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vintage ladies bathing suit knitting patterns

Beach Suits in Seasonal Designs by Arden-1: Fabulous vintage 1920s knitting pattern for a bathing costume. There are no sizes mentioned in these patterns as was often the case early in the 20th Century, so probably medium 34" bust work tension square on the size needles given and similar yarn, which was an artificial silk that knitted to a firm fabric on size 12 needles - it was a medium weight no 5 it says in the pattern. This may need some experimenting with, but is very easy to knit, despite the fact that they are knitted on 5 needles in the round, to make them seamless.

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vintage ladies bathing suit knitting patterns

Beach Suits in Seasonal Designs by Arden-3: Fabulous vintage 1920s knitting pattern for a bathing costume. Another bathing suit this time with pants type bottom half. There are no sizes mentioned in these patterns as was often the case early in the 20th Century, so probably medium 34" bust work tension square on the size needles given and similar yarn, which was an artificial silk that knitted to a firm fabric on size 12 needles - it was a medium weight no 5 it says in the pattern. This may need some experimenting with, but is very easy to knit,despite the fact that they ar knitted on 5 needles in the round, to make them seamless.

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vintage ladies bathing suit knitting patterns

Beach Suits in Seasonal Designs by Arden-4: Fabulous vintage 1920s knitting pattern for a bathing costume. This one has a very pretty back veiw with straps.There are no sizes mentioned in these patterns as was often the case early in the 20th Century, so probably medium 34" bust work tension square on the size needles given and similar yarn, which was an artificial silk that knitted to a firm fabric on size 12 needles - it was a medium weight no 5 it says in the pattern. This may need some experimenting with, but is very easy to knit, despite the fact that they are knitted on 5 needles in the round, to make them seamless.

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vintage ladies bathing costume knitting patterns

Beach Suits in Seasonal Designs by Arden-5: Fabulous vintage 1920s knitting pattern for a bathing costume. No sizes mentioned in these patterns as was often the case early in the 20th Century, so probably medium 34" bust work tension square on the size needles given and similar yarn, which was an artificial silk that knitted to a firm fabric on size 12 needles - it was a medium weight no 5 it says in the pattern. This may need some experimenting with, but is very easy to knit, this one is knitted on two needles and embroidered afterwards.

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vintage knitting book swimwear and undies

Bestway 93-1sw: Vintage booklet with lots of designs for the summer sun - when we get it! Maybe they had more in the 1940's and 50's. Pattern book is a little fragile so photocopies or pdfs only, sorry. The first one is of the bra-top and shorts featured on the cover, knitted in 4ply bust 32"-34" and hips 36"-38"  (how slim ladies were in the 'good ole days' !)

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vintage knitted swimsuit for a young lady

Bestway 93-8sw: How about this for the last word in beach wear! KNITTED swim suit in 4ply it will fit 34" bust.

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vintage ladies swim suit 1940's knitting patterns

Bestway 1898sw: Fabulous vintage knitting pattern for ladies bathing suit from the 1940's. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply, the fabric needs to be firm to keep its shape in the water, change needles if needed. The design was worked in blue and white. Easy to knit. To fit bust 33"-34" and hips 37"-38"

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vintage knitting pattern 1940's ladies swim suit

Bestway 2020sw: Great vintage two piece bathing suit from the 1940's worked in vintage 4ply, so modern double knitting might work better, try a tension square and see if this would work better. Bust 32"-34" the fabric is a bit streatchy when knitted.

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vintage ldies swimsuit

Bestway 2021sw: Fabulous 1940's two peice swim suit to fit 34-36 inch bust knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. Try to use a none eleastic yarn possible with silk or cotton in to stablize it. Or dont go in the water weating the bikini or you might just come out of the water not wearing it! But great for laying around and look very stylish and retro - old movie star fashion!

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vintage knitting lpattern for bikini 1940s swim suit knitting patterns

*Bestway 2022sw: Great 140's vintage knitting pattern for two peice swim suit worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. Knitted in single rib with strips of stocking stitch fro straps and seams, ther is a bow on the top (can be ommited) This is a fine example of austerity wear in the war years, pretty and with just a touch of glamour, but so practical. To fit 34" bust 36"-38" hips.

