As 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.
This should have been a blog bank holiday special, but I’m a bit behind schedule. Here is the whole booklet from Stitchcraft “For the Junior Miss”, which is from 1949 according to The British Library. The bust sizes are all 32-34 inch, plus there are socks, hat and mittens. I’ve added a gallery of knits in the booklet before you scroll down to see the scanned pages.
This issue starts with a rather strange winter bonnet. Looks like you could hide your sandwiches under it. Perhaps she is.
Also in this issue gifts for children (knitted dog, babies booties and soldier toys), gifts for children to make for adults (necklaces and belt), a girls fair isle twin set. a ladies twin set for 32-34 inch bust, two colour long line jumper for 34-36 inch bust, a practice jumper in an unusual stitch for 34-36 inch bust, some fair isle knitted boots for adults (size 6 1/2 to 7, which probably isn’t equivalent to modern UK sizes), a knitting bag and finally a rather odd looking evening handbag. Plus Page 13 has Ministry of Food advice for Christmas,
Click the here for the pdf or look below for jpegs.
Here is a rather pensive model in a fair isle twinset. Also inside are lacy cami knickers, a neat jumper to fit 33-35 bust with an interesting yoke-line, a jumper striped with a threaded cord in either a teeny tiny 28-30 inch or 34-36 inch bust, school stockings for a teen-age girl, crocheted belts, a bramble stitch striped jumper with a little collar, how to bottle tomatoes from the Ministry of Food and multi-coloured mittens and gloves in two sizes. That is quite a lot of patterns for only 18 pages and a cover.
Here is some 1930s knitted cuteness from Stitchcraft Magazine May 1937. It is a knitted dress for sunny days with a matching set of knitted knickers. I’m not sure what age it is intended for, but the measurements are length from top of bodice 18 inches, waist 17 1/2 inches. Click the picture for pdf or scroll down for jpgs.
Aww! This is a kid who doesn’t know what to do and is looking bashfully at her Mum off camera.
Click the picture for the free pdf scan of the pattern which comes in four sizes – chest 46, 51, 56 or 61cm (18, 20, 22, 24 inches) and the needle sizes are in UK old style and new metric. Its knitted in DK and could be from the 70s or 80s.