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Vintage Knitting Patterns

by greenrabbitdesigns

Well I’m still spring cleaning and turning up things that haven’t been seen in a while.
Today I’m sharing some of my old knitting patterns.

These patterns belonged to my aunt and I keep them safely tucked away from the daylight. I have some more patterns that belonged to my mother and they’re in the attic but like all things that are in our attic, I know they’re up there I just don’t know where! My husband says that one day we’ll live in a bungalow as the first floor will collapse under the weight of the attic.

I do find these patterns amusing, what passed as style, the pose of the models and the fact that the men are seen with cigarettes! You definitely wouldn’t see that nowadays!!

However there’s a lot to be learned from patterns like these, new little stitch patterns and the fairisle is beautiful. However I don’t think I’ll be wearing any of those hats any way soon!!

Looking through these patterns got me thinking about my own patterns and how they date back to the late seventies/ early eighties and are probably classed as vintage now too! I love the patterns from the eighties, lots of mohair ( my renewed love). Then there are the nineties patterns which would have been the garments and toys I knit for my own children. With my aunts patterns going back to the fifties and possibly even the forties plus my own patterns I have knitting patterns which span seven possibly eight decades. That’s a lot of knitting!

Have a great weekend folks and thanks for dropping in to see me, it’s always lovely to have you visit! 🙂

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jill January 21, 2011 - 10:24 am

Oh Wow Vivienne – I’d love to have a good look through your ‘vintage’ patterns. I could kick myself that I threw all my mum’s away when we emptied her house – I wasn’t into knitting back then, but I’m so regretting it now. She was a fantastic knitter and owned some beautiful patterns.
If you come across any for little girls, I’d love a copy, if you wouldn’t mind that is. I’m always on the lookout for something a little bit different to knit for Violet.
The hat and gloves in the last picture look lovely and I’m quite taken with that duck egg blue Sirdar dress :0)
Wishing you a lovely weekend xxxx

marigold jam January 21, 2011 - 10:33 am

What a blast from the past! I chucked out a lot of my old patterns as I knew I’d never knit them again but now it seems they are quite sought after! I remember a little angora hat and cravat I made several times which I loved as the hat was so light it didn’t flatten my hair like anything I find nowadays! Carry on with the good work – I’m just tidying up in my craft hole too!


Julia January 21, 2011 - 10:38 am

Hello Vivienne!

Wow, those patterns bring back memories from my own childhood – my Mum and Nan were avid knitters and we used to spend what seemed like hours in the wool shop trawling through huge folders full of those kind of patterns!
Loving the fairisle style hat and gloves in the last picture, they would be really good to wear now I think!

Love to you,
Julia x x x

Helen Philipps January 21, 2011 - 10:55 am

Hello Vivienne I really enjoyed seeing your wonderful vintage knitting patterns! They are interesting as social history as well as in themselves! I’ve got an old knitting book of my mother’s which has lots of little fitted cardigans and twinsets kintted in 2 ply wool! I used to love knitting with mohair in the 80’s too – and maybe I’ll make another cardigan in it now you’ve reminded me! Hope your tidying goes well! Helen x

Bee January 21, 2011 - 10:59 am

Oh they are just lovely. Classic never really goes out of style. Don’t you think?

Mia January 21, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Hi Viv,

Those men in their great-fitting vests and pullovers are just from my favorite series madmen! I think it dates to beginning of 60s but the style is quite similar. I love these vintage-patterns of yours, they’re precious.

And the past decades of knitting…Eighties and nineties still strongly in mind here too, and I still love mohair as well!

Have a wonderful, memory-filled weekend and happy knitting!


P.S. One of your corsages shines at my blog today!

nina - tabiboo January 21, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Sounds a bit like our attic!

I love old patterns especially knitting, but just to look at as I can’t knit for toffee!

Have a super weekend,

Nina xxx

julie January 21, 2011 - 1:14 pm

I love vintage knitting patterns – the pictures are just so funny and very posed! Quite like the Juliet cap and gloves in ‘gay fair isle’ though!

melanie January 21, 2011 - 1:51 pm

I absolutely love vintage patterns, they look so pretty, wish they were in fashion now!!! 🙂 xx

simone January 21, 2011 - 3:49 pm

I think the fringed fez is rather fetching!!! x

Jane January 21, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Wow Vivienne, these took me right back. I had a darling aunt who was the knitter for all our family. She had wonderful patterns like these and she also knitted my dolls new clothes..I would go to stay with her as a little girl and when I woke up in the mornings she would have knitted a new outfit and my dolly would be sitting on the end of my bed wearing it…fond memories, thanks for stirring them.
Have a great weekend, love Jane x

anne January 21, 2011 - 4:47 pm

What fun to look through your vintage patterns!

I found your blog through Simone’s and it’s delightful. Glad I visited.

Enjoy your day!

Gina January 21, 2011 - 5:48 pm

Aren’t they wonderful – although I think the cap in fuzzy wuzzy angora might be a step too far!

harmony and rosie January 21, 2011 - 8:05 pm

You seem to have a real stash of goodies up in your attic, very lucky. I love looking back at vintage patterns, knitting or sewing, as they are so different but every now and then something turns up that’s so current. I like the look of the blue Sirdar dress and also the little girls cardi in the first photo. Have a lovely weekend x

Lola Nova January 21, 2011 - 8:21 pm

What a fantastic collection, I love the photos!
My question is this, how would you keep that last little hat on your head?
For me it’s the basement where all the “stuff” lives. I try to purge once a year but, it seems to accumulate faster than I can keep up!
Have a lovely day!

val January 21, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Good evening Vivienne! I love your post, like everyone else it brings back such lovely memories of times that seem to have been warm and simple days compared to today. As you say the men with cigarettes is quite a tell tale of times gone by, but don’t you just love to see the old black and whites with Humph or Jimmy Stewart, that old Casablanca touch! It certainly set the scene, so atmospheric!
Thank you for sharing and storing! Bungalows can be quite cozy you know! :0)
love to you from Val and Bella xx

thelinencat January 22, 2011 - 3:14 pm

Hi Vivienne, I love old knitting patterns, I have quite a few stashed away that had belonged to my Gran, there are some great 60’s designs but most are from the 70’s when she was knitting for us, lots of blushingly short hemlines on knitted dresses! Sadly I can’t knit (yet) so they just sit tucked away, I plan to make time one day to learn this skill. Thanks for the memories, Bethx

liset January 23, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Ohh Vivienne, I’m jealous! Those are lovely. Just perfect. Love the patterns, but the pictures are so cool too!

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of the Simple Life January 23, 2011 - 7:48 pm

Those vintage patterns are great aren’t they …. I had a sort out of mine recently and do you know I think there are some that could easily be made today and not look out of place. I’ve put some aside to have a go but Lord knows when I’ll get round to it!

amelie January 23, 2011 - 9:59 pm

hello sweet pea

i love these old patterns. i am sure my mum (or my nan) had that Robin one with the chap with the camera, i looks very familiar. i still like that style of sweater too and the hats are wonderful! :o)

many thanks to you for all your lovely and kind words.

i hope your weekend has been good and wish you a happy week ahead.

warmest hugs xxx


gill smith January 24, 2011 - 9:23 am

vintage patterns are so inspiring! especially loving fairisle right now.
hope the new year is off to a good start for you vivienne.

tinajo January 24, 2011 - 9:42 am

Oh my goodness – too cool, love it! 🙂

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