Monday, July 25, 2011

Be wiser, buy Kayser...

Most of the illustrations in knitting booklets are pretty tame (well, except some of the Lux cartoons prior to 1935) - but look what was in my Australian Women's Weekly Knitting Book 1952!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Striped and Yoked Cardigan, circa 1939

There's just something about a chevron stripe, a yoke and slightly puffed sleeves that sets my heart a flutter.

I'd love to give this one a go, I think resizing it up to a 40-inch bust would be easier than other striped jumpers as you wouldnt have to worry about matching the sleeves and body stripes - the yoke would hide any mis match.

This lovely cardigan comes from Lincoln Mills Knitting Book No.143 - which I believe is the late thirties. Some of the designs seem earlier than that, some seem early forties - its interesting and confusing at the same time!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vintage hair and make up - 1930s inspiration

Its really lovely to see the progression of styles through the 1930s-1950s, as worn by the everyday woman and showcased in knitting patterns.

Lux Knitting 1934 - Joan Blondell

Lux Knitting 1934

Womans Weekly, early 1930s

Stitchcraft 1936

Lux Knitting 1936

Lux Knitting 1938


When we get to the late 1930s, the US and UK/Australian styles started to diverge. I wonder if it was due to the UK joining the War earlier than the US? The makeup becomes more natural looking too.

From Australia-UK, 1939:
Lux Knitting, 1939

Lux Knitting, 1939

Lincoln Handknits, 1939

From the US, 1939:

Handknits are High Fashion, 1939

Handknits are High Fashion, 1939

Chadwicks Sweater News, 1939
I hope you get some enjoyment and inspiration from the hair and makeup images , i'm hoping to do seperate posts for the 40s and 50s.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Gay Cardigan, c.1939

Well, I know you're all aware of my love of anything described as 'gay' - so here's a lovely gay cardigan from the Bucilla Booklet "Handknits are High Fashion!", printed 1939.

I've also included instructions for eight different kinds of knitted shoulder pads, just for enjoyments sake.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

FO: Petal Yoke Cardigan

Finished! I'm in love with this cardigan - the fit is good, its lightweight but warm and the colour is rockin'.
1940s brooch, Etsy.  Scarf, Op-Shop.

I was worried about the arm holes being too low, so I made extra increases and bought the arm-splits up by about 3/4 of an inch. I also made the arms an inch shorter, in retrospect I should have only made them .5 shorter.
I also didnt do as many decreases in the body - basic math said it would be too tight - something to watch out for if anyone else gives it a go.

The Good:
The pattern is dead easy to knit- you just have to trust the instructions. Its also (suprisingly) not a boring knit. By the time I had 400 sts on my needles I was so busy counting yarn overs that I didnt really notice.
Did I mention there are only two seams to sew up?

The fit is really, really good (after blocking). I also think it was a fairly quick knit for 4ply, two months?

I love the vintage glass buttons that I found in an Op-Shop for $2, they are an orange-red but go really well with the cardigan so who cares.

The Meh:
The button band was really floppy and stretchy when it was finished, and blocking didnt really help. I ended up sewing grosgrain/petersham ribbon to the back side of the buttonhole band to stabilise it - worked like a charm!

I wish I had made it a fraction longer, but it is the perfect 50s length so no matter. I was running out of yarn too! 

The yarn (Bendigo Luxury 4ply) pills like a biatch. It got fuzzies while I was still knitting it! I'm going to have to make sure I de-pill it before wearings. I also think it would be made better in a tighter twisted or cabled yarn (IMHO). But, since all the yarn for this jumper cost me $22 I cant complain too much - 2 balls is *just* enough for the 40 inch size.

Knitting a cardigan in 4 ply is a bit masochistic too.

The Bad:

Love it - 8/10.
I'm not sure I would knit it again (one petal yoked cardigan is probably enough) but I would recommend the pattern to anyone.


And then I wore it on a day trip to Cronulla Beach with Cowboy.
There were cockatoos everywhere eating fallen pine cones.

We ate fish and chips instead...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Cherry Cardigan inspiration

My Petal Yoke Cardigan isnt even dry and i'm already looking for inspiration for my next project!

I've been seeing lots of images of lapel pins and brooches from the 1940s, and want to incorporate something similar onto my next cardigan.

I'm really drawn to Sasha Kagan's Cherri Cardi from Knit.1 2007.

The cherry decoration is perfect for inspiration as the cardigan isnt exactly what I want.

Red Heart have done a repro of a 1939 pattern from Chadwick's Sweater News which is more to what I was looking for - I happen to own the original booklet, how nice!

The original (my image).

What I hope my version will look like, in black.
Best of all, the pattern is multi-sized and uses 5 ply.
Once i've finished some birthday presents (a lace scarf and some socks) i'll be casting on ASAP!

I just found out the release date for A Stitch in Time Volume 2 has been pushed back to August - the video preview on Just Call Me Ruby's blog is such a tease! There is a green cardigan in particular that I think will find its way onto my needles very quickly...

Hope everyone has a grand weekend!


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Stick a fork in it...cos its done!

(Please excuse the iPhone photos, its all I had on hand!)

Two months of knitting, and my Petal Yoke Cardigan is finished. I'm just blocking the life out of it right now.

Its going to take a few days to dry, and i'll take some proper photos and do a pattern review when its ready...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Crochet Flower Posy, Stitchcraft c1943.

From Stitchcraft 113, which I believe is circa 1943. (yes, I've fixed the watermark thing! yay!)

I'm really drawn to how neat the stitches are - somehow I don't think mine would be that nice...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

A day away

Cowboy and I love going to the Blue Mountains - almost as much as we love vintage shopping!

We thought we'd visit the Blackheath Antique Fair and maybe see snow....

Umm, it was so warm you wouldnt know it was snowing there last week! We did see some mist creeping over the mountain ridges but that was about it.

Apparently, the Hydro Majestic is re-opening sometime next year! Lets hope the new managers don't drive it into the ground like they did before. I've always wanted to have high-tea there, and it could be a possible wedding reception place for us.

Did I really say that?

We ended up at the Antique Fair, but it was a real fizzer - lots of ceramic dog statues and over priced bric a brac. We loved the drive though, so it was all good in the end.

Our favourite cafe (The Red Door) in Leura has gone down hill - very slow service and not a great atmosphere anymore. I wish I had found out about The Garage before hand, it looks so cool! Very retro - next time for sure...

Cowboy deciding whether to try another place for a coffee

Coming into work today and seeing what was in the mail definitely made up for the lack of vintage finds on the weekend - check these out! 1930s-1950s Stitchcrafts, a bumper issue of Handknit Fashions from Bucilla (1930s) and Good Needlework (1938). Once I get the watermark thing sorted i'll list some select patterns.

Where have they gone?

Heya vintage-lovers,
Just letting you know, after finding the same person now selling my images on Etsy, i've decided to disable all the free knitting patterns until I can get Cowboy to watermark them (something I really didnt want to do).

Once we've done them all, i'll activate the old posts and i'll start posting new ones again.

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