Free 1930s Knitting Pattern for a Sporty Knitted Ladies PulloverToday I am sharing another free vintage knitting pattern with you! It's from Schmidt'sche Wolle No. 5, 1937. This pattern works slightly different from what you might be used to. It has to be knitted entirely from the pattern diagram and does not tell you how many stitches to cast on, increase or decrease. Don't let that scare you off, it's not necessarily more difficult, just different. I still really liked the design, so I thought it was worth translating and sharing :) I love the pointy ribbed cuffs, that's definitely a feature I'm going to copy! Click here for the original Dutch pattern - English version is shown below.
Any text between [brackets] are added by me to clarify things here and there. I think most of you know how vintage patterns can be rather confusing but I feel like Dutch patterns really take the cake - they can be extremely superfluous in a way that it makes the instructions confusing. Measurements and needle sizes are metric (mm/cm). So how do you work with these diagrams? Well, the idea is to draw a life sized version of the diagram - like a sewing pattern - and then lay your knitting on top as you are working to compare the size and shape. If you want a different size you can grade the pattern up or down just as with a sewing pattern. Of course you don't have to do that, you could also just compare the measurements with a ruler/measuring tape. Knitting a pattern this way has one big plus: you can basically use whatever yarn you like (up to a certain point of course - chunky yarn obviously would not work with this particular design). The pattern is designed for a 88 cm bust or 34½ in. Edit: Now also listed on Ravelry
This booklet was a little bit of a disappointment.. I was deeply in love with the jumper on the front cover (directly below), but they forgot to include the pattern diagram! So it's of absolutely no use! Such a shame :(