Hi Guys! I found a vintage cardigan pattern from the 1940’s that I want to make, but I’m not sure what kind of yarn or needles it’s calling for. The pattern is from Beehive, which I believe is a Canadian company. Here’s what it calls for:
18 (1 oz.) balls Beehive Fingering 4 ply Patonised
No. 10 Queen Bee Knitting Needles
No. 12 Queen Bee Knitting Needles
Gauge: 7 ½ stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch (with No. 10 needles)
From what I found on the internet, 4-ply fingering is basically sock yarn, right? Can you knit a sweater out of sock yarn? Did needles have different sizing in the '40's? I knit a test swatch using #3 (US) needles and some sock yarn in my stash and the gauge came out about right. The material seems so light. I’m afraid it won’t have enough weight for the sweater to drape nicely. Anyone out there have any advice?