Stitchcraft Freebie: Zig Zag Jumper with Matching Cardigan

I hope you are all able to look forward to a long holiday weekend to celebrate Labor day, like I am.  But can you believe it’s already September?!  I feel like I spent so long wishing it was summer, and now it seems to be on it’s way out.

Today, I have another free stitchcraft pattern download for you all.  I snagged a few 40’s stitchcraft mags off ebay a few weeks ago and I’m in love-love-love with all of them.

Here’s a cute 40’s number for you all:

And here’s the same jumper but in black & white (yet with another model):

Just click on this link to download it as a pdf: Zig Zag Jumper

Isn’t it cute?!  This would be the perfect addition to anyone’s fall wardrobe in a burgundy or a dark green.  I think the bow really tops this jumper off quite nicely, too.  I love seeing the color images when there’s fair isle work, but I’ve found recently that the B&W photos show the stitch definition so much better.

The gauge is a bit difficult to decipher, but I’m fairly confident this was made in a fingering weight (aka sock weight) yarn since most of them were at this time.  But it’s always safe to make a swatch before starting up any major projects.

The patterning is created with some cables combined with strategically placed knit stitches, in between the purl stitches which is creating the zig-zag effect you’re seeing.


During the war these publications were shrunk down from letter size to roughly 1/2 letter size and they even started combining months together.  This jumper comes from one of these pattern booklets.

What was even more interesting about this particular edition was the fact that they mentioned the cost of the yarn not in ‘pounds’ but in ‘coupons’.  (These pattern magazines were published in the UK, not the US.)  This really made me think about how difficult the war must have been on for everyone to have to ration one’s self all the way down to purchasing yarn with coupons.  It really makes me feel quite lucky that I’ve never had to live through such trying times and also makes me appreciate the sacrifice of those who did.

One of my sisterswas in the military, along with her husband, and they both had to go over seas to Iraq/Afghanistan which was difficult.  But their ‘jobs’ in the Air Force were weather related, so they didn’t do any actual fighting (that I knew of anyhow).  But that was tough enough… I can’t even begin to imagine another draft…

*Sigh*  I hope I haven’t depressed you all by my ramblings.  It’s just interresting how one little unexpected thing can really make you think and realize how lucky we all are.  And it always seems to come from the most unexpected thing/event.

I hope you all have a nice weekend.  And make sure you check back here next week; something may be given away…. but you didn’t hear that from me.  :)

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Comments (15)

  1. Andrea September 2, 2011 — 7:51 AM

    These Stitch craft patterns are awesome, and I really like the glimpses of history – thanks so much for sharing with us!

  2. bonita September 2, 2011 — 7:51 AM

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    So not depressing at all Liz; I do think it’s important to count our blessings everyday. :D Speaking of which ~ thanks for sharing this gorgeous pattern! It’s super lovely, the bow accent is darling. Hopefully I can knit it up one day!

    bonita of Depict This!
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    1. Liz September 6, 2011 — 10:58 AM

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. It’s so wonderful to have these little reminders to be thankful of all we have in our lives; makes me want to give my hubby a big squeeze. :)

  3. Kerry September 2, 2011 — 8:07 AM

    I really like this pattern – I’ve been thinking about making a tie neck sweater for a while but haven’t yet found the right pattern. I like the zig zag pattern, which would make it interesting to knit too, providing the pattern repeat isn’t too complex. This is one for the shortlist – Thanks!

    1. Liz September 6, 2011 — 10:56 AM

      I’m so glad you like it! When I was reading through the pattern it didn’t seem too bad; but like all new knitting projects I’m sure it will take you a few repeats to get the hang of it.

  4. Clare S September 2, 2011 — 9:47 AM

    Not at all depressed – it’s too easy to forget how lucky we are and take things for granted.

    Thank you again for sharing such a lovely pattern – that neck tie is gorgeous!!

  5. Wow! I really love this pattern!

    1. Liz September 6, 2011 — 10:54 AM

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it. Any particular patten you want to see next?

  6. Amy September 3, 2011 — 3:46 PM

    I love the bow blouse. While I’m not yet up for knitting anything like that, I am craving sewing a bow blouse. I’m tempted by the Colette Patterns new release, though I like the neck line on the blouse pattern in this post better. If I ever find the time to take up knitting, I’m going to remember this post!

    1. Liz September 6, 2011 — 10:53 AM

      I love bow-blouses, too. I’m planning on making this bow blouse via Burda for fall. Would this pattern hold you over till you learnt how to knit? :)

  7. K-Line September 5, 2011 — 8:16 PM

    What a beautiful knit. And I hear you about the rations. Living (esp in Europe) during WW2 would have been incredibly austere. I know that people adjust to what they must – and they weren’t used to the level of disposability which we now take for granted – but ripping up sweaters for yarn with which to knit new sweaters – out of utter necessity – seems very hard.

    1. Liz September 6, 2011 — 10:51 AM

      Thanks so much for your comment Ms. K-Line. My mom was telling me about all of the sorts of things she found at my great-grandmother’s home after she passed away. Apparently she kept everything and never threw anything which included: all of her thread ends in a box, human hair (eeeeek), etc. So now, every time I throw out the ends of my threads I’m always reminded of my great-grandma and continue to wonder what she would use those little bits for.

      I sometimes also wonder if fair isle sweaters became so popular because you could use up your old scraps of yarn….

  8. Casey September 7, 2011 — 5:30 PM

    Oooh! Thank you ever so much for sharing this pattern! :) I have been meaning to add some Stitchcraft magazines to my collection, but haven’t gotten ’round to it (or rather, I’m trying not to add any more to my collection right now! lol.). So thanks! :)

    I just finished reading a book about London at the end of WWII (“London 1945” by Maureen Waller). While it was utterly fascinating from the standpoint of how the British people really made do throughout the war, it was horribly depressing as well. The loss of life and destruction is mind boggling. Both my grandfathers were drafted during WWII (one was Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific, the other was Army infantry and served in Europe), and having been born in a post-draft era, I can’t imagine it. My husband (who is Navy) and I have had many discussions about the idea of a draft and such, and he is really thankful that people can choose whether to join or not nowadays (it really makes for a more professional armed services).

    In some ways, after taking up some of the study I’ve done lately on what it was really like to live during WWII, I’ve come to have a bit of a different outlook on an era that so many seem to romanticize. In many ways even though I love the fashions, music and films of the era, I’m so thankful to live in the world I do now (and thankful for my grandparent’s generation who made the world I live in possible through their sacrifices in the 1940s).

    Anyway… Enough rambling! :) This is just all fresh in my mind because I’ve had my head buried in big, thick books on the US and British homefront experiences lately. hehe!

  9. Blanka September 11, 2011 — 12:12 PM

    What a lovely jumper! I have my own collection of WWII patterns (all downloaded) and I have never tried any of them, unfortunately… I am not so good in knitting to try it, but I want to, once…

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