Free Vintage Pattern from the 1940s/ 1930s? No. 2744 from Patons & Baldwins

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34 – 36 inch bust

I’m guessing by the haircut and width of shoulder that this is a WW2 pattern, however it’s a bigger size (appearing in the scanned form as actual size) than P&B leaflets I’ve seen which are definitely from that period, so it could be late 1930’s or early enough on in the war that the paper restrictions and shortages hadn’t affected knitting patterns yet. I was another holiday charity shop find and is rather fragile and has been taped glued back together at some point.

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Free WW2 Knitting Pattern – La Laine Fair Isle Cardigan

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It’s for a 34 – 36 inch bust and is made in 3 ply. If only there was a chart for it, like modern knitting patterns. You can always make your own using chartminder.com. I don’t find La Laine patterns very often. they seem to be a brand name of Bairns-wear, which was a Nottingham brand. I’m really sorry there is a very unacceptable word in one of the yarn colour names.

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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 – Bestway 1721 Fair Isle Cardigan from WW2

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This matches the jersey from Bestway Leaflet 1720, which I have seen for sale as a pdf on Etsy, if you want the matching set. It’s made in 3 ply and is for either 34 inch bust or knitted on bigger needles for a 43 inch bust. I have never seen these two sizes together on a vintage pattern before! It’s another one I found on my holidays, this one is from the Peak District.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from 1940’s Weldon’s Lovely Bolero

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This is a nice little 40’s bolero pattern I found in a charity shop. Charity shop knitting pattern shopping is not easy. I might visit 6 or 7 before I find a single pattern and then you must always ask as for some reason they’ll be kept in a folder in a back room. Mostly they have 80’s patterns, but eventually a gem like this will be found. I spend my holidays scouring village charity shops, as inner city London has no knitting patterns at all in charity shops (these are also called Op Shops or Goodwill is you are abroad).

It’s for a 36″ bust as worn open, but has a finished measurement of 34″.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: Bestway 1056 from 1940s Embroidered Ladies Gloves, Socks and Juliet Cap

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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 is  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 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 WW2 Vintage Knitting Pattern: Ladies Draftproof Shelter Jacket

Woolies For WardensA draft-proof woolie knitted jacket for the Home Front ladies working hard. This is a knitting pattern from Bestway Knitting No 74 dating from 1941. The title ran up to issue 77 and then went on a long hiatus, with number 78 not appearing till 1946. It’s for a 34 inch bust and uses 3 ply yarn.

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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 »