This beautiful jumper is from 1928, published in Leach’s Six Penny Knitting Series Issue 104 which is subtitled Jumper-Suits, Jumpers and Cardigans. Width around under arms is 38″, but it is supposed to be baggy, or “have positive ease” as expert knitters call it. Scroll down below the front cover for the pattern.
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.
A New Topic because I have the start of a new collection and a really long day busily scanning! While scouring flea markets, charity shops and vintage fairs, I’ve found several Weldon’s Sewing Pattern magazines from the twenties and thirties. First to the scanner is Fancy Dress For Children. To come from the same series, Dance Frocks and School Girl Outfits. I have to apologise for the cropping at the side of the scans. The magazine is bigger than the scanner can cope with. The 200 designs promised are a little misleading as this is more of a sales catalogue without any actual patterns, but you could use the ideas to make your own. Some of the weirder designs in this magazine include dressing as a brand of toothpaste or the work bag (items for Mother to mend went into the work bag!)
Here is April’s offering- on the cover a green evening top to wear with pearls, 34-36 inch bust and on the back cover a WTF faux fringing design? It is 33-35 bust and looks like a shark took a bite out of the front. Men’s socks in two colours made on double pointed needles and a men’s a spring sleeveless pullover size 36-38 inch chest. My two favorites are the short sleeved striped “to go with your slacks” (which gives us a clue that by 1947 trousers for ladies were quite acceptable) in size 34-36, and a bobbley short sleeved top with a collar in size 34-36 inch bust. Three weird linen collars, similar to designs seen in earlier Christmas issues and finally three cushion designs in quilting or cross stitch.
I do have a copy of March 1947 and had been scanning them chronologically, but for some reason it doesn’t thrill me. The designs are a bit dull, so I have skipped ahead to April, which has patterns I’d like to knit and a couple of “what were they thinking?” items. Everything you’d want from an old knitting magazine!
This issue has the above Fair Isle jumper and cap (33-35 inch bust), snug legging for a toddler, a raglan boys jumper (27 inch chest), a knitted nightie and bed jacket (if that sounds weird, imagine winter with no central heating and a limited amount of coal); a bobble and stripe jumper (33-35), four sizes of polo neck pullover (31-33, 34-36, 37-39 and 40-42). There are some Ministry of Food recipes on page 17 for a Christmas party too.
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.