I discovered these mid 50s Vogue Knitting books in an off-the-beaten-track charity shop last week, and I’m quite obsessed by the designs. Usually 50s knitwear is kind of on the dowdy side (all grannyish cardigans and conservative high necked sweaters), but some of these look so timelessly elegant and wearable.
You could totally go to the ambassador’s soiree in these cardigans (anyone else remember that Ferrero Rocher ad?) I particularly like the contrast cable design on the blue cardigan at the top.
The high neckline on this jacket (right) looks awkward, but the colourwork pockets are a really cool touch.
I love both of these jumpers, especially the colour blocked one on the right. The construction is a bit bizarre; it has a turned up hem and a neckline facing, which don’t really make sense to me. I would add ribbing at the hem, neck and sleeves instead, maybe in a contrasting colour. I would leave the splits out as well. The blue sweater is knit in a lovely textured honeycomb pattern.
This sweater is knit from the top down (surprising, considering the awkward construction of some of the other designs in this book…). I don’t think I could handle such a high neck, but I like overall look (very ‘yachting in the south of France’)
I think this is my favourite design of all and I’m seriously considering knitting it. It looks oversized and comfortable (my kind of jumper) but still impossibly chic (maybe it’s just the model…). Again, the construction is awkward. According to the pattern, the hem is turned up, and the cuffs are knitted and then sewn on, rather than being knitted straight on to the sleeves (why??). I’d add ribbing to the bottom, leave out the split, and knit the cuffs on to the sleeves. And then swan around in it with a silk scarf…