I found a new archive with knitting patterns. It’s the Constance Howard gallery at Goldsmiths University and it’s small but as a student there I get to go and look at it whenever I like. Yay!
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Here is today’s pattern from the 1930s.
Here is is as a pdf. Scroll down for all the pages as jpegs.
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.
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.
The pipe is an essential element in photographing men’s knitwear. Again you might not have a 1930’s man to knit for, but skip to the back page to drool over the other patterns you could have bought. This pattern also has this other jumper, as the instructions for “the Hoylake” are so brief. Behold “The Hurlingham”, a 4 ply polo sweater.
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.
Getting a New Slant On Things – this diagonally-striped jumper is crocheted in a simple pattern. It’s finished measurements are 35 inches across the bust, so it’s for a 33-35 inch bust depending on how tight you’d like it.
This one is a little bit higgledy-piggledy, as it’s a variety of pictures I took on my phone, rather than a proper scan. I wasn’t going to let an out of order scanner stop me! It’s Jumper Jill, my favourite model in Stitchcraft magazine in either 1932 or 1933.