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Bestway 689:vintage knitting pattern for tailored jacket and pleated skirt. Late 1930's early 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 1930'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 needs 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.

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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 late 1930's. Knitted in Bouclé wool on size 10 imperial needles. So could work out to modern 4ply, Bouclé 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.

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ladies 1940's knitting patterns
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
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 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 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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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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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern fro 1940s

Bestway 1409: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern form 1940s. This is one of many dress patterns from this era on my site. This one has a neat box pleated skirt and smooth nicely fitted bodice. Knitted in vintage 3ply  so try modern 4ply. Easy to knit and beautiful to wear. From shoulder to hem 41 inches but you can adjust this.

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ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s Copleys1282: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from late 1930s. This design is to fit 34-35 inch bust and knitted in a vintage 4ply wool that should be similar to modern 4ply, but could be worked in modern double knitting with a change of needles, always work a tension square. This dress has lovely fitted bodice with stand-up collar and a pleated skirt. A circular knitting needle is used for the skirt. There is an alternative neck line with small bow at neck and laid down collar, there is a zip at top of bodice. Length of skirt is adjustable. Colour suggested in the pattern are Grey, Navy, Meadow Green Golden Brown and a contrast Zip and collar!

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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern 1940s

Copleys 1858: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This smooth line and simple design is very slimming and give emphasis to waist. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 3ply or if 4ply, try superfine merino and a change of needles. To fit 34 inch bust and 36-38 inch hips. Belt included and closes with press studs. Remember there is a certain amount of give in pure wool so slightly bigger figure will be fine. Easy to make bigger work in 4ply and a size larger needles, always allow more wool if you do this. Petersham is needed strengthen belt.  Opening at back with 5 small pearl buttons.

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vintage 1940s dress knitting pattern for ladies

GHK-112D: Great vintage ladies wartime dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This lovely tailored dress with pretty detail is knitted in 3ply, always work a tension square, try modern 4ply and a change of needle size. If you go for the 4ply allow a few extra balls of wool. Pure wool will work best - try and google BSK mills for details of modern 3ply in colours. To fit 36 and 40 inch hips.

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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1940s golden eagle 880 Golden Eagle 880: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from late 1940s. This super pattern is for a dress with soft pleated skirt and long sleeves. To fit 34 inch bust and is knitted in modern 4ply - always work a tension square. Shoulder pads are suggested and there are 8 small buttons at the back of neck.

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vintage ladies pleated skirt knitting pattern 1930s

Golden Eagle 882: Great vintage ladies knitting for a pleated skirt from the 1930s. This elegant skirt is to fit 38 inch hips, waist 26 inches and length 32inches, this would have been suitable for the era, but of course you can make it shorter or longer. Always work a tension square, a vintage 3ply was used so try modern 4ply in a tension square.

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vintage dress knitting pattern 1940s

LAD20-Dress: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This classic dress knitting pattern is worked in a 4ply, but always knit a  tension square and should fit 32-34 inch bust. Length is 43 inches, but this is adjustable. There are knitted shoulder pads, instructions included.

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vintage ladies dress with pleated skirt from 1940s knitting pattern

LAD28-Dress: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from the 1940s. This design has a pleated skirt, belt and shirt style top with three quarters sleeves. Hips 36-38 and bust 34-36, length is 44 inches but this adjustable. The skirt is knitted in two pieces and separately. Instructions for shoulder pads included. Belt needs to be purchased, lots of vintage belts available on ebay.

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vintage ladies knitted suit with belted jacket and hat 1930s

Lavenda 794: Great vintage ladies jacketed suit knitting pattern from late 1930s. This one is so elegant, fitted so smartly and there are instructions for the perky little hat as well! Nice easy pattern to work to fit 34-36 inch bust and 36-40 inch hips. The skirt is worked in 4 pieces, gives it a nice look. This one is from my own collection. (click to go to suits pages)

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vintage 1920s ladies dress knitting pattern

Patons 193: Fabulous early 1920s ladies dress knitting pattern. This super dress has a band of lace knitting at the edge of the skirt and at the sleeves and blouse style top. Length is 39 inches and is adjustable and all round under arms is 40 inches, but keep in mind they wore these dresses loosely - although I don't have any knitted ones I do have a couple of cotton ones in my vintage clothes collection similar to this. It says Sunflower crochet wool, so probably a 4ply type of yarn, Work several tension squares and adjust needles to suit yarn or cotton chosen. Knitted on 4 and 7 old imperial sizes (6mm and  4.5mm) to give a light airy feel to finished garment. There is also the slimmer style of dress shown below in this pattern. Always work a tension square and change needles if needed to get the correct tension for a good fit.

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vintage 1940s ladies knitting patterns

Patons 111: Fabulous vintage knitting pattern from the 1940s for a ladies dress. Worked in vintage 2ply so this would now be 3ply, elegant and so very retro. This pattern is for  36 inch bust and 40 inch hips. This is a small wartime pattern book with interesting adverts for other styles on the back.

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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s

Patons 2386: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s. This longer length shirt waisted dress is knitted in a fine bouclé wool to a 4ply tension. So any modern 4ply will work, but always do a tensions square first. Bouclé gives a nice firm textured surface and is still produced by some manufacturers today. This one is to fit 36 inch bust, 39 hips and is 44 inches long, which was the desired length in this era, but can be knitted shorter.

