Subversive Femme

Free Pattern: 1940s Split-Neck Jumper, Patons 820

I love this knitting pattern because it combines some great 1940’s styling – boxy shoulders, deep waist ribbing, decorative stitches and a split neckline.

The neckline has two sets of buttons on either side of the neck, and was probably a nod to the Fashions for Victory requirement of ‘functional’ buttons only.  It was a sneaky way for designers to use buttons for decoration but still have the function aspect covered.

If you’d like to read more about war design – here’s a link to an article from the The Mercury (27 July 1942) right here.

This jumper’s finished size is 36 inches, and is knitted using fingering weight yarn on 3.75mm and 3mm needles.

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    Lucy
    October 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I love this pattern! I'm knitting it at the moment in fern green with black stripes. I have shortened it a bit because it's a little long, but it's coming out beautifully and is a really simple pattern.

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    Anna
    October 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I have made this too! Twice. It came out beautifully in Rowal Pure Wool 4 ply

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    Kate-Em
    October 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

    This is lovely, definitely adding it to the wish list.

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    zilredloh
    October 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Oooh A lovely new pattern to add to my queue; I love the stitch on this one. Thanks for sharing!

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    kate steeper
    October 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Ive just found yet more 50s knittting patterns havent had time to go through them yet

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    Shay
    October 19, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Lovely. Now if I only had a nice flat waist to go with the sweater!

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