But what if you want to knit that paper pattern you just bought from a flea market?
Skiff Vintage also has a book specifically on re-sizing vintage patterns coming out in January 2013.
If you were just looking for something similar, this would be a good bet and already comes in 3 bust sizes. To make it more like the one above, raise the neckline and knit it in a fingering weight wool instead of alpaca.
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Phinney (from Berroco) would be a great place to start, simply adding yarn overs evenly across the yoke to allow ribbons to threaded through. Shorten the body and make the waist ribbing deeper and you have a really good match. Don’t forget some shoulder pads.
I think Phinney is a great place to look to reproduce a lot those 1940’s jumpers with motifs across the front – I know i’m thinking about it.
While the pattern calls for a worsted yarn, its not a tricky process to rework the gauge.
Once you know what you want to knit or vintage-ify, its just a matter of finding something similar and applying easy design changes to it.
Waist ribbing – don’t skimp! Yes, its boring to knit 3 to 4 inches of ribbing, but it really makes a difference, especially to 30s and 40s patterns.
Embrace your waist – most vintage designs don’t go past the hips, and just sit an inch or two below the waist. Invest in some high waisted skirts or pants to wear your vintage knits.
Puffed short sleeves are easy to add to a contempory knitting pattern. To do – work the sleeve as per the pattern instructions. Work the cast offs for the arm hole, and the decreasing the same . Add 1 or 1.5 inches in sleeve cap height, and cast off as the pattern directs. Gather the sleeve top when you seam it in. This should give you enough fabric to make a nice ‘puff’. The bonus is that if your finished shaping isnt 100% perfect you only have a couple of inches to rip back