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Winnifred Negligee

Retro Knits: Cool Vintage Patterns for Men, Women, and Children from the 1900s through the 1970s
Knitting
January 2008
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
3.75 mm (F)
690 yards (631 m)
1 size only, 38-42" chest

Originally published in the 1920s. Pattern calls for 600 yards of a dk-weight wool or wool-blend MC (rose) and 90 yards of a fingering-weight angora or angora-wool blend CC (pink). Needle size is slightly larger than normal for the yarn weight specified in order to create a drapey, loosely knit fabric. Although this garment is called a “negligee”, a word normally associated with a robe, housecoat, or dressing gown, we the Retro Knits editors see this project as an updated oversized, loosely-knit sweater with drop shoulders and no sleeve seams! Body in this pattern is lengthened several inches from the original -- remember, most women were shorter in the 1920s.