Subversive Femme

A Feather-weight blouse, c. late 1930s (Sun-Glo Knitting Book 41, for Matrons)

Ah, the good old ‘matron’ sized knitting patterns – normally really lovely knits, but styled on frumpy women. Sun-Glo Book 41 comes from the late 1930s (probably 1938-39) as it’s not yet printed to war economy standard.

This 6th Curvy Month pattern is actually a really lovely piece of knitting, but the styling leaves a bit to be desired (so feel free to gloss over that).

The body is knit in moss-stitch, with a ‘Frost Flowers’ lace panel running up the centre front and back. (According to Barbara Walker, this is a deceptively easy lace stitch). The lace sleeves are puffed, and the neckline is finished with a pointed collar and bow.

This pattern is definitely going on my Must-Do list! I would love to see it in bright yellow, or acid green.

Size for a 38/40 and 40/42 inch bust. Requires fingering weight yarn and 3.25mm and 2mm needles, and I hope you like it!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    July 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Great design! I could see this looking fabulous with a pencil skirt for the office now or just as lovely with high waisted jeans while raking leaves come fall time.

    ♥ Jessica

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