Subversive Femme

FO: Bell-Patterned Jumper, Stitchcraft Jan 1944

I came so close to frogging this jumper after I had knit all the pieces as it didnt look like I’d imagined – five months work down the drain.


Thankfully, Jakk convinced me to sew it together and try it on with the right skirt before giving it up.
The pattern is the Bell-Patterned Jumper from Stitchcraft January 1944 – and I promise to post the pattern for it tomorrow. I made the large size (to fit 38-40 inch bust).
The yarn is my favourite – Spotlight Gelato (cotton/microfibre blend? The horror!). Its cheap, comes in great colours and wears really well for the Australian climate. I wore the jumper all day yesterday and didn’t overheat once. And it doesn’t pill!
It wasn’t the ideal choice for this jumper (I realise now), the body of the jumper rises up an inch when I wear it, and i’m fairly sure that wool would be more forgiving. Mental note, my ideal jumper length  from the armpit is 13 inches.
Nothing major. The only difference to the pattern was casting off the neck edges and knitting up the ribbing (instead of doing it as one piece) – I like a firmer neckline.
When I seamed the shoulders together I left one side open for a couple of inches, and crocheted some loops for button holes. I used three glass buttons from my stash.
Skirt – Simplicity 3688 (Suspender Skirt, with straps removed)
Brooch – 1950s celluoid, Etsy
Shoes – Mel
Earrings – Siam silver, Etsy
Here’s an out-take with our new rescued puss, Chevrolet (Chevy) that didn’t make it!

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    April 22, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I know exactly how you feel. I've frogged one sweater three or four times now. It's really annoying and frustrating.

    You look fabulous and I love your shoes.

    I have a long torso. I have a hard time finding sweaters and blouse that fit me well. and I always forget that boobs take additional length.

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    Emma Litton
    April 22, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I think the jumper is just darling! You look super lovely.


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    April 22, 2013 at 6:15 am

    That's a great jumper! Love the color and the 'bell' pattern.

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    April 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I'm glad you stuck with it- it's lovely! I know what you mean though; sometimes a pattern doesn't come out the way you imagine it will, but if you can get rid of that preconceived idea it is often nice in its own right.

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    April 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I have knitted that very same jumper in a sage green colour. Love Stitchcraft magazines for patterns. Your jumper looks great, glad you stuck with it 🙂

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    April 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    It's darling! I love the stitch pattern.

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    April 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Sweater looks great. Luckily you did not frog.

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    Claire Gittins
    April 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I think this looks really nice! You've inspired me into wanting one for me too!

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