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vintage string bag crochet pattern 1940

Bestway 603cr: Great vintage string bag crochet pattern 1940. This pattern also has instructions for a KNITTED hot water bottle cover and slippers. All vintage 3ply so a modern 4ply will work, but work tension square to make sure. Bag is crochet in vintage 3ply cotton, so try modern 20 but change hook if needed. See Ladies Bags and Crochet pages for lots more bags. (click to go to ladies bag pages)

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vintage ladies edge to edge short jacket with embroidery knitting pattern from 1930s

Bestway 607: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for a jacket from early 1940s. This neat little jacket has embroidery round the edges and is knitted in vintage 3ply, try modern 4ply and always work a tension square. To fit 36-37 inch bust. There are pictures on the back of some of the patterns that were available at the same time, some of which you will find on my site.

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vintage bolero for ladies knitting pattern

Bestway 620: Pretty ladies vintage bolero knitting pattern to make with short or long sleeves from early 1940s. Worked in vintage 3ply. Always work a tension square and change needles if needed. Try modern 4ply. A dainty cable, very easy to knit in only 3 balls of 50g wool. 34 inch bust.

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vintage ladies cardigan knitting pattern

Bestway 637: Vintage knitting ladies twin set pattern from the Late 1930's. This  twin set has mock cable panels knitted in vintage 3ply so try a modern 4ply in a tension square and adjust needle size if needed. To fit 34"-36" bust. Can be knitted to a bigger size by changing to double knitting wool. Allow more wool if you do this.

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ladies vintage knitting patterns

Bestway 641: A classy vintage knitting pattern for  slipover or jerkin as they were called in the 1940's, good wartime standby this, under uniforms, suits or with skirts for the office and trousers for leisure to keep out the chill when fuel was scarce. Will fit up to a 34" bust, knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply, easy cable with a square neckline (click to go to ladies waistcoats and tank tops)

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vintage knitting pattern 1940 ladies lacy bolero

Bestway 642L: Fabulous vintage knitting pattern for 1940s lacy bolero (or bed jacket) Great for evening or night wear or a sunny day special occasion. To fit 36 inch bust knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply. Nice and easy to knit. In super condition.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern from 1930s

Bestway 643: Great vintage ladies waistcoat knitting pattern from 1940s. Super trim little waistcoat that gives flattering lines and that retro look that is so fashionable. Knitted in 4ply to fit 34-35 inch bust. Always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern for twin set jumper and cardigan early 1940s Bestway 655L: Great early 1940s vintage knitting pattern for ladies twin set. This interesting design is to fit 32-34 inch bust and is knitted in a wool that would be similar to 4ply. Always work a tension square and change needle size if needed. Unusual design, but easy to work, does use a cable needle.

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vintage ladies knitting patterns

Bestway 657: Vintage ladies knitting pattern for a classic twin set, the great thing about these patterns is that you get two garments for one pattern from the late 1930s or early 1940s. This smart jumper and cardigan are knitted in vintage 2ply which is similar to modern 3ply. To fit Jumper 34" bust and the cardigan 36" bust.

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vintage ladies bolero and jumper knitting pattern 1940s

Bestway 678: Great vintage ladies bolero twin set knitting pattern from late 1930s. This little set is easy for beginners as it is in stocking stitch and moss stitch. Nice deep welt on the jumper, set in sleeves, square bolero. To fit bust 32 inches. Try modern 4ply for a 34 inch bust - always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies waist coat knitting pattern 1940s Bestway Bestway 679: Great vintage ladies bolero knitting pattern from late 1930s. This lovely pattern will give a chic touch of retro to any outfit evening or day time. Very easy and quick to knit. To fit 34-36 inch bust and is worked in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply. Beads can be added for the evening sparkle.

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vintage ladies Bestway bloero knitting pattern 1930

Bestway 684:Great vintage waistcoat and bolero knitting pattern 1930s. This is a lovely pattern with instructions for waistcoat and a bolero to fit bolero 36" bust and waist coat to fit 34" bust. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply for the  waistcoat, the bolero is knitted in vintage 4ply so see if there is need for a needles change. Always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies waistcoat Bestway 1930s
vintage ladies skirt and jacket knitting pattern 1940s

Bestway 689: Beautiful vintage knitting pattern for tailored jacket and pleated skirt. 1940's. Knitted in vintage 4 ply work tension square you may need to use modern DK or change needles with modern 4ply. Instructions for long or short sleeve jacket. To fit 34" bust and 37" hips, skirt length 27" this is adjustable.

