Babies & Children''s Patterns
Below are vintage patterns that I have scanned and you can download free. They all come from publications that are no longer covered by copyright under New Zealand law.
Mock Cable Jumper
From Stitch Needlecraft and Home Feature Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 4, January 1954. To fit a 27 - 28 inch chest.
"Designed with special attention to detail, this jumper with its mock cable emphasis will appeal to a modern miss."
From Tiny Tots Knitwear, A New Idea Production, No.29, c.1945. To fit a 20 inch chest.
A sweet colourwork dress with picot edge.
From Pins and Needles, No. 33, 1955. 24 inch chest.
Puff sleeves, pom-pom belt and neck trim.
Vest and Pants
From Sirdar Sunshine Baby Book, 1940s. 16 inch chest.
"The double-breasted yoke of this vest gives extra warmth and makes the dressing of baby simple as there are no buttons to fasten or ribbons to tie. Instructions given for long or short sleeves."
Marguerite Baby Cardigan
From Stitch Needlecraft and Home Feature Magazine,Vol. 7, No. 5, 1955. 19 inch chest.
"For a three to six month infant... worked in one piece to the commencement of the armhole shaping."
From Needlework Illustrated, No. 215, 1952. 9 inches tall.
"Without wings, wand and head-dress she''s a companionable everyday doll."
From Knitcraft Baby Book, 1940s. 56" x 56".
Please note the correction for the border pattern on the last page of the instructions.
From New Knitting, September 1954. To fit a 20 inch chest.
"Baby can have her twin-set too! Trim the pair with tiny rosebuds. Two enchanting little woolies to keep the smallest adventurer warm. A jersey and cardigan to fit a toddler from twelve to eighteen months old. Rosebuds decorate the front of the cardigan and are repeated on the yoke of the jersey."
Sailor Doll Outfit
From Stitchcraft No. 94, 1940s. To fit a 16 inch doll.
"Our saucy sailor has a choice of skirt or trousers."
Princess Pram Cover
From Stitch Needlecraft and Home Feature Magazine, January 1951.
"By making a few extra squares, what an adorable cot cover this would make."
For the Ten-Year-Old
From Stitchcraft, Number 103 (1940s). Width all around at under-arms 26-28 inches.
"Simple rib and a pretty star-shaped collar combine to make this a best dress jumper for your schoolgirl daughter. The pattern is so easy — a variation of k.1., p.1 rib — that she will even be able to help you!"
Poppet the Poodle
From Needlework Illustrated, Number 211, 1951.
"A pram toy that will get many an admiring glance when riding in the park."
From The Lux Book, 1941. Width around under arms 20 inches.
"The very first jumper — and a darling too! Mothers like the idea of popping one on when the breeze turns chilly. Can be worn (and how pretty it looks) over frocks, suits or rompers."
From Good Needlework and Knitting Magazine, August 1938. Width around under arms 17 ½ inches. For a 3 - 9 month old.
"Here is a fascinating little matinee coat for the newest member of the family. The little touches of embroidery add to its charm."
A First-Size Matinee Jacket
From Stitchcraft Number 19 (1930s). Width round at under arm, 18 inches.
"This delicious little coat is easy to knit, yet looks satisfyingly "professional" when finished, with its neat borders and pretty patterns round the hem."
Snuggly Hood & Cape
From The 1940 Lux Book. Length from neck to hem 16 inches.
"What darling baby wouldn''t look adorable in a cosy hood and cape like this? This all-in-one idea is something new in baby wear and what a dream of comfort and dainty loveliness it is too. Pretty enough for a christening, comfy enough for the chilliest autumn day. Don''t you agree?"