Monday, 20 July 2015

Spring cardigan from 1938 - free pattern

I did not mean to be absent for so long but I have had such computer problems! Hopefully it will all be fixed soon! I had a wander around the local junk market a few days ago. It is often a good source of random vintage bits and pieces and I mostly come away with some sort of tempting goodies. On this day I picked up a few brooches and a couple of 1930's magazines.
Two copies of Weldon's Ladies' Journal, from February and March 1938. This one offers two free patterns inside. I wish that they had still been there because just look at them!
I like the double collar detail on the green dress and the plaid one has interesting triangular breast pockets. I love all the little details on 1930's clothing. Luckily, they were not the only patterns to be featured in this issue of the magazine.
There is a knitting pattern for a fairly simple but very lovely cardigan. It is ribbed, with a deep v neck closing with four buttons, and has long sleeves. It looks very cosy, easy to throw on, and if you were wearing a dress with amazing collar or neckline details it would let them shine. I thought I would share the pattern.
Sirdar Majestic was a 4ply yarn, handily there is an advert for it at the start of the magazine. I imagine that as this is knitted in rib it will have a fair amount of stretch so it should fit an inch or two around the stated size, depending on your tension.
   

I can't sort out the sizing or spacing of the photos so well at the moment, one of the computer problems! Hopefully it is all readable! Do let me see if you knit it!

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  1. Sorry about the computer problems. I can't wait to see the sweater u make
    Retro rover

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    1. It is definitely on my to do list!

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  2. Great finds! I love the knitting pattern. It's a great basic to have!

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    1. It would be a good addition to a 1930's wardrobe!

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  3. Oh no, computer problems - especially of they strike out of the blue - are the absolute pits. I'm really sorry that you've been experiencing some lately, sweet Kate.

    Fingers crossed that things will soon be sorted out and back to usual for you.

    These magazines are such lovely finds. I can go months (especially outside of a full priced retail setting) between finding vintage magazines these days. I get so excited when one does appear - it's like finding a four leaf clover! :)

    Have a terrific week - big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. It is exciting to find vintage magazines, I am always on the look out for them. Think we are going to have to bite the bullet and get a new computer!

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  4. I've knitted ribbed designs and they definitely do have plenty of stretch (plus it's easy to work in an extra inch or two of width at the side seams in my case).

    I have no idea who Nan Playfair was, but she sounds like a cross between a Bond girl and a jolly-hockey-sticks adventuress!

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    1. I have just knitted a ribbed jumper that shouldn't really fit me but due to the amazing nature of rib it doesn't do a bad job!

      I like your description of Nan Playfair. She appears to be the beauty and exercise advisor.

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  5. Oh those dresses are just gorgeous. I love old magazines like this, they're such great sources of inspiration and I'm always picking them up at fairs just to look at them. It's great that it contains a full knitting pattern, but a shame the sewing ones are missing. I'd definitely be bugging you to borrow them if they were still there! x

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    1. If I ever find magazines from the 1930's complete with sewing patterns I will definitely let you know! I do always look out for them everywhere I go!

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