Sometimes we knit retro, too

by Harriet Bazley on November 11, 2012 · 9 comments

in 1950s,Vintage Sewing

Here are two 1950s patterns I’ve knitted up this year: the droplet bolero and the bias-knit sweater.

The bolero was knitted using a re-issued version of the original pattern which had been graded into multiple sizes: normally I would just have knitted the single original size, but here I actually had the luxury of taking it down a size to fit me better.

The droplet pattern is basically a variation on a standard bobble pattern: you cast on five stitches at once at the base of the bobble, then gradually decrease the extras over several rows as you go up to produce a teardrop shape rather than a round one. The front and back have a zigzag droplet yoke – the sleeves have a straight strip of droplets all the way to the cuff.

The last rose of summer

The bias-knit sweater was knitted from a scan of the original pattern: see The Vintage Pattern Files. I didn’t alter the pattern, but I did change the colour scheme quite a few times! If I’d had more wool, I shouldn’t have used quite so many colours… but in fact, the end result was actually an improvement.

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Housewife Betty November 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I want that bolero right now!

The bias knit sweater turned out great, too. Your styling makes me think of the 1930′s, sort of Bonnie and Clyde. Super chic!

I have specifically chosen to NOT learn how to knit because if I did, I’d never leave the house. Nice work!


elisha November 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Love them both!


Bea W November 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

Hello knitting envy!!! Those two pieces are amazing. The bolero is super versatile and the chevron sweater just makes me drool. Great work.


retroguest November 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Fabulous knitting!
BTW, has anyone ever told you that you look like Susan Sarandon’s younger sister?
Uncanny resemblance.


EmSewCrazy November 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

Ooh I like them both! Especially the bolero. What an amazing job!


Melanie November 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Gorgeous knits, love them both!


Adele November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I love the zigzag yoke on the bolero. Was the wool dyed or natural? I’m very fond of that shade of brown.


Harriet Bazley November 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

The bolero is actually green :-) for some greener pictures…
It’s a sort of khaki coloured acrylic that photographs very differently under different lights.


tina vines November 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

These are so lovely! One of my goals is to knit a sweater, so far I’ve only gotten as far as a scarf. Im always envious when I see a gorgeous sweater that someone has knit. Great job!!


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