A draft-proof woolie knitted jacket for the Home Front ladies working hard. This is a knitting pattern from Bestway Knitting No 74 dating from 1941. The title ran up to issue 77 and then went on a long hiatus, with number 78 not appearing till 1946. It’s for a 34 inch bust and uses 3 ply yarn.
Britannia and Eve was a monthly ladies magazine (which combined two previous magazines). It’s big with a glossy front cover, a whopping 114 pages and covered fashions, fashionable homes, fiction stories and out of an entire year I looked at, only around 4 knitting patterns, though every issue had a few pages on their own name sewing patterns.
This pattern is from 1934. No sign of either a bust size or ply of yarn. But isn’t the front cover of the magazine gorgeous!
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Here is leaflet 228 from Stitchcraft, last of the scans I made on my last trip to the British Library. My plan is to go back and scan from different sources, Good Needlework for example and look at both 20s and 40s, but as the library had all 228 of the leaflets, I’m sure I will revisit this collection.
It is a much more modern friendly bust size of 34-36 (unlike the 30-32 inch post yesterday).At first it looks marvelous, then I notice the entire thing is knitted in ribbing, which will make it very clingy and rather fiddly to knit up, as you will be changing from knit to purl constantly.
Doesn’t this model look bored, like she’s thinking she can’t take anymore of the photographer talking about his holidays, though as it’s from September 1939, perhaps she’s tired from worrying about the war which had just begun.
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.