“A ribbed pullover in two sizes” Service Woolies for Women – Weldon Knitting Series
Imperial War Museum Archives Eph. C. Fashion (Knit WW2 & Postwar) Item number K05/2622
18 page magazine in good condition – No. 14 Pages 12-13 Land Army
Download the original pages here: Ribbed Pullover in Two Sizes – Weldon Magazine
Download the updated version here: Land Girl Pullover
Transcription of original pattern from December 1939
Carter &Parker’s “Wendy” wool 4-ply, 10 ozs for 1st size, 12ozs for 2nd size
2 no.12 and 2 no.11 Double century knitting needles
4 no.10 knitting needles (double points)
First size: – to fit a 32-34 inch bust figure. Shoulder to lower edge 18 ½ inches. Sleeve seam, 17 ½ inches
Second size: – to fit a 35-38- inch bust figure. Shoulder to lower edge, 19 inches. Sleeve seam, 18 ½ inches
Tension on No 11 needles about 10 stitches and 11 rows un-stretched
*Always knit into the back of cast on stitches
Using no.12 needles cast on 112 stitches (128 ts) and work in rib of k 1, p1 for 3 inches. Change to no.11 needles and work 7 rows in rib
8th row – inc., rib till 1st stitch remains inc. Rep these 8 rows 11 more times. 136 stitches (152 stitches)
Work in rib till work measures 12 (121/2) inches from start. Now shape armholes: – 1st row – cast off 8 (10) rib to end of row
2nd row – cast off 8 (10) rib to end of row
3rd row – k2tog. Rib to end of row. Repeat this last row 19 more times, 110 stitches (112). Work in rib till work measures 181/2 (19) inches from start. Now shape shoulders.
Next 8 rows – cast of 8 (9), rib to end of row.
Leave remaining 36 sts (40 sts) on spare needles
Work exactly as for Back until 2nd row of armhole shaping has been completed. 120 sts (132 sts). Now start neck shaping.
1st row – ktog rib 58 (64) turn. Leave remaining 60 (66) stitches on spare needle
2nd row – k2tog., rib to end of row
3rd row: k. 2tog. Rib to end of row
4th row: rib
5th row: as 3rd row.
Rep rows 2-5 inclusive 4 more times. 44 sts (50 sts)
22nd row : as 2nd row
Work 3 rows in rib
Rep these 4 rows 11 (13) more times. 32 stitches (36 sts)
Next row: rib (work shoulder measure 181/2 (191/2) inches.
Next row. Cast off 8 (9) rib to end of row/
Next row – rib.
Rep last 2 rows twice. Cast off.
Join wool to inside edge of other side
1st row – k2tog, rib to end of row
2nd row – k2tog, rib to end of row
3rd row – rib
4th row – as 2nd row
Rep rows 1-4 inclusive 4 more times, then rep row 1-3 inclusive again. 43 (49) stitches
24th row – rib
25th row – k 2tog rib to end of row
26th row – rib
27th row – rib
Rep last 4 rows 11 (13) more times.
Next row – cast off 8(9) stitches rib to end of row
Next row – rib
Repeat last 2 rows twice. Cast off
Sleeves (both alike)
Using no.12 needles cast on 60 (64) stitches) and work in rib of k1 p1 fpr 3 inches. Change to No.10 needles and work 7 rows in rib
8th row – inc. rib till 1 st remains, inc.
Repeat these 8 rows 19 (21) more times – 100 (108) stitches
Work in rib till sleeve is required length. Shape top
1st and 2nd row – cast off 6(8) sts, rib to end of row
Next row k2tog, rib to end of row
Rep last row till 30 sts remain. Cast off
Join shoulder seams. Using 4 no 11 needles take 36 (40) sts from centre back, pick up 79 (80) stitches to centre v, pick up 76(80) sts to shoulder.
Arrange on 3 needles and work in rounds of k2 p2 rib for one inch, knitting 2 tog twice at centre ‘V’ on every row.
Cast off in rib fairly loosely.
To make up
Sew sleeves into armholes. Join side and sleeve seams. Press seams only.
I’ll be sharing my attempts to follow this pattern over the next few weeks! eep!