Today I’m so happy to share my third finished vintage knit for the year – it’s called Aloha, from Sun-Glow 58. How amazing is the original pattern image?
I’m so happy with how this came out – especially as I had to up-size from 34 inch to a 38 inch bust!
The pattern was a bit tricky to follow, but I’ll explain further in the mods section.
The yarn is Knitpicks Gloss in Fedora brown – the green is Bendigo Wool Mills Athena in mint.
For the back I followed the directions for the buttons, but ended up sewing the edges together as there’s plenty of room to pull this on and off.
- To figure out how many stitches to cast on, I knit a gauge swatch and lightly stretched it. When I was happy with how the rib looked I worked out how many stitches that was and figured out how many I needed for a 40″ bust. I went with casting on 108 sts, and increased up to 132 for the bust.
- Followed the same method for the sleeves.
- The yoke was a bit tricky, as it doesn’t show you exactly where to attach it to the armholes. I measured across my front from just above the armpit, worked out my stockinette gauge. I used this to work out how wide my yoke needed to be – the height I just eyeballed.
- Also knitted some extra brown rows on the top of the yoke so I could make a fold-over facing. I don’t like a knit edge finish, it goes floppy.
- Blocked the heck out of the yoke to make the ribs lay flat
- Lengthened the sleeves a bit
- The sleeve heads are very square when you knit them to pattern – i compensated by sewing them in on a curve. I basically stitched them in with the extra sleeve head pointy bits loose inside (clear as mud?).
Would I knit this again?
Absolutely. If I had more space in my knitting queue I would make this in another colourway for sure.