The cardigans are in thick wool with pictorial designs on them; one has a design of yachts and the other has buffalo. The article says that the wool was Canadian, though bought in Neath in South Wales. I am sure that they are Mary Maxim designs - Mary Maxim was (and is) a Canadian yarn company that started in the 1950s. The company specialised then in hand-knit designs for thick jackets with zip fronts and designs based on Canadian wildlife, sports and similar outdoors-y themes. They exported the wool and patterns to the U.K. in the late 1950s, and we have around 60 Mary Maxim patterns in the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection. We don't have either of the patterns for the Davies's cardigans, but we do have an actual cardigan in the "Yachts" design.
|Mary Maxim "Yachts" cardigan|
Our example is knitted in black, red and cream rather than cream/fawn mix, dark brown and tan like Patrick Davies'. Another difference is that our cardigan has set-in sleeves and his has raglan sleeves - Mary Maxim patterns came with instructions for both.
|Yachts cardigan - back detail|
Mary Maxim patterns of that era are very distinctive - they were all printed on matte card, in a tall narrow format and in a uniform colour scheme. Two more are shown below, with designs of reindeer and wild duck. They are quite attractive if you like pictorial knitwear, and they are clearly very hard-wearing, as the Davies brothers' cardigans show. I do have some hand-knits that I am still wearing after 40 years or so - I can't match their (nearly) 55 years yet, though.
|Mary Maxim no. 400 Reindeer|
|Mary Maxim no. 401 Wild Duck|