Free Vintage Pattern from the 1940s/ 1930s? No. 2744 from Patons & Baldwins

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34 – 36 inch bust

I’m guessing by the haircut and width of shoulder that this is a WW2 pattern, however it’s a bigger size (appearing in the scanned form as actual size) than P&B leaflets I’ve seen which are definitely from that period, so it could be late 1930’s or early enough on in the war that the paper restrictions and shortages hadn’t affected knitting patterns yet. I was another holiday charity shop find and is rather fragile and has been taped glued back together at some point.

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Free WW2 Knitting Pattern – La Laine Fair Isle Cardigan

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It’s for a 34 – 36 inch bust and is made in 3 ply. If only there was a chart for it, like modern knitting patterns. You can always make your own using chartminder.com. I don’t find La Laine patterns very often. they seem to be a brand name of Bairns-wear, which was a Nottingham brand. I’m really sorry there is a very unacceptable word in one of the yarn colour names.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Bestway 1721 Fair Isle Cardigan from WW2

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This matches the jersey from Bestway Leaflet 1720, which I have seen for sale as a pdf on Etsy, if you want the matching set. It’s made in 3 ply and is for either 34 inch bust or knitted on bigger needles for a 43 inch bust. I have never seen these two sizes together on a vintage pattern before! It’s another one I found on my holidays, this one is from the Peak District.

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Vintage Knitting Pattern: 1980s does 1940s (Sirdar 5975)

This is another vintage pattern of one era representing another, though for the first time it clearly calls it 1940s nostalgia. I think the man in the background looks rather menacing, as if he intends something violent toward the poor innocent lady smiling to the camera.

It’s in a wonderful range of bust sizes from 32 to 40 inches and is knitted up in a not very 1940s DK.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway 1777 1940s men’s gloves

On two or four needles, so something for everyone. Perhaps this would be a good gift for a boyfriend, husband or Dad, and it’s a small enough project to finish before Christmas. As the final page says “Hand knitted gloves are warm and hard wearing”.

I love the photo. He looks a little bit like a spy, hiding behind his newspaper (perhaps I’ve seen too many movies, it’s The Third Man I’m thinking of).

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway 1056 from 1940s Embroidered Ladies Gloves, Socks and Juliet Cap

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I think this model is Peggy Chester. I was alerted on Instagram, that Tickety Boo Tupney had identified the name of a knitting pattern model (that I’ve previously shared pictures of) and shared it in this blog post. I have lots of patterns modelled by Peggy in my collection, so I was really happy to learn her name. Here isĀ  a better picture of her, from an earlier post. Do you think it is the same lady as above?

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern Fair Isle 1946Anyway, on with the gloves, socks and cap. Aren’t they lovely? I can totally envision a future in which I knit them and never actually get around to doing the embroidery though. They are knitted in 3 ply yarn, originally turquoise with black stitching.

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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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