|The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Knitting|
It is very comprehensive, with tutorial material on how to knit, lots of stitch patterns, and instructions for knitting just about every kind of garment you could imagine knitting. Except that there are hardly any patterns for coats or indeed anything that would need thick yarn. Although the section on yarn does list double knitting wool as "a very thick thread for skirts and outerwear", the author does not mention it again - the patterns are for fingering weight or finer yarn. (The one exception is a jacket in "astrakhan" yarn.) It's odd - these days, for many knitters, double knitting is the thinnest yarn they use for knitting jumpers and cardigans, and yet houses are much better heated now than in the 30s. But then, to judge from this book, they wore lots of hand-knitted woolly underwear.
Here's a pattern that I think is pretty (if you get into a 1930s mindset) though I am not planning to knit it. But I do like the idea of using a lace stitch pattern to create a kind of yoke - that might be worth adapting for a thicker weight of yarn. (How did they maintain complicated hair-dos like that without all the modern hair products that we have now? Why did they bother?)
|A Yoke Effect Jumper|