Subversive Femme

FOs: 1950s dolman sleeved jumper (Marriner No. 69)

I don’t mean to brag – but this knit was a personal best!

3.5 weeks from start to finish, in a 4ply yarn, with long sleeves. Crazy!

I’m a massive dolman/bat-wing sleeve fan – they’re comfortable, fun to wear and have that perfect vintage look (being popular from the 1930s to present day).

The pattern is Marriners No. 69, from around 1950 I believe.

batwing raglan sweater jumper vintage knitting pattern marriners 69

While I adore my finished jumper, I don’t really think it looks much like the pattern image – here’s me with my arms raised.

1950s striped dolman raglan sleeved jumper sweater stripes green

But I still love it! The white stripes are actually ribbing, which you press flat to provide textured contrast.

  • Yarn: Knitpicks Palette in Grass(5 balls) and White (1.5 balls)
  • Needles: 3mm
  • Size: 38-40 (zero ease)

As for Mods, I only did a couple:

  • Did 3 inches of ribbing at the wrist instead of 5
  • Cast off two extra stitches at the neck to drop the neckline slightly (probably won’t need to do this next time)
  • Lengthened the body by 12 sts (6 sts front and back)
  • Only did 4 inches of ribbing on the waist instead of 5

Overall – I’m really pleased with it. I’m definitely making another, but doing some mods to make the sleeves more ‘batty’. I think I would not bother with doing the contrast bands in ribbing as they take forever.

Want a free copy of this knitting pattern?

Well keep your eyes peeled during Curvy Month (starting 1 July) as it’s one of the Curvy Month patterns…

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