Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Thirties Men’s Sweater

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How great is his moustache? I have a lot of menswear patterns to scan, but this is the only pre-70s one with a tache. The size of the pages are pretty large, so I’m confident this is from the pre-WW2 days when paper was scarce and patterns shrank.

At the bottom of the middle two pages is a great diagram for how to do a stretchy thumb cast on. It’s worth scrolling down to the last page which advertises other patterns which were available. It breaks my heart that I don’t own all of them.

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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 from 1940’s Weldon’s Lovely Bolero

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This is a nice little 40’s bolero pattern I found in a charity shop. Charity shop knitting pattern shopping is not easy. I might visit 6 or 7 before I find a single pattern and then you must always ask as for some reason they’ll be kept in a folder in a back room. Mostly they have 80’s patterns, but eventually a gem like this will be found. I spend my holidays scouring village charity shops, as inner city London has no knitting patterns at all in charity shops (these are also called Op Shops or Goodwill is you are abroad).

It’s for a 36″ bust as worn open, but has a finished measurement of 34″.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from 1930’s – Harlequin

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This one is from Listers of Bradford, who have the best strap line – “The nicest wools to use.” Not shrink proof, soft or long lasting, just nice; the best understated British compliment. I’m dating it as thirties based on the price of 2D. All my single item patterns from the 1940’s are 3D. It’s also bigger than the wartime ones, which were smaller due to paper shortages. In the fifties patterns went into colour photography. The back cover designs also look more of the period than this one.

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Free Vintage Knitting – Men’s Socks Patons & Baldwin 137

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.

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Free Vintage Knitting Patterns – Tops from 1935 (Fay’s Second Book of Knitting and Crochet)

This is was published in 1934. (I think my friend Theodora might have done the actual scanning, as we visited the British Library together – I recommend her blog for more than just free knitting patterns, she is also a designer and vintage knitwear model and an eloquent writer).

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