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Costume for the Winter-Girl - Sweater, Cap, Scarf, Gloves
Costume for the Winter-Girl
Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet, 1918)
terms and stitches used)
Materials: Thirteen skeins of Shetland floss (dark
rose was used for the model, but any preferred color
may be substituted), three balls of gray Angora, one pair
each of bone knitting-needles, No. 3 and No. 5, and a steel
crochet-hook, No. 6.
For the sweater: Using No. 5 needles, cast on for the
back 100 stitches (these will measure 20 inches). Knit
plain, back and forth (which will give you ridges or ribs)
for 2 inches; then decrease a stitch at each end of needle
every 8th row, to shape the back, until there are 76 stitches
on the needle, measuring 15 inches (this is the waistline);
knit on these stitches for 9½ inches from the waistline, then
decrease 1 stitch at each end of needle every other row for 3
times, or until 70 stitches remain, and knit on these stitches
until the back measures 15½ inches from the waistline.
Knit 25 stitches off on a spare needle, bind off 20 stitches
for back of neck, and on the other 25 stitches knit one front
after the following directions, and the other to correspond.
Front: Knit in ridges as usual, increasing 1 stitch
toward the front every other row until you have added 6
stitches; cast on 7 stitches more toward the front, giving 38
stitches on the needle; knit in ridges, increasing 1 stitch
toward armhole every other row until 12 stitches have been
added, then cast on 10 stitches toward the underarm, making
60 stitches on the needle (about 12 inches). Knit on
the 60 stitches for 9½ inches, then increase 1 stitch every
8th row toward the underarm- or side-seam, until the latter
is of the same length as that of the back, including the 2
inches. Do not bind off. Knit other front to correspond
and sew up side-seams.
With a needle pick up 1 stitch from each ridge on front
(have an uneven number of stitches on needle), and on another
spare needle pick up the stitches across the back; on
another pick up the stitches of front, having the same
number of stitches on needle; tie a thread in 1st stitch on
needle at bottom of each front, toward the front, which
will be the corner stitch.
1. With bone needles No. 5 start at top of left front,
knit 1, * over, narrow, repeat from * to the corner stitch,
over, knit the corner stitch, again repeat from * to next
corner, over, knit corner stitch, repeat from * until but 1
stitch remains, over, knit last stitch.
2. Knit plain, each "over" forming a stitch to take the
place of narrowed one.
3. Knit to corner stitch, over, knit corner stitch, over,
knit to next corner stitch, over, knit corner stitch, over, and
knit plain to end of row.
Repeat 2d and 3d rows until there are 4 ridges or 9 rows
from the beginning.
In next row make the buttonholes thus: Knit 2 stitches
from the neck, bind off 4 stitches for the buttonhole, then
knit 13, bind off 4, and repeat, making 8 buttonholes 13
stitches apart. In next row cast on 4 stitches over where
they were bound off, then repeat 2d and 3d rows for 4 more
ridges, and bind off.
Sleeves.—Cast on 34 stitches (about 7½ inches); knit in
ridges, casting on 2 stitches at each end of needle every
other row until there are 74 stitches on needle (about 15
inches), knit 1 inch, then decrease 1 stitch at each end of
needle every 12th row until there are 56 stitches remaining
on needle, knit on these until the sleeves measure 17 inches,
or desired length, (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) twice, knit 13
ridges for cuff, then with gray Angora and No. 3 needles
knit 7 ridges, bind off, and sew up sleeves and cuffs.
Collar.—Using the dark rose pick up 84 stitches around
neck of sweater (not the border), knit 30 ridges; do not
bind off. With a spare needle pick up 1 stitch from each
ridge on each end of
collar; with gray Angora
and No. 3 needles repeat
3d and 2d rows alternately
for border until
there are 7 ridges, and
Pockets.—Cast on 28
stitches; knit in ridges
for 4 inches, change to
Angora and No. 3
needles, knit 7 ridges,
making a buttonhole in
4th ridge at center of
pocket, bind off and sew
the pocket neatly in
place on the sweater.
Sew the sleeves in.
Belt.—With dark rose
cast on 23 stitches
(about 4½ inches), knit in
ridges until the belt is the
width of the back at
waistline, bind off and
sew in place with two
buttons at each side.
rose, chain 3, turn; miss
1 stitch, 8 doubles in
next; 2 doubles in each
of 8 doubles; * 2 doubles
in 1st double, 1 in next;
repeat from * until the
circle is of a size to cover
the mold, work 1 row
without widening, slip
the mold in, * work
around with 1 double in
a stitch, miss 1, repeating
from last * until
closed. If preferred, a
small square may be
knitted like the body of
the sweater and used to
The skating-cap is 23
inches head-size, and requires
three skeins of the
dark-rose floss, two balls
of gray Angora wool and
4 steel needles No. 8.
