I recently bought this at a vintage fair. It ends rather unhelpfully though doesn’t seem to be missing any pages. I suspect all that is missing is a line saying “sew it all together”. Any way is 34″ around the bust finished measurements.
This beautiful jumper is from 1928, published in Leach’s Six Penny Knitting Series Issue 104 which is subtitled Jumper-Suits, Jumpers and Cardigans. Width around under arms is 38″, but it is supposed to be baggy, or “have positive ease” as expert knitters call it. Scroll down below the front cover for the pattern.
I’m guessing by the haircut and width of shoulder that this is a WW2 pattern, however it’s a bigger size (appearing in the scanned form as actual size) than P&B leaflets I’ve seen which are definitely from that period, so it could be late 1930’s or early enough on in the war that the paper restrictions and shortages hadn’t affected knitting patterns yet. I was another holiday charity shop find and is rather fragile and has been taped glued back together at some point.
How great is his moustache? I have a lot of menswear patterns to scan, but this is the only pre-70s one with a tache. The size of the pages are pretty large, so I’m confident this is from the pre-WW2 days when paper was scarce and patterns shrank.
At the bottom of the middle two pages is a great diagram for how to do a stretchy thumb cast on. It’s worth scrolling down to the last page which advertises other patterns which were available. It breaks my heart that I don’t own all of them.
This one is from Listers of Bradford, who have the best strap line – “The nicest wools to use.” Not shrink proof, soft or long lasting, just nice; the best understated British compliment. I’m dating it as thirties based on the price of 2D. All my single item patterns from the 1940’s are 3D. It’s also bigger than the wartime ones, which were smaller due to paper shortages. In the fifties patterns went into colour photography. The back cover designs also look more of the period than this one.
Here is another pattern from Weldon’s Ladies Journal 1935. Again apologies on not having the date for you. It’s a finished bust of 35 inches, so 33 – 34 -35 inches depending on how tight you wear your sweater.