PDF Vintage knitting baby jacket pattern matinee coat Dainty Long Line 1940s gift infant summer winter baby-shower #23
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PDF for Long Line Vintage Baby Knitting Pattern from 1940s
PLEASE NOTE that this is not the completed jacket, only download of the pattern.
I have re-formatted the pattern from the words of the 1940s original from my Mother's extensive collection. The original is well-used, creased and difficult to read. The photo has been taken from the 1950/60s pattern.
All measurements are in inches and you may wish to obtain an inch ruler or tape measure in order to be accurate. An ounce of wool weighs approximately 25g, 1 yard = 36 inches.
The pattern uses Old UK needles sizes 10 and 12. Old UK size 10 needles are equivalent to 3.25mm today, size 12 is equivalent to 2.75mm; (US sizes 3 and 1 respectively).
To obtain the correct tension with modern yarns try going up or down one size of needles. Try using modern yarns which recommend the use of 4 mm needles, (US size 3). The tension required has been achieved using modern 4-ply sock yarn or fingering wool with the needle sizes above– but note that a larger quantity of yarn may be needed.
The pattern includes instructions to press finished sections and seams; the writers in that era expected all baby knitting to be in pure wool. Be guided by your ball-band for pressing instructions.
This pattern was originally known by the unromantic title “Edge to Edge” and then was reprinted by Patons & Baldwins in the 1950s/1960 as “With a Big Bow”. I have taken the text from the 1940s version but inserted some small clarifications which appeared in the later issue. In the later issue, the recommended yarn was 3ply baby wool. If you cannot obtain a 3-ply yarn, try using modern lightweight 4-ply/fingering yarn, and adjust the needle sizes to achieve the correct tension as described below – you may finish up with a slightly heavier garment (and possibly a slightly larger garment) than the original and therefore need more yarn!
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