I am a collector, I admit it. I have all sorts of knitting and crocheting magazines from 2017 back to the early 1950's. There's just something so much fun about walking down the lanes of time seeing what survived the march of time and what, thankfully, did not. Really, I suppose it's part of being a student of history. I love looking back at the clothing styles from earlier generations!
When my grandmother and Aunts passed on not only their skills but their vintage knitting magazines, they really did change my life. I'm sure they never envisioned that I would become so enthralled with the whole industry. Like most of my family, I suppose some would say I'm an "every day" knitter/crocheter in that I really don't buy luxury yarns, own luxury needles or hooks, or create those fashion runway pieces. I like creating pieces that people aren't afraid to use. Most knitting or crocheting magazines I own are for just those purposes. Today's look at 1966 will highlight some of the wearable, shareable world of fiber arts in the middle of the 1960's. I think you'll see some styles that are familiar from the "Modern Needlecraft" Spring/Summer number 47.
This knitting/crocheting magazine is simply a fashion magazine. (There are very few "gift" ideas and most are the type we are all glad stayed in the 1960's.) The nice thing about this magazine is that each design shown has a corresponding pattern in the magazine. Not all magazines then, or now, have that feature. It cost a mere 60 cents to buy this 94 page magazine chock full of pictures and project patterns. Yes there were plenty of advertisements too. (I'll put a little slide show in with the ads!) The headline "Excitingly New" and the words "for a very colorful season", grab the attention as the (black and white) pictures of the latest knit/crochet/woven designs splash across the pages. Some of these designs would be considered quite in style in 2018.
I think many women of the 1960's would have considered most of these sweaters and skirts to be something they'd wear shopping or to an appointment. My mother certainly made sure she and her three girls always looked our best when going out. In the "night out" category the magazine certainly offered some pretty smart looking fashions. There is even a jacket made with yarn with sequins already attached! Bonus? Yes! There are patterns very similar to these below, designed by our more modern designers: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/02-lace-jacket (sequins AND lace) Vogue knitting
store.vogueknitting.com/p-1432-vine-lace-dress.aspx (Vogue Knitting)
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-diamonds-tee (Adrianne Novic)
There are some pieces in the magazine are those we'd probably consider shell-type tops or just sleeveless tops. They are shown worn by the "younger set" as they said in the 60's. These tops definitely have a place in our modern wardrobe. Modern shell, tank tops, cover-ups, ect. are not that much different than those pictured in the slideshow below: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dylan-tank (Rowan Knits) www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/charlene-tunic (Shiri Designs)
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sweet-tee-4 (Crystalized Designs)
www.premieryarns.com/products/premier-two-tone-tee-top-free-download (Premier Yarns)
We still love our basic sweaters and tunics don't we? Some of these styles got a bit of an upgrade in 2017-18 however, we knitters and crocheters are often asked to create a lovely warm sweater or a sleek tunic for the cooler months (today it's snowing to beat the band here at Out of the Parc HQ). I think some of these sweater designs from Modern Needlecraft are timeless as you can see by their contemporary counterparts.
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newcastle-pullover Lion Brand yarns.
Vintage-y cardi www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-good-vintage-cardigan in Simply Crochet Magazine
Crocheted in chunky weight www.redheart.com/free-patterns/classy-cardi (Red Heart yarns)
www.lionbrand.com/knitting-pattern-shawl-collar-sweater-1.html (Lion Brand yarn)
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunset-tunic (Be a Crafter)
For a little fun I put together a slideshow of some of the advertisements. You won't believe the prices!
I hope you enjoyed your walk thru Modern Needlecraft magazine. I certainly enjoyed wandering through Ravelry to find the contemporary counterpart designs. Fiber artists take their inspiration from many places, not the least of which is the past! Thank you to all the designers who work so hard to provide us with great patterns!
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