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 – 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.

men's socks free knitting pattern

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine – Stitchcraft from June 1952

stitchcraftjune1952As promised, I’m departing from the thirties, looking back into my own collection of knitting ephemera and on to the fifties. Here is an issue of Stitchcraft which has appeared in my collection, possibly from eBay, but I really can’t remember – these things just appear in my house. Either they are breeding or I’m sleep shopping.

Inside there are four knitted ladies summer tops – starting from top left picture on page 14 v-neck with tiny stripes has 33 – 34 inch bust ; the 2-ply twin set (also shown on cover) has a bust of 33-34 or 35-36 inches; V-Neck blouse with big stripes (refered to as green v-neck blouse) fits a 35-36 inch bust; Sleeveless Jumper sweater has a bust of 33-34 inch bust. They are also shown in colour on the inside back cover. Page 12 has several ways to wear a scarf in summer.

Also includes some hair-pin crochet for a stole and circular shawl on page 4, 5 and 20; Girl’s sun suit and jacket for age 7 (22-24 inch waist); boys trunks for age 6 to 7; men’s sweater in thick wool with chunky cables picture on page 7 and pattern on page 22 in two sizes 36-38 inch chest and 39-41; crochet ladies gloves; some ladies caps in Angora; and a bag for to take to the beach.

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Fashion History Lesson – Dior’s New Look Wasn’t New and Chanel Didn’t Like It.

The classic idea of 50s fashion is the New Look.¬† I’ve read a lot of fashion history books lately (and will do a post on the best ones soon) but here is a little of what has been on my mind. Did you know Christian Dior, credited with the New Look which changed women’s fashion was sponsored by a cotton magnate?

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: 50s / 60s Norweigan Sweater

Free Knitting Pattern 60s Norweigan

Is this late fifties or sixties? I’m thinking pre-1965 anyway. They seem very happy about their sausages. Wait till they realise there is no chart for this knitting pattern! I recommend you use the fantastic Chart Minder website created by a tech and knitting mad lady. If you are going to, sign in with Ravelry before you start – I once lost a whole chart by doing it after editing.

This is in three bust sizes – 32 inch, 34 inch and 36-38 inch. The leaflet is printed in Norway for distribution abroad and features a logo in the top left that I haven’t seen on my other Emu patterns, for the mill A/S Dale Fabrikker, so I’m pretty confident in declaring it an Norweigan pattern, rather than a Scottish Fair-Isle.

Here is the pattern as a document or scroll down for pdfs. Does anyone know how I can add the patterns from my site to Ravelry easily? If it’s going to take ages I probably won’t bother as I’ve got another 100 patterns to scan and share here!

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Free Patterns: Fair Isle and Colourwork 3 – Children’s patterns

Though I haven’t got a wee bambino to knit for and seem to have mostly childless friends, I am thinking of knitting some little things, as a way to practice the new to me skills of colourwork and fair isle. This is a child’s set of jumper, mittens and hat for either ages 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. View it on Google Docs here or scroll down for the jpegs. Is anyone else thinking this child has been caught mid-punch of the teddy bear.

Child's fair isle jumper and hat

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Free Knitting Pattern – For Pipe Smoking Gents – a shawl collar cardigan

Here’s a little number from the 1950’s. I’ve seen a few men wearing this style recently, so I’m guessing it’s back in fashion. I certainly have the same pattern for ladies from the 1970s too (some 70s patterns will be hitting the site soon, I’ve had a buying spree and am having a mini-phase of loving that decade). Also I can never resist a knitting pattern in which a man is doing something manly, like smoking a pipe, owning a dog, leaning on something or doing some science.

This comes in several sizes – chest measurements 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44 inches. See it on Google Docs here.

Men's shawl caridgan 50s

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Boys Sweater for the young scientist

This one is a creased and well loved charity shop 50p rescue. I haven’t got any children and am very happy mothering my cats, but I can’t stop buying kids patterns, especially if they involve wildly inappropriate in the 21st century things, like hammers and this time it’s chemistry! I like the bit of colourwork along the bottom. For boys and girls 24, 26 or 28 inch chest. And look at the text – ” Forward- looking 4 to 9 year olds are demanding colour at the waist and cuffs of their v-neck raglan sweaters in double knitting.” That’s a suspiciously specific demand. (I suspect someone from the wool shop has been giving out sweets, or possibly chemistry sets in return for kids badgering their Mum’s for specific raglan v-necks).

Boys grey jumper chemistry


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