I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have much of a yarn stash — at least not compared with most of the folks I’ve seen on Ravelry. And I don’t buy a whole lot of pattern books, especially when I’m in Minneapolis, where the public libraries have a huge and up-to-date collection of them.
I do have a stash, though. A shameful, ridiculous, enormous stash of about 100 vintage knitting and crochet patterns, books, and pamphlets. If I see one at a yard sale, flea market or thrift shop, I can’t not buy it.
Some of them are beautiful. Some of them are funny. Some are just plain weird. And, if you read between the lines of the patterns and images, some even tell stories about rationing during WWII, about how white middle class families were represented during the Cold War, or about how leftist countercultures of the late 60s shaped handknitting fashion.
And each of them cost less than $1.
I recently proposed a swap with Ms. Stitchywitch — to trade the pattern she used for her lovely 80s sweater for one in my stash. Trouble is, I had to find a way to let her browse my giant vintage pattern library. So, Stitchywitch, here are a few of my favorites. Let me know which ones you’d like to see more of!