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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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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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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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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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Child’s Cable Polo Neck

Miss Polo Neck and Mr Polo Neck have produced a lovely polo neck child and then given him a hammer. Ideal for young children to amuse themselves!

I did actually have my own hammer as a child, but at this child’s age it was in a plastic toy  tool set. I didn’t get a real one till I was about 8 or 9. That long summer holiday I spent every day hitting nails into bits of wool in the garage while singing along to Radio 1 and after six  whole weeks  I had made just the front door and two steps for a dolls house. Such fun though.

Unrelated to hammers, do they call this a roll neck in the US?  This comes in two sizes, either 26 or 28 inch chest. I can date this pattern accurately to 1971 as it has two prices shown. In 1971 the UK swapped from shillings and guineas, to decimal pence and pounds.

For the free vintage knitting pattern, click the picture.

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