Free Vintage Pattern from the 1940s/ 1930s? No. 2744 from Patons & Baldwins

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34 – 36 inch bust

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.

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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 Knitting Pattern from 1940’s Bestway 1640 Tyrolean Jumper Embroidered with Flowers

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Isn’t this lovely! It’s in the Tyrolean style, which I think of being the hippie look of the 30s and 40s as it referenced traditional styles worn in rural areas.  It’s for a

I’ve been sorting through my piles of patterns and ordering them by decade and have unearthed quite a few I bought on my holidays last year and forgot to post, hence the sudden flurry of posts. I’ve been trying to declutter using the Mari Kondo (or Konmari) method. You get to keep everything that gives you joy – all of my knitting patterns brought me joy, but once they are scanned and forever online, I don’t need to the paper patterns. Expect to see a sale on eBay soon, where my seller name is embarrassingly what I choose aged 20 – pinkafairy2323 – *blushing but owning it*

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Bestway 1721 Fair Isle Cardigan from WW2

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This matches the jersey from Bestway Leaflet 1720, which I have seen for sale as a pdf on Etsy, if you want the matching set. It’s made in 3 ply and is for either 34 inch bust or knitted on bigger needles for a 43 inch bust. I have never seen these two sizes together on a vintage pattern before! It’s another one I found on my holidays, this one is from the Peak District.

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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 – 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 Pattern: Bestway 1777 1940s men’s gloves

On two or four needles, so something for everyone. Perhaps this would be a good gift for a boyfriend, husband or Dad, and it’s a small enough project to finish before Christmas. As the final page says “Hand knitted gloves are warm and hard wearing”.

I love the photo. He looks a little bit like a spy, hiding behind his newspaper (perhaps I’ve seen too many movies, it’s The Third Man I’m thinking of).

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway 1056 from 1940s Embroidered Ladies Gloves, Socks and Juliet Cap

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I think this model is Peggy Chester. I was alerted on Instagram, that Tickety Boo Tupney had identified the name of a knitting pattern model (that I’ve previously shared pictures of) and shared it in this blog post. I have lots of patterns modelled by Peggy in my collection, so I was really happy to learn her name. Here is  a better picture of her, from an earlier post. Do you think it is the same lady as above?

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern Fair Isle 1946Anyway, on with the gloves, socks and cap. Aren’t they lovely? I can totally envision a future in which I knit them and never actually get around to doing the embroidery though. They are knitted in 3 ply yarn, originally turquoise with black stitching.

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