Knitting Fashion from the 1950's.
Hi there! This is a follow up post on vintage patterns...as well as a store update. I wanted to add pieces more typical of the work I have at shows. I love playing with colour and texture so I often have unique colourways which are one offs. In other news I've acquired some more Estate magazines (published by Dubied) from 1953-55. Right now I'm researching summer knitwear design and I just love some of the finishing and detail work on these garments.
It always amazes me how contemporary some vintage pieces can look. The adjacent photo reminds me of something Celine or Chloe might offer. And what about those swimsuits below? I could see them with updated bikini lines or converted into a dress to update them completely.
Aren't they lovely?
My Dubied and Santagostino machines don't have the same type of patterning capability as home machines. Instead needles are slipped or tucked depending on how you place them in the needle beds. Sometimes I feel frustrated by that limitation and I wanted to share some of the great summer lace needle layouts for those that read for more technical information.
Below are four layouts with Italian descriptions. Its not too hard to use google translate and see how the lace is formed. They are great places to start if you are interested in sampling for summer appropriate knits.
Here's a few phrases:
fare 1 giro= knit 1 row
riprendere = repeat
leve tutte alzate= all levers raised
spostare di 1 ago verso sinistra= rack 1 needle
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Anna is a Hamilton based knitwear and textile practitioner blogging about her collection development as well as pre-1950's knitwear technology.
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