Bette's sketch

“Bette” is my new no-cost  sweater with a 1940ish look, named after Bette Davis one of my favourite classic Hollywood actresses. The 1940’s glamour  is a 2011/12 fall/winter season fashion trend.

This sweater has a square neckline, a loose-fitting bodice with a laced central motif, a belt emphasizing its tight-fitting waistline and long sleeves reprising in their central part the laced motif.

In the pictures below you can see details of Bette.

The sleeve

The belt defining the waistline

The neckline

Here you can see how the neckline band edge has been knitted separately and then joint to the bodice with a backstitch seam.

Sewing the neck

Sewing the neck

Bette and the needles

Bette and the needles

Knitted to fit a XS size, it has been realized using:

  • 300 gr of super fine pure wool yarn in burgundy colour, (recycled from a previously knitted sweater);
  • needles  2,5mm (for ribbed band edges) and 3mm;
  • yarn needle;
  • 1 metal bucket and 80cm approx. of velvet ribbon width 5cm for the belt.

The stitches used are:

  • 2k/2p ribs (edges);
  • Stockinette stitch (used in the back bodice and mixed to the lace motif in bodice front and in sleeves);
  • Arcs and lines laced motifs (see the chart);

Bette's arcs and lines laced motifs

Here you can see the chart for “Arcs and Lines”.

Related articles from the blog: No cost knitting; Bette’s chart; Do you remember Bette?; All about Bette.


52 responses »

  1. Love this design 🙂

  2. emmajaneoriordan says:

    What a pretty design!

  3. IeVa Janus says:

    I like your pictures very much – very “theme-related” (especially the red lipstick 🙂 ). And absolutely LOVE the precision of your work! Many handknits usually look exactly that – handknits. And though it is nice to see that the product was made by hand, usually there’s always this grain of wishing it looked less “home-y” and more professional. Yours looks both: handknit AND professional. Wonderful! 🙂

  4. Absolutely gorgeous design and colour *sigh* 🙂

  5. facefromthepast says:

    What a lovely sweater design! Elegant, simple, feminine… perfect!

  6. restlessjo says:

    Loved Bette Davis. I had a knit just this colour but I think I put it in a charity sack- silly me, didn’t think to unravel it!

  7. Kate says:

    This is really lovely, I especially like the square neckline. Very flattering.

  8. Gorgeous! And the belt works perfectly with it.

  9. woolandchocolate says:

    So beautiful!

  10. Wow, beautiful!

  11. This is gorgeous! I love the colour 🙂

  12. molivermade says:

    very stylish.

  13. craftsbythesea says:

    great pattern to recyle wool with

  14. Lovely sweater!!! Nice classic style too. Also appreciate your upcycling here!

  15. Messy J says:

    Wow! The sweater is stunning, and I am in love with the matching lipstick. I hope one day I can make a Bette of my own. Right now I’m still in the stockinette only stage!

  16. Rachel Etta says:

    What a gorgeous sweater! Love the square neckline in particular.

  17. Tanaya says:

    This is stylish and classy… i really like it. wish I could make it now. Keep posting great works of art 😉

  18. The photography and your work is lovely… gorgeous vintage inspired style!

  19. Beautiful sweater. I have trouble making a regular scarf, but this sweater is so great I really want to try it out. How much would I need to add to make it a medium?

  20. nadbugs says:

    Beautiful. A cure to the “don’t make em like that any more” blues. Yay.

  21. Beautiful sweater!! I love the old glamour.

  22. Anne Bonney says:

    This is a beautiful sweater. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

  23. This is REALLY wonderful! I love the color, the shape, your photos, the fact that you have included the sketches. And on top of all that you have included clear and comprehensive instructions. Thank you so much!

  24. You are incredibly clever – it must take such skill to be able to knit like that! And was it upcycled too? Wonderful!

  25. Wow – I’m in love with this jumper – particularly with the belt – loving the colour 2!

  26. stasiacrafts says:

    That’s really beautiful!

  27. Oh my gosh, she is gorgeous. So lovely…the color, the lace, just lovely!!

  28. Stephanie says:

    Wow! This is amazing. I cannot even imagine how much work went into making this sweater. Beautiful!

  29. Baldini A. says:

    sei stupenda e quasi piu brava di mia madre….complimenti….

  30. Beautiful sweater!

  31. CoursesAndWales says:

    I absolutely am in love with this sweater! You’ve inspired me to go look through some of my fashion books in search of vintage influences for my knitting…

  32. Tracey says:

    OMG! You are amazing! This is absolutely fabulous! I am so floored by all your talent. You are truly an inspiration! Have a great weekend!

  33. Thanks for liking our blog Ella V! Bette looks absolutely stunning. Great work.

  34. marrgareth says:

    I do not knit but I like you sweater.

  35. ladystamper says:

    I love it! The color rocks!! Wish I could knit…I’m a crochet girl…I tried knitting but got my needles in a knot! Carry on!!!

  36. Tina says:

    Love the design and the color is fantastic!

  37. Sew Smug says:

    This is so beautiful! I spent most of winter trying to teach myself how to knit but had to concede that I just couldn’t grasp it! I am very envious of your fabulous talent 🙂

  38. Ruby says:

    Gorgeous! Wish I had that talent. I only knit with metal.

  39. dosayit says:

    I am in love with this sweater!

  40. knitting1105 says:

    What a beautiful sweater!

  41. nettie says:

    This is gorgeous!!

  42. iammichellepham says:

    This is such an intricate design. This economic crisis is doing you good!

  43. stitch this says:

    This is lovely. bette would be proud to wear it 🙂

  44. swift soul says:

    Beautifully shaped, what an amazing design!

  45. reWOLLuzza says:

    Fantastic design and really great fotos! Love the 40’s look (though I can’t pull it off).

  46. loulouandlillybean says:

    NICE WORK!!!!!!! I love that it’s recycled wool!!!! You’re very talented!

  47. clovetree says:

    What a great look! I love the way you have documented the whole process, and the drawings are fab!

  48. dewvintage says:

    wow wish i could knit like that! 😀

  49. Stephanie says:

    This is lovely – love the shape, details, colour and lace. Perfect. I might have to emulate you!! 🙂 Lei e’ molto brava!! 🙂

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