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Vintage 1940s 1950s knitting book - original patterns - garments for women, men and children - household items - dolls and toys including golly - history of knitting

The Minerva Knitting Annual (1950) by Jane Koster and Margaret Murray
Published by Andrews and Warburg Ltd, London, UK
Hardback book (no dustjacket) - 116 pages
Dimensions: approx. 7" x 9"
A relatively scarce, hard-to-find title
Although just nudging into the 1950s in terms of publication date, the patterns in this volume were obviously commissioned/produced during the late 1940s and bear the hallmarks of that era

Features knitted garments/accessories for women, men and children, many of them modelled by British film stars of the 1940s
Patterns include pullovers/vests for men and boys; a twin set, dress and cardigan for girls; an angora bolero, fair isle twin set and bed jackets for ladies; knitted toys and several household items (e.g. tray cloths, a small panel curtain and table mats). There are patterns (drawn from England, France and Hungary) for traditional knitted bedspread squares (featured here) as well as knitted edgings 'collected from English and French Knitting Books of the early 18th century'. Finally, there is a fascinating 7-page section on knitting during the period 1840-1950 (also featured here) - not to mention some great period advertisements (particularly for knitting yarns such as 'Don Maid', 'Viyella', Copley's and Pearsall's 'jewel' rayon)
Please feel free to contact me should you require further information about specific patterns before purchasing. I have omitted a photo of the cover in favour of showing more content but, once again, please ask if you would like to see a photo of the cover

This book is in reasonably good condition. There is damage to the top and bottom of the spine. Also considerable staining to the back cover. Top outer corner is bumped throughout. General age discolouration/foxing/tanning to the internal pages (especially the endpapers and adjacent pages). But otherwise good. The binding is tight and the internal pages are free from major flaws. No stains or tears. No annotations apart from original owner's initials on front endpaper
Please note: the binding on these Minerva Knitting Annuals was fragile and most of the copies that I have seen over the years have sustained some damage to the spine. The covers also have a faded, muted appearance and were printed that way

Please note: these are UK patterns and international knitters may need to make some adjustments (e.g. to needle sizes)

Any questions, please feel free to ask
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  • Vintage Supply from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, vintage knitting book
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