I think this might be from the 1950’s, judging from the picture on the back of the other patterns you could buy. I’ve noticed 1940’s male models for knitting patterns always look at the camera. I imagine they were amateurs, as all the young hunks had to join the army. The young hunk on the back page has the far off stare of a professional knitwear model. On the other hand he’s standing in front of a aeroplane, so perhaps it’s a war time pattern.
As promised, I’m departing from the thirties, looking back into my own collection of knitting ephemera and on to the fifties. Here is an issue of Stitchcraft which has appeared in my collection, possibly from eBay, but I really can’t remember – these things just appear in my house. Either they are breeding or I’m sleep shopping.
Inside there are four knitted ladies summer tops – starting from top left picture on page 14 v-neck with tiny stripes has 33 – 34 inch bust ; the 2-ply twin set (also shown on cover) has a bust of 33-34 or 35-36 inches; V-Neck blouse with big stripes (refered to as green v-neck blouse) fits a 35-36 inch bust; Sleeveless Jumper sweater has a bust of 33-34 inch bust. They are also shown in colour on the inside back cover. Page 12 has several ways to wear a scarf in summer.
Also includes some hair-pin crochet for a stole and circular shawl on page 4, 5 and 20; Girl’s sun suit and jacket for age 7 (22-24 inch waist); boys trunks for age 6 to 7; men’s sweater in thick wool with chunky cables picture on page 7 and pattern on page 22 in two sizes 36-38 inch chest and 39-41; crochet ladies gloves; some ladies caps in Angora; and a bag for to take to the beach.
Here’s a little number from the 1950’s. I’ve seen a few men wearing this style recently, so I’m guessing it’s back in fashion. I certainly have the same pattern for ladies from the 1970s too (some 70s patterns will be hitting the site soon, I’ve had a buying spree and am having a mini-phase of loving that decade). Also I can never resist a knitting pattern in which a man is doing something manly, like smoking a pipe, owning a dog, leaning on something or doing some science.
This comes in several sizes – chest measurements 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44 inches. See it on Google Docs here.
This one is a creased and well loved charity shop 50p rescue. I haven’t got any children and am very happy mothering my cats, but I can’t stop buying kids patterns, especially if they involve wildly inappropriate in the 21st century things, like hammers and this time it’s chemistry! I like the bit of colourwork along the bottom. For boys and girls 24, 26 or 28 inch chest. And look at the text – ” Forward- looking 4 to 9 year olds are demanding colour at the waist and cuffs of their v-neck raglan sweaters in double knitting.” That’s a suspiciously specific demand. (I suspect someone from the wool shop has been giving out sweets, or possibly chemistry sets in return for kids badgering their Mum’s for specific raglan v-necks).
Here is some treasure found today in a secondhand furniture shop on Broadway Market in Hackney. It is in three sizes 34, 36 or 38 inch – yay! This is rarer in older patterns and means no tricky calculations to make it fit a non-vintage body type like mine. This is called Ladies Classic Raglan Sports Jumper, though you might be wondering what sport needs a high neck woolie like this. The answer is all sports played in Britain between September and May. It is made by a company called Marriners, which is really annoying as it should be spelled mariners, though I might let them off, as the company is named after R.V. Marriner Spinners. I’ve been knitting with only 4-ply yarn for months, so a nice DK jumper will be a quick knit for a change. Just have to finish the three things I already have on the go…
Manly features of picture: mustache, cardigan, pipe, yet somehow not quite manly enough. I know, let’s stand astride a St Bernard. Perfect!
Click the picture for the pattern for this men’s shawl neck ribbed casual coat in three sizes – 40, 42, 44. This is made in DK and is a Patons and Baldwins pattern from the fifties. It is my all time favourite photo and if I was a fifties girl I’d want to grow up and marry this guy. I’ve scanned it into a PDF you can download by clicking the picture.
I love this pattern from the fifties. It is in DK weight yarn (is this worsted in America?erm…) and the model makes it look amazingly glamorous for a warm pullover. Obviously this tree leaning lovely is the feminine form of Mr Tree Leaning Knitwear Model. It is in two sizes – 34 or 37 inches.
Click the picture to be taken to the full pattern.