Blue Bird

  • The Blue Bird sweater pattern was first published in 1945 and features an unusual broken cable stitch worked throughout. The simple shape makes this sweater very easy to wear and as contemporary as it is vintage. The sleeves are finished with archetypal 1940s box sleeve heads but standard sleeve heads can be knitted instead. The comfy round neck is finished with a ribbed neckband which is folded in half for maximum comfort. Charted instructions are provided for the cable pattern.

    Blue Bird is knitted using Susan Crawford Excelana North, fingering weight a soft, fingering weight 100% British wool, spun for us in nearby Yorkshire and dyed in-house by Susan and her team. It is shown here in shade Icelandic Moss.

    Our model Theodora is shown wearing the first size to fit chest 81-86cm (30-32in).

    The pattern includes instructions for five sizes to fit chest measurements between 81cm (32in) and 132cm (52in) and contains both clear written pattern directions, together with charted instructions for the cable pattern, plus a comprehensive schematic diagram and sizing chart.

  • Yarn
    Susan Crawford Excelana North, fingering weight, 100% British wool, 75% Cheviot, 25% Bluefaced Leicester (159m / 174yds per 50g skein approx)

    10 (11, 13, 14, 15) skeins, shade Icelandic Moss

    Suggested needles
    1 pair 2.75mm (US 2) needles
    1 2.75mm (US 2) circular needle (40 cm length) or set of 2.75mm double pointed needles
    1 pair 3.75mm (US 5) needles
    2 cable needles (CN)

    30 sts and 38 rows = 10cm (4in) using 3.75mm needles over cable pattern

  • Increases and decreases
    Cable knitting
    Working from a chart
    Sewing up

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