Free Vintage Pattern: 1940’s ZigZag Top no. 962 from Paton and Baldwins No. 962

Phew! What a lot of scanning I did yesterday. This lovely knitting pattern is a lot shorter. I bought this on Saturday from Alfie’s Antique Market in West London (nearest tube Edgeware Road). The market has rather a lot of real antiques and quite a lot of furniture. There aren’t so many vintage clothes shops, but what there are is of high quality. Tucked away on the second floor is Napthalene Textiles (Stands S040 – S043) run by friends June and Carole. My kind of place, it is overflowing with vintage fabric, scarves, tapestries, clothes, buttons, haberdashery and on the bottom shelf I found sewing and knitting patterns. For the blog there are 7 mini-pattern leaflets in fantastic condition.

This one maybe for a 34 inch bust or that might be the finished meaurements. I’m pretty certain it’s from WW2 (and rationing brought down a lady’s measurements, hence the tiny sizes!).

P and B zigzag

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine – Stitchcraft January 1947

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This issue has the above Fair Isle jumper and cap (33-35 inch bust), snug legging for a toddler, a raglan boys jumper (27 inch chest), a knitted nightie and bed jacket (if that sounds weird, imagine winter with no central heating and a limited amount of coal); a bobble and stripe jumper (33-35), four sizes of polo neck pullover (31-33, 34-36, 37-39 and 40-42). There are some Ministry of Food recipes on page 17 for a Christmas party too.

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"This Attractive Affair" is finished

This is a 1930’s pattern from “A Stitch In Time” Vol. 2 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller, made in Rowan cotton glace.
A couple of years ago I was luck enough to got to the book launch of Stitch In Time Vol 2, held at Prick Your Finger and had a lovely chat with Susan, who signed my book and gave me a brilliant tip for knitting a cardigan with a sailor collar which I’d seen in The House Of Eliot. she knew the one I meant and recommended Ava Rose patterns, who did indeed have a copy. I still haven’t made it though, as I’ve been too busy with the Stitch In Time Patterns. I would say that Susan Crawford and  Rachel and Louise  from Prick Your Finger as the three nicest ladies in the knitting world, and at the time of the book launch I was nursing a broken heart and their diverting tea, cake and chat helped enormously.