Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Curvy Month Pattern: Stella, a lady's jumper design (Patons Speciality Knitting No. 117)

I really love the tinted colours of this Patons knitting pattern - the mauve and darker purple look really stylish together. Another reason the early Patons and Baldwins are some of my favourites.

free vintage knitting pattern 1940s patons sweater jumper large size

I believe this pattern is from around 1939/1940 and I really wanted to share it with you because the neckline is detailed so well. Check out how those cables beautifully flow into the collar - just lovely!

The body is knitted in moss-stitch, with cable detail running up the sleeves and the body of the jumper. Unusually, the jumper calls for 4mm needles with fingering weight yarn, so I'd imagine this would be a light (and fast) knit.

Finished size of 37 inches.
Requires 4mm needles (straight and double points) on fingering weight yarn.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Feather-weight blouse, c. late 1930s (Sun-Glo Knitting Book 41, for Matrons)

Ah, the good old 'matron' sized knitting patterns - normally really lovely knits, but styled on frumpy women. Sun-Glo Book 41 comes from the late 1930s (probably 1938-39) as it's not yet printed to war economy standard.

This 6th Curvy Month pattern is actually a really lovely piece of knitting, but the styling leaves a bit to be desired (so feel free to gloss over that).

free vintage knitting pattern 1940s stitch in time 1930s plus size large 38 40 42 sweater jumper blouse

The body is knit in moss-stitch, with a 'Frost Flowers' lace panel running up the centre front and back. (According to Barbara Walker, this is a deceptively easy lace stitch). The lace sleeves are puffed, and the neckline is finished with a pointed collar and bow.

This pattern is definitely going on my Must-Do list! I would love to see it in bright yellow, or acid green.

Size for a 38/40 and 40/42 inch bust. Requires fingering weight yarn and 3.25mm and 2mm needles, and I hope you like it!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Curvy Month Pattern: Diagonal Cropped Cardigan, early 1940s

I was recently lucky enough to get my hands on some early 1940's Vogue Knitting Books and spotted some plus size knits in one of them.

This little cropped cardigan is from Vogue's 24th Knitting Book (1943 perhaps?). The front has a diagonal stripe pattern that looks really interesting - simple to knit as well.

1940s war era free vintage knitting pattern plus size vogue's 24th knitting book

I really like the shorter fit on this one too - everyone should be accentuating their waists, not hiding them!

Finished size of 38 inches, knit in fingering or light fingering yarn on 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Curvy Month Pattern: Spring Song blouse, circa 1950s (Copley's 2001A)

"This trim charmer has quiet elegance and is high-score fashion."

This sweet little blouse would be perfect with those pencil skirts or capris - not to mention it looks like a quick and easy knit. I personally would knit it in a cotton or cotton-blend, for a nice summer top.

Available to fit a 34", 37" and 40" bust.
Requires fingering weight yarn, on 3.75mm and 2.75mm needles.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Curvy Month Pattern: Noreen yoked jumper, c.1940s

Today's free vintage knitting pattern comes from Patons Knitting Book No.188, circa late 1940s.

I'm really drawn to this design - I love a contrasting yoke pattern, and rib is nearly always a flattering stitch for a larger person. The shoulder pads give the illusion of smaller hips (I think).


To fit a 36-38 inch bust, Noreen is knitted on fingering weight yarn, using 3.25mm needles.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Curvy Month Pattern: Don't Overlook Nanette, c. 1948

From a killer 1950s jumper - to practical (yet interesting) 1940s lace cardigan from Patons Knitting Book No. 293.
free knitting patterns 1940s patons

A quick look might dismiss this cardigan as boring - but it has some great design elements that we all love: a peter pan collar, slim fit and lace panelling. Make you check out the close up of the lace pattern - it looks really interesting!

To fit a 35-36 in bust and 37-38 inch bust. Requires fingering weight yarn on 3mm and 2.25mm needles.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Curvy Month Pattern: High Fashion, circa 1950s

Welcome to Curvy Month! A month of free vintage knitting patterns in larger sizes, for the curvy knitter.

To start us off, here is a very fashionable jumper with a killer fifties fit from 'Twinprufe High Fashion for Larger Sizes'.

free vintage knitting patterns 1950s xl 38 40 42

The jumper has the fabulous addition of taffeta ribbon to the neckline (ooh la la) but you could achieve the same effect with some nicely hemmed, stiff fabric.

In three sizes, 38", 40" and 42", and knitted using fingering weight yarn on 2mm and 3mm needles.
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