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vintage ladies knitting patterns

Bestway 699: Fabulous vintage early 1940's knitting pattern for a dress, knitted in vintage 4ply and 2ply alternately on one thick and one thin needle. Needles used size 10 and 5 imperial or 3.25 or 5.50 metric. It is essential with this and all vintage patterns to work a tension square to see if the needles or ply need changing, Modern double knitting and 3ply should work on this one. To fit  34 - 35 inch chest. And is 42.5 inches long, but this can be adjusted. (click to go to the ladies dress pages)

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vintage ladies Bestway knitting patterns

Bestway 707: Another pretty vintage jumper from 1940's, this vintage knitting pattern is for a jumper, but the embroidered edges give it the effect of being jumper and a bolero - another wool saving idea for the knitter. Simple double moss stitch is used and simple embroidery to create a truly lovely retro look. Bust 34", knitted in vintage 3ply so use modern 4ply, work tension square.

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Bestway 708: Great vintage ladies two tone jumper knitting pattern with embroidery from 1940s. Another lovely pattern from the war years - this would have really cheered up our brave ladies in the forces. Using spare wool and a little bit of embroidery, this lovely jumper was knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply to fit 34 inch bust. Always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies long sleeved lace panel jumper knitting pattern from 1930s

Bestway 718:  Great vintage ladies jumper knitting pattern from early 1940s. This lovely design with lace panels and deep rib, pretty neck line, set in sleeves, is slimming and elegant. Long or short sleeves and knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 3ply to fit 35 inch bust and modern 4ply for a bit larger size, allow extra wool - always work a tension square.

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ladies vintage tank top knitting pattens

Bestway 720:Vintage ladies knitting pattern for short sleeved jumper and a sleeveless pullover (tank-top)From late 1930s or early 1940s. Both knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square. The jumper pictured here will measure 30" when knitted but due to the elasticity of the pattern will fit up to 36", so make sure your tension is correct for this one.  There is also a sleeveless top included in this pattern to fit 32" bust. Again knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply.

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vintage ladies tank top knitting patterns
vintage ladies slip over knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 729: Great vintage ladies slip over knitting pattern from 1940s. This pattern has instructions for a sweet little slip over or tank top in criss cross stitch. Neatly sits on the waist as was the fashion and is back in vogue again. To fit 32-34 inch bust. this style take little wool and little time to make and were popular as they were so economical to make.  This one uses a fine 3ply so it is essential to work at tension square. If a 4ply is used a larger size will result and a bit more wool will be needed.

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vintage ladies jumper

Bestway 731: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies striped jumper from the late 1930s and early 1940s. Knitted in a plain colour to fit 34"-36" knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in tension square - lovely pictures on the back page of other patterns in this series.

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vintage ladies cardigan pattern 1930

Bestway 733L: Great vintage ladies button-up jumper knitting pattern 1940s. This lovely pattern is called arrow head and the little cardigan or button up jumper is worked in vintage 3ply, so do a tension square in modern 4ply to see if this works better. The measurement is 36 inch bust but the pattern explains how to make the jumper up to 6 sizes larger, by adding stitches. Remember to add more wool if you make a larger size. Instructions also included for the crocheted button on this little jumper.

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vitnage knitting patternladies jumper

Bestway 734: Great knitting pattern for ladies jumper from early 1940s. This super design has the harebell stitch in the V at yoke and lacy rib on the rest. It is knitted in a vintage 3ply that should knit to a modern 4ply, work a tension square. Although the size states as diagram, there is not diagram so will assume that it is an average size of 35 inch bust. Press stud at should for closure.

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vintage ladies feather and fan summer jumper knitting pattern 1940 Bestway 738:  Great vintage ladies jumper knitting pattern 1940s. Super elegant and dainty little jumper in feather stitch, knitted in vintage 2ply, so try modern 3ply in a tension square. Will fit between 32 and 36 inch bust as it is a nice springy design. This is large format pattern and is in super condition. Showing a few other designs that were available at that time, a few of which are on my site.

