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Two Traditional Matinee Coats

Pattern ID: PB 1251
Wool brand: Patons Quickerknit Baby Wool
Yarn quantity: 4 - 5 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 17 - 19inch chest (1 size)

Wool weight: Quickerknit (5ply)
Needle size: 4mm, 3¾mm, and 3¼mm
Tension (10x10cm): 26sts x 34 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Always charming traditional baby wear with button closure.

Three Traditional Matinee Coats

Pattern ID: PB 464
Wool brand: Patons Quickerknit Baby Wool
Yarn quantity: 3 - 4 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 17 - 20 inch chest (1 size)

Wool weight: Quickerknit (5ply)
Needle size: mm, 4mm, and 3¾mm
Tension (10x10cm): 22sts x 30 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Always charming traditional baby wear with button or tie front.

Man's Windjacket VII

Pattern ID: Emu 276
Wool brand: Scotch
Yarn quantity: 16 (1 oz balls)
Sizes: to fit 38 inch chest [1 size only]

Wool weight: Double knitting
Needle size: 4½mm and 3¾mm
Tension (10x10cm): 20sts x 30 rows over stocking stitch

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Man's rib/cable pattern jacket with zip front and collar. Sadly, only one size; definitely the physique of a hard-working post-war farmer on his tractor.

Two pairs of ladies' lace gloves worked on two needles

Pattern ID: Bestway 1416
Wool brand: Greenwoods Mercer Crochet No 2 and 3 ply fingering
Yarn quantity: 2 (20g) balls cotton for lace gloves and 2oz 3ply for the ribbed woollen gloves
Sizes: Overall length about 10inches; width across back of hand above thumb: 3 inches

Wool weight: Cotton No 2 or 3 ply
Needle size: 3¼mm, 3mm, and 2¾mm
Tension (10x10cm): Lace: 28sts x 32 rows on 3¼mm needles over pattern;
Ribbed: 36sts x 48 rows on 2¾mm needles over pattern

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Two different fingered-glove patterns for women: lace design in mercer crochet cotton and ribbed design ("slim fitting woollen gloves" in 3 ply - both knitted using 2 needles.

Four pairs of ladies gloves worked on two needles

Pattern ID: PB 653
Wool brand: Beehive fingering 2 ply or 3 ply
Yarn quantity: 1 (1oz) ball for 2ply and 2 for 3ply per pair
Sizes: width round above thumb, 5½-6 inches

Wool weight: 2 ply or 3 ply
Needle size: 2mm or 2¼mm
Tension (10x10cm): 2 ply: 40sts x 48 rows on 2mm needles over st st
3 ply: 36sts x 44 rows on 2¼mm

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Four different fingered-glove patterns for women: 2 designs in 2 ply and 2 in 3 ply, all knitted using 2 needles.
Note the Times newspaper dated November 1949.

Needlewoman and Needlecraft Issue 36

Needlewoman and Needlecraft
No 36 (October 1948)

Magazine is in good condition for its age.

Booklet ID: N&N36

Subject Matter: Knitting, Crochet, Felt appliqué, Needlework, Freestyle Embroidery.

Price: £6.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Content:
This magazine features the following items - noting* that many of them rely on using transfers that you sent away for. No transfers are included. Knitting/crochet patterns are printed in full:

Embroideries:
The Nativity (cover design), N&N transfer P621-D714*;
"Gifties" felt items - free transfer and shapes not available;
"Cosy Cottage" picture, N&N transfer P621-D715*;
Decorative border, N&N transfer P621-D716*;
"In Our Orchard" tablecloth motifs, N&N transfer P621-D717*;
Lingerie sprays, N&N transfer P621-D718*;
Felt slippers and case, N&N transfer P621-D719*;
"Punch and Judy" hot water bottle cover, N&N transfer P621-D720*;
"Tray Cloth" Royal School of Needlework transfer 34*.
Sewing:
Felt slippers and case pattern diagram included.
Knitting and crochet patterns: "All Set for the Party" crochet fascinator and buttons, Ribbon-trimmed bedjacket/cardigan (all included and some illustrated above).

Description:
Needlewoman and Needlecraft was an amalgamation of two other magazines: Needlecraft, (first produced 1907), and The Needlewoman, (first produced 1919). It was a quarterly magazine, and the first issue was published in January 1940. A few issues may have been missed during WWII, hence this issue is number "36".
In the 1970s it dropped the Needlecraft name, and became simply "Needlewoman"; then during 1977 it was incorporated with Stitchcraft monthly magazine. Because of this the numbering systems can appear confusing, with 1970s editions appearing to predate those of the 1930s - however the content usually makes the era unmistakeable.

Short (bed) jacket

Pattern ID: PB 944
Wool brand: Beehive fingering 2 ply
Yarn quantity: 4 (1oz balls)
Sizes: actual measurement 36 inch chest [1 size]

Wool weight: 2 ply
Needle size: 4½mm
Tension (10cm): 28sts over st st on 4½mm needles

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Two ply design for a jacket. Not defined as a bedjacket, but the context of the photo, ribbon closure, and shortness of the design imply that it is. The sleeves are pleated to give a square shoulder effect typical of the 1940s (along with the hair style). The 2ply yarn is knitted on large needles to keep the tension loose, and there are panels of blackberry or trinity stitch.

