Oooh, I do love a spot of serendipity. I was in Oxfam today (that’s a charity shop, for the information of non-UK readers – I think they’re called thrift shops in North America?) And having bought what I’d gone in there to buy, I was just about to round up the toddler twinnage and head off when I noticed a large basket full of vintage knitting/crochet patterns at 29p a piece. There must have been a few hundred of the things in there, mostly 1960s and 1970s. Well what happened next was fairly predictable. The poor twinnage didn’t get to leave the shop very soon, although they inexplicably but enthusiastically immersed themselves in the contents of a stand of second-hand Mills and Boon books. (They’re three – a little too young, one might think, for the intricacies of cheesy romance. But hey, I’ve underestimated them before.)
Actually I only managed the top inch of the delicious pile of patterns before I had to hoik the twinnage away from mischief and abandon ship but my goodness, this pile of old patterns was fascinating. I wish I could have bought them all. I wish I could show you them all. I bought three in the end, a 1973 booklet of crochet patterns, a knitting pattern for a lacy top that I can only guess at circa 1972, and a knitted top and dress that scream circa 1968. All for a grand total of 87 pence. Look!
I might make a few adjustments for modernity. The black and white pattern for the dress, bottom left, could do with slightly shorter sleeves or maybe full-length sleeves, and a deep V-neck, I think, but they’re basically decent patterns. Not sure when I’m going to knit/crochet them as I have so many housey ideas for this blog, but it’s very tempting to get going.
Anyway enthusiasm aside, there were a few duds in that box. And even in the booklet of crochet patterns I bought, some patterns were definitely more appealing than others. I really didn’t like the waistcoat below – it looks absolutely unshaped and so unflattering to the figure. Didn’t people have figures in 1973?!
And whilst we’re on the subject of unflattering, I have some old (1974) craft magazines kicking around at home. They’re fascinating as much for what still looks good as much as what doesn’t. But I can’t resist showing you the gem below. Be very nice to me or I shall knit this for your children. 😉