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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bernat Mohair Collection, Book 118

Oh, what marvelous this is .... I've processed much of it for the shop, but just MUST take a few minutes and share it as a whole.   The Bernat Mohair Collection - Book 118 bears of copyright stamp of 1963, however, appeared in yarn shops in mid 1962. 

The book was issued as a promotion for four of the Bernat blended yarns that had been introduced
over the three previous years - Mohairspun, Mohairlaine, Astrakhan and Mohair Plus.    You know, go to the yarn shop, see a pattern you love in the book and buy the yarn. 

 Mohair was a quite popular product in the early 60's, and I have no doubt most of the patterns were highly desirable.  All the patterns in the book are clothing designed for women and girls. Gracing the front cover is a marvelous cowl pullover with long tasseled point, and a motif trimmed cardigan (being modeled by a quite dour woman). 

Here's a trio of design knit in Mohairspun.   The simple straight dress is paired with an overcoat and chunky rolled brim beanie in a contrast color.

Another trio ... this time a trio of coats.  Well, actually, two coats, two hats and a suit with bulky three quarter sleeved jacket and matching beret. 

These two pullovers, so soft in mohair, features delightful cowls.  Neither of these patterns would have been a difficult sale to the knitter looking for her next project.

And here, two very nice dresses that would be 'so appropriate' for evening or holiday wear, one knee and one floor length.  The black design has fabulous cutwork. 

Another coat, or perhaps long sweater that would be so perfect for casual wear.  The dress, you should take a look at the back buttons!

The two piece dress has 'that touch' of class that never goes out of style, and the dress on the right has that nice, but so comfy appeal - wear it anywhere.

"Mothers" jacket is soft and alluring with a bit of that nubby texture, and 'daughters' cardigan sweater is perfect for cool day wear. 

Just a bit more of that nubby mohair texture here from the Astrakhan.  Two cardigan styles, one patterned, one plain, both, I'm sure, a pleasure to wear. 

Now, 'her' dress is a an ultra easy raglan delight (you'd want to make two) and that jacket on young girl ... it's a fashionista in grooming desirable.

Here we have the last two cardigan sweater options -- one cabled and one with the squared neck and those fabulously huge buttons. 

And last, but certainly not least, gracing the back cover -  the classic long sweater coat and the fun plaid with fringed edges and corresponding stovepipe hat. 

Now, Bernat, being The Grand Promoter went one step further with The Mohair Collection - Yarn and Pattern Book, and had paid 'professional knitters' in major markets across the country to stage fashion shows and ... of course ... sell the yarn. 

And, that's it !   Bernat Book 118 - The Mohair Collection.   Although not all, I've entered a number of these patterns in the shop, should you care to look

I hope you enjoyed the book review; thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Knitted Halter Top with Hand Painted Motifs

Although I oversee a Knit and Crochet Pattern Shop, I'm actually a 'FABRIC' fiber artist.  I paint on fabric frequently, but never gave thought to painting on knitted or crocheted pieces.   Until now ... 
I was transferring this cute halter top pattern, when the painted (not embroidered) motif jumped out at me.   
Stencilled Knit Halter Pattern -- was presented to us in the 1951 issue of Modern Knitting magazine.  It was one of those 'why didn't I think of that' moments'.  
With the wide variety of fabric paints now available in our markets, the design opportunities become limitless.  And, what a marvelous way to update an 'older' garment.   Used Plaid paints to add writings, narrow stripes or, perhaps, contrast edges.   Or, regular tubes of fabric paints to stencil, as in the case of this pattern. 
These are the basic directions offered.    Now you could, of course, use the tubes of acrylic paints as well, but they will leave a bit of a rough tooth on the garment.  
Perhaps you'll give it a try?  Be it on a knitted garment, or a favored t-shirt, pair of jeans, etc.
Thanks for dropping by. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mail Order Knitted Dress Pattern

As if frequently the case with the Mail Order pattern, I picked up Design 7031 to process for the shop thinking .... do I already have this pattern.   The hunt was on.  (Particularly since this is a huge pattern that takes several hours to process and I wouldn't want to spend time on it twice!).