1940s Nostalgia III: fair-isle patterned yoke

Pattern ID: Sirdar 5976
Wool brand: Country Style, Wash'n'Wear Crepe, Sugar'n'Spice, Color Mate, Superwash
Yarn quantity: 5-9 (50g balls) plus smaller amounts in each of 5 contrasts
Sizes: 32-40 inch chest [5 sizes]

Wool weight: Double knitting
Needle size: 4mm and 3¼mm
Tension (10cm): 24sts

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Short sleeved ribbed sweater with an embroidered plain yoke section. The 1980s saw what I believe to be the first manifestation of an interest in retro styles; this was styles of the 1940s* - with narrow skirts and square shoulders (somewhat ahead of the huge padded shoulders that became the 1980s trademark). This pattern is one of Sirdar's "Nostalgia" series.
The pattern is in new condition.

Note that this particular style with small panels of fair-isle were popular in the forties because you could easily cheer up a sweater in utility colours with small amounts of more colourful wool. This could be either reclaimed wool - or "mending cards" of yarn which were not rationed at all - commercial yarn companies responded by producing "mending cards" in all kinds of wild colours which fitted perfectly with the multicoloured designs. The original forties sweaters would have been in 3 or 4 ply fingering yarns rather than double knitting.

1940s Nostalgia II: embroidered yoke

Pattern ID: Sirdar 5975
Wool brand: Country Style, Wash'n'Wear Crepe, Sugar'n'Spice, Color Mate, Superwash
Yarn quantity: 4-8 (50g balls)
Sizes: 32-40 inch chest [5 sizes]

Wool weight: Double knitting
Needle size: 4mm and 3¼mm
Tension (10cm): 24sts

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Short sleeved ribbed sweater with an embroidered plain yoke section. The 1980s saw what I believe to be the first manifestation of an interest in retro styles; this was styles of the 1940s - with narrow skirts and square shoulders (somewhat ahead of the huge padded shoulders that became the 1980s trademark). This pattern is one of Sirdar's "Nostalgia" series.
The pattern is in new condition.

Classic School Sweaters for older kids II

Pattern ID: PB 881
Wool brand: Nylox 3-ply
Yarn quantity: 6-7 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 28 - 32 inch chest, [3 sizes]

Wool weight: 3 ply
Needle size: 3¼mm and 2¾mm
Tension (10x10cm): 30sts x 38 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Perfectly plain school sweaters in fine wool.

Fair Isle pullover

Pattern ID: PB 288
Wool brand: Patons Fair Isle Fingering
Yarn quantity: 5 oz main shade plus 2oz natural and 1 oz in each of 3 other contrasts. Add a further 4 oz of main shade for long sleeves.
Sizes: 38-40 inch chest (one size)

Wool weight: approximate 3 or 4 ply
Needle size: 3¾mm and 3mm
Tension (10x10cm): 28sts x 28 rows over pattern

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Fair-isle patterned slipover or cardigan possibly from the 1940s as it is printed on fairly flimsy paper - but for all that is in fair condition with some creasing and wear (not shown).
Picture shows the sleeveless slipover but there is an option for plain coloured sleeves knitted in rib.

Three Traditional Second Size Matinee Coats

Pattern ID: PB 438
Wool brand: Patons Quickerknit Baby Wool
Yarn quantity: 3 - 4 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 20 - 21 inch chest (1 size: 6-12 months)

Wool weight: Quickerknit (5ply)
Needle size: 4½mm and 3¾mm
Tension (10x10cm): 22sts x 30 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Always charming traditional baby wear with button through fronts.

Lace table mats VI

Pattern ID: Twilleys 6143
Wool brand: Twenty
Yarn quantity: Centre: 2 (20g) balls;
doily: 1 ball

Sizes: Centre: 9 inches
doily: 11 inches.

Wool weight: fine cotton (2ply)
Hook size: 1mm
Tension: Twenty: 1st 3 rounds = 2¼ inches;
doily: 1st 3 rounds = 1¼ inches.

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Very pretty patterns for a table centre with raised flowers or a more conventional doily.

Lace table mats and milk jug covers V

Pattern ID: Twilleys 6324
Wool brand: Twenty, Gold Dust 20
Yarn quantity: 1 (20g ball) +1 of each contrast, or 2 spools Gold Dust
Sizes: Centre mat: 8 inches
jug covers: 4 or 5½ inches.

Wool weight: fine cotton (2ply)
Hook size: 1mm
Tension: Centre: 1st 2 rounds = 1¼ inches; jug covers: 1st 2 rounds = ¾ inches.

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Very pretty centrepiece design with raised flowers, and two milk jug covers.

Riding gloves

Pattern ID: Strutts 7001
Wool brand: Strutt's Glove Cord
Yarn quantity: 2-3 balls +1 contrast (1 oz? balls)

Sizes: to fit an 6-9 inch hand (3 sizes)

Wool weight: Double knitting
Needle size: 2¾mm
Tension (10cm): 28

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Gloves for men, ladies, and juniors.The gloves are knitted over 4 needles.

