Stitchcraft Freebie: Easy Stitches for a Chic Jumper Pattern

I seem to be stuck in the 30’s as far as choosing a knitting pattern to post up, but can you blame me?!  This pattern comes from the September 1937 edition of Stitchcraft.

Click on the following link to download as a free pdf: Easy Stitches for a Chic Jumper Pattern.

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Can we all just swoon for a minute on this one…

I love how architectural this jumper looks, and I think I have a “thing” for moss stitching (aka seed stitching).

Blurb taken directly from the pattern:

Moss-Stitch and ribbing cleverly combine to make this a particularly charming jumper.  The high neck buttons down the back with small glass buttons is especially good for under your autumn suit.  Instructions are given for both long and short sleeves.

The only reason I was hesitating to post this particular pattern was the fact that it has short sleeves.  But lo and behold once I read through the instructions, they have a long sleeve option which makes this a much more wearable jumper for the winter months.

This jumper is designed for a 34-36″ bust with a tension of 6 sts per inch over the moss stitch.  Generally, your tension should be relatively the same between the seed stitch and the stockinette, but I’d swatch just in case since this jumper is primarily done in moss stitch.  Having 6 stitches per inch means that you get to use non-fingering weight yarn peeps; this jumper calls for a sport weight or light dk weight yarn.  *Woot*

So… what to do if you’re not a 34-36″ busted gal?  Well, if it were me I’d figure out how many inches I would need to add to the jumper so that it would fit.  Say you’re down 2 inches (are a 38″ bust), since the gauge is for 6 stitches per inch you’d need 12 extra stitches for this to fit.  The hardest part is determining where you can add these stitches without disrupting the pattern.

If it were me, I would make the ribbing columns slightly wider: instead of being one k1 stitch in between the (k1,p1) moss stitch pattern you could add in 1 extra knit stitch to become (as stated in the pattern): knit 2 stitches, then the (k1,p1) moss stitch pattern.  This gets you an extra 9 stitches in the front, but you’d still be down 3 stitches.  You could add those extra 3 stitches to the side seams in the back piece once again.  I know it’s nice to be symmetric so you could just do either 1 stitch at the back side seam or 2 stitches on each of the back side seams.

If you wanted to add only an inch or so, I’d entertain the idea of adding 3 stitches to either side seam instead of changing the pattern up.

I think it sounds more complicated than it seems.  You just see how many more stitches you need, given the gauge and figure out where you can add them inconspicuously.  :)  I’d always go for consistency no matter what; you never want one pattern section being larger than another, unless you do so on purpose.


On random bit:  I was quite surprised when I was doing a google search for this yarn brand: Halcyon it seems it’s still in business.  Has anyone else heard of this yarn company?

Anyhow, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  Hope you enjoyed this knit pattern and do please leave me a shout-out in the comments if you want to see a particular type of pattern posted for next week.

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Comments (6)

  1. Tasha November 30, 2012 — 8:27 AM

    Yep, I’ve heard of Halcyon! And that sweater is adorable, and a use for sport weight! And a yoke sweater which I’ve found is pretty rare in vintage patterns (sometimes they look that way but the sleeves are actually sewn, or the yoke is some weirdly constructed thing).

    Now THIS is what I may use my light blue cashmere blend sport weight on (but long-sleeves). I have two fair isle projects that I can’t work on right now for various reasons (stuck on 2 colors that aren’t working on one, and deciding if I’d really wear the other), so this might be the perfect distraction!

  2. Lili November 30, 2012 — 9:55 AM

    Oooh. I think I’ll make this one. Thank you!

    The Halcyon Company you found has only been in business since 1971, so a bit late for this pattern, but I’m sure they can supply you with a lovely yarn anyway. I’d like to try it in a linen for the spring. Has anyone ever tried a linen yarn? Recommendations?

  3. Jennifer January 24, 2013 — 5:12 AM


    Thanks for putting this pattern online.

    “Halcyon” is one of the Patons and Balwins Ltd yarn types listed in the 9th Edition of Woolcraft, under the heading “Materials Recommended”:

    “HALCYON, 2, 3, and 4-ply, NON-SHRINK, is an intimate blend of finest wool and rayon, luxurious for Children’s garments and dainty underwear for ladies.”

    In this booklet, the 3-ply weight is specified for the Child’s Romper pattern.

    I think this is probably the yarn for your pattern, given that Stitchcraft was also a P&B publication. The picture does look as if the yarn is slightly shiny, which would be down to the rayon in the mix.

    Hope that helps!

  4. I tried downloading this one, but get an “xref section interpretation error” when I load the PDF – has it become truncated or corrupt? :-(

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