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Subversive Femme
the mame sweater free vintage knitting pattern 1950s subversive femme

Free Pattern: The Mame Sweater

Today I’m so excited to announce that I’m starting to offer my own patterns – beginning with Mame!

Mame was born after I posted a free pattern from 1954 on my Instagram, for a perfectly 1950s brief turtle neck sweater with capped sleeves. A lot people commented on how good it looked (and pretty easy), but shame about the sizing.

At the same time an Instagram friend @severelymame asked if I had ever considered offering my own patterns – the two ideas came together and Mame was born!

the mame sweater free vintage knitting pattern 1950s subversive femme

Rewritten and revitalised, Mame includes updated yarn requirements, modern instructions and a larger size range for knitters who love authentic vintage styling.

Mame is only made up of two pieces, with the shoulders joined at the top and the turtle neck ribbing picked up at the end. The pattern also has a sewn armhole hem facing, which is quite unusual.

The sweater would look perfect with a pencil skirt for a bad-girl office vibe, or with jeans for a casual 1950s BBQ.

the mame sweater free vintage knitting pattern 1950s subversive femme

I used Knitpicks Gloss Fingering, one of my favourite yarns that feels gorgeous on the skin. The silk content also makes it a good choice for our not-so-cold winters here in Australia.

Mame is currently available in sizes 36 to 56 inches – however I would LOVE to offer this in a larger chest size. If you’d like to knit this pattern in a 60+ chest please reach out to me!

You can download The Mame Sweater here or via Ravelry here.

And if you’re interested in the original, here it is from 1954!

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