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vintage ladies swimwear

Copley 2019sw: Fabulous vintage knitting pattern for sun tops from the late 1930's, just the thing for the beach in 2010. Instructions for three different tops all knitted in vinage 3ply, try tension square in modern 4ply and see if a change of needles is needed - tension has to be tighter if you wish to go in the water with these tops - also use modern synthetic yarn to minimize, soggy top syndrome and streatching or shrinking! Great for jus laying around on the beach or on the deck of that expensive yatch.

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vintage knitting 1940s fair isle swim suit

*Daily Herald 11sw: Great vintage knitting pattern for FAIR ISLE bikini 1940s Super pattern, so pretty, with chart and isntructions, in light and dark shades, would look stunning in red and white or green and yellow. To fit bust 34-35" bust and 35-37" hips. Try tension square in modern 4ply, also try a larger size needel for that extra inch to make a 36" bust and 38" hip.

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vintage knitting pattern 1930s swim suit

*Daily Mail Swim suit: Fabulous vintage knitting pattern from 1920s. Knitted in 2ply crochet yarn (try modern 3ply cotton or 20 cotton) always work a tension square. A circular knitting needle is used to get a seemless garment, but can be worked on a set double pointed needles if needed. The straps at the back are linked through wooden rings. The original pattern suggest white with brown trim, to match the wood. But you can use any colour you like. To fit a 34" bust. There are instructions for make larger sizes. It is simple, just work out how many stitches you knit to an inch with your chosen yarn and needles and add that amount of stitches for every extra inch you need. Very simple instructions.

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vintage knitting pattern for swim suit  crochet 1960's

*Emu 2830sw: Great vintage crochet pattern from the 1969 for swimsuit and jacket. Worked in 4ply, always work a tension square.To fit 34" and 36" bust. Pattern in great condition.

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vintage hotpants set crochet patterns 1970

*Emu 2901: Great vintage 1970 hot pants crop top trousers crochet pattern. Fabulous design for shorts or hot pants, can be made shorter in the leg or as hipsters quite easily, crop top and gentle flared trousers - great for the summer and so light and easy to pack for further afield! To fit 34-38 inch bust in 4ply yarn. I have included this pattern in this section as well as in the crochet section as it can be termed as beachwear. Pattern is in great condition.

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vintage bikini crochet patterns

*Emu 2954: Fabulous crochet bikini crop top jacket 1970s. This set is stunning and so retro, there are instructions for the bikini, a cover up jacket and bolero or cropped jacket - team up with the above pattern for a really retro holiday outfit that you can wear on the beach or out in the sultry evenings! This set is also in 4ply and fits 34-38 inch bust. Pattern in great condition.

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vintage ladies beachwear knitting pattern

Greenock Beachwear-1. This is the most sensational booklet! there is the cover model of skirted swimsuit knitted in 'bathing costume wool', a delightful kiddies swimsuit and jacket, men's two peice swim set with button top! and lastly trunks for a young boy. delightful 1930's pattern.We are offering individual patterns for sale as photocopies or pdfs . See in different sections..

The cover bathing suit:  to fit 34 inch bust :

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vintage ladies bathing costume from 1940s

Greenock 342sw: Great 1940s two-piece swim suit with a belt. Mother had one of these and said she used to use a tie instead of the belt. Knitted in in Bathing Costume Wool which was about 4ply, but non-shrink, non-streatch, so try a modern synthetic yarn. To fit 34" bust and 26" waist.

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vintage underwear pattern

KB2-82sw: Vintge Beachsuit from the 1940's. Crochet bra-top and knitted gored skirt, and panties, see picture below. Knitted 3ply to fit 32"-36" bust and Hips 36"-40" the skirt is 15" long adjustable.

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Ladies vintage swimwear KB2-82sw: Close up of the bra top and panties from the above pattern. 1940's
vintage swin suit for ladies

Ladyship 662sw: Another fabulous vintage knitted swim suit pattern from 1929. This on is for ladies, top, trunks and coatee. Knitted in what was called 'Holiday', from the needle size I would imagine it was simiar to our modern 4ply, work tension square and see if a needle change is needed, remember o keep the fabric tight to avoid 'soggy bottom syndrome' Great talking point on the beach - the outfit hopefully not the soggy bottom part! To fit 36" bust. Again this out fit will be great for lounging around the beach or th deck of a cruise ship - just think of Agatha Chritie novel and hope your trip will be a bit less eventful! Have fun!

