have been v busy, and at long last finally got around to updating this little WonkyZebra’s blog..
most updating is done at http://wonkyzebra.etsy.com
baby stuff is at http://wonkyzebrababy.etsy.com
also on Zibbet, Folksy, DaWanda, Misi etc etc
A lovely vintage 1950s knitting pattern PDF for the winter weather and Christmas time.
This “Norwegian Sweater” is full of retro flavour and quite a simple knit with full pictorial charts for the pattern and reindeer motif.
The reindeer on its own will be great for all sorts of seasonal uses, as a patch, pin cushion or on any other knitted garment; or even for use in cross-stitch embroidery.
A patten for a crochet vintage 1960’s suit. Super wearable, super easy to make and very “mad men” style elegant. Emailed to you in PDF format.
The jacket or skirt would make useful wardrobe additions on their own as well. Imagine the cardigan jacket in a textured yarn and the skirt with a soft blouse for comfortable, but elegant, sixties glamour at work maybe!
A vintage 1940s knitting pattern for some really lovely gloves, or gauntlets, with deep cuffs. One pair has a beautiful flared shaped cuff with inset moss (seed) stitch ribs and one pair a frilled cuff made in simple crocheted lace (but you could of course use a knitted lace stitch).The others have an all over simple but detailed texture.
Good for showing off your knitting, ideal for period dramas or re-enacting and great for just keeping warm!
The pattern itself is a charming thing-each page has a heading with a useful admonishing statement or basic advert, such as;
“Start right by using the wool recommended!”
“Patons super crepe-stylish fabric!”
“Right wool, correct tension – success!”
“Patons super crepe – all wool, well built!”
NB. This was in a really teeny tiny font-so even enlarged to A4 it is still only about 1 0 point- although you can print to larger size on larger sheets.
A 1970s vintage crochet pattern PDF for a seventies long gown; or “hostess gown”.
A simple cosy long a-line shape with subtly flared sleeves, very cosy for lounging around at home in.
It is upgraded to “hostess gown” by the pretty crochet medallion embellishments (which incidentally would work into a pretty shawl or blanket).
Shell edging and tasselled zip front closure make this a seventies classic.
Personally I think the tassel is overkill with the medallions, but either would look nice.
NB this garment has a particularly nice set in sleeve construction. Just the top half, on its own, would make into a fabulous cardigan or jacket.
A knitting and crochet 1970s vintage PDF pattern for four lovely vintage seventies hats (2 knit, 2 crochet) for “the average head”..
All of these are easy and quick to make – I used to make the beret in an evening.
A really useful and wearable set, made in a chunky Patons Husky – “a thick but light, knits up very quickly” wool yarn.
The tensions given are;
15 st x 20 rows to 4”(10cm) on no4 (UK)needles (x USA metric)
Beret-6st and 2rows to 2” (5cm) on hook 6.00 (metric)(4 old UK) ,( xUS)
Cap: 6 half trebles (UK) (half dc USA) stitches = 2”(5cm) on hook 5.5 (metric)(5 old UK),( xUS)
A Vintage PDF Crochet Bikini Pattern for two itsy bitsy (very) teeny weeny cotton bikinis ( and a “pouche” for sunglasses ) !
Good news for a super quick result from minimal materials for sun worshipers in a hurry- but please note that these bikinis have very minimal shaping, on both cups and bottoms.
The black one relies on gathers to shape the cups; but the gold one has NO “3D” shape at all.
Unless you are an AA cup (or really do want a very teeny look!) I would put a little shape in “for comfort and safety”.
I have explained an easy way of doing this in the pattern – which is also reformatted for easy printing and reading.
A crochet pattern PDF for a gorgeous retro skirt suit.
The front buttoned bodice and sleeves are worked as one in a lace stitch; the full sleeves, gathered into deep buttoned cuffs, echo the matching deep midriff band.
A deep, peplum or basque falls open and sits over the matching skirt.
Glorious! Feminine and flattering for all sorts of semi formal occasions..
or just make the lovely skirt!
the Etsy listing is for emailed PDF of the vintage 1970s pattern.
A knitting pattern Vintage PDF for a cute Aran style sleeveless dress from the seventies.
This would look great shorter as a tunic over trousers (pants), or even as a tank top.
The bobble pattern is easy ( instruction given ) and very effective in a rustic-meets-space-age sort of way!
Great for cold weather layering- town or country…
A vintage 1970s PDF of a Crochet Pattern for some lovely retro cushions; circular, granny square, circle in a square, and even just stripes!
Save yourself the trouble of working out a pattern for these simple, but effective, retro cushions!
You could finish one almost as quickly as the time it takes to decide on yarns from your stash!
If you like these you may also like these crochet cushions; 201, 247, 249 and some afghan blankets 195, 190, 224, 234, 262, 257, 140 & 144.
A PDF crochet vintage 1970s pattern for a stunning tunic and trousers- or pantsuit from the sixties.
This gorgeous tunic would look great over any trousers or pants; it really could go to work, out afterwards, and be worn casually over the weekend… great for any busy girl!
The trousers are a good shape and also very wearable.
Go on – you know you want this in your wardrobe!
Easy and quite quick –it is mainly basic treble (US double) crochet; the lace is worked down from the main garment-so easy to adjust.