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Posted on 01/13/07 at 11:15 pm
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The internet has given so much to me, I feel it my duty to give something back. This time it takes the form of uploading vintage knitting patterns from a McCall's Needlework book- Fall/Winter 1953-54. I'll add some more of these in days to come, along with some of the ads and illustrations. Half the women drawn in here look like they just snorted pure sunshine, they're so happy to be using Clorox bleach or Wyco yarns, and a lot of the children's crafts are downright terrifying (Clowns. So many clowns).

In the meantime, enjoy these lovely cardigans.

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BLUE NYLON CARDIGAN
(upper left)

Sizes: Directions for size 10. Changes for sizes 12, 14, 16 are in parentheses.

Materials: Spinnerin Nylon, 7 (7-8-9) 1 oz. Pull skeins. Knitting needles Nos. 1 and 2. (Or, English sizes, 12 and 11.) Eleven buttons.

Gauge: 81/2 sts = 1"; 12 rows =1".

PATTERN (Multiple of 6 sts plus 1):

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 (right side: *K1, p5, repeat from * across, end k1.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: *P1, k5, repeat from * across, end p1.
Rows 15, 17, 19: *K1, p1, repeat from * across, end k1. Be sure to have k1 over the k1 rib already established.
Rows 16, 18, 20: *P1, k1, repeat from * across, end p1. Repeat these 20 rows for patt.

BACK: With No. 2 needles, cast on 115 (125-131-139) sts.
Note: Sizes 10 and 16: Work in pat as given above. Sizes 12 and 14: Beg row 1 of patt: P5 (2), repeat between *s in patt, end k1, p5 (2). Beg row 2 of patt: k5 (2), repeat between *s in patt, end p1 k5 (2).

Work in patt for 3/4". Keeping to patt, dec 1 st each side of next row, then every 8th row 6 (7-8-8) times more. Work even on 101 (109-113-121) sts. until 5" (5"-51/2"-51/2") from start. Mark center of each side of next row, then every 6th (6th-5th-5th) row 14 (14-17-17) times more. Work even on 131 (139-149-157) sts until piece measures 13" (131/2"-131/2"-14") from start or desired length to underarm. Keep track or patt row ended.

Shape Armholes: Bind off 8 (8-10-10) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side every other row 7 (8-9-10) times. Work even on 101 (107–111-117) sts until armholes measure 7" (71/2"- 71/2"-8") above first bound-off sts.

Shape Shoulders: Bind off 11 (9-10-11) sts at beg of next 6 rows, 0 (8-7-6) sts next 2 rows. Bind off remaining 35 (37-37-39) sts for back of neck.

LEFT FRONT: With No. 2 needles, cast on 83 (87-91-95) sts. Starting at side edge, beg row 1 of patt: p3 (1-5-3), repeat between *s only to last 20 sts, k20 (center border and facing). Keeping 20 sts at center edge in stockinette st and remaining sts in patt, work even for 3/4". Dec 1 st at side edge of next row, then every 8th row 6 (7-8-8) times more. Work even on 76 (79-82-86) sts until 5" (5"-51/2"-51/2") from start. Inc 1 st at side edge of next row, then every 6th (6th-5th-5th) row 13 (14-15-15) times more. Work even on 90 (94-98-102) sts until same length as back to underarm, end same patt row as on back underam.

Shape Armhole: Bind off 9 (9-11-11) sts at beg of arm side, then dec 1 st every other row 8 (9-9-10) times. Work even on 73 (76-78-81) sts until armhole measures 51/2" (53/4"-6"-61/2")
Shape Neck: Bind off 20 sts at beg of center edge once, 9 sts once, 6 sts once, 2 sts once, then dec 1 st every row 3 (4-4-5) times. When armhole measures same back, Shape Shoulder: Bind off 11 (9-10-11) sts at beg of arm side 3 times, 0 (8-7-6) sts once.

With pins, mark position of 11 buttons on left front center border: first one 1" from lower edge, last one 1/4" below neck edge.

RIGHT FRONT: Work as for left front, reversing center border, facing and patt: also forming buttonholes to correspond to buttons>
Double Buttonholes: k3 sts at beg of center edge, bind off next 4, k6, bind off next 4, finish row. On next row, cast on 4 sts over bound-off sts.

SLEEVES: With No. 1 needles, cast on 91 (91-97-97) sts. Work in stockinette st for 2", end p row. Change to No. 2 needles. Work in patt, inc 1 st each side every ½" 5 (5-7-7) times. Work even on 101 (101-111-111) sts until piece measures 6" (61/2"-61/2"-7") from start or 1" longer than desired length to underarm, end same patt row as back underarm.

Shape Cap: Bind off 5 (5-6-6) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side every 4th row 2 (2-3-4) times, then every other row until armhole measures 5" (51/4"-51/2"-6") above first bound-off sts. Bind off 3 (2-3-2) sts at beg of next 4 rows. Dec 1 st each side of next 6 rows. Bind off remaining sts.

COLLAR: With No. 1 needles, cast on 120 (126-130-130) sts. Work in stockinete st for ½" Change to No. 2 needles. Work even for 1". Change to No. 1 needles. Work even for ½". Bind off.

