Joan’s sketch

Joan is a navy inspired cotton sleeveless top knitted in Night Blue and Red cotton yarn.
My first inspiration, was sporting and leisure time 1930’s fashion (as it happened for Carole), that was thought for the new “modern” woman, sporty and fashionable at the same time, but, as you can see in my sketch, in the end my final design has a 1950’s appearance. For that reason I called this project after Joan Crawford the silver screen diva whose acting career lasted for almost five decades.
This simple top has no sleeves, a squared neckline and a lace motif inspired to sea waves at the bottom that has been knitted separately (from the narrow side up – watch the chart) and then sewn to the upper part of the top.

All around the edges I crocheted a striped border using a single crochet stitch. The top is completed with two plastic buttons reprising the red strips colour.

The neckline

“Waves” and buttons

This top, like all my designs, is very easy…if you have no problems with your eyes, because the thin yarn and the dark colour can make its assemblage a little difficult.

Here is the list of materials  and stitches I used. I made the pattern using my measurement that correspond more or less to a XXS size.


  • 88 gr of  Night Blue lace weigth 100% gassed mercerized cotton;
  • 9 gr of Red lace weight 100% gassed mercerized cotton;
  • Straight needles 2 mm;
  • Crochet hook 1,5 mm;
  • Yarn needle;
  • 2 red plastic button.


  • Stockinette stitch;
  • Waves lace motif;
  • Single crochet.

More photos soon…

Related articles from the blog: Joan: Navy inspitation; Joan: the stitch’s chart; Joan is alive!!; My weekend movie: A woman’s face (1941); My weekend movie: The women (1939).


8 responses »

  1. Anne Bonney says:

    What a wonderful garment! As you say, sporty and fashionable.

  2. Lu says:

    Your knitted garments are truly stunning, Ella. You are exactly the sort of inspiration I was looking for 🙂

  3. Alex says:

    Really sweet!

  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Gorgeous design & work!
    Love this era of fashion!

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