A few ramblings about knitting, mainly vintage stuff and other bits and bobs

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Wolsey 159 - Sea Pride Cardigan

Sea Pride Cardigan
This is a great sexy and sleek blouse or cardigan bringing together the best of the mid 1930s. This looks so modern I thought it was 1950s but the pictures on the back cover place this well and truly in the 1930s
The sleeves can be either long or short
Measurements: Bust 34"; length 17.5"
Date: estimated mid 1930s
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 3.25mm US3 and 2.75mm US 2 needles; 8 buttons
Original used 10 or 8 ozs of Wolsey Sea Pride Wool
Tension: None given on the pattern

Friday, 17 January 2014

Bestway 1297 - Button-Up Jumper in Moss Stitch and Ribbing

Button-up Jumper
This is a fabulous blouse or button up jumper. I love the puffed sleeves, the moss stitch and that super neat ribbing.
The pattern also includes instruction to make long sleeve if you'd prefer it to be a cardigan
Date: estimated early 1940s

Measurements: bust 34", length 20.5", sleeve seam 5.5"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; 3.75mm US 5 and 3mm US 2.5 needles; 2.75mm US 2 crochet hook; 10 button moulds or old buttons to be covered
Original used 8 ozs or 10 ozs Patons Beehive Fingering 3-ply
Tension: 9 stitches to 1 inch using 3.75mm US 5 needles over the ribbing

 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Weldons B1282 - Leopard Beret and Mitts

Beret and Mitts
Love leopard skin but don't want to endanger a beautiful creature? Then knit some! This pattern is for a beret and mittens but you could easily use it in a jumper pattern.
I love it. The pattern is written out with no chart and the items are worked back and forth so no working in the round.
Measurements:
Mittens - all round hand above thumb 7"
Beret - to fit average head
Date: estimated mid 1950s
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 3.mm US 2.5 needles; 0.75 yard f petersham ribbon; 0.5 yard millinery wire
Original used 2 0.5 oz balls in fawn and brown Fuzzy Wuzzy Angora in and 1 oz Patons Beehive Fingering 4-ply
Tension: 16 stitches and 21 rows to 1 inch using 3.mm US 2.5 needles in stocking stitch

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Munrospun 63 - Jubilee Jumper

I think this is simply gorgeous, love the buttons and that fabulous yoke, and those cables and everything that makes this fabulous
You could even make it with long sleeves
Measurements: bust 34"; length 18"; sleeve seam 6" or 18"
Date: estimated early 1930s
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 3.75mm US 5 and 3.mm US 2.5 needles; 3.25mm US 3 and 3mm US 2.5 dpns for the yoke; 6 buttons
Original used Munrospun Jubilee Wool
Tension: 8.5 stitches to 1 inch

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Good Housekeeping Second Knitting Supplement - 5 Jumpers

For your consideration are these 5 fabulous 1930s jumpers. I think these date from the 1933 or 1934 judging from the style of the fashion and haircuts.
I want to make them all, although I'll have to work on my crochet skills if I want to make the short sleeve sports jumper. 
 
1) Sports Jumper with Raglan Sleeves - knitted with a fancy stitch in novelty wool
Measurements: bust 36"; length 22.5"; sleeve seam 17"
Materials: chunky or bulky wool; 4-ply or fingering; 3.25mm US 3 and 10mm US 15 needles
Original used 10ozs Copley's Frenchlaine and 3ozs Copely's Super Shetland 2-ply

2) A Parti-Coloured Jumper - a stocking stitch jumper with tight, bagged sleeves
Measurements: bust 34"; length 20"; sleeve seam 18"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; 3mm US 2.5 needles; 3 buttons
Original used 5ozs dark and 3 ozs light of Viyella 3-ply Knitting Yarn


3) A Checked Crochet Jumper - an open work of checks in contrasting colours
Measurements: bust 33"; length 20.5"; sleeve seam 4"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 3mm US 3 crochet hook; 2.75mm US 2 needles; 6 small buttons
Original used 5 ozs dark and 3 ozs light of Ramada 4-ply Wool

4) A Two Colour Jumper Striped Diagonally - striped in 2 colours with bands of moss and stocking stitch
Measurements: bust 36"; length 21"; sleeve seam 18"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; 3.75mm US 5 and 3.25mm US 3 needles
Original used 6 ozs grey and 3ozs blue Greenock 3-ply Super Fingering

5) Cross Over Jumper for a Large Figure - novelty wool provides the details for the great cross over jumper
Measurements: bust 40"; length 20"; sleeve seam 18"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering (I think); 2.75mm US 2 and 3.75mm US 5 needles
Original used 8ozs plain and 2ozs fancy Patons and Baldwin's Leonora Wool

