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


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

bestway 1721 fair isle cardgian

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: 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 WW2 Knitting Pattern: Woolies for Wardens – Ladies jumper

Forties Knitting Pattern LadiesOne of two posts on this publication from 1941 to keep wardens warm, which is Bestway Knitting magazine issue 74. This is the pattern for ths ladies jumper on the left. It’s 36 inch bust (could be finished measurement, could be size it’s designed for, who can say!). 3 ply yarn.

I recently had an enlightening converstion with fellow vintage knitter, blogger and instagramer Theodora. I mentioned using the 2 ply Jamieson and Smith yarn, which I have used several times as they have such a great range of colours at my local yarn shop (Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green), even though it is a bit itchy. She told me it won’t knit to the true 3 ply size and  your garment will come out bigger, and I had an “a-ha!” moment, realising that by using this yarn I had accidentally made a couple of sweaters exactly the bigger bust size I needed. Looking at their website, it calls it 2 ply Jumper yarn and says you can use it for knitting vintage patterns which call for 4 ply. Has anyone tried the 2 ply lace weight? The J & S website says that this is suitable for vintage patterns asking for 3 ply. Read More »