Today just a quick one. Here another vintage knitting pattern, for a simple crossover ballet cardigan. Am just back from holidays and will post lots of photos of latest projects in the next few days. Click on the picture to download the pattern or go to the free vintage pattern pages.
This time I have a men's jumper vintage pattern for you presented by a very young Roger Moore. Click on the image to download the pdf. For those of you who didn't know, though I'm sure hardcore vintage pattern fans know, he modeled knit wear quite often. This pattern must be from the early 1950s.
I've never been a fan of these types of collars. Very often the models look very uncomfortable in them. But this one I like because of the button detail. And Sir Roger doesn't seem to look too uncomfortable.
Have fun knitting ...
I thought today I offer a vintage knitting pattern for the summer, a Paton's and Beehive children's sun suit for 2 to 4 year-olds. The recommended colours are turquoise and white. A very beachy colour combination. I'm never so sure about woollen swim suits but given the weather we had so far it might not be the worst option this year.
Here another vintage jumper pattern with an unusual construction. It's from Needlewoman and Needlecraft No. 30 but was also published by Jane Waller in Knitting Fashions of the 1940s. The front is knitted in one piece with a straight centre panel and the two side panels being increased in the middle and decreased on the sides. I have not knitted this myself so can't say how difficult a pattern it is. If you fancy the pattern click on the picture above or go to the Free Vintage Patterns gallery. There are a few more pdfs.
I love knitting vintage jumpers but my problem is that I rarely finish them. I have a love-hate relationship with finishing projects. I would love to have the finished item, but I, well almost hate finishing, well no, I just don't like it very much. And therefore a lot of unfinished projects have piled up. This Chevron jumper is a case in point. It's knitted but I haven't manage to sew the sleeves on. So, to force myself to get it done I will declare now to sew the sleeves on THIS Saturday.
The Chevron jumper is one of my favourite vintage jumper patterns because of it's construction. The body is knitted from the bottom up, the sleeves from the top down. I chose 4 ply alpaca yarn and knitted as closely according to pattern as possible. The main colour is Drops Alpaca in tomato (3900), the complimentary colour is Artesano 4 ply Alpaca in violet.
Click on the pattern picture at the top if you'd like a copy of the pattern, or see the pattern listed on the vintage pattern gallery. Viel Spass!
I actually wanted to start making gloves but, erm, I seem to have diverted my attentions to something I don't need at the moment. I would need gloves. I got this pink Schachenmayr wool very cheaply and because I alway wanted to make the Quick Work with Thick Wool jumper in Susan Crawford's A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. I started it yesterday. It is really quick work. Almost half way with the body just about finished. I knit this in the round, because I like the wrong side too with its raised purl stitch columns.
Talking about underwear I looked though my vintage patterns a bit to see what I can find. I like above from Stitchcraft November 1936 because it looks cosy and the lace stitch goes well with the cut. I think I might have a go at this myself.
Here a more robust design in Stitchcraft January 1936. It does say ‘a set for people who feel the cold’, but for those who are more cold-resistant the instructions also give advice on how to make a lighter version with thinner yarn. I guess if you make the lighter version with thin cashmere or alpaca it will be as warm or even warmer than the heavier version with sheep wool.
‘Warm without Thickness’ was published in Stitchcraft February 1935. It’s a very dainty piece. I like the simple lace pattern and the little bow at the front. I put scans of all three patterns up for you to have a go at if you like. Just click on the pictures or go via the Free Vintage Patterns gallery.
My plan to move further to finalising the Bach pattern for publication at the weekend was pleasantly disrupted by a heavy need to chill out on Saturday and a fantastic surprise visit on Sunday of very lovely friends my son and I hadn’t seen for years. In the meantime, until I get my shop finally started, I thought I would share a vintage pattern. It’s a children’s jumper in three sizes knitted in what looks like quite a simple check pattern. I haven’t knitted it myself, but I find it very cute and I think it would look good on girls and boys alike. It’s one of a few children’s patterns I have, so watch this space if you like children’s patterns.