Free Knitting Pattern from 1940’s Bestway 1640 Tyrolean Jumper Embroidered with Flowers

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Isn’t this lovely! It’s in the Tyrolean style, which I think of being the hippie look of the 30s and 40s as it referenced traditional styles worn in rural areas.  It’s for a

I’ve been sorting through my piles of patterns and ordering them by decade and have unearthed quite a few I bought on my holidays last year and forgot to post, hence the sudden flurry of posts. I’ve been trying to declutter using the Mari Kondo (or Konmari) method. You get to keep everything that gives you joy – all of my knitting patterns brought me joy, but once they are scanned and forever online, I don’t need to the paper patterns. Expect to see a sale on eBay soon, where my seller name is embarrassingly what I choose aged 20 – pinkafairy2323 – *blushing but owning it*

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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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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Vintage-esque – 1970s does 1930s Ladies Lace Yoke Jumper

As well as buying properly old knitting patterns, I’ve got quite a lot of seventies ones. These fall into three camps: those that amuse me, those I’d wear because I like the decade (and don’t care what anyone says about it) and those I’ve bought because they look like older styles, but in more modern size ranges and yarns. I’m going to scan and share some of the later catagory here, starting with this one, which is actually from 1980. I did start writing a very serious blog post about nostalgic styles from the twenties, thirties and forties appearing in 70s fashions, but never finished it, though I did make an impressive Pinterest board and stick lots of post-it notes in magazines. I didn’t even get to considering the knitwear angle or the early 80s.

This is knitted in DK and is in bust sizes from 32 to 40 inches – horray for bigger busted knitting patterns! To make this more 1930s I’d shorten the body to begin by the natural waist, or wear it with a belt.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: V Neck Deco Sweater from Stitchcraft 1933

Page1From March 1933. This is for the slightly larger than average apparently. That makes me slightly larger than the slightly larger than average – it measures 38 inches, so I think it’s intended for 36 inch bust and doesn’t the model look slim! Not at all above average. It’s made in light green and dark green wool.

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Free WW2 Knitting Pattern: Woolies for Wardens – Ladies jumper

Forties Knitting Pattern LadiesOne of two posts on this publication from 1941 to keep wardens warm, which is Bestway Knitting magazine issue 74. This is the pattern for ths ladies jumper on the left. It’s 36 inch bust (could be finished measurement, could be size it’s designed for, who can say!). 3 ply yarn.

I recently had an enlightening converstion with fellow vintage knitter, blogger and instagramer Theodora. I mentioned using the 2 ply Jamieson and Smith yarn, which I have used several times as they have such a great range of colours at my local yarn shop (Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green), even though it is a bit itchy. She told me it won’t knit to the true 3 ply size and  your garment will come out bigger, and I had an “a-ha!” moment, realising that by using this yarn I had accidentally made a couple of sweaters exactly the bigger bust size I needed. Looking at their website, it calls it 2 ply Jumper yarn and says you can use it for knitting vintage patterns which call for 4 ply. Has anyone tried the 2 ply lace weight? The J & S website says that this is suitable for vintage patterns asking for 3 ply. Read More »

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway Knitting 1938 A Dear Little Jumper

free vintage knitting pattern 1938 A charming jumperJumper Jill saves the day! In my previous post I confessed that my files are all of a muddle and I couldn’t say which publication I scanned it from. Well, this one has yealded to a spot of detection work, as it features my favourite model, who I’ve dubbed Jumper Jill. My notebook suggests this is most likely to be from Bestway Knitting 1938 issue 43 “Charming Summer Jumpers” which I scanned at the British Library way back in July.

Bust 34 to 38 inches in one size, depending on how closely fitted you’d like. Needs 2 ply yarn.

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