Finished: 1930s Gingham Jumper in Crochet

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

Outfit Details

1930s Gingham Jumper – Made by me
1930s White Linen Skirt – Made by me
1930s Reproduction Shoes – Royal Vintage Shoes
1930s Navy Crochet Handbag – Kate Kitsch
Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings – Shepton Mallet Flea Market
1930s Style Sunglasses – Had them for years

1930s gingham jumper crochet pattern

When I first spotted this beautiful 1930s gingham jumper pattern on Etsy I was absolutely convinced it was knitted. As someone who can’t knit, I completely discounted the pattern, knowing that I would never be able to make it. It wasn’t until someone I follow on Instagram posted it and said they wished that they could crochet, so they could make it, that I actually realised it was crocheted! As you can imagine, I jumped back on Etsy immediately and purchased it and I’m so glad I did.

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

Despite how complicated it all looks, this was actually really easy to do and this is reflected in the written pattern. It’s quite possibly the shortest set of instructions I’ve ever used for a crochet jumper!

If you watched my first Vintage Crochet Projects Podcast on YouTube, you’ll already know how the gingham effect is created. But for those who haven’t, the horizontal stripes are crocheted simply by doing one treble (UK terms), then one chain and repeating this across. You do this for four rows in one colour and then swap to the other colour and so on. This creates a grid-like effect and is done throughout the jumper, just making increases and decreases when necessary.

Once each piece, i.e. the front, back and two sleeves, is done, you weave in the vertical stripes using a yarn needle and 2 strands of wool. You need to cut the yarn long enough to do the whole four vertical rows each time, otherwise you’ll either run out half way a long a row or will have even more ends to weave in. And trust me, there are enough of them anyway, about 250 to be precise! And there’s absolutely no way around it either.

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

The weaving in of the vertical stripes, obviously, took me the most time and after a while it became a real labour of love. I could see how incredible the effect looked, and didn’t want to give up, but it took hell of a lot of my patience to keep going. However, nothing quite prepared me for weaving in all of those ends. I actually sat for two hours in the Mini garage one Saturday morning waiting for my car to be serviced and made a start on it, but I barely scratched the surface in that time! Thankfully none of the ends can now be seen, but there’s a fair amount of tiny little knots on the inside, believe me.

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

The waistband and sleeve cuffs are knitted (by my ever-obliging mum!), and weirdly the pattern said to crochet the neckband. This was simply done with rows and rows of double crochet (UK terms). I do think it would’ve looked better if it was knitted, just so it matched the other solid blue areas, but it doesn’t bother me at all.

The bow was crocheted and actually is very different to the bow in the pattern’s photo, but I followed the instructions to the letter. They clearly decided not to go with that design when they wrote the pattern. The one in the photo looks like a double bow, with the underneath bow reaching almost as far as the shoulder seams. The one that I did, however, is smaller and rather more wearable. I couldn’t decide whether to do the main part of it in red or blue, so initially made it up in red and have made it completely detachable. I plan to make it in the reverse when I get a chance, so I can swap and change it with my mood.

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

I’m really thrilled with how it turned out, it’s such an interesting jumper. The day we took these photos, we were on our way to The Yarn Shop Day at my not-so-local yarn shop and when we got there, the jumper received a lot of attention. Just like me initially, people were absolutely amazed that it was crocheted and not knitted. One lady, though, did say that she had a modern pattern that used the same technique, so you wonder if they’d seen this pattern and used the idea.

On the day I teamed it with my favourite white linen 1930s skirt that I made way back in 2015. It was made using a self-drafted pattern, which I’ve used and adapted multiple times, and has featured on the blog time and time again, here, here and here. I know you’re probably bored of seeing it now, but I’m very much someone who likes to mix and match my clothing, rather than having just one thing that goes with something else. It’s the joy of being a separates lover!

Royal Vintage Shoes - Ginger in Red

The shoes are the most incredible 1930s reproductions from Royal Vintage Shoes. The second they released the teaser photos for these, I knew I had to have them. They’re everything I could wish for in a shoe – not only do they look as authentic as possible, they’re also extremely comfortable. I’m also not afraid that they’ll break or fall apart at any minute, like I am every time I wear my original 1930s ones. Of course, I now want them in blue as well. Ooo, they’d go with this outfit too! 💙

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

As you can see from my big beaming smile, I’m very happy with this jumper. Okay, I absolutely love it! Despite how long it took, just under three months, I would definitely consider making it again. The colour options are endless and it would look amazing in white teamed with a bright colour like emerald green or royal blue. I could also see it in a mix of more muted colours, such as peach and mint green.

1930s gingham jumper in crochet

Project Details

Pattern: 1930s Gingham Jumper by Corticelli (official name – M83 Sweater) from Subversive Femme on Etsy

Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in Twilight Blue (9568) and Christmas Red (8895) – almost 3 skeins of each – bought from Love Knitting

Hook: 2.25mm steel hook

Total cost: £22.78

Oh, and for those you who may be interested, you can find this project on my Ravelry page.

Cate

Just a vintage gal suffering from the Golden Age syndrome. A lover of all things old, especially the 1930s, seamstress, crocheter, maker of hats and enjoys rummaging at flea markets.

