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 1056 from 1940s Embroidered Ladies Gloves, Socks and Juliet Cap

Bestway 1056 ladies gloves free knitting pattern

I think this model is Peggy Chester. I was alerted on Instagram, that Tickety Boo Tupney had identified the name of a knitting pattern model (that I’ve previously shared pictures of) and shared it in this blog post. I have lots of patterns modelled by Peggy in my collection, so I was really happy to learn her name. Here isĀ  a better picture of her, from an earlier post. Do you think it is the same lady as above?

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern Fair Isle 1946Anyway, on with the gloves, socks and cap. Aren’t they lovely? I can totally envision a future in which I knit them and never actually get around to doing the embroidery though. They are knitted in 3 ply yarn, originally turquoise with black stitching.

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine – Stitchcraft April 1947

Stitchcraft April 1947
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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!

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