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New blog feature: A look at vintage

Over time I have gathered oodles of vintage pattern books, from the 1920s-1980s.  This past week I happened upon an enormous treasure trove of them at a thrift store (the results of a closed store in town) and thought I might like to start sharing them with you!  Most of these are easy to find on Ebay, should you feel an urge to knit any of the sweaters.

Today’s magazine comes from 1979 – 101 Sweaters Vol 12, produced by Woman’s Day magazine.  My grandma was a subscriber to Woman’s day, so I have inherited tons of these.   I sometimes think that the 70s get a bad rap – after all, it wasn’t all rainbow striped ponchos and macrame.   I love 70s sitcoms such as the Bob Newhart show and Mary Tyler Moore, and I often admire the clothing worn by the female characters.  Also, I was born in 1979, so it can’t be all bad!

This is my favorite sweater from the issue – other than the slightly blouson waist, I think it looks just like something that would show up in a magazine today.  I love the cowl neckline.

This lady, wearing a crocheted pullover with knitted accents (ie the entire neckline) looks more of her time.  Isn’t that scarf snazzy?  I love it, and kind of wish this sort of thing could make an occasional comeback.  If this sweater were from the 80s it would have had enormous dolman sleeves.

I think this sweater looks very much as though it could be featured in Vogue’s inevitible colorwork story.  Actually, it looks less crazy than that section often does.  It also looks cozy, and I’m down with the color combo and the pockets.

Of course, this magazine isn’t all ladies patterns.  Sometimes the man in your life needs…

a sweatercoat!  I think more men in my life need sweatercoats, although I really want to reach into the magazine and button those buttons!  I suppose men don’t really wear sweatercoats anymore.  In fact, I know very few who would even wear a sweater, making the scenario below unlikely.

I have books from the 50s on showing whole families wearing their matching sweater ensembles.  As a knitter I can only imagine the boredom of knitting this sweater three times.  As a former child I can only imagine the embarrassment of being forced out in public like this – is there anything more dork-a-riffic than matching family sweaters and hats (Dad seems to have put his foot down on the hat issue.)

Children often get the worst of things.

This child seems to instinctively realize the pain of wearing a crocheted sack.

This baby is being eaten by his hooded blanket.  This is also the least safe looking crib (is it a crib?) that I have seen in some time.

There aren’t too many ads in this one, since it’s a special issue, but there is one of note to me.

The top says “Momcat and pals” and you can send away for a kit to make one.  Apparently they are based on a comic by B. Kilban.  I had one of these as a child (the one with a kiss on his face.)  I wonder if someone made him for me?  Must ask Mom… she used to sew a lot.  I named him Gary (also my Dad’s name) and carried him everywhere.  I would love to have one now!

This ad is in many magazines of the time, but I just love it (don’t use woolite though, it’s not that great for things.)

I’ll try to be back next week with another book – maybe one of my lovely 1940s ones?  I enjoy the excuse to go through them!