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 Pattern from 1930’s – Harlequin

Harlequin free thirties knitting pattern 34-36 inch bust

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This one is from Listers of Bradford, who have the best strap line – “The nicest wools to use.” Not shrink proof, soft or long lasting, just nice; the best understated British compliment. I’m dating it as thirties based on the price of 2D. All my single item patterns from the 1940’s are 3D. It’s also bigger than the wartime ones, which were smaller due to paper shortages. In the fifties patterns went into colour photography. The back cover designs also look more of the period than this one.

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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 Crochet Pattern – from 1932/33

Getting a New Slant On Things – this¬†diagonally-striped jumper is crocheted in a simple pattern. It’s finished measurements are 35 inches across the bust, so it’s for a 33-35 inch bust depending on how tight you’d like it.

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This one is a little bit higgledy-piggledy, as it’s a variety of pictures I took on my phone, rather than a proper scan. I wasn’t going to let an out of order scanner stop me! It’s Jumper Jill, my favourite model in Stitchcraft magazine in either 1932 or 1933.

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Free Vintage Knitting Patterns – Tops from 1935 (Fay’s Second Book of Knitting and Crochet)

This is was published in 1934. (I think my friend Theodora might have done the actual scanning, as we visited the British Library together РI recommend her blog for more than just free knitting patterns, she is also a designer and vintage knitwear model and an eloquent writer).

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