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vintage knitting ladies beach wear 1940s

*Modern Knitting Seaside and Beachwear 147-1sw: Fabulolus vintage knitting pattern for a beach outfit from the 1940s consisting of bra top, shorts and bolero jacket. Worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles if needed. To fit Bust34", waist 27" and hips 36" - all these measurements are ajustable, just increase neelel size or yarn thickness or once you have worked out the tension and you know how many stitches you knit to the inch, you can add or subract this amount to get the correct size.

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vintage knitting machine pattern for girls swim suit 1958

*Modern knitting Machine 1958sw: Great vintage MACHINE knitting pattern for swim suit for mother and daughter.To fit32"-34" bust 18" from bra to crutch. To fit girl of 3-5 years. Helanca wool required, not sure what this was but mose swim wear was either in vintge 3ply, modern 4ply or similar. So try a tension swatch and adjust accordingly. If you are an experienced knitter you will be able to hand knit this pattern. A tension is given just experiment with needle size until you get the correct tension.The patern had both patterns. IF YOU ARE INTERSTED IN MACHINE KNITTING PATTERNS LET ME KNOW AS I HAVE SOME TO PUT UP ON SITE.

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vintage bathing costume knitting pattern for ladies 1940s

Miladi 247sw: Fabulous vintage knitting patten for swim suit from 1930s for young lady. To fit 32"-34" bust with cross over strap back. with simple diamond rib center panel to give style and fit, would also make nice camiknicks in the winter! Use tension square to work out which needles and yarn to make garment to fit. Probably used vintage 3ply, so try any modern 4ply non eleastic yarn to avoid soggy bottom syndrome if you dare to go in the water in this one!

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vintage swimsiut for ladies

Patons 204sw:Vintge knitting pattern for a swimsuit from the 1940's  knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply and a tension square. to fit bust 32"-34" Great style, nice low back too! Remember to use modern synthetic yarn to avoid 'soggy bottom syndrome' and have fun!

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vintage knitting pattern for ladies swim suit 1940s

*Patons 273sw: Great vintage knitting pattern form the late 1940s for a bikini and bolero knitted in vintage 3ply, so try a tension square with modern 4ply. This set consits of sun top, briefs (shorts) and bolero. To fit34-35" bust and 36-37" hips. Garment must fit tightly if to be warn in the water as it may sag when wet (soggy bottom syndrome!) So knit on smaller needles than the yarn would usually be knitted on to create a tight fabric. Colours suggested are Royal blue, white with red embroided bubbles.

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vintage ladies swimsuits

Patons 337-1sw:Fabulous vintage swimsuit pattern from the early 1920's to fit 30"-32" bust - so slim in those days! Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply and change up needles to get a larger size, if you use pure wool, stay clear of the water (soggy bottom syndrome)

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vintage ladies swimsuit

Patons 337-2sw:Vintage knitting pattern for very fashionable swim suit from the early 1920's. Again this on is rather a small bust 29"-31", but try large needles or thicker yarn. Experiment, it will be worth it! Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply. Look at patterns in larger sizes to see how stitch counts vary - use this as a guide to knitting a larger garment. Remember to keep fabric tight to allow garment to keep shape when wet.

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vintage ladies fair isle bikini knitting pattern

Patons 456sw: Fabulous bikini knitted in fair isle, shorts and bra top knitted in 3ply, try modern 4ply to achieve similar results, alway swork a tension square. To fit 34-35 inch buts easy to adjust up a fe sizes, by using larger needles or thicker wool - there is a little swing jacket for the beach to match included in this pattern, see below.1940's For more fair isle patterns see all the Fair Isle pages, mens, ladies and children and babies.

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vintage swing jacket knitting pattern Jacket to match the set above inclusive of prices
vintage crochet pattern 1970s bikini pattern *Patons 2216: Great vintage ladies Bikini crochet pattern 1972. This will fit 32-33 and 34-35 inch bust and is worked in probably a 4ply yarn. Work a tension square and check this. You could always line the panties and bra if needed. Pattern is in super condition.