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vintage ladies knitting patterns

Bestway 743: Vintage knitting pattern for a short sleeved jumper from 1940's knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square to see if you need to change needles, to fit 34 inch chest. Yoke is knitted on 4 needles. Simple embroidery is worked alone yoke edge. Sleeves can be made shorter.

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vintage ladies bolero knitting pattern with Bette Davis as model

Bestway 745: Fabulous bolero knitting pattern from late 1930s modelled by Bette Davis. This neat little bolero is knitted in stocking stitch and moss stitch and has raised spots in contrast which are embroidered in wool after completion, ric-rac braid is also added. To fit 34-36 inch bust and is knitted in 4ply, always work a tension square.

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bestway ladies knitting pattern vintage 1940s jumper marilyn munroe

Bestway 747L: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern - a sweater for a star! 1940s Glam! Fabulous neckline with stand up collar and deep ribs at waist and cuff from the early 1940s. To fit 34 inch bust, worked in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply or to get a bigger size in double knitting on larger needles.(if you do this please allow extra wool) Aways work a tension square.

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vintage ladies bolero knitting pattern 1940s

Bestway 751: Great vintage ladies angora bolero knitting pattern 1940s. This is the type of bolero worn by the film stars in the 1940s as shown here by Virginia Grey of M.G.M films. In a broad rib with round neck line and little sleeves - these can be made shorter for more  modern look - but this is so chic, so retro - I love it! It can also be worked in modern 4ply. To fit 34-36 inch bust. Always work a tension square - Try Orkney Angora they have a lovely range of 4ply angora for sale. These little boleros make lovely simple bed jackets too!   (click to go to bolero pages)

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ladies dress knitting pattern from 1940

Bestway 752: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This wartime design for a simple dress is tailored to fit with panelled skirt and shirt style top.  Knit a frock and save coupons! so the pattern says. Try modern 4ply and change needles if needed to get good fit.  Bust 32, hips 36 inches. Easy variation on stocking stitch to give nice texture. Change needle size for slightly larger size. Crochet covers for button moulds or try the cotton wool stuffed type of button. Add a lace collar or knit one to contrast or match.

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vintage ladies 1940's knitting patterns

Bestway 755: Another fabulous vintage knitting pattern for a ladies dress from the 1940's. Knitted in Bouclet wool on size 10 imperial needles. So could work out to modern 4ply, Bouclet was a fancy yarn with small flat bobbles along its length, you can buy similar today, but watch the ply. Work a tension square and see what needles you might need with the wool you choose. Tension is 7st and 10 rows on size 10 (3.25mm) over stocking stitch. Fabulous detail on back see below. To fit  34" chest, 42" length.  (click to go to dress pages)

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ladies 1940's knitting patterns
bestway ladies cardigan knitting pattern

Bestway 757: Pretty vintage crochet pattern for lace gloves from 1940's, worked in no 20 cotton = 2 x 20g. To fit average hand. I have a lot more like this on the ladies glove pages.   (click here to go the ladies glove page)

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Bestway 829: Vintage knitting pattern for ladies short sleeve jumper 1940s. Fantastic zig zag fair isle design, this is a simple fair isle design in two colours, to fit 34" - 36" bust and knitted in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply which is nearer the old 3ply wool. Always work a tension square.

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vintage bestway ladies knitting patterns 1930s

Bestway 853L: Great vintage ladies embroidered jumper knitting pattern 1940s. This is a lovely pattern from the early 1940s and has instructions for the little collared jumper with short sleeves with embroidery worked in two different ways, tracings for the design included- or you could leave it plain. You could also add beads to the embroidery making the jumper more special for evenings. Knitted in vintage 3ply, So try modern 4ply in a tension square.

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vintage ladies 1940's knitting patterns

Bestway 856: Pretty vintage 1940s knitting pattern for bolero in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply. To fit 35" bust, but as a bolero it will fit up to  36". Always work a tension square. Very pretty, unusual neckline. These little boleros were so popular in the wartime as they could be used for evening wear, bed wear casual or dressy occasions and took so little wool.

