retro patterns pdfs

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051 Zesty Lemon Lime Bikinis

051 Zesty Lemon Lime Bikinis

Great value !

Two very wearable, lovely bikinis from the mid seventies that still looks as fresh as citreous. Please note this is the same pdf pattern as “051 Zesty Lime”.

Plus a button though tunic / vest, you could also layer as daywear over jeans or for the office.

This pattern will really work hard for you.

Size bust 30-36” 76-91.5cm

Recommends crepe 4ply (fingering) size 2mm hook

these are listed as both LEMON and LIME flavours – the patternS are the same..

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052 Patons Promise Orange Tunic

052 Patons Promise Orange Tunic

This is described as a “zippy little dress or team it with trousers”
– WZ couldn’t agree more.

It is a fabulous shape with elegant but very simple rib shaping.

It is a real go anywhere little dress, that will take you through the day, and indeed through the seasons.

To fit Bust 33 to 40 inches = 84 to 101 cm,
Length 30.5 inches to 35 inches 77 to 89 cm.

Knitted on No8 needles Tension 24st by 32r over a 10cm or 4inch square

Wonky Zebra has a photo of a ball of Patons Promise in listing 045 and on his website – as so many of the patterns from his collection use it; http://www.wonkyzebra.com

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053 Patons Promise Ripple Dress Hat Scarf

053 Patons Promise Ripple Dress Hat Scarf

Mastered making ripple along blankets?

Then how about this gorgeous ripple dress, hat and scarf (ok all 3 at once is probably too much).

This wonderfully flippy little mod tunic dress is so sixties scooter look and so versatile – you can wear it as a day or party dress or as a tunic over leggings (they had the general idea on the original photo shoot- just not quite there with those trousers, LOL ).

The “feather and fan” stitch shaping would even look good worked in one solid colour.

If a whole dress is too much to take on – just make the scarf (Ok then – just the hat).

Wonky Zebra has a photo of a ball of Patons Promise in listing 045 and on his website – as so many of the patterns from his collection use it; http://www.wonkyzebra.com

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054 Surfer Bikini 61

054 Surfer Bikini 61

A very sweet little bikini set from the seventies.

Inside it says “ surfer trend setter “ in funky orange font, and I am guessing you would be pretty secure for any surfing like activities in this solid bandeau style bikini. The jacket or vest has 3 buttons to fasten and would work equally well over jeans etc.

Size to fit bust 34 to 38 inches Hip 36 to 40 inches Jacket length 28 inches.

It recommends size 4.00 (8) and 3.00 (10) hook with a double knit or worsted yarn for the jacket, and 4 ply or fingering for the bikini.

Tension :-
jacket 4 patterns to 3 inches on no4.00 and
bikini 5 trebles (UK) [double crochet (US) ] on no3.00 hook to 1 inch

Nb the smudging on the picture IS part of the original photograph – an early attempt at photoshop I think!

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055 Childs Dressing Gown and Bedsocks 22

055 Childs Dressing Gown and Bedsocks 22

An absolutely gorgeous little dressing gown, with an unusual and delightful star shaped collar, and cute little pompom ( pom pon ) bedsocks.

Just right for all your little angels or wizards (looks like this little poppet is already practicing with her dolly).

This would make a charming and pretty short jacket too. (With or without the pompoms.)

Probably has some mileage for fancy dress costumes too, even just the collar added to something else.

Size
Chest 22 to 26 inch (56 to 66 cm)
Actual measurements chest 25 to 29 inches (64 73 cm) ; length from shoulders 24 to 32.5 inches (61 to 83 cm ) ; sleeve seam 6 to 8.5 inches (16 to 22 cm) ; tension 6 sts and 21 rows to 4inch (10 cm) with st st on 5.5mm needles

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056 Lilac Tunic

056 Lilac Tunic

A dreamy, soft and romantic crochet tunic from the mid seventies.

It really captures the flower power hippy look, but in a “wearable now” way.

The yarn “kismet” had a very soft drape; it was loosely 2 plyed, silky but with a slightly fuzzy feel somewhere between a DK and 4ply (worsted/fingering) weight.

It is described as “offering all the endearing prettiness of mohair strengthened by the sturdy qualities of acrylic”.

