Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Child's Coat Pattern from 1920's



(Unfortunately, there isn't any mention of what size this is~whichis strange).
A very smart sppearance is given to this coat by the introduction of Cable pattern into the plain knitted fabric. It is Raglan shape and has a nicely fitting roll collar. The length of the original was 19 inches.
Materials: 10 ozs. 4-ply Beehive Scotch Fingering. Two No. 8 Celluloid Knitting Needles and a short one of the same size for the cable pattern. Four buttons. Work at a tension to produce about 6-1/2 stitches and 14 rows to the inch, measured over the plain knitting.
Commencing with the Cable Edging for the first front cast on 20 stitches. Work 18 rows in plain knitting. Then commence the pattern as follows:-
1st row.-K.4,P.2,K.8,P.2,K.4
2nd row.-K.6,P.8,K.6.
Repeat the last 2 rows once.
5th row.-K.4,P.2, slip the next 4 stitches, knit the 4 slipped stitches. P.2, K.4.
6th row.-Like the 2nd row.
Repeat the first 2 rows once.
These eight rows complete one full pattern and are to be repeated until the work measures 12 inches. Then cast off and, without breaking off the wool, knit up one stitch to each ridge (with the right side facing you) down one of the long sides and make a stitch after every third, this making 87 stitches on the needle.
Continue in plain knitting, keeping the lower edge straight and, at the neck edge (i.e., the one where the stitches were cast off), increasing once in every row until 126 stitches are on the needle. Always slip the first stitch at the lower edge, and knit it at the neck edge in each row while the shaping is being done, this giving more elasticity. Still keeping the lower edge straight, decrease once in each row at the neck edge until only 80 stitches remain.
Work one inch without shaping, then finishing at the lower edge, making a guesset, as follows, to give fulness to the skirt:-K.5,turn, K.5, turn, K.10, turn, K.10, turn. K.15,turn K.15, turn K.20, turn, K.20. Continue in this manner knitting five more stitches every 2nd row, until all are again in the one row. Keeping the lower edge straight, as before, shape the armhole by increasing once in each row until there are again 126 stitches. Work 3 inches without shaping. Then decrease once, at the shaped edge in every row until only 80 stitches remain. Finish at the lower edge, then make a gusset as follows:-K.75, turn, K.75, turn, K.70, turn, K.70,turn, K.65, turn, K.65, turn, K.60, turn, K.60, turn. Continue in this manner, knitting five stitches less in every 2nd. row until only five stitches in the last short row. Knit all the stitches on the one row again. Knit one inch without shaping.
Increase once at the shaped edge in every row (for the second front) until 126 stitches are again on the needle. Then decrease once at the shaped edge in every row until only 87 stitches remain. Cast off.
Work a second band on the Cable Edging and sew it to the cast-off edge of the 2nd front.
THE SLEEVES:-Cast on 60 stitches. Knit one row plain. Then shape for the seam as follows:-K.10 turn, K.10; K.20, turn, K.20; K.30, turn, K.30; K.40, turn, K.40; K.50; turn, K.50; K.60, turn, K.60. Continue in plain knitting, keeping the narrow edge straight for the cuff and increasing once in every row at the wide edge, until 106 stitches are on the needle. Work 10 rows without shaping. Then decrease once at the shaped edge in every row until only 70 stitches remain. Finish at the top edge, then shape for the seam as follows:-
*Decrease as before, knit to the last 10 stitches of the previous row, turn. Knit the next row plain decreasing once at the end of the row. Repeat from *knitting 10 stitches less each time until only 11 stitches remain in the last short row. Knit all the stitches on the one row again. Cast off. Work the second sleeve exactly like the first and fold them in opposite directions when sewing up the seams.
THE COLLAR.-Cast on 20 stitches.
Repeat the 8 rows of the cable pattern, as given for the back, but increase once on the 2nd stitch in every 2nd row (in the plain knitting) until there are 36 stitches on the needle. Then increase once (at the same edge) in every 4th row until there are 40 stitches. Continue without shaping for about 9 inches. Then work the shaping to correspond with the first side fo the collar, but decreasing instead of increasing until only 20 stitches remain. Cast off.
THE CUFFS.-Cast on 20 stitches.
Repeat the 8 rows on the cable pattern, as given for the back, until 6 inches are worked. Cast off. Work the second cuff like the first.
TO MAKE UP THE COAT.-With a hot iron press carefully all the cable pattern. Sew the cuffs to the sleeves. Sew in the sleeves, placing the seam towards the back. Fix in the collar, sewing the end of the dcable to the cable on the front The wrong side of the pattern on the collar will join the right side of the pattern on the fronts. Make button-hole loops down the right front and sew buttons to correspond on the left front. If the seams at the shaped edge of the sleeves are inclined to pucker they should be damped, then pressed carefully with a hot iron.

1 comment:

Kyle Smith said...

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