Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Groovy 1970 – 1971 Men’s Sweater & Scarf Combo

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Check this guy out – he’s such a dude in that scarf and jumper combo, and he knows it. I want to represent all of the good bits of the twentieth century¬†(that are also out of copyright!) on this website, so after a run of quality 1930’s and 1940’s patterns, here is a gem from the late 1960’s or early 1970’s *. It’s made in DK yarn, which is possibly worsted or 8 ply in other countries.

*The pattern has both old currency and new decimalised British money as the price. As decimalisation was February 1971, I presume this pattern was published in 1970, but can’t be 100% sure. The style reminds me of 1969 and for no apparent reason this:

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Full Magazine Scan – Stitchcraft October 1953

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One of my charity and Antique Shop finds from my hols, hence it’s creased condition. Here is a full scan of this issue of Stitchcraft from 1953. It includes these patterns:

  • For 8 -10 year old’s a lumber jacket.
  • Men’s lumber jacket in chest sizes 37-38, 39-40 and 41-42
  • Ladies turtle neck dolman sleeve top 33-34 inch bust
  • Ladies twin set on cover in 35-36 and 37-38 inch bust
  • Suggestions for Christmas gifts in embroidery and other stitches (advertising¬† the transfers which were sold via mail order)
  • Ladies Angora tippet
  • Ladies Fringed shawl
  • Ladies “Hug Me Tight” waistcoat 33-34 inch bust
  • Woofy dog toy
  • Ladies warm button up jumper 34-35 and 36-37 inch bust

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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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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Twinset in 34 to 40 inch bust

Sidar 5418 ladies jumper free knitting patternThis one is another vintage-esque pattern (forgive my mangling of the English language). Really as it is older than 25, it qualifies as vintage, but by vintage-esque I mean it harks back to an earlier period than that. Styling it with a beret makes it even more nostalgic. To make it up to wear in a 1930s to 50s way, make it slightly shorter. The bust sizes are from 34 –¬† 40 inches and it needs DK yarn. I picked this one up last year in Dartmouth, while on my second trip to lovely Devon, which has fantastic charity shops, countryside and Agatha Christie’s country house.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Vintage-esque – 1970s does 1930s Ladies Lace Yoke Jumper

As well as buying properly old knitting patterns, I’ve got quite a lot of seventies ones. These fall into three camps: those that amuse me, those I’d wear because I like the decade (and don’t care what anyone says about it) and those I’ve bought because they look like older styles, but in more modern size ranges and yarns. I’m going to scan and share some of the later catagory here, starting with this one, which is actually from 1980. I did start writing a very serious blog post about nostalgic styles from the twenties, thirties and forties appearing in 70s fashions, but never finished it, though I did make an impressive Pinterest board and stick lots of post-it notes in magazines. I didn’t even get to considering the knitwear angle or the early 80s.

This is knitted in DK and is in bust sizes from 32 to 40 inches – horray for bigger busted knitting patterns! To make this more 1930s I’d shorten the body to begin by the natural waist, or wear it with a belt.

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Free Knitting Pattern: His and Hers Cardigans from the 1960’s

Menswear is a little neglected on this blog, but I’ve scoured the Peak District on my holiday, ignoring the (rainy) outdoors and concentrating on charity shops and antique centres and I’ve found mostly men’s patterns from 1930s to 1970s. Here is the first – I love the hair do and the scarf on the left.

For DK yarn in 34 to 44 inch chest.

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