Now the search function in my shop isn't very grand (wish Highwire fixes it someday), but diligence paid off, and there it was ... Design 501.   The same; No.  Similar; Absolutely.

Both are nice A-Line designs with comfortable fitting short sleeves and back zipper closure.  Both are knit in Fingering Yarn and Misses sized 32-34 and 36-38.

Mail Order Dress Knitting Pattern Design 501

Knitted Dress Pattern with Leaf Panels, Mail Order Design 7031

Did you readily spot the differences?  Well, the first pattern has just one raised leaf panel, and the second has two.   And, less obvious, the first and second have a slight collar variation.   And, that's it.

I come across this type of 'differences' constantly in the Mail Order patterns.  Pattern A has a slight difference to Pattern B.  I imagine this partially occurred because of the constant business requirement to have 'new' patterns in the newspaper every week.   I'd also think, like an idea, there can be so many variations on a good design.

These are both intermediate to advanced Designs; the directions are extensive.  But, what great designs that I'd think you'd want to wear for years.

Thanks for dropping by,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hand Knit Fashions in Tweed, Bernhard UllmanVol 32

This pattern book, Volume 32, is just the 4th book that I've worked through in the Bernhard Ulmann collection, and I must say, it's quite delightful .... as well as a nice deviation from the doilies and bedspreads I've mostly been working through lately.

This book takes us back to 1957; designs have not yet taken on the mod colors of the 1960's, but are not entirely the form fittings styles of the earlier 1950's.  

Knit Pattern Books Coats Sweaters Jackets
Hand Knit Fashions in Tweed - Volume 32

Volume 32 was created as a promotion tool for Bernhard Ulmanns Tweed brand yarns, Bear Brand Tweedmoor and Fleishers Glen Tweed, as well as Bear Brand Sport Tweed and Fleishers Sport Tweed.  That goes to say, then, that all of the patterns in this book will feature these specific yarns (a quite attractive selection!). 

Tweed Knitted Suit Pattern No 668

No 668 Windbreaker Suit - The skirt, as is typical, is a straight design and quite standard fair.  But, what a splendid jacket.  

Knitted Rib Dress Pattern
No 667 - Box Coat is made an above standard design with the fabulous collar and fold-back cuffs.  This loose fitting design is one that would be so comfortable. 
No 679 Ribbed Sheath Dress is an elegant design that became quite remarkable with the all over rib pattern stitch, then taken over the top with the contrast collar.  

Lace Stole Knitting Pattern No 673
No 672 - Ribbed Stole is a quite easy design that is simple rib stitch with long fringe ... a warm and elegant choice.  
No 673 - Lace Stole is also an 'extra easy' design perfect for beginners.   This pattern is offered as a free download. 

Knitted Cable Cardigan Pattern, Bernhard Ullman
No 681 - Cable Cardigan gives bold and broad cables that definitely pop out on the tweed background.  The back is cabled as well.

No 676 Girls Clock Socks .... remember this term?  (Clock socks have a narrow pattern (not usually clocks) that runs up the leg and along the foot. Looks like clock hands when viewed from the side).  

Vintage Knitted Westkit Pattern, Two Tone Checked

No 674 - Two-Tone Weskit.  This fitted vest has the marvelous checked pattern stitch on the front and a striped motif (created by the tweed yarn), on the back.  This design yells 'Fun'. 

Vintage Jacket Knitting Pattern, Waist Length
No 675 - Jiffy Knit Jacket:  How cute it this?   Chunky and Bulky and, well, cute!  And it's an easy design that beginners could tackle.
No 678 - Fringed Shortie - Another cute design with the subtle patterning of the tweed.  The fringed collar adds that bit of 'fun' as well.

No 677 - Men's Classic Socks - a marvelous tweed for the professional man.
No 666 - Sleeveless Pullover for our men features the grand argyle design on the tweed background with extra wide ribbing at the bottom.

Vintage Jumper Knitting Pattern

No 669 - Jumper is a simple, attractive design perfect for everyday wear.  The tweed yarns give the design just a bit of texture.

