Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from WW2: Men’s Fair Isle Pullover Bestway Leaflet 1524

Bestway 1524 free knitting pattern men'sThis pattern is so flimsy, it’s like holding a piece of silk. It must have been knitted and carried around during the process. Here is a fair isle that doesn’t look too compicated in the chart. I love the text on page one, which firmly dates it as during WW2 or just after. (I think it would be more than 3 pence, aka 3D, if it was after WW1).

Gaily Patterned Pullover

He’ll appreciate a riot of colour after the uniformity of khaki or blue.

Yarn is 3 ply and it’s for a 38 inch chest. The colours are light grey for the background, with dark blue, green and white.

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine – Stitchcraft from June 1952

stitchcraftjune1952As 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.

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Free patterns : Fair Isle and Colourwork 6 – 70s Ladies Slipover

Today’s vintage pattern time machine is in the seventies. I’d call this a sleeveless pullover, or a tank top, but the pattern says slipover, so who am I to argue? This is the pattern for the fair isle and the surprisingly the trousers too (which don’t look knitted in this picture). See it on Google docs here.

fairisleslipover

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