So I will gladly admit to being an Etsy addict. I will browse nearly every day admiring how talented the world’s artists are. If I was rich I would buy so many beautiful things and support independent artists 🙂
While browsing one day I came across a wonderful Etsy store called SubversiveFemme. She sells lovely vintage PDF files knitting and crochet. I literally want all of them! What a treasure trove. I purchased a favorite, “The Aloha Jumper“.
The main body of the jumper is a rib stitch. Super quick knit and no fancy stitches, this pattern is great for a beginner who is wanting a good sweater pattern.
I used size 2 and size 5 knitting needles and purchased a super fine weight yarn at Michaels called Loops and Thread Woolike. I used I think 3 balls of red and a bit of white. It’s such a soft yarn to work with.
My alterations of the pattern to get the correct gauge is as follows:
1) For front and back I increased every 4th row until increased to 122 stitches (not the 128 in pattern).
2) When casting off for armholes, it says “K 2 tog each end of the next 4 rows, then every 2nd row 4 times.” But I did every 2nd row 3 times.
3) For short sleeves I casted on 62 stitches, then increased to 74 stitches instead of pattern’s 96. Then with the K 2 tog decreases I decreased until 24 stitches instead of pattern’s 28.
Everything else I followed in the pattern.
Tada! I think the cover model’s whole outfit is just adorable. So I copied her lol. The blue skirt was a Goodwill find, and under $5. I think my favorite part of the jumper is the knitted shoulder pads. It really adds structure and gives it that classic 1940’s look.
And thrifted vintage alligator heels of course!
I love the finished look. It’s my Thanksgiving outfit today (though now I wish the skirt had elastic with all the food I ate)!
I now have a brown version with turquoise stripes in the works!