Vintage Knitting Pattern for a Baby Wrap Sweater
I wish I was a more disciplined knitter. Really I do. I love the meditative experience of knitting – the same motions, over and over, while creating something beautiful. It is so relaxing. But I have so little patience for it. My greatest knitting achievement is half of a scarf. :/
Over the years, though, my love of knitting has blossomed into a rather large collection of vintage knitting pattern books. And today I had an ah-ha moment – why not try to do some OCR scanning to see if I can convert these vintage patterns into blog posts?
Viola! IT WORKED!!!
You have no idea what that means for this blog – I have, like, ten years worth of blog posts just in vintage knitting, crochet, and tatting patterns to share with you!
LET THE YARN FLOW, BABY!
BABY SURPLICE SWEATER
Style No. 5369 found in Bernat’s Handicrafter Vol XVI No. 2 from 1947
Sizes 6 months, 1 and 2 years
MATERIALS: BERNAT Baby Wool or BERNATIZED Super Baby Wool or BERNAT Laurelspun or BERNATIZED Argyle Yarn for Socks- and Sweaters.
For all sizes, 3 balls
Knitting Needles: One pair straight No. 2 (Standard) ; one double point (D.P.) No. 2 (Standard)
ACCESSORIES: 2 small buttons, 1 snap fastener
GAUGE: 8 sts. = 1 inch; 12 rows = 7 inch
PATTERN STITCH: MOSS st. (K 1 and P 1 across the row. On return row, K above the P st. and P above the K st.)
Note: Underline or circle the numbers applying to the size desired. The first number in each group is for size 6 months, the second for size 1 and the third for size 2.
LEFT FRONT: On No. 2 needles cast on 64 (72-80) sts.
Rows 7 and 3: Rib in K 1 and P 1 for 56 (64-72) sts. K 8.
Rows 2 and 4: P 8, rib in K 1 and P 1 for 56 (64-72) sts.
Row 5: Rib in K 1 and P 1 for 56 (64-72) sts., slip next 4 sts. onto D.P. needle and drop to back of work. K 4, then K 4 from D.P. needle.
Rows 6-8 and 10: Same as Row 2.
Rows 7 and 9: Same as Row 1.
Repeat these 10 rows for pattern st. Work even for 1 in. Still keeping 8 border sts. in cable-pattern, work remaining sts. in moss st. At the same time, dec. 1 st. next to the cable border, every other row, until the piece measures 6″ (6 1/2″-7″) . Still decreasing at border edge every other row, at the seam edge only, cast on 9 (10-11) sts. every other row 4 times — 36 (40-44) sts. for sleeve. Continuing to dec. 1 st. at border edge every other row work even at seam edge until the sleeve measures 3 1/4″ (3 1/2″-4″). Leave pattern sts. on a holder and continue in cable st. on 8 border sts. for 2″ (2 1/4″-2 1/2″). Bind off. Work right front to correspond. Now work in pattern st. across left front, cast on 37 (39-39) sts. Work in pattern st. across right front. Work even in moss st. for 3 1/4″ (3 1/2″-4″) ins. Bind off 9 (10-11) sts. at the beg. of the next 8 rows 36 (40-44) sts. for each sleeve. Work even in moss st. on remaining sts. until back measures the same length as front to top of ribbing. Rib in K 1 and P 1 for 1 in. Bind off in ribbing.
CUFFS: With the right side of work facing you, pick up 40 (44-48) sts. Rib in K 1 and P 1 for 1 in. Bind off in ribbing.
FINISHING: Join seams. Join ends of cable border and sew to back of neck. Make 2 loop-buttonholes on edge of border of left front. Sew snap fastener to underlap on right front. Block to size.
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