I know nothing about knitting. However, in case you do, here are some more knitted fashions from the thirties — and a surprise.
It has delightful details, like the knitted-in center front skirt panel:
The Woman’s Home Companion also offered knitting patterns; this slim two-piece knit is another from 1936:
The knitting stitch looks familiar; “frosty cotton yarn” was recommended for this outfit.
This “dress” pattern from Woman’s Home Companion was a bit different; it offered a paper pattern, not just instructions.
Was a hand-knitted dress like this stylish or dowdy? I believe knits were in style, mostly because of this ad from an upscale, custom corset company:
If the desire to wear knitted suits and dresses was a selling point for foundation garments, there must have been many women who wanted to wear knits.
In 1937, teen-aged actress Lana Turner was dubbed “The Sweater Girl,” and that’s what her New York Times obituary called her in 1995. (She was not really discovered at Schwab’s soda fountain, however….) But the sweater and skirt combination was definitely a popular look for schoolgirls and other women in the nineteen thirties.
More sweaters to knit — one of them very jacket-like, were featured in the August, 1934, Ladies’ Home Journal:
“A grand knit blouse for your tweed suit. Its square neck and raglan sleeves are important. We’ve made it in a little checkerboard stitch in Bear Brand or Bucilla crepe boucle or Shetland, if you wish.”
Also from 1934 are these manufactured sweaters from the Berth Robert catalog:
Costumers on a tight budget may be glad to know that the twin set was already established in the nineteen thirties, although finding one with set-in pockets may not be easy. The elaborate collar on number J 12 is very “thirties.”
The same Delineator article that showed the snug, three-piece suit (shown earlier) also had photos of the cable-knit that begins this post and this short-sleeved cotton sweater to knit yourself:
A pattern for this angora sweater was also offered.
High school and college girls were especially likely to wear sweaters.
Part sweater, part weskit, and part jacket, with two diagonally set pockets, this one really appeals to me:
But my very favorite 1930’s “sweater set” is deceptive:
I love the contrast binding, the 3-button collar, the bias pocket detail on cardigan and blouse, the buttoned wrists…. but this is not a sweater set. It’s made of plaid wool flannel.
I wonder; Was “Twique” prounounced “Twee-kay” to rhyme with piqué?