Weldon’s Freebie: Teen-Age Fair Isle Jumper

Guess who got her very own scanner this weekend?!  That’s right…. I am no longer paying to have my scans made but can now do them myself, anytime, for FREE!  (I did pay for the scanner of course, but I’m thinking it will pay for itself in a short amount of time.)

Today’s pattern doesn’t come from my usual Stitchcraft magazine but a Weldon’s issue all about Fair Isle knitting (for the whole family).


I did a quick google search to find out what year this was produced but it turned up no results, I’m guesstimating somewhere in the mid-to-late 40’s.

Since I’m a scanning fiend now, I’ve scanned in the intro to this wonderful, little booklet:

I love how useful the editor’s information really is and how forward-thinking the patterns in this booklet really are.  Oftentimes we-knitters assume that certain aspects of knitting are ‘modern’ notions when in fact they may not be.  In all of my Stitchcraft pattern booklets, I have never come across a circular knitting reference.  But in this Weldon’s booklet, the editor refers to knitting on circular needles with fair isle, which is far easier than knitting a piece flat.  Additionally Weldon’s makes use of charts for each of the fair isle patterns.  What a novel idea, no?  :)

For today, I picked the Teen-Age Fair Isle Jumper for this week’s freebie:

Isn’t she lovely?!  I love her hair style.

Click the following link to download this pattern as a pdf: Teen-Age Fair Isle Jumper.

Addendum:  Missing page #27 can be downloaded here:  Teen Age Fair Isle Jumper_pg 27.

Two colors are used on this jumper, a natural color and a royal blue for the main motif.  I think this would make for a lovely holiday jumper if you were to swap the royal blue for a cherry-red, don’t you agree?

The tension is measured over the fair isle pattern which is 15 sts. over 2 inches wide, by 10 rows to 1 inch using either US 2’s or 3’s (3mm or 3.25mm).  Sorry I can’t tell you definitively which needle to begin your swatch with due to the fact that I’m uncertain about the year this edition was published (this makes it difficult to source the correct needle sizing).  If it were me, I’d try the size 3’s first and work my way down if needed.

I plan on posting a few more of the patterns from the Fair Isle booklet for you all soon, but thought this was the perfect pattern to start out with.

Hope you are all having a nice week, and thank you for your kind comments about my Minoru jacket.

I have ladies patterns, ‘gents patterns, as well as children’s Fair Isle knits in this one booklet.  I know Christmas is coming up so if anyone is thinking about knitting for that special someone… I have just the thing for you.  Just let me know if there’s any certain types of patterns you would like me to post next.  :)

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Comments (10)

  1. Kerry November 16, 2011 — 7:56 AM

    I have this booklet too! I haven’t yet made anything from it yet though. I like the look of that cardigan on the cover but not in those lurid technicolours they have tinted it!

  2. Rachel November 16, 2011 — 8:44 AM

    Oh wow- this one is a stunner :) What a great book!
    And congratulations on your scanner ;) I admit, I use mine a lot- although mostly as a photocopier! I do use it to copy the older patterns so I don’t ruin them if using. Mine is a wonderful 3 in one system that is REALLY useful for this homeschooling mother ;)

  3. Gail Ann Thompson November 16, 2011 — 10:48 AM

    LOVE, Love, love, luv the sweater!! I’d like to see it in red on grey!!

    Also Love your StitchCraft posts!

    I’ve been looking here and there, thither and yon for a boy’s (not infant) size sweater with either a shawl collar or a middy collar. If you come across one, will you please point me in the proper direction.
    Thanks, gail

  4. Sherry November 16, 2011 — 11:47 AM

    Ooh this is lovely!
    Thanks so much for sharing your old knitting patterns – I want to knit almost every one!

  5. Tasha November 16, 2011 — 12:10 PM

    I love finding “modern” techniques in old patterns! Just because they rarely did it in published patterns doesn’t mean they never did it! After all, they were doing steeks in Scotland and knitting in the round in the 1940s. So you can definitely think of those as “vintage” techniques. ;) I’ve also seen picking up sleeves around an armhole and knitting them top down, and short row shoulder shaping. Not a lot, so it’s really fun when you do find it.

    I particularly love the one shown on the cover! What a great booklet find!

  6. Bridget November 22, 2012 — 10:42 AM

    This is a lovely jumper and I’m putting it on my list for the next project. However, I notice reference is made to Chart B on page 27, so it appears that page didn’t get scanned. It looks like it’s just a reverse of Chart A but it’s difficult to tell from the photo if the dark band which is part of Chart B is reverse stocking stitch. Does anyone have access to the scanned page 27 for this pattern? Thanks a million.

    1. Liz December 22, 2012 — 1:24 PM

      Sorry it took me so long to respond back to you on this! I went and rescanned this pattern and I’ve updated my post with the additional pdf page.

      Thanks & sorry again for the delay!

  7. Bridget January 6, 2013 — 8:51 AM

    Thank you so much for doing that! I’ll print that page off and put it with the rest. In the meantime, I’ve fallen completely under the spell of the ‘Starring Stripes’ 1936 short-sleeved jumper, which will go perfectly with a 1936 Simplicity suit pattern I’ve just ordered, so the Fair-Isle jumper is now #2 on my upcoming projects list. So many brilliant patterns, so little time!

    1. Liz January 7, 2013 — 10:40 AM

      Yay! I was so worried I didn’t get you that one page in time. Thanks for letting me know that.. I imagine other people have also downloaded it without being aware I was missing a page.

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