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Vintage Gifts to Knit – eBook

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by Susan Crawford

Featuring 16 glamorous yet practical knits, inspired by knitting patterns from the 1900s to the 1950s, all perfect to make as gifts or for yourself. There are patterns suitable for beginners through to advanced knitters, with a variety of techniques such as Fair Isle and Lace knitting offered.

Projects include: Men’s socks, The perfect Christmas jumper, Child’s dressing gown, Tea cosy, Motoring hood, Fair Isle gloves, Victorian stockings, Simple corsage, the most beautiful hooded Bed jacket, little girl’s cute cardi, an elegant cape, and a skating skirt!

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Hugs and Kisses
by Susan Crawford Includes three patterns for a dutch bonnet, scarf and mittens, knitted in beautifully soft alpaca and silk yarn. The stitch used is a simple yet extremely effective slip stitch which has the appearance of kisses. All three pieces are multi sized and include a fitting for 11-13 year olds. The Dutch bonnet was an extremely popular style of head wear in the late 40s and early 50s. To fit sizes Hat Small: 11-13 years Medium: small to medium adult Large: large adult (medium shown in photographs) Scarf 122 cm x 28.5 cm (48 inches x 11.25 inches) - child 152.5 cm x 32 cm (60 inches x 12.5 inches) - adult Mitts Small: 11-13 years Medium: small to medium adult Large: large adult (medium shown in photographs) Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Du Store Alpakka Babysilk (80% alpaca, 20% silk) yarn (133 m per 50g ball) - this is a 4 ply (fingering weight) Main Colour - shade 313 - 4 (5, 5) balls for set [2 (3, 3) balls for scarf, 1 ball each for gloves and bonnet] Garn Studios Drops Alpaca (100% alpaca) yarn (180 m / 200 yds per 50g ball) Contrast Colour - shade 1101 - 3 balls (Just over 1 ball for hat and also for scarf, under 1 ball for mitts) 1 pair 3.75 mm (US 5) straight needles 1 pair 3.25 mm (US 4) straight needles 3.25 mm (US 4) circular needle Set of 3.75 mm (US 5) double pointed needles (dpns) 2 x 3.25 mm (US 4) double pointed needles (dpns) Safety pin
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Flower-ty Pot
by Susan Crawford This delightful tea cosy is made using Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight Yarn. A stocking stitch under-cosy is covered with 38 decorative petals. This is a simple knit that does require some sewing skills for the construction. Follow the colours in the pattern or use colours that complement your own kitchen or morning room. A great pattern for using up part balls of wool and for letting your creativity flow. To fit a 6 cup tea pot Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight Yarn (100% shetland wool) knits up as a 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn (115 m/125 yds per 25g ball) Main Colour - shade 141 3 balls Contrast Colour A - shade 070 - 1 ball Contrast Colour B - shade 001 - 1 ball 1 button 3.25 mm (US 4) straight needles
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Elegant Coat-Gloves
by Susan Crawford These Fair Isle gloves are perfect for wearing in the city or the country. The pattern is by Susan Crawford and the recommended yarn is Jamieson & Smith 2ply jumper weight yarn, the equivalent of a standard 4 ply. Elegant yet practical these gloves are slightly longer than normal to prevent unsightly gaps appearing between the gloves and your coat cuff. The design incorporates two distinct yet complementary fair isle patterns knitted on the same row. Due to the nature of the pattern on the palm of these gloves, they are knitted flat on straight needles rather than on DPNs, with a side seam. If preferred, the fingers and thumb can be knitted in the round on DPNs without any difficulty. To fit average ladies hand Palm length to thumb gusset (without ribbing) 11 cm (4.5 inches) Width around glove, measured around hand immediately above thumb gusset 18.5 cm (7.5 inches). Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight Yarn (100% Shetland wool) knits up as a 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn (115 m / 125 yds per 25g ball) Main Colour (MC) - shade 202 (natural) - 2 balls Contrast Colour A - shade 21 (Navy blue) - 1 ball Contrast Colour B - shade 34 (Emerald green) - 1 ball Contrast Colour C - shade 9097 (Deep red) - 1 ball 1 pair 2.25 mm (US 1) straight needles Stitch markers
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Town and City Tufted Cape
