All of a sudden, I have lots of knitting stuff going on. After getting very frustrated at the lack of larger vintage knitting patterns and the math involved in converting knitting patterns, I decided to search out a modern pattern that fits like a vintage one and use it as sort of a block to add vintage touches. After an extensive Ravelry search, I found the “Dogwood Donna” blouse. It is available for download at http://www.interweavestore.com/Knitting/Patterns/Dogwood-Donna.html and is for sizes 31″-50″ bust.
Without the flower motif, it is a very basic, fitted, short sleeved blouse.
One of the things I like about this pattern is that it uses worsted weight yarn and is knit on size US9. I only a week, I have finished the ribbing and started the armhole shapping.
The crazy thing is that as soon as I had settled on this pattern as my basis for adapting to vintage, the lovely and talented Tasha over at http://blog.bygumbygolly.com started a vintage knit-a-long. She has been posting tutorials on adapting vintage patterns for modern knitters. I’m beginning to feel as though I might actually be able to knit with a vintage pattern. The actual knitting will begin March 1, so there’s still time to jump on board. So far, she has taught us how to estimate yarn yardage for difference sizes. Next week will be swatching.
Here is the sweater we’ll be knitting.