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Free Knitting Pattern: A 1930’s Bertha Blouse from Vogue Knitting

A Bertha Blouse doesn’t sound very attractive – but it looks so easy to knit and wear!

This simple pattern comes from Vogue’s 4th Book of Knitting and Crochet (1936), and is suggested to be knit in white, with two green stripes.

If you were looking for a good place to start with using a vintage knitting pattern, this might be just the ticket!

To fit: 36 inch bust
Needles: 2.75mm
Yarn: Fingering weight. A light fingering weight chenille was used in the original, but a cotton or linen yarn would be a good substitute.

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    May 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    hi will you add the instruction for the vest too ? šŸ™‚

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    Jessica Cangiano
    May 15, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    True, the name does – especially to our modern ears – leave a bit to be desired, but the design is both classic and fantastic. Proving that one can't judge a garment by its moniker alone! šŸ™‚

    ā™„ Jessica

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    May 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    hi lol. think this is linguistic issue. the 'blouse' I would actually call a jumper. a vest (to me anyway)is the undergarment, shown below the jumper in the first picture. do you have that pattern too? šŸ˜€

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    Louise Morgan
    May 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I'm so jealous, I collect old U.S. versions of Vogue Knitting and can never find the very old ones from the 1930s. What a find you have!

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    May 16, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I understood, it's ok ;). Yes I can scan the crawler vest up for you, I'll amend this post on Monday with it x

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    May 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Don't be too jealous – it's a really ratty issue, missing the cover and some internal pages :(.

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    October 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Just discovered this site while looking for a pattern that uses fingering yarn. Never thought I'd go for a bertha collar by I love this top! Thank you.
    I see that it starts with a crocheted chain rather than cast on stitches. Was that common in the 1930s?

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