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Hey folks, today’s a special occasion here on A Rarer Borealis. This week marks the 100th pattern shared on the site, and I’ve been saving a particular pattern for just such an occasion. It’s one that delights with vintage detail and nerdish charm, and what a coincidence, it’s just in time for the end of the school year!

Yes, no more pencils, no more books, except for the full set of Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ (that’s how most kids spend their summer, right? That or deeply immersed in the Teapot Dome scandal?). It’s almost surprising to see ‘algebraic symbols’ used as decor in an age where the phrase ‘guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses’ pointed out the social stigma of girlsmarts (clearly demonstrated by eyewear) and the horror of it possibly impinging your marriage potential (don’t worry about that any more, ladies.)

I hope you children remembered to bring your implements of destruction.

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I was searching around online for a free, vintage, low V-neck cardigan, but alas! I found none meeting my stringent criteria…until I looked in my own reams of vintage goodness (duh) and found this lovely twinset amongst the archives. That’s right, this week you lucky folk get TWO patterns on the page of one, and I drop another bit of information into the growing sea of information we call the internet.

The cardigan’s how I chose this pattern, but the shirt underneath is Deco perfection in clean-lined simplicity. I have daydreams about acquiring the perfect bright jade cashmere/wool blend (and not finding it online, I mean unlocking mystic secrets to gain access to an ancient temple inside of a mountain and rescuing a village of French spinners from an evil sorcerer with the yarn as a reward sort of daydream) and working something like this up. Twinsets mildly confuse me though. Was it very cold 50 years ago requiring a sweater over your sweater? Did convenience compel patterns to add in something extra? Or perhaps people really, really liked matching?

Minerva’s patterns are mostly visual, with written parts giving specific instructions but ultimately referring back to the gridded illustration for overall working. It can seem intimidating, but by reading through the entire pattern first (which is always a good idea anyway) it’s easier to see exactly where you are using the grid. Each ‘box’ is one inch. Right click, save and enjoy.

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