My Curlicute cardigan (and free vintage pattern)

My latest knit is a cardigan from a 1940 pattern and I’m kind of in love with it!

The pattern name is Curlicute. Which is adorable, but also a play on words for the original yarn the pattern recommended, Bucilla Curlicue, a mohair and wool blend.

Obviously I changed it to long sleeves, because a short-sleeved worsted weight cardigan just makes no sense where I live.

I changed the shape of the front of the cardigan to be a gradual v-neck. I like how it looks with collared blouses on my Bestway stranded cardigan, so I did the same thing. Instead of crocheting the button band like in the pattern, I knit it separately. I have several 40s patterns with crocheted bands and I admit it’s not my favorite look. I thought I’d try it on this one but as I suspected didn’t really like it, so I swapped it for a knitted band style that was also popular in 40s patterns. The band itself is just (k1, p1) over 8 stitches, with the first stitch slipped purlwise on the right side for a nice smooth edge.

My trick to getting the band the perfect length: I knit about 3/4 of it, sew most of it onto the cardigan, then eyeball it and sew an inch or two at a time as I finish knitting it. (Make sure to stretch it slightly as you sew it so it doesn’t look floppy.)

The pattern gauge is 3.5 stitches per inch, but I knit it at 4.5 spi and then blocked it aggressively to open up the ribbed stitch pattern. If you like the traveling ribs more pronounced you could block it lighter. I wanted a trim look so I knit it with about 2 inches of negative ease at my bust. (I don’t recommend this if you plan to wear it buttoned up a lot, or you’ll get gaping over your girls!)

I always wet block my knitted garments. I knew from swatching that my gauge would change a lot after blocking, even if during knitting it looked like I was knitting it for one of my 7-year-old nieces.

I like how the ribs travel across the back and the sleeves although the sea of red was blinding on camera.

Thanks to Rochelle for helping me choose buttons. These are translucent red vintage buttons with rhinestones in the center. Love them!

I have desperately needed a well-fitting, basic red cardigan forever. So glad to cross this off my list because I already know it goes with eeeeverything!

outfit details

30s trousers: made by me
blouse: Time Machine Vintage
earrings & vintage bracelet: gifts from my mom

Interested in knitting this cardigan yourself? Download the free pattern from 1940!

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