retro stylin’

6 July 2007

In December, I went to the junk shop to buy a bowling trophy (don’t ask) and stuck away in a dark corner was a pile of knitting books from the 1940’s and 1950’s. And they were only 20c each! I bought three, stupidly: the rest were gone next time I went back there. In the flurry of Christmas etc, I stuck them away and forgot about them till yesterday.

Here’s a few pictures:

Stylin! Perfect for the beach this summer, no? Can you imagine how this must have itched?

A knitted dress, just made for a rendezvous in the park with the troops.

‘For the smart matron’ – this is the only women’s pattern in the whole bunch with a bust size larger than 34″

‘As fresh as the first snowdrop’ – I actually quite like this one.

Is it just me or does this guy look like Bill Clinton?

More wartime ladies keeping themselves lovely for when the boys come marching home.

Presumably this one is intended to make the best use of your coupons. The text reads “Yes, we did say ‘Utility Set for Economy’ but really it’s much more than that! For the first time in wool, here is a knitted set that is a wardrobe in itself. Several smart outfits – and each on in itself practical… charming… a delight to wear. Recipe? To the Sleeveless Pullover and Skirt from the opposite page, add the Jacket and Pullover above… knit busily, and presto! you are dressed to suit your mood for any occasion!”

Each of the kids cardigans in this book has a little poem to go with it. This one is “Seven little motors cars, so uniform and neat. Just the kind of motifs to make his dream complete”

One Response to “retro stylin’”

  1. elanknits said

    He could be Clinton’s Dad.

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