So what makes them riding gloves you ask? Well, they are made using a yarn designed specially for the purpose (Strutt's Glove Cord), which has a special scrooped* finish (who knew?). I think my Father had some of this type of glove in silk (or possibly Strutt's Glove Cord - who knows?):
"This article has been specially designed for glove making. It is particularly hard-wearing and its special scrooped finish imparts a characteristic feel to the gloves which are ideal for riding, driving, or any use where hard wear is important".

*Scroop is a term used to describe a finish with synthetic fibers and silk. Scroop can be induced in silk in two ways: one way is to leave the gum of the silk (sericin) behind and not remove it, and the other way is by treating silk with organic acid such as formic, lactic, citric or acetic and drying without washing. In case of synthetic fibers, cohesive agents are used to increase the fiber-to-fiber friction. and this also increases scroop. If a fabric is made from a yarn having high scroop a harsh handle is produced.

Plain Polo Sweaters for older kids

Pattern ID: PB 93
Wool brand: Double Quick, Moorland
Yarn quantity: 10-12 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 26 - 30 inch chest, (6-12 years)

Wool weight: Double Knitting
Needle size: 4mm and 3¼mm
Tension (10x10cm): 22sts x 30 rows

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Delightful plain polo neck for the little girl who dreamed of a pony of her own.

Pyjama case and dressing table set

Pattern ID: Twilleys 202
Wool brand: Lyscordet
Yarn quantity: Set: 4 (1 oz balls); Case: 4 oz; small amount for contrast lettering
Sizes: Mats: 6x6 ins, 6x11½ ins, 7x21ins; Case: 17x10½ ins

Wool weight: 3/4 ply equivalent cotton
Needle size: 2¾mm and 2mm
Tension (10cm): 28sts

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Amusing knitted pyjama or nightdress case and square mats for a dressing table.

Perfectly plain fine-knit twin set

Pattern ID: Emu 152
Wool brand: 3ply Botany Fingering
Yarn quantity: 14 (1oz) balls.
Sizes: 34-36 inch chest (1 size)

Wool weight: 3 ply
Needle size: 3¼mm and 3mm
Tension (10cm): 30sts on 3¼mm needles

Price: £2.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Plain twinset with breast pocket on jumper.The pattern may perhaps be fifties but the styling has a forties look to it.
The pattern is printed on thick paper and the instructions are in good order; however the leaflet has come adrift at the spine, there are small tears and surface creasing to the photo.

Traditional vintage designs for boys (or girls)

Pattern ID: PB 444
Wool brand: Totem, Double Quick, Moorland
Yarn quantity: 9-15 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 26 - 32 inch chest, (6-14 years - 4 sizes)

Wool weight: Double Knitting
Needle size: 4mm and 3¼mm
Tension (10x10cm): 22sts x 30 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Small booklet of 3 sweaters all in double knitting weight: V-neck with small vertical cabled stripes; round-neck with a staggered rib on the body and ribbed raglan sleeves; and shawl collar with purl stitched patterning. I personally think this is a really nice set for "6-14 years" (but maybe slightly younger kids these days) - all different - and designed for a single colour creating interest through textured stitches.

Head to toe woolly oufit for 3-4 year old

Pattern ID: PB 208
Wool brand: Patons Totem
Yarn quantity: 4 - 5 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 24 inch chest (1 size)

Wool weight: Double knitting
Needle size: 3¾mm, and 3¼mm
Tension (10x10cm): 23sts x 31 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Quite a cute little outfit if you ignore the trousers - which may be cute depending on the climate where you live. It includes mittens and a choice of hats - the bobble hat shown on the cover, (oozing with masculinity), and a girl's version in the form of a bonnet. Some creasing and wear.

Pullover for a cheerful boy

Pattern ID: PB 419
Wool brand: Moorland DK
Yarn quantity: 11 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 32 inch chest - 1 size (11-13 years)

Wool weight: Double Knitting
Needle size: 4mm and 3mm
Tension (10x10cm): 20sts x 28 rows

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: A simple rib pattern, with a pleasing tramline effect, and shown off to best effect by a typical cheeky chappy very much of the era.
The pattern is in fairly good condition in terms of surface creasing (which is often a problem with these older P&B patterns), but it does have an unplasant tear at the side, though it does not affect the instructions.

Classic Sweaters for older kids

Pattern ID: PB 362
Wool brand: Nylox, Purple Heather, Moorland DK
Yarn quantity: 6-8 (1oz balls)
Sizes: 28 - 32 inch chest, (8-13 years)

Wool weight: 3 ply or Double Knitting
Needle size: 5mm & 3¾mm / 3¼mm & 2¾mm
Tension (10x10cm): 20sts x 26 rows for DK;
30sts x 38 rows for 3 ply

Price: £3.00 (includes 2nd class postage within UK
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Description: Small booklet of 3 sweaters: plain V-neck in double knitting, plain V or round neck in 3 ply, and cable V-neck in 3 ply.

© Christina Coutts 2007

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