Sunday, April 14, 2013

vintage knitting patterns - 'short sleeved simplicity'


About 10-15 years ago, I used to collect vintage knitting patterns. Not as a serious collector, but so I could knit them!

Since then, I've realised that as much as I love knitting, I am just not very good at it ... tapestry weaving, handweaving and cross stitching are what I really love doing, and I don't really have the time to devote to getting better at knitting. I'm not sure why, but whenever I knitted, the pieces themselves were fantastic but they just didn't fit together, or look good on me :\ To be honest, most 30s and 40s designs are high-necked, and that's a look I avoid these days (unless I want to look like Dolly Parton :P).

Anyway, I've been reading some vintage knitting blogs (just for sentimentality - I wish I had internet back then!), and thought there may be knitters out there who would get some use out of these. Knitting vintage patterns seems to be trendy now!

I'll post them every now and then - let's start with one from 'The Lux Book 1939' called 'Short-sleeved Simplicity':

 
 


Enjoy!  And please let me know if you end up using the pattern - I'd love to see it!

Oh, and big thanks to Bex from Subversive Lesbian Anarchic Femme! blog for suggesting I watermark the patterns, due to some dodgy types who may steal them to make a profit on Ebay ;)  Go and check out Bex's blog - she does some amazing work with vintage patterns!


12 comments:

  1. I love the look of old hand-knit sweaters, but despite numerous classes I never could get the pieces sewn together properly after knitting them. They definitely looked handmade after I was done! But I still collect the occasional Rowan knitting magazine - maybe in the hopes I will get better one day? Or maybe just because the pictures are so awesome... :o)

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    1. Oh yes, Rowan magazines are gorgeous - I've always loved Kaffe Fassett designs, and *did* actually make one of them in a knitting class I used to go to ... the knitting looked great, but it never quite fit - story of my life!!

      Glad it's not just me who can't figure out the sewing together bit at the end, ha!!

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  2. Yes! Thanks for posting this! I've been doin a lot of knitting lately and have turned to vintage patterns because I like then so much more than the modern ones.

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    1. I really hope I post one that you end up knitting!! They're gorgeous not just because of the gorgeous styles, but because they're more form-fitting and flattering than the modern styles ;)

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  3. Oh wow thank you!
    I adore knitting, and vintage knitting is something I've always loved the idea of starting!
    I sew with tons of vintage inspirations from all my vintage books hehe, but I only have a tiny handful of really good vintage knitting books.

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    1. They're hard to find! Although in the UK there is a resurgence of new knitting books that have been based on vintage (I think called 'A Stitch In Time') - they look gorgeous!

      I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  4. What a great idea! I have some collected knitting patterns myself. Maybe I'll post one favourite for others to knit :D. I'm also a lousy knitter

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    1. Haaha, welcome to the 'lousy knitter' club!! Yeah, even when I was scanning in patterns, I was sitting there saying to myself 'well, maybe I can give it another go' ... NO!! As if I don't have enough to do, heh heh!

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  5. I was a clothing sewer who could never get things to actually fit! And I have been through that angst about having spent so much time and effort doing something that just looks awful.
    I have some vintage patterns too I think, not because I collected them, just because they belonged to my mother and we didn't throw out all her old patterns. But they will be Patons and Australian.
    On another note, when I was doing my textile course, one of the student's presentations was about how clothes from other eras do not fit properly these days because our underwear is different - not to mention body shape due to different diet and exercise regimes.

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    1. Gawd, sewing is even WORSE!! Weirdly, I can spend many hours weaving and needlepointing, but I have absolutely no patience for sewing!!

      Mine are mainly Patons and Australian too - I think that's a good thing, since a lot of other people are posting international patterns :)

      And yes, you're right about body shapes and underwear. 'What Katie Did' sells bullet and cone bras, and they look fantastic under vintage clothing, since that clothing was made to be worn with that sort of underwear.

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  6. I love this pattern. Let me know if you ever make it! :) Melissa I

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    1. Hi Melissa! Nah, I'll *never* make this one - I've sworn off knitting, since I always stuff it up! Are you a knitter?

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