Very often produce extremely cool little pattern booklets to sell with their particular popular yarns. Usually the patterns are a variety of ideas from hat to toys. I own several of these little pattern books myself. Including some extremely useful vintage pattern booklets from various yarn companies. For today's Classics in the Parc I thought I'd share Coats and Clark's "Jiffy Accessories to Knit and Crochet" Produced in 1961.
Some of you will find these little projects familiar either because you were around in the 1960's or because some of these projects are still popular today! They may have been updated or the pattern changed slightly but essentially people are still wearing the exact same design even in 2018. It goes back to that idea that there isn't really anything truly new.
I chose this particular booklet because the designs are familiar in many ways, because there are both knit and crochet projects, and because I could link some updated versions of these projects in this post. I thought that would be fun! Let's get started!
Inside the cover of this magazine are 22 projects (22 projects for $.29 not bad LOL) The first project that I really thought was sharp looking was the Jiffy Jacket. Described as a casual jacket/crocheted bolero it is made with the "cross stitch". The difficulty with some of the older pattern books is that there are no diagrams or description of how the project is made (i.e. made in one piece from the top down ect) It is a very cute style for a jacket and would match perfectly with some of the redesigned 1950's style dresses that are so popular now. Coming just to the waist, with a round collar and three quarter length sleeves, it really would be a great little addition to your wardrobe. For an updated version see this sweet little jacket from Lion Brand
The next two projects are really timeless, basic patterns. The first is a warm drop stitch scarf for Winter. (pictured on the left) It's unisex in style and would look great with some of the new gradient yarns or self-striping yarns. As the yarn is dropped during the knitting process the gradient colors or stripes would be broken up giving it an interesting look. The example scarf on the cover of the magazine pictured above is knit in a worsted weight (#4) variegated yarn. It's both unisex and reversible! If you'd like to make a dropped stitch scarf, Leah Oliver of This Lush Corner has designed the Ladder Run scarf. It's a free pattern on Ravelry!
The second scarf, simply titled "Garter Stitch Scarf" is a keyhole style scarf that has been popular for years. These little scarves are stylish without being bulky. In fact the vintage example is created in fingering (3 ply) yarn. A nice weight to wear with a Fall or Winter coat or a dress jacket at work. Using a formula of increases and decreases in garter stitch (knit every row) the designers created a leaf shape on either end of the scarf making it a timeless piece. At one point I believe "Anthropologie" had a scarf this style for sale. (at a hefty price) If you're looking for a pattern to make your own scarf check out the "MissMarple Scarf". It would make a great gift!
Though this pattern is listed as hat for men, it would no doubt be appreciated by anyone who has to be out in the cold. The knitted "Pea Cap" (to go with a Peacoat no doubt) is an easy striped hat, knit flat on two needles then sewn up the back of the hat. The ribbed style of this knit cap makes it a good snug fit around the head. The doubled cuff of the hat is extra warm over the ears. This type of hat would be gratefully accepted by many charities including Christmas at Sea and Northern Adirondack Hats For Hope Initiative. Christmas at Sea has their own 2 needle pattern. And if you are looking for a similar pattern to the ribbed Pea Hat Bernat offers the "Men's Hat" (also a simple matching scarf).
The last project I wanted to share from this vintage gem is little novel! Two needle socks! They do not look any different from the traditional 4 needle double point socks. Which is pretty wild. The Easy Heel 2-Needle Socks are knit on fingering weight yarn (3 ply). Now, I have, am able to knit socks on 4 needles but ever since the advent of reading glasses in my life, I find it a bit trying. Then I learned to knit socks on two !6" circular needles. I've never tried knitting socks on two straight needles. This must have been quite a interesting project back in 1961. No one had to be left out of knitting socks if they wanted to learn! Grace Mcewen created this modern version of the 2 needle basic sock on Ravelry. The Basic Men's 2 needle socks is Free!
Obviously I only scratched the surface of what Coats and Clark printed in this booklet of patterns however, these were the patterns that had close modern equivalents. So I hope you enjoy the vintage and modern mix in today's blog. It certainly was fun to write.
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