Tension: No tension or gauge is given for any of the jumpers





Monday, 13 January 2014

Munrospun 3554 - Shirred Jacket

Shirred Jacket
I have never seen something as wonderful as this pattern. It's almost beyond words. This amazing blouse or cardigan has a simple yet effective design with an all-over shirred design and short puffed sleeves for that classic 1940s evening wear look
Date: estimated early 1940s
Measurements: Bust 34" to 36"; length 16"; sleeve seam 3.5"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 4.5mm US 7 and 2.75mm US 2 needles; 11 buttons
Original used 5 ozs of Munrospun 2-ply Morning Haze Wool
Tension: 11 stitches and 16 rows to 2 inches



Sunday, 12 January 2014

Jaeger 3211 - Round Necked Jumper

Round Necked Jumper
This sweater is so unusual: made using large and small knitting needles it produces a light and airy stitch pattern that would be perfect for summer.
The jumper fastens at the back or an be made with it closed and can be made with either long or short sleeves
Date: estimated mid 1950s
Measurements: bust 34" or 36"; length from shoulder 19" or 19.5"; short sleeve seam 5" or 5.5"; long sleeve seam 18.5"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; a pair of 3.25mm US 3 needles, 1 12mm US 17 needles; medium crochet hook; 6 small buttons for back fastening if required
Original used 3 or 4 ozs of Jaeger Feather Fleck 3-ply
Tension: approx 9 stitches and 11 rows to 2 inches (not sure is this is in the pattern)



Saturday, 11 January 2014

Bestway B2101 - Twin Set in Tufted Trefoil Pattern

Twin Set in Tufted Trefoil Pattern
This is one for the smaller ladies who want some of that wartime glamour. This is amazing - so many cables and so many bobbles clustered is a sweet trefoil pattern. Both can be made with either long or short sleeves, but there's no measurements given for the long ones.
I don't know how much ease they have so the measurements given have been taken from the schematic and might well stretch to a larger bust size
All of the pattern is written - no charts
Date: estimated early 1940s
Measurements:
Jumper - bust 30"; length 20"; sleeve seam 6"
Cardigan - bust 31"; length 21"; sleeve seam 5.5"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; 3.75mm US 5 and 3mm US 2.5 needles, 2 cable needles; 8 buttons
Original used 16ozs for the short sleeves or 20ozs for the long sleeves of Sirdar Majestic Wool 3-ply for the set
Tension: 2 pattern repeats to 2.25 inches using 3.75mm US 5 needles





Friday, 10 January 2014

Robin 94 - Sunny Days

 Sunny Days
Such a amazing jumper - lovely lace and the turn ups on the cuffs are fabulous
Bust size seems to be 36" judging from the stitch count and gauge given.
Date: estimates mid 1930s
Measurements: Across back 16"; across front 17.5"; length 19"; sleeve length from shoulder 9"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 4mm US 6 and 3mm US 2.5 needles; yard of cord for neck
Original used 3 hanks of Robin Perle Art Silk
Tension: 5 stitches to 1 inch using 4mm US 6 needles over pattern

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Bairnswear La Laine 2166 - Celeste

Celeste
This is a wonderful, easy to knit lace blouse with a ribbed yoke and can be made with either long or short sleeves.
It's one of those that could be resized simply by adding a few more pattern repeats
Measurements: Bust 32" to 33"; length 19"; sleeve seam 18" or 5"
Date: estimated early 1940s
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering ; 3.75mm US 5, 3mm US 2.5 needles
Original used 8 or 6ozs of Bairnswear La Laine Super Fingering 3-ply
Tension: 2 patterns to 3.5 inches



Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Munrospun 62 - Fairytex Jumper

I think this is simply gorgeous and the perfect winter jumper. The diagonal rib is gives it an interesting twist and that jabot is marvellous
Measurements: Bust 36"; length 18"; sleeve seam 18.5"
Date: estimated early 1930s
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering ; 2.75mm US 2, 3.25mm US 3, and 3.75mm US 5 needles
Original used 6 ozs of Munrospun Fairytex Wool
Tension: 8.5 stitches to 1 inch

Time to start



I have this astonishing collection of knitting patterns that show that we can be glamorous and stylish and fabulous and unique.

I started collecting them when I wasn't knitting and thought how cool they were but now I realise they tell another story too, not just of the fashion of the ages but the social history too. They tell of technological developments in textiles and knitting wool. They tell of the way that we have become larger in the past 70 years. They tell of how and what a woman was expected to be but also how we consider that today. They show that some things truly never go out of fashion.

It is an amazing collection but I am a bad curator. I just let it sit unexplored in boxes occasionally I'll dip into them and have a look through but the actual amount of knitting that I have done with them is practically zero.

Because of this I have decided that opening an Etsy shop would be a great way to share them among other collectors and knitting aficionados.


