Thursday, November 4, 2010

Knitting Patterns: Teen Age Book by Stitch Craft

Even though it's getting closer and closer (though not necessarily always warmer) to summer it doesn't mean I'm not thinking about cute knitwear. In fact, I'm probably thinking about it a lot. The other day I remembered that I had (long ago) scanned one of my 1940s knitting booklets and I figured I may as well share it with you all. Here are a few of my favourites... 

Teen Age Book by Stitchcraft 01

Teen Age Book by Stitchcraft 03

Teen Age Book by Stitchcraft 05

Teen Age Book by Stitchcraft 17
I think this is my favourite! Though, I'm sure one wouldn't actually swim in it...All of that wet yarn. Yuck. (It's actually a 'sun top and trunks' - definitely not for swimming).

Teen Age Book by Stitchcraft 15

Teen Age Book by Stitchcraft 09

You can find the entire booklet on flickr (and you should be able to download the original size, so if you want to use the patterns go for it. I'm fairly certain the text is big enough. If you want to post them elsewhere, all I ask is you link to my flickr set and if you make something I'd love to see it if you take photos!)

I do have plans of sharing more of my collection - since I scanned this I've got an awful lot more, starting from the '30s and ending up in the '80s (I collect up to '50s with the intention of using them but from '60s onwards it's more for the hilarity of the photographs than anything else). If anyone is interested in seeing more (at a possibly distant point in the future), please let me know! And I hope you enjoy.

Andi B. Goode


  1. The crochet hat is spectacular!

  2. I do wish I could knit (without any of the pesky effort required in actually learning). The sun top is fabulous, and who doesn't love a ribbed sweater with puffed sleeves?

  3. I've enjoyed it. All patters are fantastic. Definitivelly 20th century (except the 90s), in terms of dressing, is the best. Do you rally want to knit someone of this? It will be fantastic. I'm sure. With or without your mother help. :)

  4. I love the sun top and trunks as well! It'd get a warm though, wouldn't it?

  5. Eeep! Vintage knitting eye candy! ;) Thanks so much for scanning and sharing these. I really love the sun top and trunks--so fun! But I have to say, I'm really eying the sweaters--I've been on a bit of a sweater binge lately (though it's still far too warm to really wear them here). lol.

    ♥ Casey | blog

  6. gorgeous! I love the color image on the cover...and the hats!! I'd LOVE to see the ones from the 30s, but only if it's no trouble...darn I wish I had a scanner that worked!

  7. The sweater is adorable i have been looking for one like it for months but I just haven't found one yet.

  8. Thanks for sharing :) While I am not quite up to pattern using skills yet I always love looking at the pictures :)

    Happy weekend!

  9. I like the 2nd last one the best,so sweet!
    We had the fire going last night it was so cold,it doesn't really feel like spring at all yet.We actually had snow in mid october!!So i'm definitely still thinking of knitwear.

  10. Thanks for posting this! I think I have to try out some of those patterns!

  11. I really like seeing vintage books and patterns, but have you thought about copyright law? You can get into trouble if you publish books online that aren't in the public domain. Usually books fall into the public domain after 70 years, but often it's not that simple. Here you can find more info about it

    Linden blossoms in my tea

  12. what an awesome post! the bathing suit is also my favorite :)

  13. I'm so glad you all enjoyed these! =D I love being able to share my collections.
    Penny: Haha, I know what you mean. ;]
    Casey: Yes! I just want every single sweater in the patterns I have to magically appear for me.
    Tilia: Yes, I have. Thanks for the link but that's for US copyright law and almost all of my patterns were published in Australia, where the copyright expires after 25 years of publication for this sort of thing. But thank-you all the same. =]


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