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.

free vintage knitting pattern from Sunny Stitcher 1

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Free vintage knitting pattern : Jacket to wear with your tweed skirt 1929


As an experiment this pattern is all from phone photos and I’m typing this at the British library straight to WordPress. Let me know if they aren’t clear enough and I’ll go back to using the scanner and uploading via my laptop. This is from the Needlewoman. This is 40 inches around the bust when buttoned up. I’m not sure what size bust that is for.Read More »

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: From The Lady Oct 1930 Knitted Jumper with A Slimming Line

Thank heavens for the British Library and even bigger thans to the Rare Book team. I was tearing my hair out searching the huge catalogue for this issue one issue of  The Lady, to complete the pattern I’d already posted the second half of (to make things easier I’ve reposted the picture bellow todays so the pattern reads in the right order).

Eventually I emailed the researcher team and instead of hitting the button for Newspapers, hit Rare Books and Manuscripts -oops! They responded the next day with the answer – it was listed as Lady instead of The Lady! So instead of heading to my usual reading room (either Humanities as they cover fashion or Newspapers as they cover magazines) today I entered the hallowed reading hall of rare manuscripts and books. Slightly disappointed by my fellow reaaders, who though quieter than the Humanities people, so many weren’t even looking at books, they were just using laptops. There were no wizards consulting medieval manuscripts. But excitingly the copying room as a bigger, more excellent scanner, and no queue. So here we have part one of this amazing sweater from 1930.

The page was quite big, so you may have to save and zoom to see this in a readable way. It’s quite a high res scan, so should be no problem unless you are using a phone (your interent surfing software might down res it into a blur).

Measures 38 inches around chest once finished, so for size 34-36-38 depending on how close fitted you’d like it. I’d say the model is 34 inch bust. 3ply.

free 20s 30s knitting pattern

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30s Style – The Lady – A Jumper With Slimming Lines

EDIT – See the whole pattern here.

I had a lovely holiday a couple of weeks ago.  Undaunted by rain, wind and sleet, Mr Sunnystitcher and I visited the Cotswolds, stayed in a lovely old cottage with an open fire and hired a car to visit lots of National Trust houses, castles and scenic villages. I managed to squeeze in two charity and antique shop rummages in Woodstock and Moreton-In-Marsh. No sewing patterns were unearthed, but a pile of knitting patterns and three issues of The Lady from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Here is the first, from The Lady no. 2384 from October 1930. I adore this pattern! Sorry for the wonky scan. And I am absolutely gutted that they have only published part 2 of the pattern in this issue, covering the back and sleeves. I’m planning to visit the British Library to scan the first part, but while you wait here is a picture of what you could be knitting. I’ll update this page when I get part 1.

free 20s 30s knitting pattern

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Vintage Sewing Pattern Catalogue – Fancy Dress For Children

A New Topic because I have the start of a new collection and a really long day busily scanning! While scouring flea markets, charity shops and vintage fairs, I’ve found several Weldon’s Sewing Pattern magazines from the twenties and thirties. First to the scanner is Fancy Dress For Children. To come from the same series, Dance Frocks and School Girl Outfits. I have to apologise for the cropping at the side of the scans. The magazine is bigger than the scanner can cope with. The 200 designs promised are a little misleading as this is more of a sales catalogue without any actual patterns, but you could use the ideas to make your own. Some of the weirder designs in this magazine include dressing as a brand of toothpaste or the work bag (items for Mother to mend went into the work bag!)

Weldon's Fancy Dress

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