Vintage Patterns: A 1950s Knitting Book


My vintage pattern collection is slowly growing, thanks to the flea markets and second-hand bookshops here in Budapest. The PeCsa flea market on Saturdays and Sundays in the City Park (Varosliget) has some great sellers of all sorts of vintage books and magazines and well kept Burda-Magazines from the 70s onwards are easy to find. Last weekend I found this beautiful little knitting book from 1958. The illustrations are wonderful, so I wanted to share some of them here!



The prints are unlike anything I have ever seen before in their great layout, colors and illustrations. The garments have straightforward and simple, but beautiful designs. I especially love the stitch pattern illustrations that accompany each illustration – and their love for tiny pockets hidden in the ribbing!




Initially I thought of trying to translate one or two patterns and knit them, but as I looked more closely, I let go of the idea: All patterns use needles number 2 or 2,5 (european size), and (for me) that would just take too long to finish a garment. I guess these patterns were written for a time when there were speed-knitting grandmothers readily available, and women invested a lot more time into making clothes. It is also interesting to see, how minimalistic the pattern descriptions are, when you compare them to patterns published today. There was much more room for customization, but also, much more knitting knowledge required to knit these up.




So even though I probably won’t knit any of the patterns, they are still a great source of inspiration (or decoration for that matter…) and offer a glimpse into the history of knitting and knitting pattern design.



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