Thursday, July 28, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 9: Bantry skirt and blouse (c. 1935, Minerva Style Book)

There were definitely curvy cuties in the 1930s - and they dressed stylishly too!

1930s free knitting pattern plus size miverva style book 39

This pattern is from Minerva Style Book No.39 - designs for the well-endowed woman of the thirties.
It's hard to tell from the photo but the suit is actually knitted in 'eel grey' with emerald green contrast at the neckline.

The lacey blouse would good on it's own, or knit the whole suit if you're keen!

Finished size: 38" bust, 33" waist, 41" hips
Yarn: Minerva velveen - which is similar to a fingering weight chenille-type yarn
Needles: 2.25mm and 2.75mm (USA needle sizes mentioned in the pattern)





Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 8: Prelude yoked jumper, c. 1930s-1940s

Patons and Baldwins always added an out-size pattern to their knitting booklets - and it's an adventure trying to find it amongst all their designs.


I really like this simple design (from Style Vol. 3, late 1930s to early 1940s) - the contrast yoke lends itself to a lot of colour variations. Being knit in rib it's both easy to make, and forgiving  for a slightly larger bust size.

To fit: 34 and 38 inch busts
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm




Friday, July 22, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 7: Pamela textured jumper, c. 1940s

I love textured and lacey knits so much - and this jumper has it in spades!

 
This darling jumper is from Patons No. 256 - published in the later 1940s I would guess. It has an intricate lace pattern - covered in bobbles. I think the plain yoke makes it look really stylish and instructions are also included for knitted shoulder pads.

To fit: 34-35 and 38-39 inch bust
Yarn: fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm






Monday, July 18, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 6: Dolman sweater with openwork, c. 1950s

I adore 1950's dolman sleeve jumpers, they're so comfortable and chic and look brilliant with jeans.

This gorgeous design is from Jaeger No. 3539, and has a really interesting open work design down the front. The entire design is knitted from edge to edge, pretty much in one piece!

jaeger 3539 free knitting pattern 1950s

To fit: 34-36, 36-38 and 38-40 inch busts
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm




Friday, July 15, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 5: Twinset in Rib, c. 1940s

And the other cute design from 'Knitwear Fashions' - a matching cardigan and jumper knit in flattering rib.


What makes this pattern different from some of the other ribbed twinsets out there is the addition of a chest pocket on the jumper - very sweet! The shoulders also have knitted shoulder pads to keep them nice and firm.

To Fit: 40-42" bust
Yarn: Sport/fingering weight
Needles: 3mm and 3.25mm




Monday, July 11, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 4: High Light Cardigan, c. 1940s

This beauty has more than meets the eye - knitted with opens titches allowing you to thread contrast yarn in to make stripes!

free vintage knitting pattern 1940s plus size

The pattern comes from 'Knitwear Fashions', a New Idea Publication circa late 1940s.
Actually, this pattern booklet has a couple of cute curvy sized designs so I'm going to share another from it in my next post.

The cardigan is front is buttoning, has military sholders and folded over cuffs. The contrast is bulky yarn threaded through the open stitches.

To Fit: 38" bust
Yarn: Sport weight, with bulky for contrast
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.25mm


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Curvy Month Pattern 3: A Preview of Spring, c. 1939

I know how much everyone loves 1930's knitting patterns, but it can be a bit of search to find them in a larger size. I was really entranced with this stunning dress pattern in Knitting and Home Crafts (March 1939) and then I noticed it was curvy sized!

1930s 1940s free vintage knitting pattern patterns knitwear retro  30s 40s

The blouse and skirt are knit in two pieces and seamed at the waist to make a dress - meaning it would be a cinch to turn the blouse portion into a sweater/jumper by just adding a couple of inches of rib at the bottom.

The blouse has a cross over neckline, and is knitted in a drop-stitch pattern making it light and airy.
I hope you like it!

Finished size: Bust 39", Waist 32" and Hip 40.5"
Yarn: Fingering weight wool crepe
Needles: 2.75mm

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