PDF Vintage baby 1939 knitting pattern for a Classic Traditional Pretty Dress to fit 1 - 2 year old Toddler Child Girl baptism party#18

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A SWEET BEST DRESS for a Toddler to 2 years old – a pattern created in 1939

This is a delightful little dress pattern, torn out of a weekly woman's magazine, discovered in my mother's collection. I am delighted to offer it to you as a piece of nostalgia of an age when small children were beautifully dressed and middle class women had time to knit. This of course all changed just a few short months later when Britain declared war.


• This pattern was written in an age when knitting magazines expected their readers to have considerable ability in interpreting knitting patterns. If you feel you can interpret this following phrase, then you should be just fine working this pattern:
“Work 8 rows straight beginning at the 3rd pattern row (being careful to keep the 3 pattern panels of 21 sts. intact, and working 1 st. less on the first and last m.s. panels and 1 st. less at each end of the 2 centre m.s. panels)”
Thus this pattern may not be suitable for a beginner knitter.
• This pattern was written in 1939 when all knitting for babies was completed in pure wool. Please consider whether or not to follow the pattern's 'pressing' instructions which expect a 100% wool garment.
• The original pattern has become yellowed with age and some characters are smudged, so I have reformatted the text.
• All measurements are in inches and you may wish to obtain an inch ruler or tape measure in order to be accurate.
• An ounce of wool weighs approximately 25g, 1 yard = 36 inches.
• Old UK size 10 needles are equivalent to 3.25mm today, size 8 is equivalent to 4mm; US sizes 3 and 6 respectively).
• To obtain the correct tension with modern yarns try going up or down one size of needle. Try using modern yarns which recommend the use of 4 mm needles and show a similar tension on their ball band. (US size 3).
• The original 3 pages of pattern are scanned from the popular British magazine Woman’s Weekly dated 17 July 1939. Please enjoy the advertisements of the time, just prior to the outbreak of WW2 in the UK. Following after the facsimiles is my reformatted verbatim text of the pattern for easier reading.

No resale rights, personal use only - in accordance with Etsy's policies. Copyright Lorna Jenkin 2017

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