Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Patons & Baldwins No. 2738 30s Ladies Tennis Top

Agnes Jumper P&B 2738_1.jpg

It’s Jumper Jill again, my favorite model. Here she is doing a kind of look across the tennis net to someone she loves look. The pattern itself is in a terribly ripped and delicate state. I found it in my house in a pile of magazines, and have no idea where it originally came from. Download it as a pdf HERE.

The jumper is made in an unusual stitch and it’s quite an unusual shape too. It around a 36″ bust, but worn a little loose, so for 32-34″ or more depending on how you want it to fit. It’s made in Totem knitting wool. I’m not sure what ply that is, but Barbara Smith has posted here that it was a chunkier yarn, which was equivalent to an aran or chunky weight. Barbara works or volunteers with a British organisation The Knitting & Crochet Guild. They have put online a Patons and Baldwins advertising leaflet called Make It In Wool, with lots of photos of thirties knitting patterns. You can look at it here. There is also a pdf of different knitting pattern from the same series as this one, which you can see here (no actual patterns, just the front photos).

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from 1930’s – Harlequin

Harlequin free thirties knitting pattern 34-36 inch bust

34-36 inch bust

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.

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