Free Knitting Magazine from mid-60s with 8 patterns

This is a bumper post of a whole booklet of patterns. It might have been from the UK newspaper The Mirror, but I’m not sure. Has anyone heard of the Women’s Mirror? I’m sorry about the text that runs across pages 8 and 9. If you view them side by side its just legible. From the hair I’m guessing it is from the mid-sixties.

Each pattern is in a range of sizes. Sunny Honeycomb cardigan on the front cover is 32 – 40 inch bust. The Chunky Check is 34-38. The men’s Leisure Look is 38-40. Four Fabulous styles from one pattern is 36-38. Cuddle Coat is 34-40. Saddle Shoulder Sweater for men is 38-44. The unusual stitch Cross Knit Cutie is 34-40. Peppermint and Purple is 32-38.

Hit read more to see the gallery of pictures or click HERE for the pdf.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Men’s late 60s sweaters Sirdar 5084

I just love the neckwear on the left. Here is pait of very functional men’s sweaters from the late 1960s. This is in chest sizes 38, 40, 42 and 44. I also like it’s simplicity in that you cast on the back and after the bottom section of ribbing, it tells you to just keep knitting till it’s the right length. Great for a beginner and I often wear a comfy, slouchy men’s jumper in winter (particularly after Christmas, hiding my extra pounds). Size 8 needles in UK imperial are a 4mm or US 6. Yarn is one of those discontinued mysteries – I think it’s a skinny sort of DK, as you wouldn’t knit aran or 4-ply on 4mm needles and Ravelry argees with me.

Click read more to see the pictures of the pattern or see the pdf HERE.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Groovy 1970 – 1971 Men’s Sweater & Scarf Combo


Check this guy out – he’s such a dude in that scarf and jumper combo, and he knows it. I want to represent all of the good bits of the twentieth century (that are also out of copyright!) on this website, so after a run of quality 1930’s and 1940’s patterns, here is a gem from the late 1960’s or early 1970’s *. It’s made in DK yarn, which is possibly worsted or 8 ply in other countries.

*The pattern has both old currency and new decimalised British money as the price. As decimalisation was February 1971, I presume this pattern was published in 1970, but can’t be 100% sure. The style reminds me of 1969 and for no apparent reason this:

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Full Magazine Scan – Stitchcraft October 1953

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One of my charity and Antique Shop finds from my hols, hence it’s creased condition. Here is a full scan of this issue of Stitchcraft from 1953. It includes these patterns:

  • For 8 -10 year old’s a lumber jacket.
  • Men’s lumber jacket in chest sizes 37-38, 39-40 and 41-42
  • Ladies turtle neck dolman sleeve top 33-34 inch bust
  • Ladies twin set on cover in 35-36 and 37-38 inch bust
  • Suggestions for Christmas gifts in embroidery and other stitches (advertising  the transfers which were sold via mail order)
  • Ladies Angora tippet
  • Ladies Fringed shawl
  • Ladies “Hug Me Tight” waistcoat 33-34 inch bust
  • Woofy dog toy
  • Ladies warm button up jumper 34-35 and 36-37 inch bust

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Thirties Men’s Sweater


How great is his moustache? I have a lot of menswear patterns to scan, but this is the only pre-70s one with a tache. The size of the pages are pretty large, so I’m confident this is from the pre-WW2 days when paper was scarce and patterns shrank.

At the bottom of the middle two pages is a great diagram for how to do a stretchy thumb cast on. It’s worth scrolling down to the last page which advertises other patterns which were available. It breaks my heart that I don’t own all of them.

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Free Pattern -Men’s golf pullover from Wendy Swiftknit


The pipe is an essential element in photographing men’s knitwear. Again you might not have a 1930’s man to knit for, but skip to the back page to drool over the other patterns you could have bought. This pattern also has this other jumper, as the instructions for “the Hoylake” are so brief. Behold “The Hurlingham”, a 4 ply polo sweater.


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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 Knitting Pattern: Bestway 1777 1940s men’s gloves

On two or four needles, so something for everyone. Perhaps this would be a good gift for a boyfriend, husband or Dad, and it’s a small enough project to finish before Christmas. As the final page says “Hand knitted gloves are warm and hard wearing”.

I love the photo. He looks a little bit like a spy, hiding behind his newspaper (perhaps I’ve seen too many movies, it’s The Third Man I’m thinking of).

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