We took a dip into the Woman’s Weekly archives of vintage knitting patterns for this pretty cardigan from the 1940s. We’ve reworked the instructions so that it can be knitted with a new yarn.

Vintage cardigan, Woman's Weekly knitting pattern

Working in the computerised environment like our offices, visiting the Woman’s Weekly archives and the bound volumes going back to 1910 can be a great fun, albeit a huge and timely distraction – you might like to try it yourself by visiting the British Library.

We know from your interest in all our previously featured vintage knitting patterns just how keen you are to know how we rework the archived Woman’s Weekly patterns for yarns available to us today so we’ve made a little guide below.

Vintage cardigan, Woman's Weekly knitting pattern


How to recreate one of our vintage knitting patterns yourself

1. Look at the original pattern to see what yarn and needles were used and generally look at the style.

2. Try to match the yarn to the original weight or choose a yarn that best suits the design.

3. Knit a tension swatch in the yarn intended to be used to find out the number of stitches and rows to 10cms and its suitability for the chosen pattern.

4. Draw a line diagram to match the shape and pieces of the original design and write down the all measurements that will be needed to work out the pattern.

5. Then we begin to calculate how many stitches and rows will be needed for each piece and adjust number of stitches the pattern repeat (if needed). The rows maybe need to be adjusting as well.

Vintage cardigan, Woman's Weekly knitting pattern

Order your copy of this vintage cardigan knitting pattern,  at The Knitting Network or give the team a call on 0800 024 1212 quoting product code WLD038.

Lines are open 10am-4pm on weekdays, and we are closed on bank holidays. Once your order has been placed we will print out your patterns and send them to you in the post.