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I don't know much about cricket, or cricket sweaters, and I've been trying to find out a bit about when this style of sweater was introduced. I have been looking at this website which gives a lot of details about village cricket clubs in this part of Yorkshire, including team photos. (The things I do for you!) It appears that V-neck sweaters with coloured stripes around the neck, and sometimes above the welts on the body and sleeves (if any), first appeared in team photos in the late 1920s. The sweaters may be cabled and they look to be white or cream, but it's hard to tell from the photos. Two of the Holmfirth cricket team in 1929, photographed after they won a trophy, were wearing sweaters of that sort. (The others aren't wearing sweaters at all.) In earlier team photos, any sweaters that are worn appear to be in plain stocking stitch, with collars and long sleeves.
So far, I haven't found a knitting pattern for anything called a cricket sweater from before World War II, though presumably there were sweater patterns like the ones I have shown. It's possible that they started out being called sports or tennis or golf sweaters, and were only called cricket sweaters after wearing them for cricket was already common. (Maybe somebody who knows about cricket could tell me.)
I did find a much earlier pattern for something knitted to wear while playing cricket. It's a jacket in a Paton's booklet, I think from around 1913. Although the garment is described as a "Gent.'s Knitted Sports Coat", it is shown being worn by a cricketer. Quite stylish, though I think it would be hard to run in something as long and close-fitting as that. The "coat sweater" on the front cover, worn by a tennis player, is white with navy trim, and might be a pre-cursor of the later cricket sweater. Notice the tennis racquet in one hand and the cigarette in the other - he gets fit by playing tennis and then ruins the effect by smoking.
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