Vintage Knits: 1940s Swagger Coat

Swagger coat picture

This pattern from the Complete Guide to Modern Knitting and Crochet, published in 1942, is aptly named, in my opinion. I’d swagger too, if I was wearing this smashing outfit.

Here is the pattern:

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~ by lolarusa on January 22, 2008.

6 Responses to “Vintage Knits: 1940s Swagger Coat”

  1. It looks cool, for me at least!

  2. Beautiful coat! I am drooling over all of your vintage patterns. Thanks for posting!

  3. Hi,
    I’d love to try and make one, have you made one? I have a questions that I’m hoping you can help with. The instruction is a bit vague (40oz knitting worsted) on the yarn, does the book where this pattern come from have any recommendations? Basically I’d like an idea of the yardage required so I can get the right amount of wool.

  4. Hi Cindy,

    I haven’t tried this pattern yet, but going by the gauge of 16 stitches per 3 inches the yarn is DK or narrow worsted weight. According to my handy Knitter’s Companion, an oversized sweater for an adult woman requires 1300-1500 yards (1200-1400 meters) at that gauge, so I would guess that twice that amount should be enough for a knee-length coat. I think.

  5. Hi,
    More questions! The pattern is size 16, I know that vintage patterns sizes are different to today’s sizes. What measurement would this size 16 be? I don’t want to make it only to find that it doesn’t fit.

  6. Unfortunately, I’m on vacation at the moment, and can’t look at the pattern. You might try some strategic googling, though to find what the size would have meant at the time.

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