Mutant Vintage Pullover

It’s been an interesting month, what an I say? This pattern was one of several WWII-era knitting patterns the Victoria & Albert Museum archived and recently posted for public use. This “Tommy vest or pullover” was a pattern for the knitters back home to send to the soldiers for an extra bit of warmth in the European theater.

Rainbow Dashing hand dyed worsted weight wool
Four balls Patons classic worsted Aran wool
One ball Patons bulky weight Aran wool
US 8 (5mm) circular needles
US 8 (5mm) 16″ straight needle
Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook
Clothes pins
Sewing scissors
Yarn needle

For the main piece, I used 5mm circular needles (slightly larger gauge than the pattern’s suggested 3.25mm), casting on 88 stitches instead of the recommended 126. I also modified the pattern’s suggestion of knitting 18″ of Stockinette to 16″ before starting the sleeve holes. For the last inch of the 6″ sleeve holes, I switched to bulky wool and seed stitch, creating the decorative neckline.

The sleeves are an original pattern, modified to save me from the horrors of short sleeves.

CO 56 stitches of Rainbow Dashing yarn. Knit twelve rows of k1p1 rib stitch. Switch to worsted weight Aran wool.
Knit 62 rows Stockinette stitch, ending on a purl row.
Row 63: increase one stitch on each side (58 stitches)
Rows 64-66: knit Stockinette 
Row 67: inc one stitch on each side (60 stitches)
Rows 68-72: knit Stockinette
Row 73: inc one stitch on each side (62 stitches)
Rows 74-82: knit Stockinette
Row 83: inc one stitch on each side (64 stitches)
Rows 84-90: knit Stockinette
Row 91: inc one stitch on each side (66 stitches)
Rows 92-100: knit Stockinette
Row 101: decrease one stitch on each side (64 stitches)
Row 102: knit purl stitch
Row 103: dec one stitch on each side (62 stitches)
Row 104: knit purl stitch
Row 105: BO, dec one stitch on each side (60 stitches)
Weave ends in, seam sleeves on main piece using 3.5mm crochet hook, attach sleeves to sleeve holes.

This was an interesting challenge and it yielded some fun and interesting results. The masculine flat front would take some getting used to for me, but I like the short, almost cropped length that encourages layering and I think the colors I ended up going with complimented each other well.

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~ by blackmoodcraft on December 13, 2015.

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