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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s Patons 2645: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s. This is a simple to knit dress in a bouclé that knitted to a 4ply yarn, so either can be used. Always work a tension square. There is a knitted belt and the dress buttons on the tabs at the shoulders. The short sleeves are pleated at the top. Length is adjustable, to fit 36-37 inch bust and 40 inch at hips.

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vintage ladies ddress knitting pattern from 1930s patons 2738 Patons 2738: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s. This is a simple to knit dress in a bouclé or poodle yarn that knitted to between a 4ply yarn and double knitting, so either can be used. Always work a tension square. The dress buttons at the back. The long sleeves are pleated at the top. Length is adjustable, to fit 34 inch bust and 39 inch at hips. These lovely designs are worth a try.

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vintage 1930s knitting pattern for dress

Patons 2917L: Fabulous 1930s knitting pattern for dress in thick double knitting, must do a tension square for this one and change needles to suit as the fabric must be quite firm to keep its shape- in the materials it asks for 6 glass rings! These are to hold the laces at the front and can easily be substituted in brass or similar. The length is 42" but can be knitted to any length, but to be authentic remember that dresses had returned to almost ankle length (mid calf at the very least) again by the 1930s, with the long slender lines seen here. Also remember that if pure wool is used it may drop a little in washing and wearing so a bit shorter may work well.

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vintage ladies knitting pattern fro dress 1930s Patons 2784: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s. This simple but elegant design is knitted in a wool similar to a modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. To fit 40 inch bust and 42 inch hips. Knitted in stocking stitch with a cross-over  front with soft pleats at shoulder. The sleeves are pleated at shoulder and have a lace panel. Beautifully shaped.

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vintage knitting pattern from 1930s for a dress

Patons 3321: Great vintage knitting pattern fro ladies dress from 1930s. This classic design has a double breasted top with wide reveres and kick pleat to skirt. Long sleeves and belt make it so typical of this era. To fit 38 inch bust and 42 hip and knitted in double knitting wool for a warm, fitted winter dress with classic vintage styling. Always work a tensions square and change needles if needed.

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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s

Patons 3570: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from 1930s. This slim  fitting dress has an interesting neck line and long sleeves. The pleated yoke and interesting fastening at the neck make this dress unique and can be also knitted as a jumper if you wanted. Knitted in double knitting wool to fit 38 inch bust. The original wool was a type of bouclé, but double knitting would work - try a mildly texture on if you can obtain bouclé. Always work a tension square.

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vintage ladies dress knitting pattern 1940s

Sirdar 808: Great vintage ladies dress knitting pattern from late 1930s. This super design in a bouclé wool - this can still be bought or you could use a 4ply wool and work a tension square to see if needles need to be changed to get size. To fit 34 inch bust and there are instructions for long and short sleeves. Skirt is knitted on a circular needle, the rest on two needles. Petersham at inside waist gives stability and hooks and eyes are used at the side opening and front at neck.

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vintage sidar dress knitting pattern 1940s

Sirdar 1020: Lovely vintage 1930s ladies dress knitting pattern. This is so typical of the time and very flattering in design. To fit 34 inch bust and knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. This pattern comes from the late 1930s, so would be suitable for re-enactment and wartime get together. Length 37 inches, adjustable at the skirt. Dress lengths changed in the late 1930s and into the 1940s as wool and fabric was ration and in short supply, less was available to purchase, so skirt hemlines rose! Very easy to knit on size 10 needles (3.25mm)

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vintage ladies dressknitting pattern from 1936 SPK24L: Super vintage knitting pattern for ladies dress from 1936. This fabulously elegant dress is so typical of the era. Wear with a wide belt and gloves as shown for that truly retro look. To fit 35-36 inch bust. Knitted in a double knitting style yarn the tension is 5 stitches and 6 rows to the inch on size 6 imperial needles (5mm) Length can be altered to your own choice - but remember the elegance of this age comes from the long smooth lines of the fashions. Worth an effort this one.

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vintage 1930s ladies dress knitting pattern Viyella 3283: Great early 1930s vintage dress knitting pattern. This elegant dress is knitted in vintage 4ply so try a tension square in modern 4ply and double knitting to see which will work better. To fit 34-36 bust and is 43 inches long. Note that hem lines rose later in the decade and in the 1940s to save cloth and wool due to rationing. This is a nice easy pattern and can be shorted to give more modern look. There are instructions for long or short sleeves and the suede belt is quite easy or make yourself from a length of suede and a large buckle or source a 1930s one!. The neckline has a little collar and bow, both knitted. The panels of design give this dress an elegant timeless style.

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vintage ladies skating dress 1930s

WB 381: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies skating dress from 1936. How splendid is this? A fabulous pattern for a full skirted, short skating dress - I remember Ginger Rogers wearing one similar in a film from the 1930s!The high neck and tassel ties is so very of the era, the top fastens with a zip, but buttons could be substituted quite easily. To fit a 32 inch bust, waist 25, knitted in double knitting using a pair of needles and a circular needle (a flexible knitting needle)

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