Vintage Projects with Patons

I am Louise from Wildflower Wool, a knitter who loves knitting and teaching others how to knit. Join me as I knit every pattern from Next Steps Eight: Fair Isle Knitting and blog my progress along the way. To read from the beginning, visit my previous posts.

Last year I challenged myself to knit all of the projects in the Patons Next Steps Eight: Fair Isle Knitting pattern book. Well the year is over and everything has been knit except for the last sweater. It’s on the needles and progressing nicely although slowly! I ‘ll blog about this sweater when it is finished but for now I have decided to move onto this years challenge – vintage Patons patterns!.

You all know that my favourite go to yarns are Patons Kroy and Patons Classic Wool but I’m not sure if I have mentioned that I also have a HUGE collection Patons pattern books. It only seemed natural to combine some of these vintage patterns with my favourite yarns. So, from now to December I’m going to be picking out some classic patterns from years gone by and knitting them with a few modifications with today's Patons yarns.

The first project is from Book No. 115 Bazaar Novelties and Gifts by Beehive. Note the price of the book, 0.75 cents!

I was looking for a super easy slipper pattern to knit while I was watching the Olympics one evening and I thought of this pattern. Hasn’t everyone had a pair of these slippers knit for them or bought as a gift from a church Bazaar?

Caron Christmas Stocking in Caron Simply Soft yarn by RepeatCrafterMe

One of my favourite things about looking through these pattern books is seeing the hand written notes on the patterns. Some wonderful Knitter, a Grandmother or Mother maybe, knit slippers for Chris taking the time to take note of the number of ridges needed for the perfect fit when she knit the next pair; or maybe just to make sure slipper number 2 was the same size as the first ;) Either way, I like knowing that this pattern book was well used by a Knitter before me.

Caron Christmas Stocking in Caron Simply Soft yarn by RepeatCrafterMe

With the invention of Ravelry, the Knitter using this pattern after me will have to check out my notes on my Ravelry project page. How the times have changed!

I heavily modified this pattern making it all garter stitch knit with 3 strands of Patons Kroy Socks with minimal shaping making them a quick knit and also a good beginner project.