And, that's the complete book.   The book cover being the same as the front.   I found it interesting the socks pattern did not contain a size, but I'm not a knitter, so perhaps it's a knitting skill that one just knows when to add on or subtract (?).    

My favorites here are the Ribbed Dress and the Jiffy Knit Jacket; either of these would be a welcome addition in my closet.   You; what are your favorites?  

These patterns, complete with listed material requirements, are listed in the shop should you be interested.  

Thanks for dropping by, 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Knitted Coats for Madame and her Dog

Although  not in the hundreds, I have come across a fair number of knitting or crochet patterns that are designed for mother/daughter, or father/son, or even brother/sister, but this is a first for me !

May I present two knitting designs that are woman/dog, or whatever combination in which you might like to think of it .... perhaps human/canine ?

These knitted designs came out of McCalls Needlecraft Magazine - Fall/Winter 1963.  I will say the pullovers are both great looking designs, as well as the dog coats.   I particularly like the dog coat on the right ... complete with pockets to carry those small things the 'walker' might need.    But, the set together, well, that's just 'too cute'.

I've listed these in the shop, should you be interested in creating the ladies pullovers, or dog coats.   But please, if you knit (and wear) the combos, please send me a picture !

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Modern Needlecraft Magazine, Volume 15

I've just finished processing Modern Needlecraft Magazine for the shop and wanted to take a couple minutes to reminisce before filing away in the 'completed' cabinet.

This magazine is Volume 15 and is the Spring-Summer issue for 1952.   There are 47 patterns in the magazine.   I processed 33 for the shop.   I don't typically decide which are sellers or not; they all deserve to be preserved.  But, in the case of this magazine, there were a number that were incomplete (you know - cont. on page 89 and nothing there), as well as some that called for ordering of specific forms or parts that are no longer available.

These old magazines were really an extension of advertising.   The yarn/thread brands would place their advertisements, and the majority of the patterns listed were using these specific brands.    Being 1952, the majority of materials are discontinued.    Where possible, I've started putting in some links to cross-reference what the yarns were.  

As typical, the magazine is divided into categories ... the something for everyone approach.  Well, almost anyway -- afghans, cloths and bedspreads were excluded.   Here are a few of my favorites.

Ribbed Sleeveless Knit Pullover has summer fun written all over it. 

Knit Two Piece Set for Baby.   

Pinwheel Crochet Rug is 30 inches

Mans Basket Weave Cardigan for the classic look

Knot Stitch Crochet Stole for a romantic evening look

My copy of the magazine is quite fragile and I was pleased to work up fairly decent photos from the little clips given.  There are other patterns from the magazine scattered here and there in the shop as well.

Thanks for dropping by, 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cotton Accessories, Knit and Crochet Pattern Book 180

The next book up in my stack was an oldie (but goodie, of course), from the Spool Cotton Company.  Named Cotton Accessories for Town and Country, Book No 180.  The pattern book, dated 1942, was issued to promote their (then) line of J&P Coats Cotton Lines - Mercerized Crochet Cotton, Bedspread Cotton and Knit-Cro-Sheen.   The patterns are geared towards the adult female and even include a pair of crochet shoes.

If you are interested in seeing the contents, well .... grab some tea or coffee, get comfortable and .... let's go.

Spool Cotton Pattern Book 180, Accessories for Town and Country
Gracing the front cover, 

The second page is a cute promotion for the patterns that follow. 

Yoke and Frill Crochet Detachable Collar Patterns
Here are the first two of three collars featured in this book. 
The Frilled Yoke, a squared design with small frill at the neck and border.  
The Scalloped Yoke has soft and pretty scallops forming rows and a small notched collar. 
Striped Fitted Vest Crochet Pattern
This Checked Vest is quite an attractive piece.  Crocheted in three shades; checked on the front and solid on the back.  It is sized for misses 14, 16 and 18.

Vintage Stripe Pullover Sweater and Easy Vest Knitting Pattern
The Striped Shirt and Cap is a three color affair in as bright or demure colors as you might wish.  The pattern includes the stocking cap. 
The Sleeveless Pullover is knit, with some crochet detail.  It's a quite easy pattern in garter stitch that a beginner could easily tackle.  

