I found a new archive with knitting patterns. It’s the Constance Howard gallery at Goldsmiths University and it’s small but as a student there I get to go and look at it whenever I like. Yay!
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Here is today’s pattern from the 1930s.
Here is is as a pdf. Scroll down for all the pages as jpegs.
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.
Isn’t this lovely! It’s in the Tyrolean style, which I think of being the hippie look of the 30s and 40s as it referenced traditional styles worn in rural areas. It’s for a
I’ve been sorting through my piles of patterns and ordering them by decade and have unearthed quite a few I bought on my holidays last year and forgot to post, hence the sudden flurry of posts. I’ve been trying to declutter using the Mari Kondo (or Konmari) method. You get to keep everything that gives you joy – all of my knitting patterns brought me joy, but once they are scanned and forever online, I don’t need to the paper patterns. Expect to see a sale on eBay soon, where my seller name is embarrassingly what I choose aged 20 – pinkafairy2323 – *blushing but owning it*
This is a nice little 40’s bolero pattern I found in a charity shop. Charity shop knitting pattern shopping is not easy. I might visit 6 or 7 before I find a single pattern and then you must always ask as for some reason they’ll be kept in a folder in a back room. Mostly they have 80’s patterns, but eventually a gem like this will be found. I spend my holidays scouring village charity shops, as inner city London has no knitting patterns at all in charity shops (these are also called Op Shops or Goodwill is you are abroad).
It’s for a 36″ bust as worn open, but has a finished measurement of 34″.
This one is from Listers of Bradford, who have the best strap line – “The nicest wools to use.” Not shrink proof, soft or long lasting, just nice; the best understated British compliment. I’m dating it as thirties based on the price of 2D. All my single item patterns from the 1940’s are 3D. It’s also bigger than the wartime ones, which were smaller due to paper shortages. In the fifties patterns went into colour photography. The back cover designs also look more of the period than this one.
Getting a New Slant On Things – this diagonally-striped jumper is crocheted in a simple pattern. It’s finished measurements are 35 inches across the bust, so it’s for a 33-35 inch bust depending on how tight you’d like it.
This one is a little bit higgledy-piggledy, as it’s a variety of pictures I took on my phone, rather than a proper scan. I wasn’t going to let an out of order scanner stop me! It’s Jumper Jill, my favourite model in Stitchcraft magazine in either 1932 or 1933.
This is was published in 1934. (I think my friend Theodora might have done the actual scanning, as we visited the British Library together – I recommend her blog for more than just free knitting patterns, she is also a designer and vintage knitwear model and an eloquent writer).