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ladis slash neck rib jumper knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 857: Great vintage ladies slash neck jumper from 1940s. This easy to knit rib jumper has a slash or straight neck and is beautifully shaped, can be knitted with long or short sleeves. Try this one in 4ply to fit 35 inch bust, very easy to make a little larger, if you do always allow an extra ball or two depending on how much larger. Shoulder pads are used but can be omitted. Great for beginner.

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bestway vintage knitting patterns ladies 1940s sleeveless pullover tank top

Bestway 858L: Fabulous 1940s vintage ladies sleeveless top (tank top) nicely fitted and very versatile addition to any modern or retro wardrobe. Knitted in vintage 3ply or try modern 4ply in a tension square. To fit 32-35 inch bust, use a size large needles for a little bigger size.

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vintage knitting pattern ladies 1940s jumper

Bestway 859L: Great vintage knitting pattern from 1940s. Elegant, classy button up cardigan for that special occasion. Knitted in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply, always knit a tension square. The delightful early 40s pattern has such retro charm with puff sleeves and long elegant lines. To fit 30-33 inch bust - ah! those were the days! To get a bigger size use larger needles or even double knitting, work a square to see how the pattern works in thicker yarn. Sometimes definition can be lost in a thick wool so adding stitches at sides may work better.

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ladies classic wing design knitting pattern for jumper from 1940s Bestway 860: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern from 1940s for jumper. This design is knitted in wing stitch with lovely deep rib at waist and high neck. To fit 32-34 inch bust and knitted in vintage 3ply that should be similar to modern merino 4ply. With the higher neck this little jumper looks well under a jacket.

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vintage 1940s knitting pattern

Bestway 863: Great vintage ladies ribbed slip over or tank top knitting pattern from 1940s. This jerkin design has panels of diagonal rib to give a slimming look and beautiful fit. Worked in vintage 3ply so give modern 4ply a try in a tension square and change needle if needed. To fit 34 inch bust. The pattern suggest that it would be great for civilian and service wear,  fits well under uniforms for extra warmth.

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vintage ladies fair isle knitting pattern from Bestway

Bestway 866:Great vintage knitting pattern for a short sleeved jumper 1940s. Knitted in vintage 3ply to look like fair isle but is embroidered. To fit 33"-35" bust. Try knitting in modern 4ply as vintage 3ply was a bit thicker than modern 3ply. There is a great choice of colours now in 4ply. I have included this pattern in the fair isl section as well as it appears to be fair isle but is in fact flowers embroidered on after completing the jumper - for more fair isle go to the fair isle pages.   1940's.

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vintage ladies 1940's knitting patterns

Bestway 873: Vintage tailored jacket with short sleeves worked in double knitting, try tension square to see if you need to change needle size, instructions for short or long sleeves. This pattern uses two strands of vintage 4ply, as double knitting wool was not readily available at this time. To fit a 35-37 inch bust. It may well be that this thickness was more of an Aran or chunky. As average 4ply in the 1930's and 40's was similar to our double knitting. It is essential that you work a tension square. Tension is 13st to every 3" and 11 rows to every 2" worked on no 5 needles (5.5mm)

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ladies long sleeved short jacket knitting pattern from 1940s Bestway 879: Great vintage ladies jumper knitting pattern from 1940s. This elegant, beautifully fitted jumper has wide rib yoke, neat collar and deep double rib at waist and cuffs. Knitted in 3ply. It is worth trying these fine knitteds as they are so smart and if worked in pure wool they stretch to fit beautifully there are suppliers of modern 3ply on the internet. To fit 35 inch bust, try modern 4ply for a slightly larger size and add a ball of wool.

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vintage knitting pattern for ladies jumper

Bestway 882: Vintage knitting pattern for easy to knit rib sweater for that sleek retro look. This style was so popular during the the war years and into the 1950's. This is probably from the late 1930's or early 1940's. This one is knitted in SILK. The pattern states a light weight silk that was sold in 2oz hanks and was the same thickness as vintage 3ply (nearer to modern 4ply) there were 218 yards to each 2oz hank. There are instructions for tension square. To fit 34 inch chest when expanded. Instructions for long or short sleeves.

