V Neck Jumper With Button Front And Three Quarter Length Sleeves


This was knitted from a pattern in the August 1958 edition of Modern Knitting. I followed these instructions to create a Knit Radar pattern and knitted the jumper on the SK280.

This is what the original jumper looks like:

Modern Knitting mag Aug 1958

The yarn I used is  Bramwell 4ply acrylic which I found in a charity shop for £3.99.

For the stitch pattern I used punchcard number 4 from the basic set with the carriage set on tuck stitch.

Tuck Stitch Pattern

You can’t tell from the photos but the jumper is slightly shaped, it’s knitted straight from the hem to the waist then there are increases from the waist up to the armhole shaping.

The finishing instructions in the magazine are a bit vague, as they often are in these old magazines with instructions to ‘sew in place as shown’. This threw me a bit as when sewing the front bands in place I expected them to join at the back neck but they don’t, they only go as far as the shoulders. What hadn’t helped was that I’d knitted the bands far too long as I’d forgotten to change the row setting on the Knit Radar after knitting the tuck stitch which was 52 rows to 4 inches – the stocking stitch was only 40 rows to 4 inches. I re-knitted them twice before I realised why they were going wrong! I should have known that it’s impossible for me to knit a jumper without making at least one silly mistake.

This is the first time I’ve actually used a Knit Radar pattern that I’ve created from a written pattern and I’m pleased to say that it does work. I will definitely be using this pattern again. I’ve been looking through the old magazines and found a few things that I wouldn’t mind trying to knit so I’ll be making some more Knit Radar patterns and giving them a go.


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25 Responses to V Neck Jumper With Button Front And Three Quarter Length Sleeves

  1. Lela says:

    Very pretty! It’s really interesting to see these older patterns being brought back to life and being not only usable, but beautiful too! You sure are having fun with your knit radar… I may have to adopt a machine that has one!

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, Lela. You’re right, I am having fun with the knit radar. I’m just getting used to using it again as for quite a while I’ve been creating my patterns using Knitware.

      • jane says:

        Nice to remind us that before the 80’s there were nice fitted garments, all coming back into fashion!

        • susyranner says:

          Trouble is that some of them are just a little bit too fitted, sometimes baggy is better!

  2. Lela says:

    I have a quick question for you. You seem to be able to use any yarn and make it appear effortless. How do you know whether one of your “finds” will work as a sweater and that you have enough to do the project? I have found some great yarn, but am not sure whether there is enough for a major project such as this. There are no tags on the cone, and I don’t have enough experience to know what comes next. I have learned, however, that there is a step that comes between “buy the yarn” and “make and wear the product”. I just don’t know what it is. And so far, the sweaters aren’t magically appearing! 😀

    • susyranner says:

      The answer is that quite often I don’t know if it will work or not, I try to picture in my head how I want it to look and just knit and hope for the best.
      I try and guess at whether there’ll be enough yarn. As a very rough guide for me, I reckon on about 500g being enough for a long sleeved jumper or cardigan. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less depending on the thickness of the yarn. If I find a part used cone I will usually make something with short sleeves or sleeveless, or I’ll combine it with whatever else I can find to make something striped or patterned. Usually I get away with it but not always.

    • jane says:

      Another point, if you are not sure of the yarn do the burn test over the kitchen sink. Small piece of yarn, set fire. If it flares, bubbles, melts and leaves a hard bead and nasty smell it is manmade, if it does none of the above but smells of burnt hair and crumbles to ash it is wool. Wool of the same ply tends to weigh more than acrylic so you will get less yardage for a given weight (ie you would need a bit more weight of wool compared to acrylic)

      • susyranner says:

        I think I’ll try the burn test next time I’m trying to identify an unknown yarn, I usually do the bleach test.

  3. mathom says:

    Another great jumper. Thank you for the pointer to the instructions for creating the knit radar pattern. I recently acquired a Studio 360 but it came without any patterns. Now I’ll just make my own.

    Of course if anyone knows where I can obtain the original pattern set for the sk360 I’d be interested to know. I’ve set up a search on ebay but haven’t gotten any hits yet.

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, mathom. I’m sure a pattern set will turn up sooner or later on ebay, that’s where I bought mine.

  4. Yvonne says:

    Very nice and pretty colour.I love the old patterns.Reminds me of my Mam.

  5. anne says:

    Hi Susy, it’s a super looking sweater and I feel like kicking myself! I gave my old Modern Knitting magazines from the 1950’s away when I was having a bit of sort out.

  6. Jewel Nelson says:

    Beautiful! And thank you for sharing. I’m going to try this plotting bit with some graphs.
    (Sorry about your last troubles. THOSE kind of people make me go grey).

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, Jewel. I’ll be making some more radar sheets shortly, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try out this method.

      • Jewel says:

        I shall look forward to them! I think now I will give the old Bear knit pamphlets a try. You inspire us all.

  7. Morag Walker says:

    Hello Susy This is gorgeous. I’d love to try something like THAT!! Best wishes Morag.

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