24 Comments

  1. You did such a magnificent job! Such an inspiration- maybe I’ll have to pick up my crocheting needles to tackle this one soon.
    Also: Your hair is absolutely FLAWLESS, I wish I could get my curls to sit that great <3

    • Thank you so much Jess! I’d highly recommend this pattern, it really is super easy, it just needs a lot of patience. xx

  2. As a non-crocheter, it still looks complicated, but it is such a fabulous jumper. You must have had the patience of a saint weaving in all those ends, though. And oh those shoes! I’m actually drooling here! xxx

    • Hehehe, trust me, I’m sure within a couple of hours of learning how to do the two stitches and how to increase and decrease, any beginner would be able to crochet this. It really is so simple. It’s funny with all the weaving in, because I could see how gorgeous it was going to be, there was no way I was going to give up. It was definitely worth it! xx

  3. Ohh, that just looks fantastic!
    You are the superhero of perservance for weaving in all those ends.

    When I first saw this pattern on etsy, I was smitten too, so I’m so thrilled to see it made up by someone. This is a pattern that deserves attention.

    And those shoes as well, who can resist them and how to choose between the red and the blue ones…

    • Thank you! Yes, I agree, this pattern definitely deserves attention because, like I did, I think people look at it and think it’s very complicated. However, anyone who can do chains, double crochets and trebles and can increase and decrease will find this a breeze. However, a lot of modern crocheters I know don’t have the patience to make something like this. Spending three months on one project just isn’t for them. xx

  4. Wow! Your jumper looks fantastic. I would love to have a go at making it, but not sure about all those ends. I found your blog after seeing your podcast on YouTube. Can’t wait for your next one. Well done.

  5. This is such a gorgeous jumper, I love it. When I watched your video I thought, ‘make 2 bows, so that you can swap them round’, so I’m really pleased that you’re doing that! xx

    • Thank you Elaine! Hehehe, I’m glad we’re both on the same wave length. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to doing the blue one, but it won’t take me long. xx

  6. This whole look is adorable! I love the jumper, which is so impressive looking, and the shoes and skirt are absolutely perfect with it. Loving those perfect curls as well. 10/10!

    • Aw, thank you Jessica! This jumper is so typical of 1930s fashion, it looks so complicated but is so simple to create. So many of my 1930s sewing patterns are like that too! xx

  7. I adore this- and wish so much that I was as talented as you! The jumper suits you perfectly.

  8. It’s amazing – yes I can imagine all those ends that needed weaving in, lots of weaving here!

  9. that is stunning. funny to hear a knitted trim on crochet sweater, but the fine knit rib looks great against it – I would never have believed that was crochet – fabulous

    • Thank you Eimear! Knitted trim was actually quite common in the 1930s on crocheted jumpers. For me, I prefer it if they’re crocheted because I can’t knit, but thankfully my mum is always on hand to help out. xx

  10. What an utterly gorgeous jumper – it’s lovely in it’s own right, but pairing it with your white skirt is so sping-like and happy. And, oh my, those shoes… Kx

    • Thank you Karen! The shoes are amazing, aren’t they? I’m so tempted to get the blue ones, but I’m not sure I can justify it. xx

  11. Your jumper looks amazing! I learned to crochet when I was a kid and then completely switched to knitting in college since it seemed like more patterns for sweaters, hats, etc. were knitted rather than crocheted. I retaught myself to crochet a couple of years ago after finding so many vintage patterns that were crocheted rather than knit. I’ve developed a cyst in my wrist that makes it painful to do either. My doctor said I might still be able to knit/crochet if I can do it while wearing a brace. I may be getting my hopes up prematurely, but I’ve already picked out a gorgeous vintage pattern on Etsy. In the meantime I’ll just have to live vicariously through you!

    • Thank you Kate! Is your cyst a ganglion? A ganglion is also known as a ‘bible bump’ because if you hit it with a heavy book (a big bible) it dissipates. I had one as a teenager and my mum took the traditional approach with it after the doctors wouldn’t do anything. She caught me off guard one day and whacked it hard with a heavy book and it worked. Although I probably wouldn’t recommend it!

      These days, after breaking my wrist about 10 years ago and through genetics, I get arthritis in my wrists. When I first started crocheting I used to have to stop after a while because they hurt so much. My mum, a long term arthritis suffer, then suggested I take cod liver oil tablets each day and it sorted it out. I very rarely get any pain now when crocheting. I’d highly recommend trying it. xx

  12. This looks fabulous! What a glorious jumper – no wonder your smile is so big.
    You might be surprised how often crocheted collars pop up in knitting patterns. They’re a lovely way to make a clean finish to a neckline without adding a lot more stitches. I’m thinking of making a jumper from a 1960s pattern that calls for crochet bands on the collar and the bottom of the jumper, too.

    • Thank you Katie! I have seen vintage knitting patterns that are finished with crocheting around the neck. In fact, my 1930s Christmas Jumper, that my friend Amanda knitted, has a crocheted neckline. Has the 60s jumper you’re knitting got a crochet decorative trim around the bottom or is it an actual waistband? I’d be interested to see that one! xx

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