Three Crochet Hat Patterns, Vintage 1940s styled Turbans
Three hat designs -- all very easy. 
Pattern 2607, Striped Turban (top left), is a wrap & go design in three colors.
Pattern 2608, Square Mesh (top right) is a crocheted band folded into the attractive shape.
Pattern 2620, Mesh Turban, is crocheted in a triangle pattern stitch and tied into a bow.   This pattern is offered as a free download in the shop.

Crochet lapel collar, hat and handbag pattern
Hat and Handbag Pattern No 2594 are easy designs with plenty of ribbon adornment.  They are worked in an attractive star stitch.
The standout (bottom) is a set of Collar Lapels No 2589 that have velvet ribbon laced along the edges.   This pattern is also offered as a Free Download in the shop.

Knitted Lace Blouse Pattern, Short Sleeves

This Classic Blouse, No 1266, has a delicate lace stripe pattern stitch with fitted short sleeves and a notch collar.  A perfect dressy compliment to many an outfit.

Brimmed Hat No 2623 (top) has a jaunty brim and fun over-sized tassel.
The Lingerie Calot No 2621 is a simple, yet elegant affair with eyelet flower and grosgrain ribbon bow. 

They are calling these cute wedgies Play Shoes No 214.  Sized small, medium and large and worked in heavy rug yarn.

I always enjoy going through these old pattern books.   This book has plenty of accessory designs that can be as useful to your wardrobe as they were in 1942.     I particularly like the Striped Pullover and Cap.   You?  What is your favorite?  

Thanks for dropping by, 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bernat Fashions in Venetian Yarn, Book 92

Some pattern books that I process contain more surprises than others .... like this one.   Yesterday, I picked up the book from the 'patiently waiting' stack, warmed up the scanner and carefully put through each page.   Then, later in the evening started the process .... which requires restoring the pictures in Photoshop, converting the patterns themselves to a text document, where I can then proof and format back to a PDF document and pictures for the shop.    It went like this ....

Bernat Book 92 - Bernat Fashions in Venetian Yarn, Published in 1960.
 Style No 137-92, is featured on the front cover.  Knitting this design will be, by the minute, the creating of a fashion favorite. Bold checked pattern stitch, contrast band and large shawl collar.

On the inside cover is a most amusing depiction of Bernat .... a master dyer.    Now, just like the title of the book implies, the patterns in the book are made in Venetian Yarn.
This yarn, now discontinued (as you might expect for 54 years), is 100% wool, is 1-oz weight with 75 yards per skein.   The book indicates that Nylo Germantown may be substituted.   This is also discontinued, but it is a 50% wool, 50% Nylon, 2 oz weight at 150 yards per skein.

Bernat Short Sleeve Knitted Dress Pattern
Style No 1680-92, a form fitting knitted dress with a noteworthy pattern stitch, collar and dolman elbow length sleeves.

Dolman Striped Knitted Jacket Pattern from Bernat

Style No 136-92, a loose fitting knit jacket that one could have not choice but to make it a wardrobe favorite. 

Are you liking how Bernat fancied up the whole pattern design with the gilded frames?   (as if these designs needed fancied!)

And here, with this lovely three piece knitted dress is was my surprise began ... the pattern text said 'continued from page 7'.   I flipped back to Page 7 to see how I'd missed something and ... well .. there was no page 7.   While scanning I never noticed that pages 7 to 10 were missing.  
So, for this design, and at least two other ... I have no record.   And, because the designs are here so fabulous, that's a real shame !  This pattern graces the back cover.

Red White Knitted Jackets Pattern

Style No 148-92 and 149-92, give us one jacket with two design options -- collarless with open front, or notched collar and button band.   
Wonder why Bernat didn't put these beauties in a gilded frame?

Bernat Two Piece Suit Pattern

Style 1684-92 graces the back cover.  The skirt is rather standard fair, but oh what a knitted jacket it is !

And, with the posting of the last pattern, the book is finished.   Well ... at least until I happen across another copy of the book and get the opportunity to fill in the gap of pages 7 to 10.  

Hope you enjoyed the journey.    Thanks for dropping by,