Hi everyone! Today I have a free vintage knitting pattern to share with you before I jet off to San Diego for my cousin’s wedding over the weekend.
It’s a great basic cardigan that should easily fit into any Fall/Winter wardrobe!
Don’t you just love that photo? It’s from a 1944 knitting booklet called Campus Classics for Knitters (one of my favorites!). It’s rather unusual for that decade, as it’s written in four sizes (34, 36, 38, 40) in two weights of yarn, fingering weight and sport weight. Which gives you a nice variety of options, and makes it pretty easy to resize smaller or larger. It also features drop sleeves and makes use of a technique common in traditional Shetland (and I believe some Scandinavian) knitting patterns, which is picking up stitches for the arm directly from the armhole and knitting it down from there.
While in the booklet it’s called pattern #407, I think it’s much more fun to call it Campus Compliments Cardigan, from the header at the top of the pattern!
It’s a classic boxy style, something I mentioned in my post on campus-inspired vintage fashions for fall that was popular in the 1940s for juniors and women. I’d recommend knitting it with zero ease (knit to your actual bust size), or one or two inches of positive ease for a slightly roomier look. If you have a long torso, simply knit it a little longer than the pattern calls for, as there’s no shaping in the body to worry about.
It’s such a great basic pattern, I hope you enjoy it! And you’ll be hearing more from me about this cardigan soon.