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vintage ladies Bestway knitting patterns

Bestway886: Great vintage ladies jumper worked in a patchwork design. During the Second World War and through the 1940's and early 1950's wool was rationed and in very short supply so odd bits were used that were either left over or from unraveling old garments. This is why there was such a range of these patterns for all the family and also why boleros, vests or tank tops or waist coats were so popular as the could use these smaller quantities of wool. This one was knitted in vintage 2ply, so modern 3ply will be better to use as it is similar in thickness. To fit 32"-34" bust, for bigger size this one can be knitted in 4ply or even double knitting, just work a tension square and see how many stitches you need to an inch. 1940's

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vintage knitting pattern ladies twin set cardigan jumper 1940s wartime

Bestway 893L: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies jumper with style and retro chic from 1940s. This unusual jumper has crocheted buttons at the shoulder, but any pretty shank buttons will work. This jumper is to fit 34 inch bust and the yoke is worked in peak stitch. There are instructions for long or short sleeves.

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vintage cardigan knitting pattern for lady

Bestway 894: Vintage knitting pattern for a cardigan with a secret! Great pattern from the early 1940's. This cardigan pattern incorporates a front piece known as a vestee to look like a jumper underneath - so for less money it looks smart. Another great wartime money saving trick. To fit 36" bust worked in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square.

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vintage knitting pattern ladies 1940s jumper

Bestway 895L:  Great fashionable vintage knitting pattern for twin set from 1940s - all the rage again! So elegant, this triangular stitch is so easy and look fabulous. Worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. Jumper has interesting neckline and sits on the waist. To fit  jumper 34 inches and cardigan 36 inch bust.

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bestway ladies cardigan pattern

Bestway 897: Great vintage knitting pattern for the coming Spring in simple rib and cable. 1940's  To fit 3 inch bust worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply, change needles if needed. Cardigan has a lovely collar and the jumper has little buttons on the shoulder, with cable on the sleeves (instructions also for long sleeves).  Slimming style. There are instructions for the crochet buttons for the cardigan too!

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vintage knitting pattern ladies simple bolero 1940s

Bestway 900L: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies bolero, so easy to knit and with that authentic retro look. The pattern is from the 1940s and fits 35 inch bust, knitted in vintage 3ply which is similar to modern 4ply now. Change up a size needles for 36 inch bust or  down a size for a smaller. Always work a tension square. The sleeves can always be worked shorter or longer allow an extra 60g if working long sleeves and don't forget the shaping, this can be worked from another pattern in similar yarn, like Bestway 1279 below.

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ladies vintage service jumper WRAAF

Bestway 908: Isn't this fabulous? Get that authentic 1940s look. War-time pattern for the girls in the W.A.A.F - my mother was a driver in air force during the war and instantly recognized this pattern - every girl knitted in those days, even their stockings and underwear if you wanted to keep warm in chilly billets. This one is to fit a trim 32-34 inch bust. (easy to enlarge, just add a few stitches at each side to make up width - work a tension square first to establish how many stitches you need per inch or knit in a thicker ply)

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vintage ladies fair isle knitting pattern from Bestway

Bestway 913:Lovely Vintage knitting pattern for unusual jumper design from 1940s. Not actually fair isle, but gives the impression of intricate knitting. This design is actually worked after the jumper has been knitted. Known as darning, this is so simple but effective for those who find fair isle a bit daunting. A thread of colour is just threaded through the stitches in diagonal lines to create this stunning effect. To fit 34"-36" bust, very easy to increase the size of this one by adding a few stitches as the basic pattern is so simple. The buttons at the neck are crocheted, but  ordinary buttons can be used    (click to go to ladies fair isle pages)

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vintage ladies jumper that buttons up at from knitting pattern 1940

Bestway 914: Great vintage ladies jumper coat knitting pattern from 1940s. This pretty little cardigan style jumper is worked in fine modern 4ply or a modern 3ply. Always work a tension square. The chevron pattern has small twisted knots in the design. To fit 34-36 inch bust. The buttons are crocheted filled with cotton wool. Neat short sleeves and a round neck.

