Hello dearies! “Wait, what? It’s a Saturday and she’s not posting a Classy on Sunday?” Why yes! You see our delightfully delicious trip down south last weekend proved to have only one drawback: We didn’t have any church outfits to take COS photos of. So, I have the privilege of bombarding you with photos of my latest knit: my Spring 1950s Cream Sweater.
After previously attempting to knit a color work sweater pattern (that was an epic fail!), I decided I wanted to try my hand at something a little easier but with some amazing detail. Enter my 1950s Teen-age Knitting Book by Betty Cornell. I had picked this book up just before Christmas, and was positively dying to try one of the patterns. The one that really caught my eye was The Penguin. It had nice short sleeves, a collar, and was cropped to the waist. Plus, it had the advantage of requiring the exact gauge of the yarn I had on hand, Cascade 220 Fingering, from what was going to be my color worked sweater. The only problem? I didn’t have the black yarn to do the contrasting stripe, collar and cuffs, and I wanted it to be a more delicate-looking Spring sweater. So what did I do, but find a lace pattern in one of my needlework books, swatch it, and replace all the contrasting portions of the sweater with the lace! It proved to be THE perfect solution.
I absolutely love how the sweater turned out! I’ve always been a bit wary of cropped t-shirts or tops. You know, what if they slip up, or don’t stay at your waist? But this sweater? The ribbing holds it in place at my waist perfectly, and so far I haven’t had any slip-up issues. I think I see more cropped sweaters and t-shirts in my future… as long as they have a ribbed band at the waist.
The pattern was also super easy to knit up, even with the addition of the lace. It took me just over a month to finish it from cast-on to blocking. I started it shortly after I finished Dad’s Christmas sweater, which was at the end of January, and finished it on March 14th.
The back originally called for a zipper, but I didn’t want some zipper tails extending down behind my lace stripe in the back, marring the openwork effect. So, instead I crocheted some button loops and attached some cute little pearlized buttons.
Yarn: Approx. 3 skeins Cascade 220 Fingering in Natural // Pattern: The Penguin from Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Knitting Book // Size Knitted: Size 14 // Knit Stitches used: 1×1 rib, stockinette, and a diamond lace pattern // Crochet Stitch used: Single Crochet // Needles used: Susan Bates’ Quicksilver 14″ in US1 & US3 and Size 3 Crochet Needle
I love how substituting the lace pattern worked out so perfectly, though I think I may want to try the contrasting stripe, cuffs and collar at some point. Now, you won’t be able to make an exact copy of my sweater, since I can’t share the lace pattern. BUT you can make The Penguin sweater with your favorite lace pattern, because I uploaded it for you all! You can check out the PDF here.
What do you think of my sweater?
Have you ever customized a knitting pattern before?
Have you ever knitted lace?
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