Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FO: Such Flattering Puff Sleeves, c. 1938

Wow -  a marathon 10 months of knitting, but it's finally done! And just in time for our Summer (eep).

vintage knitting jumper sweater plus size 1930s 1940s knitwear a stitch in time puff sleeves

The pattern is 'Such Flattering Puff Sleeves', from A Stitch in Time Vol 1. The original was published in My Home, 1938.

ASIT is being re-released before the end of November, so if you missed out on getting a copy the first time head on over to Susan's website to order yours now. I cannot recommend her ASIT books enough.

I kept falling in and out of love with this jumper - sometimes I would think the yarn wouldn't work, other times I thought I should have made it in a larger size.

It worked out perfectly in the end though.

Yarn: Holst Garn Samarkand (wool/silk) in Cherry Red, held double throughout.
I wasn't keen on this yarn as a single strand (it's a bit rough and snaps) but held double it gives a nice firm, yet soft, fabric.

Size: Small (I wanted the ribs to be stretched out to avoid too much bulk)

Mods from Ravelry:

  • Only knitted the first 1.5 inches of the body on the smaller needles, then upsized to 3.5mm for the rest.
  • Sleeves were only knitted on 3.5mm
  • Increased body length by 1/2 inch
  • Increased sleeve cap height by 1/2 inch

You really have to look at the original 1930's pattern to get an idea of how the sleeves will look once it's made up. They’re not 1940's sleeves that sit high on the shoulder - they’re meant to puff out more from around the arm.

If you wanted something with more of a 1940's look I would recommend increasing the amount of stitches you cast off, across the neck - and lengthening the sleeve.
Overall - pretty darn happy! Now to just finish my Giftmas knitting so I can work on the next project.



Evie said...

This pattern has never been at the top of my list when it comes to the ASIT books, but I have to say that your version is really cute! I think it's the first version I've seen that's made me reconsider the pattern completely. Really nice job!

Cherie said...

I love it, Lovin the retro look at the moment at that looks perfect16

Jessica Cangiano said...

How completely, wonderfully lovely! I adore the colour of yarn that you opted for here. It's so elegant, vintage looking and pretty (not to mention feeling like it belongs at home in a Western Hemisphere autumn, my very favourite season and the one I find myself most drawn to all year round).

♥ Jessica

Lucy said...

Just beautiful, I love the colour and the sleeves are so cute. You look fabulous :) x

Ette Ett said...

This is so beautiful, love the sleeves and the clips just add something very unique to it.
You look great wearing it, hope it won't get too warm too quickly so you can wear it a lot.
love, ette

Kate-Em said...

It looks great, a really good fit. It is on my knitting list. I like the addition of the dress clips.

Bex said...

Aw thank you guys! I can definitely confirm it's much too hot at the moment to wear it :(

Bex said...

Wow, what a compliment, thank you!

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