Free Vintage Pattern from 1928 – ladies panel front jumper

free vintage knitting pattern from Sunny Stitcher page 2-2

This beautiful jumper is from 1928, published in Leach’s Six Penny Knitting Series Issue 104 which is subtitled Jumper-Suits, Jumpers and Cardigans. Width around under arms is 38″, but it is supposed to be baggy, or “have positive ease” as expert knitters call it. Scroll down below the front cover for the pattern.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Children’s fair isle berets

Now I’ve shared some patterns for the chaps (and frankly I’m bored of scanning pullovers), how about some accessories? I plan to share a few, begining with three children’s fair isle berets made up in 3 ply. This is another I found on my hols in the Peak District. It’s quite old, being a 3 pence (3 D) priced pattern, but the charity shop clearly didn’t respect this and slapped an annoying sticker on it!

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from WW2: Men’s Fair Isle Pullover Bestway Leaflet 1524

Bestway 1524 free knitting pattern men'sThis pattern is so flimsy, it’s like holding a piece of silk. It must have been knitted and carried around during the process. Here is a fair isle that doesn’t look too compicated in the chart. I love the text on page one, which firmly dates it as during WW2 or just after. (I think it would be more than 3 pence, aka 3D, if it was after WW1).

Gaily Patterned Pullover

He’ll appreciate a riot of colour after the uniformity of khaki or blue.

Yarn is 3 ply and it’s for a 38 inch chest. The colours are light grey for the background, with dark blue, green and white.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway Knitting 1946 A Fair Isle to Use Up Your Small Scraps of Yarn

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern Fair Isle 1946I haven’t featured any fair isle for a while, though I have a stack of patterns in my stash at home that I really ought to scan. Here is a pattern from Bestway Knitting. This magazine ceased publication during the years 1941 to 1945. Here is a pattern from 1946. The pages of WW2 patterns are usually quite small, and though this is post-war, there were still restrictions and shortages around. Here we are instructed to use up all our left over little bits of yarn.

I’ve previously dubbed a reappearing model Jumper Jill, who was all over Woman’s Weekly, Good Needlework and Stitchcraft in the 1930s. This lady below is her wartime counter part, Sweater Susan (sweater being an Americanism for jumper and quite a lot of American’s came over to Britian during the war). Actually, she is an actress called Peggy Chester.

3 ply and for a 32 to 34 inch bust.
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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from Stitchcraft Issue 2 November 1932: Diamond Pattern

Issue 2 November 1932
Issue 2 November 1932

From Issue 2 of Sitchcraft,November 1932 (pages 5 and 28). This pattern is for size 34 inch bust. Instead of scanning this is photographed. I have tried to do a full page picture and then lots of close ups. I’m undecided whether to continue with this method. It’s quicker than scanning, but perhaps makes it confusing when trying to knit.

Original was in scarlett and white “a gay colour scheme for November days.” Full on apologies for the N word appearing to descibe black wool. I’ve seen this appearing a lot in this context. free vintage knitting pattern ladies jumperRead More »

IS it a Pattern Keeper? Is it a Chart Saver? No, it’s Chart Minder!

I sometimes have a complete mental block on remembering words for things. Same with names, but this forgetfulness seems to afflict me with the same person’s names or a website’s name. My knit and natter buddy Amy had to suffer nearly a year of repeatedly being asked her name. This is totally relevent, as the website I want to share with you is one of those things. I remember it exists and that I want to use it, but can’t remember the name. Having now mentioned it once on the blog, I’ve been reduced to reading my own old blog posts trying to find that one mention. So this post is really for me, to make it easier to find!

Also it’s had a beautiful make over as Abby the code queen and knitter who made it has been joined by designer Lauren. The website is for knitters to make their own colourwork charts, but for those vintage magazine hoarders like me, it will make a chart from your picture. You begin with creating an account – don’t worry it’s all free – and can you can sign in with your Ravelry account if you have one.

So have a look at Chart Minder here at


Fair Isle and Colourwork: Twin Set from Stitchcraft

Twinsets FairIsle

This is taken from the Stitchcraft special No. SC10 – Twin Sets each in 3 sizes. It is possibly from the WW2 period – actually I know I have seen an advert for it in one of my copies of Stitchcraft, but can’t find it now to exactly date it. My own pratice fair isle swatch is coming along very slowly – two rows at a Knit and Natter meeting, three rows at home here and there. Unlike my usual knitting I can’t multitask and watch TV or chat at the same time, and I’m not enjoying it as much so have started something easier. Any advice for getting over this fair isle hump?

Here it is on Google docs.  Scroll down for jpegs.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Forties Sweater from Viyella

To me Viyella means the manufacturer of super mops, not knitting patterns. This is another small black and white pattern for 2-ply and 3-ply. I’m missing a bit of colour on the scanner, but I’ve got five more of these tiny knitting patterns to share first. Shown on the blog as actual size of the page, must have been trying to save paper due to war shortages. It’s a 34 inch bust and was originally intended for navy and white yarn. See it here on Google docs or read more below for pictures.

ribbed two colour jumper

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