The holidays always remind me of visiting my grandparents’ house in the country. Well, I guess it wasn’t exactly the country. It was way outside of the city, and when I was younger, it seemed like we were in the sticks. Although we no longer visit their old “country” home, I will never forget it. My grandmother’s house had a distinct scent to it. It always smelled like chicken noodle soup, even when there was nothing on the stove. Her décor hadn’t changed much from the sixties, and I loved it. My cousins and I used to crawl around their attic looking for old toys. Looking back this was probably really unsafe, but we enjoyed ourselves all the while.
My favorite part about going to my grandparents’ house was playing dress up. My grandma had kept a ton of her old clothes for the grandchildren to play with while the adults visited with each other. I loved the old look and feel of the outdated fabrics, the simple elegance of her knit shawls, and the slightly musty scent of mothballs.
The vintage lifestyle has enjoyed a rise in popularity demonstrated in shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey. Seeing this genre in pop culture only makes me remember my grandmother’s dress up box with more fondness. It’s true that fashion repeats itself, so here are a few vintage knitting patterns for you to take you back to the good old days.
Country Club Shawl – Impress the neighbors as you wrap yourself in this lovely lace shawl.
Beacon Hill Shawl – This retro chic shrug offers the perfect amount of modesty and warmth.
Lacy Shruggy – Perfect for fighting off a chill, the Lace Shruggy’s beauty lies in its lace details.
Collared Stole – This cozy stole is perfect for curling up on the couch to watch your favorite Cary Grant movie.
Contralto Shawl – This knit shawl pattern has a beautiful chain link stitch design that’s impossible not to love.
Allegro Shawl – This timeless lace shawl is perfect for an evening out.
Downton Abbey Skirt, Blouse, and Jacket – channel the style of your favorite characters on Downton Abbey!
Polka Dot Stole – Polka dots are a classic, and this stole is no exception!
Which one of these vintage knitting patterns is your favorite?