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vintage ladies skirt knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 933: Great vintage ladies gored skirt knitting pattern from 1940s. Another wartime pattern, this easy to knit skirt will fit all sizes  just by varying the number of gores. Modern 4ply should be used and a tension square worked. Elastic is slotted through the waist to give support. There are also instructions for a crochet turban and scarf worked in Soloman's Knot very easy - so it says!

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vintage crochet pattern for turban and scarf in solomans knot from 1940s
vintage ladies crochet and knitted colklours and jewellry pattern from 1940s

Bestway 935: Great vintage ladies accessories knitting pattern from 1940s. From the fabulous era of make do and mend comes a beautiful collection of collars to add life to old jumpers or cardigans. There are three knitted collars and two crocheted ones and a knitted bead necklace. My mother said she used to spend a lot of her time waiting in cars during the war so made quite a few of these types of things as well as her own underwear. She was a driver in the RAF.

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vintage jumper and cardigan knitting patterns

Bestway 937:Great vintage knitting pattern for classic ladies twin set from early 1940s. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square, 35" bust, the cardigan is edge to edge, although it is not intended to meet at the edges so that the pattern of the jumper shows.

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bestway dress knitting pattern from 1940s tailored pleated skirt

Bestway 946: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies dress from 1940s. This super design has a lot of vintage detail in the skirt with rib to create pleating, mock belt and cuffs, false pockets and can have long or short sleeves. Knitted in vintage 3ply that should knit to modern 4ply. Always all a little extra wool for these dresses. To fit 32-34 inch bust and 36-38 inch hips. Front is knitted in one piece as is the back. Buttons are crocheted. Lovely challenge.

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vintage ladies jumper cardigan knitting pattern with fancy yoke

Bestway 948: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern button up jumper or cardigan from 1940s. This design is to fit 32-38, often these pattens allowed stretch as they were knitted in pure wool that will give in wearing and not go baggy. This is basically a rib so the give is quite substantial. The unique leaf pattern at yoke and pockets is rather charming. The buttons are crocheted over moulds - these are still available in fabric shops. Or you can use vintage buttons.

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vintage knitting pattern for ladies bolero

Bestway 950: Lovely vintage pattern for a simple to knit sleeveless bolero. Great retro shape, neat and smart. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply to fit 30"-33", knit it in double knitting and it will work out a bit bigger - use size larger needles and allow a little more wool.

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vintage stripe jumper knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 951: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern from 1940s for stripe jumper. To fit 33-35 bust using brown, rust and green , but you can choose your own colours. Always work a tension and try modern 4ply for this one. You can use small shoulder pads too.

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vintage ladies cardigna for the fuller figure from 1940s Bestway 961: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for fuller figure cardigan from 1940s. To fit 40, 42 and 44 inch bust in classic basket stitch rib that is slimming. Always work a tension square and try modern 4ply and change needle size if needed.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern for jumper from 1940s Bestway 964: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for bolero style jacket from 1940s. This super wartime design is in an a easy check or basket stitch, set in sleeves and ultra short so gives a bolero look. Neat and smart to fit 34 inch bust and is knitted in a 3ply, try modern 4ply, a fine merino and see if you need to change needles.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern showing how to replace worn out parts of jumper from 1940s Bestway 966: Great vintage ladies renovations knitting pattern from late 1930s, early 1940s. This pattern gives instructions how to alter and make do and mend jumpers and dresses with spare wool, unravelled wool or just to ring the changes. Could be used for jumpers or dresses, mostly yokes and sleeves. Interesting piece of wartime knitting.

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vintage ladies fine lace jumper knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 976: Great vintage ladies jumper knitting pattern from 1940s. This design is knitted in fine 3ply and is very dainty and delicate, great for evening wear or under a retro suit for work. To fit 34-36 inch bust. Try both 3ply and a fine 4ply in a tension square - Merino wool is good for these vintage knits.

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Bestway 995: Lovely ladies vintage knitting pattern for jumper with bands of fair isle effect embroidery from 1940s, very pretty. With the band of fair isle embroidery below a central rib gives this jumper an unusual look - so retro. To fit 34"-36" bust, chart included for the embroidery.

