MATERIALS. - 10 (10 : 11) balls Wendy Pompadour Mohair; a pair each No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 Aero knitting needles; 1 yd. 2-inch wide petersham ribbon; 5 buttons.
Measurements. - To fit bust 34 (36 : 38) inches loosely (actual size, 38 (40 : 42) inches); length, 18 (18 1/2 : 19) inches; sleeve seam, 11 1/2 inches.
Tension. - 4 sts. to 1 inch.
THE BACK. - With No. 8 needles, cast on 62 (66 : 70) sts. and work 12 rows k. 1, p. 1 rib. Change to No. 6 needles and work in st.-st., inc. 1 st. both ends of next and every foll. 6th row to 76 (80 : 84) sts. Cont. straight until work measures 10 1/2 ins. from beg., ending after a p. row.
Shape Armholes. - Cast off 2 (3 : 4) sts. at beg. of next 2 rows; dec. 1 st. both ends of next and alt. rows to 36 sts. Leve these sts. on spare needle.
THE LEFT FRONT. - With No. 8 needles, cast on 36 (38 : 40) sts. Work 12 rows k. 1, p. 1 rib. Change to No. 6 needles and st.-st., inc. 1 st. at beg. of next and every foll. 6th row to 43 (45 : 47) sts. Cont. straight until work matches back to armhole, ending after wrong-side row.
Shape Armhole. - Cast off 2 (3 : 4) sts. at beg. of next row; dec. 1 st. at this edge on every right-side row to 30 sts., ending at front edge.
Shape Neck. - Still dec. at armhole edge on alt. rows as before, cast off at beg. of p. rows, 10 sts. once; 3 sts. twice; 2 sts. twice; then dec. 1 st. at neck edge on every k. row until all sts. are worked off.
Mark front with pins, to indicate buttons, 1st pin on 5th row of rib, 5th pin 1 1/4 ins. below neck shaping and 3 more equally spaced between.
THE RIGHT FRONT. - With No. 8 needles, cast on 36 (38 : 40) sts. Work 4 rows k. 1, p. 1 rib. Make buttonhole.
Next row. - Rib 4, cast off 5, rib to end. On next row, cast on 5 sts. over those cast off. Work six more rows rib.
Change to No. 6 needles and st.-st. and work to match left front, reversing all shapings and making buttonholes as before, to match pin positions.
THE SLEEVES. - With No. 8 needles, cast on 36 (40 : 44) sts. amd work 12 rows k. 1, p. 1 rib. Change to No. 6 needles and st.-st., inc 1 st. both ends of next and every foll. 5th row to 52 (56 : 60) sts. Cont. straight until work measures 11 1/2 ins. from beg., anding after p. row.
Shape Top. - Cast off 2 (3 : 4) sts. at beg. of next 2 rows; dec. 1 st. both ends of next and alt. rows to 12 sts. Cast off.
TO MAKE UP. - Press very lightly. Sew in sleeves. With No. 8 needles and right side facing, pick up and k. 26 sts. along right front edge, beg. 1 1/4 ins. in from front edge, 11 sts, from sleeve, k. across sts. of back neck, pick up and k. 11 sts. from sleeve, 26 sts. from front, anding 1 1/4 ins. from neck. Work 10 rows k. 1, p. 1 rib. Change to No. 7 needles and work 5 rows. Change to No. 6 needles and work 5 rows. Cast off loosely in rob. Join side and sleeve seams. Face fronts with petersham. Cut and neaten buttonholes in facing. Sew on buttons.
NOTES BY THE WEBMISTRESSGeneral: This is a very simple knitting pattern using very easy stitches which makes it manageable for relatively inexperianced knitters. It is also a very quick pattern to knit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I'll try to help. I have knitted this one myself already so I know how the pattern works and have been able to convert it for modern knitting wool and measurements.
Wool: The wool mentioned in the pattern is no longer avaiable from the manufacturers but if you are very lucky you may find some in vintage shops. If you are trying to knit this pattern with new wool, you will of course need a different amount to that shown on the pattern as balls of wool are now in metric sizes and therefore completely different.
A good substitute is Sirdar Eternity (in Paris Pink if you want it similar to the picture) which is a fluffy Double Knitting wool. For the first and second sizes you will require about 300g (6 x 50g balls of Sirdar Eternity) and for the third size you will require 350g (7 x 50g balls of Sirdar Eternity) of wool, but please make sure that you get more rather than less of the wool if you are unsure as it is always best to make sure you have enough wool that all comes from the same dye lot as shades of colour can really vary greatly.
Needles: No. 6 needles are 5mm. No. 7 needles are 4 1/2 mm. No. 8 needles are 4mm.
Petersham Ribbon: This is a firm material such as that used in the brims of hats to help them keep their shape. Please ask for assistance in a sewing shop if you have trouble finding it. If you are sewing this in a pale colour, 0please make sure that the petersham is similarly pale in colour or it will show through due to the large size of the stitches. The pattern can be made adequately without petersham if you use a hook and eye to hold the collar neatly in place at the top.
Buttons: I would suggest making up the garment first and then taking it with you when shopping for buttons to make sure that they fit correctly. They must be small enough to go through the button hole, but big enough that they will not slip out of the holes when you fasten it to wear it. If you have any doubts, ask the people serving in the shop to help you. Please also take into consideration the width of the petersham, if you get very slim petersham the buttons need to be able to fit inside holes cut into it.
Measurements: The second size would fit the average British modern girl who wears size 10-12 clothing... if anyone can translate that to European or American sizing, please let me know as I'm sure it will be of help to people.