Friday, October 11, 2013

Winter Sport Fashions

A couple weeks ago, my mom told me she found an old knitting magazine from 1957 while doing some deep cleaning, and asked if I would like it.  Would I?!  I think you all know the answer to that!

A week later I had it in my hot little hands, and the other day I took some pictures of all the designs to share with you all, because I think this magazine has some really neat stuff!  There are lots of sweaters in this one I could consider making.  This magazine is also different from a lot of my vintage knittng magazines in that each design has a name, like modern patterns tend to.  Most of my older magazines just have numbers for the patterns.

So without further adieu, I give you "Winter Sport Fashions . . ."

Lake Placid

I really love the cover design, especially in this vivid red.  It's hard to see here, but this sweater has a zippered front closure.

St. Moritz

I really like this one too, although not for a man.  I could see this with a tartan skirt . . .

Two-Boggan

Muahahaha!  A pun!  I love you, vintage knitting magazine!

Ski Train

Those toggles are hiding another front zipper - what a great idea!

Ice-Cap-Ade


The hood zips open to lay flat, AND there's a little zippered pocket at the bottom of the front placket!

Snow Queen

This one is crocheted, side to side, in an interesting textured stitch.

Slalom

Deep raglan brioche stitch sweater with oversized turtleneck that doubles as a hood.  Yes, please!!

Alpine

Cuff to cuff construction again, this time in knit.

Fair Isle

Well, that's an original name!

Ski Tow

"Quiet down!  I'm on the phone!"  I think it's interesting that the bottom hem is turned back the way you would do on sleeve cuffs.  Doesn't seem very practical!

Lodger

Oh boy, dolman sleeves.  One of my biggest weaknesses!

Iceland

More dolman sleeves!

Two-Some

Nice.

Snow-Ball (skirt)

OK, I went ice skating just about every day after school when I was a kid, because we lived across the street from a pond.  I'm certain I never looked this cute!

Ski-Jump

Somehow these motifs have a tiki feel to me . . .  not very conducive to skiing.  Or sweater-wearing.  But I like it!

Snowflake

So classic in black and white.  But would you get a load of those eyebrows?!  What's going on here?!






Chalet

You can't see it here, but the contrasting insets down the outside of the leg and at the shoulder have a leaf lace pattern.  I think this is pretty slick, although I don't see myself ever knitting it.

 

And of course you have to have hats and mittens.

So what do you think?  As I write this, it's 70 degrees and sunny - a little hard to think about winter.  But I love looking through vintage knitting magazines no matter what time of year!


27 comments:

  1. That Slalom sweater, woo, I love that one too!!!

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    1. Pretty awesome, isn't it? I've seen a very similar design in one of my other vintage knitting magazines and loved that one too.

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  2. These are great! I would have to say that my favourite is Ice-Cap-Ade and I think Mr. Stitch would look good in Too-Boggan. I so hear you about the nice weather. It's been beautiful all week here and I can't even think of the fact that in a couple of months we'll be freezing, especially after not having had a winter last year at all. Brrrr!

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    1. I love the shawl collar on Two-Boggan. Sadly, Hubby doesn't like them. But I agree that would look great on Mr. Stitch! And I'm surprised how many people mentioned Ice-Cap-Ade as their favorite! I like it, but it's not my fave.

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  3. I want to ride on the ski train!

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    1. Hehehe! I love those toggles with the chain. I wonder if something like that could be found these days?

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  4. So timeless really - but how on earth did the women back then have such tiny waists?? It's been cold and rainy here so I could use one of these right now!

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    1. Corsets! That St. Moritz model was cinched in like Scarlett O'Hara, no doubt about it.
      -- stashdragon

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    2. Oooof - so glad we don't have to do that on a daily basis these days! I don't mind wearing a girdle occasionally, but I draw the line at corsets!

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  5. An enviable collection! Admittedly, I'm not as fond of "St Moritz" as you are, but "Slalom" and "Ice Capade" - yes, please, and at least six others too. Now I'm going to have to search the vintage pattern shops, darn it.

    But "Ski Tow", aka the Man on the Phone: I recognized him! This design was reprised as style no 8404, offered in men's, women's and child's sizes, in Bear Brand's "Aran Fisherman Sweaters" booklet, which someone gave me back in the'90s. No publication date, but all the photostyling is from the same era; cover price $1.00 for just eleven patterns, so maybe a few years later?
    -- stashdragon

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    1. That's so interesting! And it does really belong more in a Fisherman Sweaters booklet I think.

      One thing that was really interesting that I wasn't able to capture with my camera is that the on man and boy in the Two-Boggan picture, the shoes are drawn in and painted - somehow they're not photography!!

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  6. HAHAHAHA this is hilarious! The tightly-belted baggy pants *slay* me. How totally fun -- and I agree that some of these designs have a lot of potential. I am mad about Ice-Cap-Ade, so clever and lovely stitch pattern.

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    1. I have to admit I kind of like it! And in the recent issue of Threads, the part where they show what's on the runway at the moment, they were showing high-waisted pants with wide legs - a silhouette very similar to this.

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  7. ... and don't you just love their devil'ish smiles? What a great find and treasure!

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    1. Hehehe, yes! I'm not sure I would do any actual skiing in any of these garments either!

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  8. Oh my, I'm sure glad she asked if you wanted it! These are fantastic!

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    1. Me too! I guess she thought I might, since over the years I'd already stolen all her other vintage knitting magazines from her :-)

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  9. wow, definitely some gems there, and some err... not so much. such fun to browse though!

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    1. Hehehehe! Are we going to see you starting to do your eyebrows like the wacky lady soon?! ;-)

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  10. I like how they made these sweaters sexy and chic. Some great projects in this mag.

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    1. I agree! I think this mag is in my top ten of favorites in my vintage mag collection.

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  11. Follow-up: the moment I finished reading and commenting on this post last week, I found this Winter Sports booklet at a vintage patterns website and ordered it. Today it arrived in the mail. Score! This may be my favorite vintage craft publication ever. Thanks for introducing us!
    -- stashdragon

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    1. That's awesome, Gretchen! Any plans to make one of these designs soon?

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    2. No immediate plans, but I really wanted the collection in my library. I also noticed that someone has already entered the St. Moritz pattern (though no other patterns yet) and the booklet into the Rav database! Look for the booklet under the rather long full title of "Bear Brand and Fleisher Yarns Vol 38", etc., if you want to add it to your Rav library.
      -- stashdragon

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    3. I saw that too - I always look when I get a new vintage magazine. Usually it's not on Ravelry, but this one was!

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