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Evening Top

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Vintage evening top

This vintage t-shirt/sweater pattern is from the early 1940’s. The design features short capped sleeves, a U-shaped neckline and flattering waist shaping.

This pattern is knit with fingering weight wool and uses old UK kitting needle sizes

An evening sweater that’s glamour plus. The plus is the wool from which you will knit it and by which you’ll be cosy as a kitten while your sisters sit and shiver. The wool evening sweater is the smartest idea the world’s fashion-setters have had in a long time. And this one is something special. Designed to make the most of your figure, it has its full quota of new features – U-shaped neckline, cap sleeves, and slinky, sophisticated lines (thanks to wool). Better still, this sweater has many roles. You can wear it over or under a long skirt or a short skirt. It can scintillate with sequins or paillettes.

It can be richly embroidered, appliquéd with gold or silver kid, studded, or starred with rhinestones. And a sweater like this is a wonderful setting for diamante dress clips. We give you some ideas how to decorate it, there are lots more you can think of. That’s why it’s a sweater “as you like it.” No need to tell you, others will. But remember, make it in wool because, as Madame Schiaparelli said : “Nothing can take the place of real wool.”

Materials

Lincoln Mills Daphne Crochet Wool — 6 ozs.
1 pair No. 10 needles.
1 pair No. 12 needles.
1 crochet hook.

Measurements

Length – 23″
Width around bust – 34″

Tension

7.5 sts to 1 inch. 10 rows to 1 inch.

Pattern

Back

Cast on 127 sts. with No.10 needles, knit into the back of the 1st row, then work as follows:

Row 1 — Knit.

Row 2 — K. 1, purl to last st., K. 1.

Work even in pattern for 1 inch, ending with Row 2.

Decrease at each end of next row as follows: K. 1, K. 2 tog., K. to last 3 sts., K. 2 tog., K. 1.

Decrease in this manner at each end of every 4th row, 11 more times (103 sts. on needle).

Change to No. 12 needles and work even in pattern until back measures 7 inches from start, ending with Row 2.

Change to No. 10 needles and increase at each end of next row as follows: K. 1, K. twice into next st., K. to last 2 sts., K. twice into next st., K. 1.

Increase in this manner every 4th row until there are 137 sts. on needle.

Work even until back measures 14 inches from start, ending with Row 2.

Increase at each end of next row.

Work 7 rows even.

Increase in next row as follows: K. 8, K. twice into next st., K. to last 9 sts. K. twice into next st., K. 8.

Increase in this manner on every 8th row until there are 151 sts. on needle.

Work even until back measures 22 inches from start, ending with Row 2.

Shape shoulders by casting off 12 sts. at beginning of next 4 rows.

Next row — K. 33, cast off 37, K. 33.

Cast off 11 sts. at armhole end of alternate rows, twice. Cast off remaining 11 sts. Work other side of neck in same manner.

Front

Cast on same number of sts. and work in same manner as back until front measures 14 inches from start, ending with Row 2.

Increase at each end of next row. Work 7 rows even.

1st Row — K. 8, K. twice into next st., K. 45, turn.

2nd Row — K. 1, purl to last st., K. 1.

3rd Row — K. to last 3 sts., K. 2 tog., K. 1.

4th Row — K. 1, purl to last st., K. 1.

Repeat 3rd and 4th rows, twice (52 sts. on needle).

Work 7 rows even in pattern.

Next Row — K. 8, K. twice into next st., K. 43, turn.

Increase in this manner on every 8th row until 57 sts. on needle.

Work even in pattern until front measures 22 inches from start.

Cast of 12 sts. at armhole end of alternate rows, twice.

Cast off 11 sts. at armhole end of alternate rows, 3 times.

Join wool at centre, cast off 31 sts. and work other side of neck in same manner.

Finishing

Press carefully to measurements.

Join shoulder seams.

Join underarm seams, leaving 8 inches open at top for sleeve opening.

Work 2 rows of d.c. around neck, sleeve openings and lower edge.

Sew in large triangular shoulder pads.

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