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1939 Knit Bobble Cardigan

Although this is a knitting project, not a sewn one, I thought that it would be of interest to WeSewRetro readers as I know a lot of sewists also knit. This sweater is from a modern book that published a collection of vintage patterns called Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters. This pattern is originally from 1939, but a woman that knit this sweater when the pattern was published in 1939 certainly would have continued to wear it through the 40’s making it WWII era.

The buttons on the sweater are also vintage, although I’m not sure from exactly when. They were among a collection of vintage buttons that I have inherited from a couple of different sources and have clearly come off of a used item or have been banging around in a jar for a very long time as they have dents and scratches. I purchased the modern shawl stick although I intend to do a bit of research and find a more period appropriate design. If anyone can point me to information on that end, it would be appreciated! I have more information on the sweater construction on my blog and on Ravelry for those that are interested.

About the author: SeamstressErin sews, knits, crafts, quilts, does needlework. She aspires to inspire and instruct on her blog at SeamstressErin.com. Drawing on influences modern and vintage, elegant and funky, not even she can predict what she will make next.

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  • Deb June 18, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Love this! The little faux-pocket tabs are a nice detail.

  • Veronica Lewis June 18, 2013, 8:12 pm

    Love the sweater, how long did it take you? I am a knitter too, just would not have enough time to take on a project like this so well done, nice job! Thanks for sharing. Happy Crafting!


    • Seamstress Erin June 18, 2013, 8:15 pm

      Thanks! I started it in November and spent 93 hours of knitting time on it.

  • Evie June 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

    I’m impressed you actually kept track of the hours. I’ve made a few sweaters now and could not even begin to guess how many hours I put in. Very cute!

  • EmSewCrazy June 18, 2013, 9:03 pm

    OOohh this is so pretty! What a lovely job!

  • mariebayarea June 18, 2013, 10:12 pm

    I’m seriously impressed. Beautiful craftsmanship. Such a fetching sweater.

  • Camelia Crinoline June 19, 2013, 3:16 am

    It looks fabulous. I love the bobbles.

  • Stephanie June 23, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Love the cardi! Wish I could knit 🙂

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