“You’ll see this jumper in the film “Fashion Sketches” in a lovely tone of blue “Anchor Tricoton.” Such an adorable neckline!”
…or so reads the tagline of the knitting instructions for this “fascinating” jumper. Naturally I googled the film and came up with this:
Nothing! I am almost positive this film does not exist. At first I thought the starlet pictured was Bette Davis, but upon closer inspection, I’m thinking it’s actually Joan Blondell. She was a prolific actress throughout the pre-code days of Warner Bros with a starring role in the infamous “Gold Diggers of 1933.”
It’s possible they renamed the film or it never ran, but in any case it resulted in this bombshell jumper complete with knitting instructions!
I also scouted the shade F.507 of blue Anchor Tricoton yarn called for in the pattern instructions which again resulted in a deafening cyber silence. However, I did find this AH-mazing promotional film for cotton yarn starring two very glamorous models assisted by french maids. There’s even a kitten in it! And lo and behold, he’s playing with a ball of anchor tricoton, which appears to be a thin, cotton crocheting yarn.
Paris Modes – a Dorland Fashion film (britishpathe.com)
I will be working with completely the wrong type of yarn because I just love the softness and hand-dyed colors of Malabrigo‘s worsted wool. The exact shade of blue used for the original pattern is buried somewhere in Warner Bros’ forgotten reels, but I imagine it would be pretty close to the ‘stone blue’ I’m using.
If you are knitting this fascinating jumper pattern with me, a wonderful good luck to you! I’ll be posting my results (hopefully it isn’t terribly tragic) and I hope to see yours as well. And, if you have any insight on the mystery film, the starlet, or the anchor tricoton in question, I’d be eternally in your gracious debt.