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vintage knitting pattern for ladies fair isle 1940

Bestway 997: Great vintage knitting pattern for little button-up jumper or cardigan. 1940s. This is not strictly fair isle as the crosses are embroidered on afterward - but it give a good impression of fair isle so have included it here as well. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try a modern 4ply in a tension square. There are instructions for long or short sleeves and the contrast collar. The pattern suggests black with a white collar.

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vintage ladies tank top knitting patterns

Bestway 1002: Great vintage fair isle knitting pattern for chevron tank top or sleeveless vest 1940s. Knitted in vintage 3ply so should knit up well in modern 4ply, to fit 34 inch -3 inch bust, so easy and quick to knit, very retro, very fashionable at the moment. This is a great alternative to the more complex style of fair isle as it is easier to knit.

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vintage bestway 1003 skirt knitting patter from 1940s

Bestway 1003: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies skirts from 1940s. This early wartime, large format pattern has instructions for all designs shown. Knitted in 3ply and 4ply, so try modern 4ply and modern double knitting in tension square. There is a ribbed skirt, flared skirt, plain and tucked skirt. Says to fit average figure which at that time would have been 12-14 size. The hip measurement is up to 40 inches all round, with one going up to 44 inches.

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vintage bestway 1005 twinset knitting pattern 1940

Bestway 1005: Great vintage ladies twin set knitting pattern from 1940s. This design is so easy and the rib gives a flattering slim line and super fit. To fit 34 inch bust. Yoke detail brings a wartime elegance to this set. Knitted in a vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square. Cardigan has has shoulder pads, this is optional.

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vintage ladies suit  and dress knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 1022: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for two piece dress or suit from 1940s. This fabulous pattern has instructions to knit a dress or a suit from the one pattern. To fit 36 inch bust and 39 inch hips, shoulder pads are required, can be made with long or short sleeves. Knitted in vintage 3ply if making modern 4ply see if you need to change needles to get correct size.

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Bestway 1025: Lovely vintage knitting pattern for ladies twin set in a fancy rib from 1940s. Cardigan  and short sleeved jumper. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles if needed. To fit 34" bust.

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vintage ladies knitting patterns
vintage ladies jumper cardigan from 1940s Bestway 1026: Great vintage ladies jumper cardigan knitting pattern from 1940. This was a popular style, a button up cardigan that would also work as a jumper. There are instructions for long and short sleeves in this leaflet. To fit 34 inch bust and is knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern fine merino 4ply in a tension square and adjust needles if needed. Small shoulder pads were originally used.

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Bestway 1027: Great vintage 1940s lovely leaf pattern collared cardigan and cap. Cardigan to fit 32" bust knitted in 3ply, use 4ply or double knitting to achieve a larger size, work tension square first. Also included in this pattern is the Juliet cap, crochet in white would make a lovely retro bridal cap.

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vintage crochet patten for ladies hat
vintage knitting patterns

Bestway 1035: Lovely vintage pattern for vintage bolerofrom 1940s. This design is to fit 34" bust, as this is such an easy design  to make larger is not a problem, work a tension square to see how many stitches you knit to the inch in the wool you choose and then just add the amount of stitches you require for the extra inches, remember that you have added stitches when shaping the fronts and split the amount of stitches between the back and the two fronts. Great for the beach this one! 1940's

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vintage 1046 ladies knitting pattern

Bestway 1046: Great vintage ladies panel jumper knitting pattern from 1940s. This wartime design is knitted in two colours, allowing the knitter to use left over or unravelled wool, easy leaf embroidery brings the design together in a nice retro way. Sweet little collar and long or short sleeves. Deep rib allows the jumper to sit on the waist - lovely with pencil or wiggle skirt or wide legged trousers (pants) To fit 34 inch bust and knitted in 4ply, always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies bestway bolero knitting pattern 1940s

Bestway 1254-1: Great ladies vintage sleeveless bolero knitting pattern 1940s. This little number is made in vintage 3ply, or modern 4ply, but always work a tension square in case you need to change needles. Very simple this one - to fit 32-34 inch bust, there is a slip over or tank top included in this pattern, to fit 34 inch bust.