Using the Angora wool,
cast on 136 stitches; knit
45 on each of 2 needles
and 46 stitches on the 3d,
and knit in single rib
(knit 1, purl 1) in rounds
for 1½ inches, change to
the rose floss and knit in
single rib for 1 inch; change to Angora, again knit in single
rib for 1½ inches; change to rose floss and knit in single
rib until the top measures 14½ inches, then bind off and
draw together, leaving sufficient opening for the tassel to
be sewed in.
Tassel.—Using the rose floss, cut about 40 strands 8
inches long, tie in the center, fold where tied and tie again
below. Sew the tassel at top of cap.
Scarf.—Materials required are four skeins of dark rose
Shetland floss, two balls of gray Angora wool, and one pair
each of No. 3 and No. 5 bone knitting-needles. With gray
Angora wool and No. 3 needles cast on 60 stitches, and
knit 7 ridges; change to rose floss and No. 5 needles and knit
7 ridges, change to Angora wool and No. 3 needles, and
again knit 7 ridges, change to rose floss and No. 5 needles
and knit for 50 inches, or length of scarf desired; then, as at
beginning, knit 7 ridges of Angora, 7 ridges of rose and
again 7 ridges of Angora; bind off.
Knitted Gloves.—Materials required are three skeins of
Shetland floss, and four steel knitting-needles, No. 12. Use
two threads of the floss at once.
Cast 16 stitches on each of 3 needles. Knit in single rib
(knit 1, purl 1) for 44
rounds, or until the wrist
is as long as desired, then
knit 16 rounds plain.
61. Knit to within 4
stitches of end of round,
widen 1, knit 4, widen 1.
62, 63, 64, 65. Knit
Repeat the last 5
rounds, increasing 2
stitches every 5th round
until you have 10 stitches
between the two widening
points, and 58
stitches on the needles.
To form the thumb,
knit 7 stitches on each
of 2 needles and cast on
4 stitches between the
widening points, thus
making 18 stitches on 3
Knit 22 rounds plain.
* Narrow, knit 1; repeat
around; knit 1 round
plain; repeat from *.
Narrow until the thumb
is closed, draw the wool
through, and leave an
end to fasten down on
the wrong side.
Pick up the 4 stitches
cast on at base of thumb,
making 48 stitches on
the hand. Knit 15
rounds, then divide the
stitches as follows: Slip
24 stitches on one knitting-needle
for top of
hand starting from the
3d cast-on stitch at beginning
of thumb, and
the remaining 24 stitches
for palm of hand on
First Finger: Knit 6
stitches from top of hand,
slip remaining 18
stitches on a safety-pin,
also 18 stitches from
palm of hand on another
safety-pin, cast on 3
stitches for between
fingers, knit remaining
6 from palm of hand,
making 15 stitches in
all, on these knit 30
rounds, and finish off as
directed for the thumb.
Second Finger: Knit 7 stitches from back of hand, cast
on 3 stitches, knit 6 stitches from palm of hand, and pick
up 3 stitches cast on at base of first finger, making 19
stitches on needle; * knit 1 round plain; knit to last 2
stitches of round, which will be 2 of the stitches picked up,
narrow; repeat from * twice, and on the 16 stitches remaining
knit 28 rounds more, 34 rounds in all; narrow off like
Third Finger: Knit 6 stitches from safety-pin at top of
hand, cast on 3 stitches, knit 6 from palm of hand, and pick
up 3 stitches at base of second finger, making 18 stitches in
all; knit 1st 6 rounds as directed for 2d finger, knit 25 more
rounds on remaining 15 stitches, and narrow off as thumb.
Fourth Finger: Knit 5 stitches from back of hand on 1
needle, 6 stitches from palm on another, pick up 3 stitches
at base of 3d finger on 3d needle, knit 26 rounds on the 14
stitches, then narrow off as the thumb.
These directions are for the left glove. Knit the right
glove in same way to where you divide the stitches for the
fingers; then remember that the palm of the glove must be
toward you, the thumb on the right-hand side. So you
would first knit 6 stitches from palm, cast on 3, and knit 7
from back of hand, reversing directions as given for left
End of Costume for the Winter Girl
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