Thursday, 19 April 2012

Vintage Crochet & Knit Tips and Patterns

Knitting can be painstaking and frustrating at the best of times, although it a is fabulously relaxing activity once you have the knack, with vintage knit patterns you have to bear in mind additional factors than you would in its modern equivalent.  

  • The sizing is the first problem- as with anything vintage this is a real head-scratcher because clothing sizes have changed so much in the last 50-60 years so you have to be careful you choose the sizing correctly.  
  • One of the hardest things to contend with is wool.  Vintage patterns were obviously written to apply to the wool at the time so you have to bear in mind that quite often the wool was heavier then so you need to be cautious with tension and sizing.
  • Another consideration is the knitting needles- needle sizes have changed form imperial to metric so you need to convert or purchase some vintage needles to save you the hassle!  

There are far more things that can be said on creating vintage knitwear but those are the important considerations when moving on to a vintage knit pattern.

Anyway as promsied here is part 2 of our favourite patterns in store now. Some of these I love because they are cute patterns, and some because the pictures just draw convey such a feel for the period! Enjoy!
1950s Cardigan knitting pattern- too cute,
I wish I had the patience to knit this!

1960s girls cardigan knitting pattern- the detailing on the sleeves is gorgeous and I just love the photo.
1960s baby knitwear- you just can't go wrong with a handmade gift for a new addition to your family.
Bundle of patterns- children's hats: had to be included because there must be a hat in there you like somewhere!

Again don't forget our special offer- 3 for 2 on all knitting and sewing patterns (conditions apply).  If I keep accumulating patterns at this rate I should probably consider separating it out as its own shop as it threatens to take over!!

Ed note: The "buy 2 sew/knit patterns get 1 free" offer is unavailable until further notice due to technical issues.

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