Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Jumper from 1941

Well not quite. It is actually a pattern from 1941, which I found in a local antique shop and proceeded to make. The pattern is a repeating cable which alternates across the whole thing. It has little puff sleeves, and a fairly high crew neck.

You have seen this jumper in progress before ;)  I think if you click on it you can see the pattern in much better detail.
The yarn is a cheap acrylic because I was experimenting :)  1.  I have to have something that will not irritate my neck (wool does, as I have found to my cost :(), and 2. I wanted to check what type of yarn I could use. I discovered that a sportweight yarn is very consistent with the 4ply used back in 1940s America (it is an American pattern), and will get me 7sts per inch on a no. 4 (US) needle (I think that is a 3.25mm).
I did one thing special to the sweater, and that was how I bound off the collar.  I used the Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. It was wonderful for a collar- no getting my big head caught in the opening ;)

And because I am thinking about adding this to the Yarn Along (click here to see others), you can see my current read, The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri. I love her books. They are well written and fun to read. I highly recommend them, especially for summer reading.