Choose a soft (shawl?) yarn to get a similar effect.( see last photo )

The stocking stitch tension is recommended as 24st x 30rows on no9 needles

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057 Green Sweater 686

057 Green Sweater 686

A neat lace look cardigan with a really good size range (a bit of a rarity in vintage patterns!)

Another versatile shape for day wear, as it is or layered or even for evening- but you’ll probably need to lose the top couple of buttons! Speaking of buttons , she is so ladylike with her glass diamante ones and the pearls – shame she has a teeny stain on her bosom!

This will be a reasonably quick knit as the pattern is only 4 rows- 2 of which are straight purl ones; just enough to keep it from being too boring!

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058 Jubilee Red White Blue

058 Jubilee Red White Blue

This should keep you busy for any patriotic occasion!

Cute little vintage toys revamped by Patons, for the jubilee (Queen Elizabeth II, 1977)… How about these with all the Royal wedding celebrations due soon in the UK?

Plus included is a bonus child’s cardigan with patriotic red, white and blue trim – great for at least 3 countries WZ can think of, and an embroidered outline pattern of a Grenadier Guard Soldier.

The classic teddy is from many Patons pattern collections – with a removable set of patriotic clothing; dungarees, jacket boots and a scarf. (It would be easy to adapt the dungaree top to any flag, or indeed make it plain – “Jeans” cotton would be nice).

Ted comes with a doll guardsman- also a refugee from those “Bazaar“ booklets. His clothing is “knitted on” but he would make a great, simple, doll base, knitted in just skin colour. Both are about 16 inches tall.

There is also a template for the guardsmen (soldiers) appliqué shapes on the bin and an embroidery chart for one with the girl’s cardigan.

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059 Crochet Dress 671

059 Crochet Dress 671

A simply stunning lace shift dress from the late 60s.

Lovely as a summer dress for special occasions – maybe even as an alternative wedding dress!

Worked in single motifs (see enlarged photo) and joined in crochet ‘as you go’ or could be sewn together later if you want this as a travelling project. Why make a crochet granny blanket when you could make this for yourself?

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060 Little Red Dress 2097

060 Little Red Dress 2097

A pretty vintage crochet party dress for your “Poppet”.

A button through neck means it will be easy to pop on her, as well.

The treble (dc in US terms) lace stitch means it will be nice and quick to make.

A good mid season party dress or bridesmaid’s dress *; this would also look very sweet just with the plain part of the sleeves worked, giving short sleeves, or even as a sleeveless sundress.

*We have lots of other little girl dresses, suitable for wedding and party wear, in our ladies listings in the retro “mother and daughter” patterns. Like this one.

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About WonkyZebra

WonkyZebra and I have collected tons of patterns over the years. Before this was fashionable and the whole “vintage” thing happened, it was just considered to be a funny sort of hoarding; a bit “anorak” to use one of the slightly mocking terms us English specialise in. Now it is a wonderful source of lost treasure in the online textile universe; who would have guessed! It was quite a relief to find there are many others “out there” who appreciate a good pattern-and maybe even enjoy using them! I think it is a good thing anyone can get access to the designs instead of just those lucky enough to find them in gran’s workbox or charity shops. So, here we are with all our hoard, trying to make it all available as fast as we can…hooves don’t help much so it is down to me. I squeeze it in between actual crocheting, knitting, life, and other sundries. Vintage patterns; PDFs for sale at http://wonkyzebra.etsy.com
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2 Responses to retro patterns pdfs

  1. Christine says:

    Wow I LOVE the orange/red tunic/dress!! I am going to buy it on etsy. Do you know the model? I know I have seen her often, but what’s her name? You have a really cool blog and I also love the patterns.

  2. WonkyZebra says:

    thank you Christine, I don’t know who the model is, but knitting pattern houses did seem to use the same pool of girls, and you see them cropping up over and over again, I think some of them must have been in-house models. there is one lovely girl used on lots of the Barbara Warner patterns for Twilleys, that I have seen on Jaeger patterns and others as well. They must have been quite busy, there were a lot more knitters in those days LOL.
    they also used celebrities, just like we do now. I have patterns with Sir Michael Caine’s lovely wife Shakira, Roger Moore (pre his Bond days) and lots more including of course icon 60s models Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. The girl in the orange tunic dress looks similar to Twiggy, maybe that is who you are thinking of.
    Thank you for your comment, WonkyZebra was pleased.

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