Subversive Femme

High five time!

I think I found my perfect winter knit!
It was a mission. I went through every single vintage pattern book I own.
The discards were piled high, threatening to topple over and crush me under their pages.
(you dont want this to happen with my cat, Calamity, around. She’s one of those pets that would gladly gnaw your face off if you lay motionless for more than 12 hours)
Then I came across the Petal Yoke Cardigan, from Coats and Clark (1955)

Multisized – no need to rework the pattern. Tick.
Small gauge (4ply) – won’t overheat. Tick.
Knit from the top down – minimal seaming. Big tick!
Cute 50’s style cardigan. Tick.
So, putting aside everything else I have on the needles I’m casting on this baby right now, using Bendigo Luxury 4ply, in brick. I got gauge the first try on 3mm needles – lets just hope I don’t get distracted again… 
(and for your enjoyment, here’s the pattern in 10 sizes)

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    Jen (pieKnits)
    May 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This is fantastic looking! Can't wait to see yours and thanks for posting the pattern!

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    Moxie Tonic
    May 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

    So strange to be going into summer here and watching you preparing for cold weather 😀
    I love the petal detail on the yoke, it's so subtle and pretty. Is the yarn you are using similar in color?
    I can't tell you how much I appreciate you posting the patterns – one of these days I swear I'm going to be knitting more sweaters! If I can just get through this first one…

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    May 11, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Moxie – its great for shopping sales online in the US, your winter stuff is on sale when we most need it!
    PS – i'm making the cardigan in a rusty red, i'll post some photos soon as i'm about to divide for the sleeves already!

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    August 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I'm really interested in the twin set on the cover. Is there any way to get that pattern, especially for the cardigan? I can't find a way to send you a massage, so I hope this reaches you 🙂

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    August 13, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Hey Ambra,
    I can definately post it on my blog, but most of my patterns are in storage at the moment.
    I'll go through them and when I find it i'll let you know!


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    August 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Thanks, that would be great. I really appreciate it 🙂

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    Auntie Pami
    March 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    We grew up wearing this sweater . Can you imagine how excited I was when I found the original pattern that I can wear as an adult!!? Thank you!

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    sophie morgan
    January 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    This is a lovely pattern, thanks:-)
    But does anyone understand the sizes? I'm from the UK and about an 8/10.. The sizes start at 2??
    Looking forward to making this!

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    Linda Chapman
    June 27, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful patterns, so much better then modern ones.

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    June 28, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Hello Bex, do you have any other cardigans that are knitted from the top down?

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      June 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Hi there! Hmm… Not off the top of my head sorry!

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