Free Vintage Pattern: Striped Details on a Smart Cardigan

Here is leaflet 228 from Stitchcraft, last of the scans I made on my last trip to the British Library. My plan is to go back and scan from different sources, Good Needlework for example and look at both 20s and 40s, but as the library had all 228 of the leaflets, I’m sure I will revisit this collection.

It is a much more modern friendly bust size of 34-36 (unlike the 30-32 inch post yesterday).At first it looks marvelous, then I notice the entire thing is knitted in ribbing, which will make it very clingy and rather fiddly to knit up, as you will be changing from knit to purl constantly.

Doesn’t this model look bored, like she’s thinking she can’t take anymore of the photographer talking about his holidays, though as it’s from September 1939, perhaps she’s tired from worrying about the war which had just begun.

Here are the pdfs for this pattern – Page 1, Page 2 and 3, Page 4

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from 1930s

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Forties Sweater from Viyella

To me Viyella means the manufacturer of super mops, not knitting patterns. This is another small black and white pattern for 2-ply and 3-ply. I’m missing a bit of colour on the scanner, but I’ve got five more of these tiny knitting patterns to share first. Shown on the blog as actual size of the page, must have been trying to save paper due to war shortages. It’s a 34 inch bust and was originally intended for navy and white yarn. See it here on Google docs or read more below for pictures.

ribbed two colour jumper

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Free Patterns : Fair Isle and Colourwork 4 – Sixties Mod jumpers

Not fair isles, but there is more than one colour involved, so I’m adding them into that category. I adore the hair do on the left hand model and I bet her boyfriend has a Lambretta scooter. Both these jumper look awesome, but the added surprise is that the pattern has how to make those stockings too. And surprise two in the sizing. Right hand sweater is only in one size -34-35 inch bust, while the left hand “shirt” is in all sizes between 30 and 40 inches.

See it on Google Docs here.


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