1920s cardigan by Caroline LG

1920s cardigan

January 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
4.5 mm
3.5 mm (E)
900 - 1400 yards (823 - 1280 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

I designed this cardigan after a picture of a 1920s vintage cardigan.

This is a “how-to” tutorial, I explain every step and it is quite easy, but it is not your usual pattern since I don’t give stitch counts nor is it size-based on the clothing industry. You will take your own measurments and custom fit every step to your liking.

The whole interest of hand-making garments is to obtain a perfect fit, isn’t it ? That why, in order to obtain nicer clothes, at one point you can’t just follow the stitch count of a stranger (as talented as he.she is), you can trust yourself and use your autonomy. Because this is crochet, you can’t actually be wrong: see it as a game, play with the stitches, twist the instructions to make the garment your own :smiley:

Basics to master :

The pattern uses only very basic stitches.
I’m using US terminology and abbreviations.

Chain (CH)
Single crochet (SC)
Double crochet (DC)

I don’t know if this stitch has a name. I deducted it from the picture of a vintage cardigan. I fell in love with the stitch itself : it has just the right level of sophistication ! Not too lacy (which would be also time-consuming), not too basic (it’s not just double crochets stitches stacked on top of each other), it is lacy but geometrical, not too girly/flowery, it is feminine and modern. 

The entire cardigan is made of the same motif, which consists of a 2-rows repeat.

That’s all !