Monday, February 23

Vintage Patterns



Wow, I have been away for quite a while! Yes, indeed, I have had a wonderful summer and a great big break from all things baby knitting however, it is time to get back into the knitting! Over the summer I have collected quite a few new vintage knitting pattern booklets for my ever growing collection. One of my faves is the one my husband gave me for xmas this year called the Beehive Baby Book. Yes, there are several, nay, dozens if not hundreds of Beehive Baby Books out there (and believe me I have a few of them) but this one is extra special as it has some pretty lovely graphics and color illustrations for me to fawn over. Just the font on the cover is enough to make me giddy with delight (yes, I have problems).


Now that the book is well on it's way to being printed, I can take a little time and finally play around with some of these beautiful vintage baby patterns. So, for the next few weeks I have decided to devote myself to knitting some of the beautiful patterns I have collected over the years and you can find the finnished peices in my etsy shop starting today.

There is only one size and color of each pattern available as this is a one offI loved one little cardigan pattern in perticular called "In the Modern Manner" (above) which sold me with the catchy tag line "grown-up cardigans are worn by all the best babies". And, seeing as how the good olde cardi is all the rage this year, I figured they were right.

Here is the "Modern Cardigan" (funny to think that once cardigns were "modern") This pattern made an adorable little sweater for newborns to 3 mos and I had it knit in a lovely pure merino 3ply in ivory. Just like the photo from the 50's.

Also in the Beehive Baby Book are some really funny photos as below...I think there should be more photos like this in knitting pattern books! I always think, where is this person today?

5 comments:

Maggie said...

I love vintage knitting and crochet books. I bought a whole bunch on ebay once and I just love looking at them. Your sweater came out just lovely.

Cheeri said...

I'm glad to see your new post! I've been checking in for some more vintage goodness. This is such a beautiful sweater!! I wish I had the pattern. With it being an old pattern were the instructions hard to interpret?

hadley said...

Thanks! The pattern was pretty straight forward but designed for British knitters so there is a bit of difference there. It was a cute pattern!

melissa said...

so, so sweet

Jen said...

After looking at a few of your older posts, you have an amazing ability to turn some of the patterns I would have deemed too out of date to deal with into wonderful wonderful classic patterns!

I've had (and knitted) some of your patterns for years and always come back to them as surefire winners at baby showers. I'd love to know about the book...