by Susan Crawford This elegant cape is the perfect cover-up for the spring or the autumn. Using a textured tuft stitch it will keep you warm without looking or feeling bulky. Knitted in a standard double knit yarn on 5mm needles this design will knit up surprisingly quickly. This simple pattern is easy to follow and is available in sizes from 30-52 inches. The finished length is measured from the top of the main body at the front neck and includes the garter stitch edging around the bottom of the cape. The cape is very generous and accommodating in size and shape and will fit a variety of sizes. As a result, I suggest you consider what fit you would like before choosing your size. The small will actually fit a 42 inch chest but it will fit higher and more open at the front. To fit sizes Small: 76-92cm (30-36 in) Medium: 96-112cm (38-44 in) Large: 117-132cm (46-52 in) Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Biggan Design DK (8 ply) First Cross Merino Wool (105 m/115 yds per 50g ball) 5 (5, 6) balls shade 495 (Green/MC) 1 ball shade 000 (Black/CC) - or - Excelana DK 100% pure new British wool (119 m/130 yds per 50g ball) 5 (5, 6) balls shade Nile Green (MC) 1 ball shade Persian Grey (CC) 4 mm (US 6) needles 5 mm (US 8) needles 1 button
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Seamed Stockings
by Susan Crawford Inspired by Victorian knitting patterns, these laceweight stockings make a beautiful heirloom gift. The flattering shaping, elegant seam and heel detail offer the experienced sock knitter a challenging project. Sizes: S-M, M-L Leg length at different points can be lengthened to suit the intended wearer. Instructions are included on how to find the correct size. Our model is shown wearing the first size of stockings. Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Patons Fairytale Dreamtime 2 ply 100% pure new wool (approx 340g/ 370yds per 50g ball) this is a standard 2 ply (laceweight) yarn. 3 balls (one colour only - natural) 2 mm (US 0) dpns Approx 3 m (3 yds) of 6 mm (¼ inch) wide ribbon Stitch Markers
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‘The No Need to Skate’ Skating Skirt
by Susan Crawford This simple and effortlessly comfortable skirt is knitted from the top down making it easy to adjust for the perfect fit. The pattern is available in a wide range of waist sizes from 24-40 inches. The skirt can be knitted with or without the fetching snowflake motif and can be customised to suit every wardrobe need. Sizes To fit waist: 61-71cm (24-28 in) 76-86cm (30-34 in) 92-101cm (36-40 in) Finished Length: All Sizes 50cm (19.75 in) to top of folded waistband Size shown in photographs is a 30-34 inch waist Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight Yarn (100% Shetland wool) knits up as a 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn (115 m/125 yds per 25g ball) Main Colour (MC) - shade FC34 - 8 (9, 10) balls Contrast Colour (CC) - shade 1 - 1 ball 3.25 mm (US 4) circular needle A length of 2.5 cm (1 in) wide elastic Sewing thread and needle
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The Perfect Christmas Jumper
by Susan Crawford This pretty jumper pattern is available in sizes 28-50 inches and is knitted in Jamieson & Smith 2ply jumper weight yarn.  This yarn is the equivalent of a standard 4 ply. The jumper is knitted in four separate pieces and uses a combination of Fairisle and Intarsia techniques. Full making up instructions are also included. Shaping is based on the classic 1940s silhouette and incorporates iconic box sleeve head of the period. Inspired by a 1940s vintage knitting pattern and written for today's knitter to fit the modern silhouette. The jumper is designed to be worn fitted at the waist. To Fit 71-76cm (28-30 in) 81-86cm (32-34 in) 91-96cm (36-38 in) 101-107cm (40-42 in) 112-117cm (44-46 in) 122-127cm (48-50 in) Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight Yarn (100% Shetland wool) knits up as a 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn (115 m/125 yds per 25g ball) Main Colour - shade 93 - 10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13) balls Contrast Colour - shade 1 - 1(1, 1, 1, 2, 2) balls 4 Buttons 2.75 mm (US 2) straight needles 3.25 mm (US 4) straight needles (+ an extra needle for three needle bind off) 2.75 mm (US 2) circular needle Stitch holders
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Adorable Little Bed Jacket with Hood
by Susan Crawford Made in a delicate 4 ply wool this beautiful bed jacket can be worn for day or evening and comes in sizes from 30-54 inches. The gorgeous hood elegantly frames the face and folds effortlessly onto the shoulders. The 4 row pretty lace stitch used throughout is a great introduction to lace knitting particularly as the pattern has minimal shaping allowing the knitter to concentrate on mastering the stitch pattern. Based on the popular bed jackets of the late 1940s with glamorous puff sleeves, while the gathered hood gives the jacket a more contemporary feel. To Fit (after blocking) 76-86cm (30-34 in) 91-96cm (36-38 in) 101-107cm (40-42 in) 112-117cm (44-46 in) 122-127cm (48-50 in) 132-137cm (52-54 in) Our model is photographed wearing 76-86 cm (30-34 inch) jacket Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply (fingering weight) (approx160 m /176 yds per 50g ball) 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls shade 449 (vintage) 3.25 mm (US 4) needles 2m (or 2 yds) contrasting Ribbon
