Free Pattern Friday: AMERICA!

This week’s pattern took a little extra time to set up because it had to be dug out of an enormous pile of miscellaneous vintage paper goods. Somewhere in that massive stack sat an absolutely patriotic salute to this great land, and consarn it, it would be found if it took all night. And it did! And here it is, the Americana, in all its star-spangled glory. The directions don’t come right out and say it but you can only knit it while listening to John Phillips Sousa marches.

Speaking of directions, apparently I have to come right out and state the blindingly obvious: THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. DO NOT TAKE THE IMAGES AND SELL THEM, DO NOT PASS THEM OFF AS YOUR OWN. Linking to them is totally fine; printing a copy out for your own use is fine, but anything that involves you taking them and making money off of them, STOP. DO NOT PASS GO. Fellow free-pattern sharer Bex recently alerted me that an Ebay seller stole images from our websites and sold (is selling) them in her store. On the downside, this is extremely rude, lazy and annoying. We post these patterns FOR FREE, buying or digging through archives for the originals, spending time scanning and cleaning them up, not to mention maintaining a website where people can find them, all for the sheer love of vintage knitting goodness. So when someone comes along and snags the images to make a quick buck, it hurts.

On the upside, this is the first time it’s happened in my several years of sharing, and in a rare burst of good mood I shall take that as a general sign humanity, or the chunk of it that enjoys looking at vintage patterns, generally understands what theft is and avoids it. Now, onward to patriotic knitwear!

Note the strange, ‘New Yorker’-like cartoon in the upper left. This issue is filled with surreal ‘jokes’ about knitting and knitwear that never quite reach a normal level of funny. Why would someone knit in an operating room? Why would that specifically distract the surgeon? So few answers.

EDITED TO ADD:
A larger image of the chart.

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  1. The really surreal thing about that cartoon is why is the caption labeled as being said by a judge? Is the surgeon’s name Judge?

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    1. I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING.

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    2. It’s a pity there isn’t a way to leave comments on people’s Etsy pages letting people know that they can get this pattern for FREE from you!

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      1. The best way is simply to spread the word. If many people mention the sites that have all sorts of great free patterns, people start using them as a resource, and will more quickly realize when someone’s trying to sell something being given away. I usually enter all my patterns on Ravelry right after putting them up here, so hopefully most of the people looking for vintage patterns find them.

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      2. ahh you’re so much nicer than me – I started water marking everything (PITA!). Love this pattern, the neckline is intense! :)

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      3. Hi
        I was wondering if you could PM a bigger picture of the Pattern. I want to knite it and have troubles reading the numbers on the drawn pattern part of the page. And maybe the explanation of the chart symbols?

        Thank you so much
        Monique

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        1. Hey there. It’ll take me a moment to re-dig through the archives to find the original size, but I’ll post a close-up of the chart here for others. They’re quite small-print. There aren’t really any symbols; it’s actually a schematic of the physical piece of fabric you’re making. I’ll also post the walk-through of the instructions from page 42. Thanks for asking!

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        2. Hi Monique, I finally got around to adding the larger graph. Hope it helps!

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        3. Stumbled across this on Ravelry, and I love it. Today is my 4-year anniversary of moving to the US from Sweden. If/when I ever move back, I will wear this cardigan on each July 4th, as a salute to one of my favorite countries. Thanks for posting!!! :)

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          1. That’s wonderful Jeanette! I hope you wear one of the many delightful Swedish steeked patterns whenever you feel nostalgic for your home country as well.

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