FINISHING: Matching patt, sew shoulder, side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves. Make a 1" hem at each sleeve edge and sew to wrong side. Turn in and sew front facings in place (buttonholes meeting). Pin bound-off edge of collar to neck edge, having right side of collar facing right side of cardigan, and leaving ½" free at each center edge, sew to neck, easing in fullness. Sew cast-on edge of collar to wrong side of neck. From right side, sc tog each short end of collar and top of center borders. Finish buttonholes. Sew on buttons. Steam carefully, using light pressure to avoid flattening pattern.



JUMBO CARDIGAN
(far right)

Sizes: Directions for size 12. Changes for sizes 14 and 16 are in parentheses.
Materials: Bear Brand Jumbolaine or Fleisher’s Jumbo-Knit, 6 (7-7) 2 oz. Skeins, Bucilla plastic knitting needles Nos. 8 and 13. (Or, English sizes, 5 and 0). Five buttons.
Gauge: 13 sts = 4"

BACK: With No. 8 needles, cast on 46 (50-54) sts. Work in ribbing on k2, ps for 31/2": for size 12 only, inc 1 st each side of last row: 48 (50-54) sts. Change to No. 13 needles. Work in stockinette st, inc 1 st each side every 2" 3 times. Work even on 54 (56-60) sts until piece measures 12" from start or desired length to underarm.

Shape Armholes: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side every other row 3 (3-4) times. Work even on 42 (44-46) sts until armboles measure 7" (71/2"-71/2") above first bound-off sts.

Shape Shoulders: Bind off 7 (7-8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 7 (8-8) sts next 2 rows. Bind off remaining 14 sts for back of neck.

LEFT FRONT: With No. 8 needles, cast on 27 (29-31) sts. Row 1 (right side): For sizes 12 and 16, work in ribbing of p2, k2, (for size 14 only, ribbing of k2, p2) across row to last 5 sts, k1, p1 on 5 sts (seed st border).
Row 2: K1, p1 on first 5 sts (border), ribbing of k2, p2 to end of row. Repeat these 2 rows until 31/2" from start, end row 1 (center edge). Change to No. 13 needles. Work border, p to end of row. Continue in stockinette st. and seed st. border, inc. 1 st at side edge every 2" 3 times. Work even on 30 (32-34) sts until same length as back to underarm.

Shape Armhole and V-Neck: Bind off 3 sts at beg of arm side, k to within 2 sts of border, k 2 tog, finish row, Dec 1 st at arm side every other row 3 (3-4) times and repeat dec at inside edge of border every 6th row 4 (5-5) times more. When armhole measures same as back, end at arm side.

Shape shoulder: Bind off 7(7-8) sts at beg of arm side once, then 7 (8-8) sts once. On remaining 5 sts, work even in seed st for 2". Sl sts onto a holder.

RIGHT FRONT: With No. 8 needles, cast on 27 (29-31) sts. Row 1 (right side): K1, p1 on first 5 sts (border), ribbing of p2, k2 t oend of row. Row 2: Work in ribbing to last 5 sts, k1, p1 on 5 sts. Repeat these 2 rows once more.
Buttonhole: Beg at center edge, k1, p1, yo, p2tog, k1, finish row. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 31/2" from statt, end with row 1 and repeat buttonhole on last row. Change to No. 13 needles. Next row: P to last 5 sts, work border. Finish as for left front, forming 3 more buttonholes evenly spaced, last one 1/4" below start of neck shaping.

SLEEVES: With No. 13 needles, cast on 33 (35-37) sts. Work in seed st for 7 rows, inc 1 st at end of last row. Next row: k, inc 1 st each side. Continue in stockinette st, inc 1 st each side every 4th row twice. Work even on 40 (42-44) sts until piece is 5" from start, end p row.
Shape Cap: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec. 1 st each side every other row 3 (4-6) times, every 4th row 2 (2-1) times, every other row 3 times. Bind off 3 sts at beg of 2 rows. Bind off last 12 sts.

FINISHING: Sew shoulder, side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves. Weave top border sts tog with Kitchener Stitch and sew to back of neck. Steam-press cardigan. Sew on buttons.

Comments:


drmaggieknits at 2007-01-14 13:34 (UTC) (Link)

measurements? pretty please?

Marvelous patterns .. thank you for taking the time and effort to type them out for us. Might I repectfully ask you, please, to check the pattern book for the bust sizes (measurements) and add them? It's hard to re-write for a specific bust size without having an idea of what size these were written for. They are charming little sweaters and look like they'd be perfectly stylish today! Thank you again!

Warm hugs .. Maggie
Baron VonCouch
hardrockzombie at 2007-01-14 20:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: measurements? pretty please?

No problem. I was actually looking for the measurements last night when I posted but realized they aren't included. I found some information on vintage sizing that's both a tad unnerving and useful:

A size size 12 dress will list the bust as 31-32" and the waist as 24".

...and over at Glamarama, who has a number of lovely 50's and 60's patterns up, she offers this convenient sizing chart in PDF form. Hope that helps.
(Anonymous) at 2007-02-17 18:42 (UTC) (Link)

What is that lady caressing?

Thank you so much for these! But what on *earth* is that large pale lumpy object that the woman on the right rests a proprietorial hand on? A sheep? A snowball? A lump of pastry? A giant lemon? Someone has certainly been snorting something ....

Honor in Scotland



Baron VonCouch
hardrockzombie at 2008-12-09 21:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: What is that lady caressing?

I'm going with the theory she's jealously guarding her prized 4-H 'Giant Veggie' cauliflower entry.
a sweater poorly knit
sweaterpoorly at 2007-08-21 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
fabulous! thank you so much! i am adding these to my favorites.
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