I started my fitting and knitting a 1940s pullover series earlier this month, and I told you it would go fast! You saw a few peeks here and there of the project as I knit it… in fact my blog and Instagram have been practically a sea of red yarn lately. But today you get to see the finished pullover!
And boy, I really couldn’t be happier with the final sweater, let me tell you!
This ticks so many boxes in my never-ending list of things I need in my closet: A solid red pullover. A cabled pullover. A pullover warm enough to wear in the dead of winter here. A pullover that’s long enough in the torso I can wear it with just about anything. Check, check, check, check. Thank you!
If you haven’t been following along, I’ll give you some recaps on the details. This pattern was knit from a 1947 pattern meant for sport-weight yarn (Ravelry pattern link). However, I modified the gauge to knit this in DK weight, one yarn weight heavier, knitting it at a gauge of 6 stitch per inch. The yarn is Wollmeise Merino DK, which has great stitch definition.
Modifications I made to the shape: the torso is longer, I omitted one knit stitch in each of the stockinette panels in the body to account for my different gauge (I actually forgot to do this on the sleeves, ha ha!), and I lowered the neckline.
And of course, just so I could write up the tutorial because I love you all, I knit the sleeves seamlessly from the top down!
Here’s a look at what the sleeve decreases look like on the inside of my arm. You may notice they stop around my elbow. That’s because I didn’t want to decrease away so much that I’d lose those two cables closest to my inner arm. The pattern is stretchy enough that it fits just fine.
(Full disclosure: I actually didn’t get a chance to block the sleeves before taking these photos in case you can see a little difference in the yarn post-blocked in the body and pre-blocked in the sleeves.)
I knit this pullover with zero ease. That is to say, the finished size is the same as my full bust measurement. That’s from the hem on up to the armhole bind off rows. That gives it just a bit of an easy, relaxed fit in the body that I love for this pullover.
The slightly lowered neckline (4 inches down from the shoulder shaping) is perfect. I again used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off so it’s a breeze pulling it on, even over well-coiffed hair. (Or some semblance thereof.)
I really can’t say enough good things about this pullover. It’s an instant staple piece and would work well in a vintage or modern wardrobe. If you’ve ever shied away from some 40s patterns due to the short torso length (like the length on my Dragonflies Jumper), simply add a few more inches. It can make all the difference in style and fit.
I’d say I did the cover proud. What do you think??
If you missed the 40s pullover series and want to catch up on how I altered this vintage knitting pattern, you can see all the tagged posts here. I’ll also post a link round-up on Friday.
Hungry for more on the 1940s-inspired knitting front? Then you better stay tuned!!