I want to knit. I picture it, with a rosy hue - Me, knitting by fire, tea next to me. First of all, I don't have a fire, and secondly, I don't have the patience. That's why I love sewing - Its faster. But knitting is undeniably therapeutic (hence the amount of scarves).
I admire those that persevere (By Gum By Golly, Jorth, and Did You Make that?, I'm looking at you!) and I'm constantly inspired to try again.
I'm not posting to just tell you my thoughts about knitting (why, are you not fascinated by them?) but to tell you of a knitting pattern goldmine that has currently come into my temporary possession.
Last week a lovely colleague of mine handed me a bag of treats. No, not the edible kind. "Our" kind of treats. Yes, that's right. It was a brown paper bag full of vintage knitting magazines and books from the 30's - 70's.
So immense was this goldmine that I have decided to break it up into two posts. This post will be dedicated to a book called "The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Knitting" and the second post will include all the patterns from the 60's & 70's. So, there's something for everyone!
"The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Knitting" by Catherine Franks was published in 1939 and is quite simply a gem! Its informative, straight forward and as the title indicates, provides the added assistance of pictures. This book tells you everything, from how to cast on, stitch types, decorations, provides patterns, tips, right through to casting off. However the book is 320 pages long, and while I love you all enough to share the best bits, I'm not about to scan the entire book! I did have a wee peek around the Internet though, and you can buy vintage copies here, here and here (if your quick).
So lets get to the good stuff shall we?
These are so adorable - How about attaching one to a beret to wear in your hair?
How cute - perfect for a baby shower gift!
This is my favourite of the sweaters, it would look so chic and nautical in red, white & blue.
For the Advanced Knitter
I'm not certain of the practicality of a knitted bathing suit, but I couldn't resist sharing it with you!
Feel free to click on any of the scanned Images, save, print, and share!
There is one condition though! GASP! If you do create something from one of these patterns, be a dear and shoot me an email - I'd love to see how it turns out!
No need to wait on ceremony ladies, get knitting! and I'll be back real soon with more patterns for a good yarn (Get it?)