Following on from the old sewing patterns, there’s also a demand for 1960s and earlier
knitting patterns – especially for babies. Patons R24 babies knitting booklet – era 1960s – sold for $29 on Trademe last month.
I found The Lux Book for knitters in the 1950s at the Matakana Opportunity Shop recently. The booklet includes the classic twin set and a dress and matching jacket! (see the photo below). Yep, bet you wantta knit that outfit.
Looking at these old patterns reminded me of my good friend Lynda refusing to wear a
pink crochet dress – similar to the knitted garment, pictured above left – when we were kids. I thought it was wonderful, while Lynda thought it was too itchy.
And back in 1991, I tortured my beautiful then infant niece with a Shepherd pink, lacy jacket, bootees and bonnet – and gloves.
Of course there are online stores selling vintage knitting patterns and many offering downloads of the patterns for free. Check out this website for cool knitting things http://www.vintagepurls.co.nz/