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Miss Laverty’s Motoring Hood
by Susan Crawford This charming hood pattern will keep you warm however cold the wind may blow. Knitted in a simple single rib in an alpaca mix yarn, this pattern is a very quick and easy knit. This is a simple pattern suitable for beginner knitters. The pixie hood is knitted separately with shaping added at the centre back for a more comfortable fit. The front of the scarf is folded back and the scarf is then sewn in place over the bottom seam. The scarf can easily be made longer to suit personal taste but more yarn will be needed. Finished Size Scarf length 102 cm (40 inches) Hood length 48 cm (19 inches) Hood depth (not including folded-over edge) 18 cm (7 inches) Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (50% Alpaca, 50% Peruvian Wool) (133 m/144 yds per 50g skein) knits up as a 4 ply (fingering weight) 4 skeins shade 4245 (black) 1 pair 3.75 mm (US 5) straight needles 2 detachable stitch markers or waste yarn
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Father’s New Socks
by Susan Crawford These men's sock are a great stash busting project needing only 50 gs of two colours of 4 ply yarn. The pattern is a simple slip stitch pattern with the sock leg worked in the round. The sole is knitted separately with the instep then being knitted on to the sole. Instructions are also given on how to alter the size and length of the socks. Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight Yarn (100% shetland wool) knits up as a 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn (115m / 125 yds per 25g ball) Main Colour - shade FC64 - 2 balls (MC) Contrast Colour - shade 1A - 2 balls (CC) Set of 2.75 mm (US 2) dpns Set of 3.25 mm (US 4) dpns
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Gloves for a Spring Wedding
by Susan Crawford These ladylike gloves are knitted in one piece with a delicate lace pattern on the back. Knitted in a luxurious Wool and Cashmere mix these gloves use very little yarn and knit up quickly. The fingers and thumb are knitted in the round so there is very little finishing needed. Sizes: S-M, M-L Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Skein Queen Blush (80% merino, 20% cashmere) 4 ply yarn (397m/435 yds per 100g skein) This is a 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn. 1 skein - shade Kite Flying 1 pair 2.25 mm (US 1) needles Set of 5 2.5 mm (US 2) dpns 2 stitch markers 4 small buttons
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Hearts and Bunnies Cardigan
by Susan Crawford This 4 ply cardigan makes a great gift. It is knitted in one piece to the underarm, then is divided for the fronts and back. The pattern is a great introduction to both fair isle and intarsia techniques, using both in different parts of the cardigan. A combination of written and charted instructions are provided with sizes ranging from age 1 to 4 included in the pattern. Knitted in my Excelana 4 ply Luxury wool. All the colours can be viewed and purchased here. Sizes to fit Ages: 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Excelana 4 ply Luxury Wool, 100% pure new British Wool, (159 m/174 yds per 50g ball) Main Colour (MC) - shade French Rose - 3 balls (A) - shade Forest Green - 1ball (B) - shade Alabaster - 1 ball (C) - shade Ruby Red - 1 ball (D) - shade Nile Green - 2 balls. (E) - shade Chestnut - 1 ball 1 pair 3 mm (US 3) needles 1 pair 3.25 mm (US 4) needles Stitch holders
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Sugar and Spice
by Susan Crawford These pretty, vintage influenced dressing gowns make great gifts. They are knitted in a hard wearing double knit cotton yarn which can also be machine washed and tumble dried. The dressing gowns are fitted to reach to the floor, but can easily continue to be worn as your toddler grows giving this garment a long, long life. To fit Age 1-2 yrs, 2-3 yrs Supplied as a PDF download. Requirements: Rowan Handknit DK cotton (100% machine washable cotton) This is a slightly thick DK (8 ply) weight yarn 11 (12) balls x shade 239 (ice water) or shade 332 (rose) 1 pair 3.25 mm (US 4) needles 1 pair 3.75 mm (US 5) needles 1 pair 4 mm (US 6) needles 1 cable needle (optional) 6 Buttons
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