I've been knitting from vintage patterns for a few years…
I’m getting some lovely feedback from ‘Knit Back In Time’ which, I’ll admit, is happy news to my ears! Now you too can create your own adaptation of the Bestway ‘Tea-Time Jumper’ (leaflet No.605) featured in the first half of the book by going to the ‘Free Vintage Knitting Patterns’ page.
I’m picking up on ‘wishlist’ items for the book which is something I can address here: there are no actual patterns in the book and I’ll admit that’s something it would have been nice to have included, so I’ve spoken to the current Bestway copyright-holders who have agreed to me publishing the pattern on this website – hurrah! This is particularly good news as the pattern doesn’t seem to crop up regularly on the usual vintage pattern outlets, so I’ve saved you the bother of searching.
When I started writing the book my priority was to do the subject justice as it’s so close to my heart, but at the same time to write in a tone which avoided the opposite ends of the scale: too patronising or too dry. Fairly early on I realised I wanted the book to be something I wished I’d had years ago, something which gets down to the nitty-gritty of how to adapt your own patterns and encourages knitters to go off-piste and experiment with their own patterns rather than a project book, and hopefully that’s what I’ve done. I did have a feeling that if I’d included revised patterns it would have been like having a ‘cheat’ section in the book and would have discouraged people from doing their own thing.
There are so many considerations to take into account when you’re putting this type of book together including space, copyright and budget issues (you should have seen what we had to leave out!), so it’s not always possible to squeeze in what you’d want to in an ideal world. Having said that there are many things I’ve learned from the process and will know for next time – lucky for me there is a next time! I’m currently neck-deep in a project for Laurence King Publishers; it’s keeping me off the streets and on the coffee and will hopefully be out the end of this/beginning of next year, so a new adventure begins.
In the meantime, have fun knitting up your own versions of this classic jumper – I’d love to know how you get on!