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1940s Nostalgia III: fair-isle patterned yoke

Pattern ID: Sirdar 5976
Wool brand: Country Style, Wash'n'Wear Crepe, Sugar'n'Spice, Color Mate, Superwash
Yarn quantity: 5-9 (50g balls) plus smaller amounts in each of 5 contrasts
Sizes: 32-40 inch chest [5 sizes]

Wool weight: Double knitting
Needle size: 4mm and 3¼mm
Tension (10cm): 24sts

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Short sleeved ribbed sweater with an embroidered plain yoke section. The 1980s saw what I believe to be the first manifestation of an interest in retro styles; this was styles of the 1940s* - with narrow skirts and square shoulders (somewhat ahead of the huge padded shoulders that became the 1980s trademark). This pattern is one of Sirdar's "Nostalgia" series.
The pattern is in new condition.

Note that this particular style with small panels of fair-isle were popular in the forties because you could easily cheer up a sweater in utility colours with small amounts of more colourful wool. This could be either reclaimed wool - or "mending cards" of yarn which were not rationed at all - commercial yarn companies responded by producing "mending cards" in all kinds of wild colours which fitted perfectly with the multicoloured designs. The original forties sweaters would have been in 3 or 4 ply fingering yarns rather than double knitting.