4.  I’ve decided to knit this jumper in the round to eliminate the seaming, and have cast on 220 stitches.  For my gauge this works out to 27.5 inches, which will give me about 1.5 inches of negative ease since my waist is 28-29 inches (depending on what I eat for lunch/dinner.)

After working on the Briar Rose Jumper, I found that this yarn has a bit more stretch and drape than I’d expected.  I had worked the Briar Rose jumper up for 0″ ease at the waist and decreased it to 2″ negative ease at my bust.  But after knitting it up, it feels like I actually have positive ease at my waist and 0″ ease at my bust.  So this is the primary reason why the ribbing looks itty bitty.

I’m planning on documenting my changes and any issues I come across with this pattern, in case one of you lovely readers ends up making it for your very own.

As always, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment about any particular pattern you may want me to post in the future.  Happy Wednesday, peeps!

Update:  Completed Aqua Waves

Hop on over to my new post for more images of the completed jumper.

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