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How to knit this vintage Kenilworth sweater (1922)

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Sweater how-to from October 1922
The Fleisher yarn company didn’t just pitch you their yarns in their ad campaigns — they showed you, in detail, what you could make with those colorful strands. (See the whole advertisement with a full view of the sweater at the bottom of the page.)

Sweater how-to from October 1922

Sweaters made with Fleisher Yarns have an unusual fineness and delicacy. This is due to the remarkable softness and evenness of the yarn.

The directions for making the “Kenilworth” sweater are based on the use of the Fleisher yarns. We cannot guarantee results unless the Fleisher yarns are used.

Materials for the Kenilworth sweater

Fleisher’s Silverglow Yarn, 15 balls; Camel No. 921, 4 balls; Gendarme No. 950, 2 balls each Purple No. 878 and Heather Mix No. 885. Needles — 1 pair each No. 4 and No. 5. Hook No. 4. 14 buttons. 11 stitches = 2 inches, 10 rows = 1 inch.

Directions to knit the Kenilworth sweater

Back: With Camel and No. 5 needles, cast on 90 stitches. Knit even 9 inches. Make eyelets for belt. Knit 24 stitches, turn, knit 10 rows. Break off yarn. Knit 11 rows on the next 48 stitches, 11 rows on the remaining 24 stitches. Knit across all stitches. Knit until back measures 18 inches. Bind off 6 stitches each side. Decrease 1 stitch each side every 2nd row 11 times. Bind off.

Front: With Camel and No. 5 needles, cast on 56 stitches. Knit even 9 inches. Make eyelets for belt. Knit 24 stitches, turn. Knit 10 rows. Knit 11 rows on the remaining stitches. Knit across all stitches; knit until as long as back. Bind off 6 stitches for armhole on the same side as the 24 stitches for belt eyelet. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole every 2nd row 11 times. Bind off. Make other front the same.

Sleeves: With Camel and No. 5 needles, cast on 56 stitches. Knit 7 inches even. Increase 1 stitch each side every 10th row 5 times. Knit even until the sleeve measures 17 inches. Bind off 6 stitches each side. Decrease 1 stitch each side every 2nd row 11 times. Knit 4 inches even. Knit 18 stitches, place remaining 14 on a stitch-holder. * On the 18 stitches, bind off 2 stitches, knit to the end of row. Bind off 2 stitches at neck every 2nd row until 10 stitches remain. Decrease 1 stitch at neck every 2nd row until there are 2 stitches. * Bind off. For 2nd front of yoke, cast on 2 stitches. Reverse directions between *s, increasing instead of decreasing until there are 13 stitches, place on a stitch-holder. Slip the 14 stitches from the stitch-holder, knit 3-1/2 inches.

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Knit across the 18 stitches on stitch-holder and reverse the directions of the other sleeve. Bind off. Sew seams. With Camel and No. 5 needle, pick up and knit stitches on the edge of left front. Decrease 1 stitch at neck every 2nd row until there are 12 rows. Bind off. On right front, make band in same way, making buttonholes on the 6th row as follows: beginning at neck, knit 2, * bind off 3, knit 17; * repeat between *s to the end of row. On next row, cast on 3 stitches over bound-off stitches.

Pockets: With Camel and No. 5 needles, cast on 26 stitches. Knit even 6 inches. Join Gendarme, knit 10 rows, bind off. Sew as illustrated, allowing pocket to extend 1 inch below the sweater.

Belt: With Gendarme and No. 4 needles, cast on 12 stitches. Knit 1/2 inch. Knit 2, bind off 2, knit 4, bind off 2, knit 2. Next row, cast on 2 stitches over the bound-off stitches. Knit until the belt measures 31 inches. On next row, make buttonhole of 6 stitches. Knit 3 inches. Make buttonholes same as first end. Knit 1/2 inch. Bind off.

Sleeve-straps: With Gendarme and No. 4 needles, cast on 6 stitches. Knit 10 inches. Increase 1 stitch each side every 2nd row 3 times. Make a buttonhole of 2 stitches on next row. Decrease 1 stitch each side every 2nd row until there are 2 stitches. Bind off. Make another strap. Sew as illustrated. Work 1 row of single crochet on neck of sweater, on edges of helt ancl sleeve-straps, using color to match. lip belt through eyelets and sew on buttons.

Scarf: With Camel and No. 5 needles cast on 46 stitches. Knit 12 rows. * Join Purple, knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch across row. At every change of color, work in this way. Knit 5 rows. Work 4 rows Camel, 6 rows Heather, 12 rows Camel *, 16 rows Gendarme. Reverse between *s. This completes pattern. Repeat from beginning 6 times. Bind off. Sew to neck.

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Sweater how-to from October 1922

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