|Stitchcraft, March 1954|
One pattern that we know sold well was first published in Stitchcraft magazine, not as a leaflet - it was the cover design in March 1954. Then in May 1954, Stitchcraft carried an ad saying:
Knitted blazers with the "Bulky Look" are all the rage, When this P & B design was featured on the front cover of March Stitchcraft it was so popular that all the copies sold out in two days. For this reason you may have been unable to obtain the pattern. So many women have asked for it that we have rushed out a special colour booklet (C-786) covering this blazer.The blazer is not what we would call bulky now - it is knitted in DK yarn, on sizes 9 and 11 needles (3.75mm. and 3mm.) The stitch is quite textured, though, which would make it thicker than stocking stitch.
And twenty years later, the pattern was issued again, in Patons' All Time Greats booklet - I assume because it had been such a good seller first time round.
|From All Time Greats|
And while looking through the issues of Stitchcraft from 1954, I found another of the originals of the All Time Greats designs - the cover design was taken from the February 1954 Stitchcraft. I guess that it had also been a popular pattern in 1954. It's very elegant - and I like the way that the stylist has found a pavement of pink, grey and white tiles to pose the model against. But it's a lot of plain stocking stitch in fine yarn - not so popular these days as it was in the 1950s.
|Stitchcraft, February 1954|