Free 1930s Knitting Pattern for a Sporty Knitted Ladies Pullover

20:54 Renée 3 Comments

Today I am sharing another free vintage knitting pattern with you! It's from Schmidt'sche Wolle No. 5, 1937. This pattern works slightly different from what you might be used to. It has to be knitted entirely from the pattern diagram and does not tell you how many stitches to cast on, increase or decrease. Don't let that scare you off, it's not necessarily more difficult, just different. I still really liked the design, so I thought it was worth translating and sharing :) I love the pointy ribbed cuffs, that's definitely a feature I'm going to copy! Click here for the original Dutch pattern - English version is shown below.

Any text between [brackets] are added by me to clarify things here and there. I think most of you know how vintage patterns can be rather confusing but I feel like Dutch patterns really take the cake - they can be extremely superfluous in a way that it makes the instructions confusing. Measurements and needle sizes are metric (mm/cm). So how do you work with these diagrams? Well, the idea is to draw a life sized version of the diagram - like a sewing pattern - and then lay your knitting on top as you are working to compare the size and shape. If you want a different size you can grade the pattern up or down just as with a sewing pattern. Of course you don't have to do that, you could also just compare the measurements with a ruler/measuring tape. Knitting a pattern this way has one big plus: you can basically use whatever yarn you like (up to a certain point of course - chunky yarn obviously would not work with this particular design). The pattern is designed for a 88 cm bust or 34½ in. Edit: Now also listed on Ravelry

This booklet was a little bit of a disappointment.. I was deeply in love with the jumper on the front cover (directly below), but they forgot to include the pattern diagram! So it's of absolutely no use! Such a shame :(


  1. Oh,pity. Is only the diagram missing, or also the instructions? I assume the diagonal stripes are crochet and sewn on after knitting and the sweater is knitted straight in stockinette stitch.

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Only the diagram is missing, but the pattern has to be knitted with the diagram, the instructions only explain how to achieve the diagonal stripes. It doesn't mention how many sts to cast on or decrease or increase or what the measurements of each piece are. For the bodice this isn't a huge problem since it looks pretty basic, but mainly those lovely sleeves. The stitch pattern is a series of yo's and psso's, the stripes are then embroidered over the holes

  2. I'm in love with this style! Just don't know if I'm good enough to try without a real pattern :-/ Thanks for sharing!


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