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vintage ladies tank top knitting pattern 1940s
vintage ladies jumper embroidered with cap and gloves to match 1930s Bestway 1056: Great vintage ladies jumper knitting pattern from late 1930s or early 1940s. This design has a stocking stitch panel with embroidery, there are instructions for a cap, socks and gloves to match - would make a super gift for a retro fashion young lady. To fit 34 inch bust and knitted in 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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embroidered cap amd gloves to match jumper knitting pattern from 1930s
vintage ladies reversable jumper and two colour glove knitting pattern from 1940s Bestway 1065: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern from 1940s. This is another of those economy designs, the back and front are different colours, very easy to knit in a 3ply that is the same as modern 4ply. To fit 34 inch bust. There are instructions for a pair of gloves and crochet buttons to match - so easy to make filled with cotton wool. Always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies skirt knitting pattern form 1940s

Bestway 1142: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for two different skirt styles from 1940s. There are instruction for a pleated and a gored style both knitted in vintage 3ply  that should knit up to a modern 4ply, always work a tension square. The pleated on is to fit waist 26 inches and hips up to 40 inches, length 28 inches (adjustable). The gored skirt id to fit  26-28 inch waist and 38-40 inch hips.

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vintgage fitted jacket knitting pattern from 1940s Bestway 1192:  Vintage tailored jacket with short sleeves from late 1940s. This jacket is worked in double knitting, try tension square to see if you need to change needle size, instructions for short or long sleeves. This pattern uses two strands of vintage 4ply, as double knitting wool was not readily available at this time. To fit a 35-37 inch bust. It may well be that this thickness was more of an Aran. As average 4ply in the 1930's and 40's was similar to our double knitting. It is essential that you work a tension square. Tension is 13st to every 3" and 11 rows to every 2" worked on no 5 needles (5.5mm)

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ladies vintageknitting patterm 1940s

Bestway 1278L: Pretty lacy summer top from the 1940's great vintage knitting pattern just right for those wartime weekends away! Can be knitted with long or short sleeves. Worked in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply wool 33-34 inch bust. work a size larger on larger needles, always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern jumper 1940s

Bestway 1279L: Stunning vintage knitting pattern for top with instructions for long or short sleeves. From the 1940s this little top is ideal for the real feel of the 1940's wartime fashion. Easy to wear, versatile and so very useful. Worked in vintage 3ply which is similar to modern 4ply, but always work a tension square. To fit bust 34"

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vintage ladie jumper knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 1280: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern from 1940s for jumper. This design is knitted in leave stitch with lovely deep rib at waist and yoke. To fit 34 inch bust and knitted in vintage 3ply that should be similar to modern to a modern 3ply, use modern fine merino 4ply for slightly larger size and a little more wool.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern for ladies twin set jumper and cardigan 1940's

Bestway 1290: Vintage knitting pattern for the ever popular wartime twin set - so elegant, nice that it is back in fashion. This pattern was produced in the 1940's. Great for the office or day out in the spring. This one is pretty with plaited cables and would look great with slacks, jeans, pencil skirt to fit 34-36 inch bust. Worked in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles if needed.

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bestway ladies knitting patterns

Bestway 1291:Vintage knitting pattern for ladies pretty diamond lace short sleeved jumper from 1940s. Knits up quickly. As the yarn used in the original is not longer available try tension square in modern 4ply and change needles if needed to get the right tension for the size stated. 34" bust.

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vintage ladies jumper with tie neck knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 1296: Great vintage ladies lacy jumper knitting pattern from wartime Britain. This 1940s design is knitted in a fine 2ply, so try a modern 3ply in a tension square. To fit medium to large as the delicate design will allow for stretch if worked in pure wool - try merino. Deep rib and tie at neck ( can be omitted if needed).

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vintage ladies button up jumper cardigan knitting pattern 1940s Bestway 1297: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for a button up jumper or cardigan from 1940s. This design is to fit 32-34, often these pattens allowed stretch as they were knitted in pure wool that will give in wearing and not go baggy. Worked in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles to get correct tension. This is basically a rib so the give is quite substantial. The buttons are crocheted or you can use vintage buttons. It can be seen that small shoulder pads have been used by the model. Very neat, sits on the waist and has instructions for long and short sleeves.

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