Subversive Femme
1940s knitting pattern novelty sweater

FO: Aloha, a 1940’s knitted jumper

Today I’m so happy to share my third finished vintage knit for the year – it’s called Aloha, from Sun-Glo 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.

You Might Also Like...

1 Comment

  • Reply
    November 12, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to make it in the colours in the pattern – but with long sleeves. Would be a great look with blue jeans ..

Leave a Reply