Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway 1056 from 1940s Embroidered Ladies Gloves, Socks and Juliet Cap

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I think this model is Peggy Chester. I was alerted on Instagram, that Tickety Boo Tupney had identified the name of a knitting pattern model (that I’ve previously shared pictures of) and shared it in this blog post. I have lots of patterns modelled by Peggy in my collection, so I was really happy to learn her name. Here isĀ  a better picture of her, from an earlier post. Do you think it is the same lady as above?

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern Fair Isle 1946Anyway, on with the gloves, socks and cap. Aren’t they lovely? I can totally envision a future in which I knit them and never actually get around to doing the embroidery though. They are knitted in 3 ply yarn, originally turquoise with black stitching.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Children’s fair isle berets

Now I’ve shared some patterns for the chaps (and frankly I’m bored of scanning pullovers), how about some accessories? I plan to share a few, begining with three children’s fair isle berets made up in 3 ply. This is another I found on my hols in the Peak District. It’s quite old, being a 3 pence (3 D) priced pattern, but the charity shop clearly didn’t respect this and slapped an annoying sticker on it!

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern- Beret pattern for 10 -18 years.

I thought I had already posted this, but maybe I didn’t. Anyway, have it again. It’s one of the many, many pictures which are divorced from any details of what I scanned it from. But what on earth is “stocking web”? Do we think it means a rib or stocking stitch? EDIT- “Stockinette” was knit one row and purl one row in another 1930’s pattern, so perhaps they hadn’t settled on today’s phrase of stocking stitch.

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Free Vintage Hat Pattern: A 30s Beret and a Jaunty Cap

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Ok, I promised to scan some of my own patterns and even made a nice pile and put it in an in-tray. Then I just did two and got really bored and didn’t post anything. It’s far, far more exciting to use the giant scanner at the British Library and actually in minutes per scan it’s quicker. Here are two quick knits, a Juliet Cap (do you think this name is from Romeo and Juliet?) and a Beret is garter stitch, which I think make it a good one for beginners.

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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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