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Here’s a garment so vintage I had to look up what it was before posting; a pelise was a mantle worn over an outfit for additional warmth and decor. Though usually floor-length, this appears to be a shorter pelise, which came into fashion for a bit in certain parts of Europe. Its modern descendants include the overcoat and the dressing gown. Also whatever you call that thing you wear at night over your nightgown; I can’t recall the name at the moment.

Rather oddly it suggests this pattern would be great for a baby on the left side, but a quick assessment of the measurements indicate it’s a 32″ bust- a little on the small side for the fully-dressed modern woman, but certainly too big for most toddlers. If you’d like to create this in a larger size it would be easiest to up the gauge from the wee 7.5 sts per inch to something more reasonable like 6.5.

Click on through for the rest of the pattern!

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I wanted to save something this elegant (and time consuming) for after the holiday season. At first it seems counterintuitive; somewhere out there a knitter’s cursing me for not posting this 2 months earlier so she’d have the perfect 30′s screwball romantic comedy outfit for the office Christmas party. But on this first day of the new year, as we blearily rub our eyes and stumble over half-empty champagne glasses, what do we see before us? A dull stretch of winter before the cluster of February holidays hits us like bizzare, irritating PC bricks (I’m looking at you, combination Presidents’ Day & Ash Wednesday). So in that time so grey Lewis Black said, “you want to slit your wrists just to see some color”, why not work this dress up in a lovely jewel tone? If you’re not up for the full-length number (for sanity or budgetary reasons), it would look just as elegant as a longer tunic/dress going just above the knees or ending a few inches below the belt for a blouse.

Several commenters pointed out the tininess of the images in the column below- rest assured they’re actually quite large. Just right-click and save or drag-and-drop them to your desktop, and you’ll have the full-sized (and more legible) pattern.

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HandicrafterSS34 11

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For those of you paying attention, I am indeed post-dating these entries. I’ve only managed once to post on an actual Friday. Time is a surprisingly slippery thing and other projects keep grabbing my attention. However delayed, I shall follow through. Here’s a nice little project you could whip up last-minute for a holiday gift. Peep the shoddy Photoshop job on page 2.

The Popular Knitting Book

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Slippers 2

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Alright, I’ve seen a lot of people knitting up the so-called ’3 Hour Sweater’, complaining about how NO, it does NOT take 3 hours to knit, it takes a day or two, blah blah blah. I say these people are modern whiners. Perhaps in ye olden days it really did only take 3 hours to work up this sweater; perhaps women sitting near their radios were so scandalized by a saucy soap opera they gained knitting uber-prowess and by the time that and an episode of Fibber McGee and Molly’d passed by they had a sweater in their lap. In any event it’s true that modern knitters lack this ability; we’ve been so over-scandalized it would take…actually I can’t even make anything up for us to be scandalized by, if I type it up here it’ll appear on VH1′s schedule to fill in for the shows they pulled after their reality star suspected of murdering his wife went on the lam.

In any event, I hereby throw down the gauntlet. I present to you….THE TWO HOUR SWEATER! That’s right, this claims to take a whole hour less to work up than the previous ‘quickie’ vintage sweater everyone’s tried a hand at, so translated into modern times that would probably be one long train ride of knittin’. Boy oh boy.

It also makes nice use of the superchunky yarn most knitters have on hand- I myself couldn’t resist buying some (so large…so textural!) but had no idea what to apply it to. Most of the Vogue Knitting stuff that utilizes large yarns is so patently ridiculous it’s just DARING you to spend time and energy making it, forget wearing it out in public. So, here’s a quaint lil’ charmer with some nice neck detail. I hope to see myriad examples of it in the near future.

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Yes, I’ve traveled extensively, taken lots of interesting photos, and what am I posting on here? More dusty patterns from the New York Public Library. It’s late notice, but this evening they’re having a research/resource class on vintage patterns at the Schwarzman Library (aka the Ghostbusters library, the one with the big lions out front). I’m headed back to dig up more stuff, but in the meantime I scanned this guy in from microfilm. It’s very strange- at the same time microfilm’s very dated and archaic, it’s still very convenient and fun to press a button and have exactly what you’re seeing in front of you print out. Of course, one of the printouts for reasons inexplicable came out too light (I filled it in as best I could), showing that the tactile pleasures of whipping through pages of something are mitigated by technological annoyances.

The pattern’s from Workbasket Magazine, from some point in the mid-40s to early 50′s. I’d say late 40′s judging by where I was on the reel. I should’ve payed closer attention but whipping past pages and pages of ads for bras and bust support was making me nauseous. There’s also a matching sock pattern at the end, should you want a matching set.

Behold- the Arrowhead Sweater!

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