Mavis

1940s-in­spired sweater

The Knitter - - Contents - PENNY HEM­ING­WAY

DE­SIGNER AND his­to­rian Pene­lope Hem­ing­way has been re­search­ing the lives of the Land Girls - the mem­bers of the Women’s Land Army dur­ing the Sec­ond World War - and brings us an in­sight into their day-to-day lives in her ar­ti­cle on page 43. She was in­spired to cre­ate a jumper in their hon­our, and her de­sign fea­tures a sim­ple tex­tured pat­tern found on many gloves of this era. It is knit­ted in a vivid shade of Baa Ram Ewe’s Dove­stone DK yarn,

BACK

Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles cast on 113 ( 119: 127: 133: 139: 145: 153: 159) sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to last st, P1. These 2 rows set rib. Work 6cm in rib as set. Work­ing inc sts into rib, inc 1 st at each end of next row and the foll RS row. 117 ( 123: 131: 137: 143: 149: 157: 163) sts. Cont un­til work meas 8cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row. Change to 4mm nee­dles. Cont as folls: Rows 1 to 6: Work rib as set. Row 7 (RS): Purl. Row 8: Work in rib as set. These 8 rows set pat­tern. Work­ing in patt as set through­out, cont un­til work meas 15 ( 16: 16: 17: 17: 18: 18: 19) cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row. Work­ing inc sts into patt, inc 1 st at each end of next and foll 12th row. 121 ( 127: 135: 141: 147: 153: 161: 167) sts. Cont in pat­tern as set with­out shap­ing un­til work meas 33 ( 34: 34: 35: 35: 36: 36: 37) cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE ARMHOLES

Cast off 4 ( 4:5: 4: 4: 4: 5: 5) sts at beg of next 6(6: 2: 8: 10: 10: 6: 8) rows, then cast off 3 ( 3:4: 3: 0: 0: 4: 4) sts at beg of next 2 ( 2:6: 2: 0: 0: 4: 2) rows. 91 ( 97: 101: 103: 107: 113: 115: 119) sts. ** Cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole meas 19 ( 19: 20: 20: 21: 21: 22: 22) cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DERS

Cast off 5 ( 6:7: 7: 7: 8: 8: 8) sts at beg of next 2 ( 4:8: 8: 4: 6: 6: 2) rows, then cast off 6 ( 7:0: 0: 8: 9: 9: 9) sts at beg of next 6 ( 4:0: 0: 4: 2: 2: 6) foll rows. 45 ( 45: 45: 47: 47: 47: 49: 49) sts. Leave these sts on a stitch holder.

FRONT

Work as given for Back to **. Cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole meas 14 ( 14: 15: 15: 15: 15: 16: 16) cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE FRONT NECK

Next row (RS): Patt 33 ( 36: 38: 39: 41: 44: 45: 47), turn and leave rem sts on a holder. Cont on these sts for first side of neck. ***Next row: Slip­ping first st, cast off 2 ( 2:2: 2: 2: 2: 3: 3) sts, patt to end. 2 ( 2:2: 2: 2: 2: 3: 3) sts dec’d. Work 1 row. Work these 2 rows 1 ( 1:1: 0: 0: 1: 1: 1) more time. 29 ( 32: 34: 37: 39: 40: 39: 41) sts. Next row: Slip­ping first st, cast off 2 sts, patt to end. 2 sts dec’d. Work 1 row. Rep these 2 rows 2 ( 2:2: 3: 3: 3: 2: 2) more times. 23 ( 26: 28: 29: 31: 32: 33: 35) sts. Work 2 ( 2:2: 2: 4: 2: 4: 4) rows more with­out shap­ing, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row. (Work should now match Back to start of shoul­der shap­ing).***

SHAPE SHOUL­DER

Cast off 5 ( 6:7: 7: 7: 8: 8: 8) sts at beg of next row and 0 ( 1:2: 2: 1: 2: 2: 0) foll RS rows, then cast off 6 ( 7:0: 0: 8: 0: 0: 9) sts at beg of next row and 1 ( 0:0: 0: 0: 0: 0: 0) foll RS row. 6 ( 7:7: 8: 9: 8: 9: 9) sts. Work 1 row, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row. Cast off rem sts. With WS fac­ing, re­join yarn to arm­hole side of right front. Next row (WS): Patt 33 ( 36: 38: 39: 41: 44: 45: 47), turn and leave rem 25 sts on a holder for neck. Work as given for first side from *** to ***. Shape shoul­der as given for first side, re­vers­ing shap­ings, end­ing with WS fac­ing for next row.

Cast off rem sts.

SLEEVES

(both alike) Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles cast on 55 ( 55: 59: 59: 61: 61: 63: 63) sts. Work in 1x1 rib as set on Back for 8cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row. Next row: Rib 4 ( 4:2: 2: 3: 3: 4: 4), [M1, rib 7 ( 7:8: 8: 8: 8: 8: 8)] 7 times, M1, rib to end. 63 ( 63: 67: 67: 69: 69: 71: 71) sts. Next row (WS): Knit. Change to 4mm nee­dles. Row 1 (RS): K2 ( 2:4: 4: 1: 1: 2: 2), *P1, K1, P1, K5; rep from * to last 5 ( 5:7: 7: 4: 4: 5: 5) sts, P1, K1, P1, K2 ( 2:4: 4: 1: 1: 2: 2). Row 2: P3 ( 3:5: 5: 2: 2: 3: 3), K1, P1, *P6, K1, P1; rep from * to last 2 ( 2:4: 4: 1: 1: 2: 2) sts, P2 ( 2:4: 4: 1: 1: 2: 2). These 2 rows set pat­tern. Work­ing all inc sts into pat­tern, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and 11 ( 1:1: 3: 6: 9: 12: 13) foll 6th ( 4th: 4th: 4th: 4th: 4th: 4th: 4th) rows then on ev­ery foll 8th ( 6th: 6th: 6th: 6th: 6th: 6th: 6th) row to 91 ( 93: 97: 99: 103: 105: 109: 111) sts. Cont with­out shap­ing un­til Sleeve meas 45 ( 45: 46: 46: 46: 46: 47: 47) cm, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE SLEEVE TOP

Dec 1 st at each end of next 15 rows, on 7 ( 8: 10: 11: 11: 12: 14: 15) foll alt rows and then on 7 ( 7:7: 7: 9: 9: 9: 9) foll rows. 33 sts. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 4 rows. Cast off rem 17 sts.

MAK­ING UP

Join right shoul­der seam.

NECK­BAND

Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles and with RS fac­ing, pick up and knit 14 ( 14: 14: 14: 16: 16: 16: 16) sts down left side of neck, knit across 25 sts on holder at front neck, pick up and knit 14 ( 14: 14: 14: 16: 16: 16: 16) sts up right side of neck, 4 sts down right back neck, knit across 45 ( 45: 45: 47: 47: 47: 49: 49) sts from back neck holder and pick up and knit 4 sts up right side of back neck. 106 ( 106: 106: 108: 112: 112: 114: 114) sts. Next row: (P1, K1) to end. Rep last row un­til rib meas 6cm. Cast off loosely in rib, leav­ing a long yarn tail. Join left shoul­der and neck band seam. Fold neck­band in half onto WS and slip-stitch in po­si­tion. Join side and sleeve seams. Sew sleeves in po­si­tion. Weave in ends and block to mea­sure­ments, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band.

The neck­band is folded over then sewn into place

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