What was happening in the UK? A British version of the Vogue Knitting Book was also published - the Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns site lists several issues from the 50s and 60s, up to issue 68 in Spring/Summer 1966. (At two issues a year, that would also correspond to a first issue in 1932). But then... it re-started publication in Spring/Summer 1967 with issue number 1 (again). It seems that, in this country at least, knitting was still popular enough to warrant a re-launch. I have two issues of the new series that I bought in 1969 (numbers 7 and 8), but I'm not sure that it survived into the 70s. The Spring/Summer 1969 issue contains some wonderful patterns, and consequently my copy is very dog-eared, with the cover in two pieces.
|Kaffe Fassett's Moroccan jacket|
This is also the earliest knitting pattern in a magazine that I have seen which names the designer. Now the practice is almost universal, but not then. The designer is not credited for any of the other patterns in either of the 1969 issues. I think that naming the designer became more common in the 1970s, when designers like Patricia Roberts were becoming well known. For instance, the Over 21 Fashion Workshop magazine, published in 1973, has designs by Bill Gibb, Zandra Rhodes, Patricia Roberts and Susan Duckworth, although several others are anonymous.
I never knitted the Kaffe Fassett waistcost, though it was very tempting. The fact that it was designed for a man was a bit off-putting. I did knit one of the designs from that issue. It has lots of moss stitch ( I still love moss stitch) - cuffs, waist band and a square neck. It looked good, but didn't get as much wear as it should have. I knitted in it nylon yarn - a mistake - and the neckline was perhaps a bit too high at the front so that the edge rubbed and was uncomfortable. Pity. Maybe I should knit it again in better quality yarn.
|A lean-look sweater with square neck and moss stitch bands outlining the waist|