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Knitted Garments for All

I seem to have lost my blogging mojo, though I’m sure to regain it when my Q&A (and giveaway!) with McCormick Templeman is ready to go next week. In the meantime, how about a little vintage knitting nerdiness?


Actually, I’ve been meaning to post this one for over a year. While I was staying in Edinburgh I met my friend “Ravelry Kate” (to distinguish from “Sister Kate” and “Agent Kate”). She’s the friend who told me about the Mansfield Traquair Centre, and led me on a wonderful afternoon ramble through old lanes and churchyards.


Kate knits gorgeous sweaters from vintage patterns, and when she showed me her copy of Knitted Garments for All (published in 1944) I knew I had to get one for myself. This is a really excellent collection of wartime patterns–I even want to knit the undergarments! So I hopped on AbeBooks, snagged a copy for £5 (including shipping), and had it sent to Seanan in London so I wouldn’t have to pay crazy-high postage. Looks like there are plenty of copies available on that site, which I’ve also used for inexpensive former-library copies of the Colored Fairy Books (post forthcoming).

Kate has been working on this awesome colorwork jumper:



Three cheers for scratchy woolen underpants! (Because you know these patterns always call for 100% wool.)


I know this was the ’40s, but it’s still a little weird to see a model in a knitting book smoking–although he gets some make-up points for bottle-feeding that adorable little lamb.


Yes, I am actually rather enchanted by these “camiknickers.”

But this is the pattern I’m most excited about:


…Although I’m just going to plug the lace pattern into a basic short-sleeved raglan. The yarn I’ll use is Madelinetosh, which I picked up at Squam last year (see first photo with book cover).

Next week: The Little Woods Q&A and more Ciudad Perdida!

2 Comments to Knitted Garments for All

  1. July 13, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I love vintage patterns!
    When I started knitting, the first pattern book I found was a vintage one from the fifties/sixties. I found it in a unit in the apartment I used to live in. The super was instructed to discard all the contents of the unit after the tenant (who’d lived there for over 30 years) passed away, so he asked me if there was anything I wanted.
    I haven’t made a thing from it yet, but I cherish it dearly.

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    It bothers me that she is in her undergarments yet her hair and make up are all done. You never saw women in the 40s just with normal hair–just let their hair be free and natural!!

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