Friday, April 22, 2011

McCall's Just for Baby Norse Pullover

As 'vintage' knitters and crocheters travel through life, many patterns are collected and favorites are used over and over again. The Internet and sites like Ravelry has facilitated the sharing of thousands of cherished projects, along with the patterns.

Patterns, used for decades, printed in old needlework magazines that cost less than a dollar, are frequently sought after. Many of these patterns, printed before 1977, are available for free distribution by yarn shops and individuals. The 'Norse Pullover' is not one such free knitting pattern.

This sweet little Nordic design sweater for babies and toddlers was printed in an old McCalll's Needlework magazine called 'McCall's Makes It Just for Baby' in 1973. It was a favorite of this writer's and has been a frequently chosen Ravelry project for many knitters. Worked on a US size 8 needle, it knits up fast in the round in three colors for sizes 2, 4, and 6.

The Norse Pullover is made the traditional Scandinavian way, with stranded colorwork in a tube, then the sleeves are basted, slashed and machine sewn. The jumper can also be knit by casting on the body and knitting the sleeves separately, then connecting as one piece at the underarm, which is the way knitnscribble made the sweater. Never had the courage to knit and slash, but many do. Now, for where to find the pattern.

McCall's renewed the copyright of this issue of Just for Baby in the 1990's, so the pattern can not be freely copied and distributed. If you have questions about other vintage patterns, please visit the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress and do an online search for verification.

Used and new issues of the McCall's knitting and crochet magazine are sometimes available for bid and/or buy it now on Ebay and other auction sites. You'll pay a lot more than the original $1.00 newsstand price.

It's available used at this writing from three sellers on Amazon for $9.00. There is also a later printing of this pattern in the larger version of McCall's Needlework and Crafts, printed around 1978, which knitnscribble used and can no longer find 'amongst my souvenirs'. That version has instructions for knitting the sleeves as described above and not the slash and sew [steek] method. (If anyone reading knows of this McCall's issue, please email knitnscribble.)

As in vintage knitting and crochet pattern books, the 1973 McCall's Just for Baby has many useful crochet and knitting patterns for layette sets of booties, caps and bonnets and sweaters in the magazine. Other patterns include crocheted sunsuits, as seen on the cover, buntings, coverlets, quick gifts, toys, and bibs, 65 patterns in all. What a deal for the original dollar price, and even a bargain now at 2011 price of $9.00.

Free baby sweater patterns here, along with the Princess Grace baby sweater vintage pattern, published by Woman's Day in 1956. It's the top-down baby sweater Grace Kelly knit for Princess Caroline.
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