Subversive Femme

Open Work Jumper, Lincoln Mills c. late 30s/early 40s

Today’s free vintage knitting pattern is from Lincoln Mills Knitting Book 667.
The designs seem to be from the start of World War Two (early 1940s) however, there is something unusual about this knitwear model.

I think she may be of Asian or Japanese heritage, which is very uncommon for older knitting publications (anglo-caucasion mostly). I don’t think Lincoln Mills would have used her as a model once Japan allied itself with Germany in September 1940 – most ethnic Japanese were rounded up and interned in Australia during 1941. Part of the reason i’m sharing this pattern is to show a non-caucasian vintage image.

Enough history – onto the knitting!

I love how airy and comfortable this jumper looks, not to mention a neck bow tie. Puff sleeves are always a winner too!

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