This is my first box (there’s over 250 patterns there) either Patons or Bestway and under my bed is another 7 boxes of similar size and boxes of 1950s and 1960s Pins and Needles magazines, and a couple of decades of Stitchcrafts from the 1940s to the late 1960s. So it’s a work in progress and it might take me some time to get through them all.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Copley's 1492 - Lady's Jumper





Lady's Jumper
I think that stripes are such fun. You can go as mad as you like with the colours and, in most cases, it will still look fabulous.
This is a great wartime pattern that used small amounts of colours to produce this wonderful jumper with puffed and gathered sleeves
Measurements: Bust 34", length 18" sleeve from underarm 5"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering, 4mm US 6 and 3mm US 2.5 needles, 2.75mm US C crochet hook, 4 buttons
Original used 3ozs Copley's Excelsior 3-ply in Clerical Grey and 1oz each of Copley's Excelsior 3-ply in Limipid Blue, Riff Red, and Shadow Rose
Tension: 6.5 stitches and 8.5 rows to 1 inch using 4mm needles over stocking stitch

Monday, 6 January 2014

Patons 3248 - Frances (Lady's Jumper)


Frances
This is such a beautiful and classic mid 1930s design and easy to knit too with every row being written out so there's none of the 'reverse all shapings' talk.
Measurements: Bust 34", length 19" sleeve from underarm 5.5"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering (I think), 4mm US 6, a belt, and 2 pearl buttons
Original used 4 ozs Patons Halycon Non-Shrink Knitting Yarn 2-ply
Tension: One repeat of the pattern (18 stitches) to 2.75 inches on 4mmmm US 6 needles



Sunday, 5 January 2014

Bestway 2075 - Lacy Jumper in Feather Stitch

Lacy Jumper in Feather Stitch
This another one of those classy sweaters with a delicate lace feather stitch and comes with instructions for both short and long sleeves. Just imagine yourself as Lauren Bacall
It fastens on the left shoulder
Date: mid 1940s
Measurements: Bust up to 38", length 20" sleeve from underarm 5"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering, 2.25mm US 1 and 3.25mm US 3 knitting needles; crochet hook; 5 small buttons
Original used 4 ozs Patons Beehive Fingering 2-ply
Tension: One repeat of the pattern to 2 inches on 3.25mm US 3 needles





Saturday, 4 January 2014

Woman's Weekly 22 - Look Your Prettiest

Look Your Prettiest
I love the combination of lace and moss stitch in this fabulous 1930s sweater and is in a great larger vintage size. It’s knitting on big needles too (for the 1930s) and fastens at the back
Date: early to mid 1930s
Measurements: bust up to 40" but the actual garment is 37"; length 19"; sleeve seam 5"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; 3.75mm and 2.75mm US 2 needles, 2 buttons
Original used 7ozs of Sirdar Super Shetland Wool 3-ply
Tension: 7 stitches to 1 inch using 3.75mm US 5 needles over stocking stitch






Friday, 3 January 2014

Bestway 1772 - Bedjacket in Leaf Pattern


This is a lovely leaf lace bed jacket that would do as a cosy wrap on chilly evenings outside too
Date: estimated early 1940s
Measurements:
Bust 34" to 40”; length 16"; sleeve seam 10"
Materials: 4-ply or fingering; 4mm US 6 and 3.25mm US 3 needles; small crochet hook; ribbon
Original used 8 ozs Patons Beehive Bedjacket Floss
Tension: 9 stitches to 1.25 inch in pattern using 4mm US 6 needles

 


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Twilleys 543 - Gay Jumper Cardigan and Jumper

The deep V-neck on these is wonderful and they are fabulous for any time although they would look great with a dark colour and maybe a sparkly one for a dressy look
Date: mid 1950s
Measurements: 2 sizes
Bust 34" and 36" (although there are the hand written numbers for a larger size 40" possibly), length 20" and 21"
Materials: 3-ply or light fingering; 2.75mm US 2 and 2mm US 0 needles; 6 buttons for the cardigan
Original used  7ozs or 8oz of white and 3ozs contrast Lyscordet Fine Knitting Cotton
Tension: 7.5 stitches and 11 rows to 1 inch using 2.75mm US 2 needles

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Weldons 300 - Sweet Bed-Jacket



I love a good bed jacket and this one is lovely and soft and warm and perfect for lounging in the house while you are being fabulous.
Date: early 1940s
Measurements: Bust 36" to 40" (actual size 42"); length 18”; sleeve seam 18"
Materials: 3-ply or Light Fingering; 6.5mm US 10.5 and 3.25mm US 3 needles; ribbon
Original used 9oz of Nursery Viyella Knitting 3-ply
Tension:  After light pressing - 1 pattern (7 stitches measured over each 6th pattern row) to 2 inches