Free Vintage Crochet Pattern: This Attractive Affair from Stitchcraft August 1936

This one may look familiar if you follow me on Instagram. I’ve knitted a similar jumper which was reprinted in A Stitch In Time Volume 2, but originally came from this magazine. This is the crochet version. It’s a 32 to 34 inch bust, designed for a 2 ply cotton. I made mine from Rowan Mercised Cotton, which is now discontinued. It wasn’t exactly the right yarn, as it came out quite a lot longer than intended. Since then the author of A Stitch In Time has released her own cotton yarn called Coquette. Incidentally I haven’t been paid for the plug, but I have met Susan Crawford once and she’s a very nice person.

Stitchcraft August 1936 free vintage knitting patternBelow left is Theodora modeling the book knitted version and on the right is my knitted version. The pattern via Ravelry for the knitted version which has been sized up for a varietyof sizes. Scroll down for the pattern for the crochet version.

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine: Stitchcraft May 1937

I’ve already shared a few of these patterns, ages ago, but here is the whole thing all in one post! There are a variety of short sleeved ladies jumpers – Introducing Clanora on pages 15, looks like a V-neck in the colour picture on page 22. It is a 30-32 inch bust. Tropical touch on pages 6 and 7 is a 34-36 inch bust. Fine Knitting In Wool String is button up top or cardigan with short sleeves in size 32-34 inch bust, on pages 14 and 23. The Jumper on The Cover is on page 16 and 23 and is a 32 – 34 inch bust. Pages 17 and 32 have a jumper called Simple Shape Unusual Stitch in a size 32 -34 inch bust.

I love the embroidered Radio Times slip case/cover (for non-UK dwellers, it’s a listings magazine which is still on sale weekly today and is still called Radio Times, even though it has TV and satalite TV times too). I have one which I was given as a present, originally from a prop warehouse. I’m fairly sure I’ve seen it appearing on TV in either a Miss Marple or a Poirot episode, but have never been able to find the right episode.

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Patons 1009

In case there aren’t enough lacy tops with “man-appeal” (see last post), here is another. This one says it is “the pretty look,” which I think is rather a charming descripton. Today’s fashion is probably never described as the pretty look, unless it’s fashion for small girls. As I’ve said a few times already, shorten the pattern or add a belt to make it more like early decades of the twentieth century. Or wear it in a true 1974 fashion and go all Laura Ashley with a maxi-skirt. Patons 1009 ladies jumper free knitting pattern

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Lacey tops With Man Appeal

Another pattern being shared because I think it looks like it could be worn as an older era’s clothes, maybe. It’s from the 1970s and I think that the baby pink is rather yukky. The yarn is called Kismet, which is describes as acrylic and mohair, which I’m sure would be scratchy and annoying. Also it doesn’t say what size of yarn it was. Best of all this pattern is “strong on man-appeal”, a least that’s what it says. Bust 32 to 40 inches.

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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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