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vintage ladies mini dress crochet pattern 1970 sirdar 28cr

*Sirdar 28cr: Great vintage ladies mini crochet dress 1970. This was such a useful style of top (or mini dress) Could be worn as a tabbard, evening top, mini dress, top over bikini on the bech - super pattern. Worked in double knitting yarn. The name of this pattern is The Surfer. Original pattern for sale has double punch holes, that do not obscure instructions and feint trade stamp next to the figure in the background.

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vintage 1970's bikini and coat knitting pattern

Sirdar 29sw: Great bikin knitting and crochet pattern form 1970 with striking beach jacket to fit 32", 34" and 36" bust. Beach jacket is knitted the bikini is crochet both in double knitting yarn. Very stylish.      (click to go to ladies crochet swimwear pages)

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vintage ladies bikini crochet pattern swim suit 1970s sirdar61

*Sirdar 61: Great vintage ladies bikini and jacket crochet pattern 1970. This is a lovely pattern for a bikini and jacket to fit 34, 36, and 38 inch bust in double knitting crepe wool for the jacket and 4ply for the bikini. Always work a tension square.

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vintage swim suit ladies

Sirdar 1125sw:Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies swim suit from the 1940's. This sun suit had a bra and shorts. The bra fits bust 34" but is simle to knit and easy to enlarge. The shorts fir 38" hips, again easy to alter. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply to gain size required or use thinner ply or thicker ply to change size.

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vintage ladies bikini and shorts crochet pattern sirdar 5295 1970s

*Sirdar 5295: Great vintage crochet beach set bikini with shorts 1970. This is  a lovely set, just right for the beach this summer. With shorts and a pretty sleeveless jacket, would make a nice set teamed with one of the other bikini patterns for a complete holiday outfit - light and easy to pack! To fit 34 and 37 inch bust. Worked in double knitting crepe. They suggest a crepe wool  or yarn as this is a nice tight twist and keeps the work firm. A cotton substitute can be used, at a double knitting thickness.

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vintage knitting patterns

Sirdar 5769sw: Fantastic 1960's retro bikini in fabulous stripes, lovely tunic beach top and head scarf. CROCHET in dk to fit 32-38 inch chest. Very trendy! Pattern is in vintage condition showing some wear.

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vintage ladies beach outfit

Stitchcraft No 1sw.  A fabulous 1940's swim outfit in 3ply. Original pattern asks for red, green and white for colours! A single sheet of paper, in good condition.

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vintage ladies swimsuit

Stitchcraft 10sw: Another fabulous 1940's bathing suit knitting pattern. To fit 32"-34"  knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply, knitted in a delightful zig-zag pattern. If you wish to use pure wool for that authetic look and rfeel, use a none shrink, machine washabe brand to avoid the infamous 'soggy bottom syndrome' It has buttons at the back. Work tension square always with vintage patterns and change needles aor yarn as needed.

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vintage stitchcraft knitting pattern 1937

*SS37-6-34sw:Great vintage knitting swimsuit knitting pattern 1937. This is a lovely pattern for a simple, but very retro swim suit and a little sun suit for laddie. Teh ladies swim suit is to fit 32-34 inch bust, 36-38 inch hips. Worked in vintage 4ply so work a tension square in 4ply, but you might have to use double knitting. Keep knitting firm, the design gives a little leeway for size as it streatches a bit in wear. There is a skirt over the bottom part, which was typical of that era. The little child suit says length 14 inches but does not give chest, worked in vintage 3ply .

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vintage knittig pattern for fair isle swim suit for ladies

SS48-56sw: Fabulous fair isle knitting pattern for swim suit from 1948.To fit 32"-34" bust, knitted in 3 colours, but can be knitted in single colour, with contrast bands to great effect. Vintage 3ply is used, so try tension square in modern 4ply.

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vintage crochet pattern for bikini and jacket 1970

*Twilley 1006sw: Fab bikini set with skirt crochet pattern from 1970.To fit 32"-38" in 4 sizes. Nice easy to follow instructions. Great begginers project. Pattern in very good condition.Suggestw white but any corchet cotton colour will work.

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vintage crochet bikini from the early 1970s

Twilley 1009sw: Fab 1970s knitting pattern for bikini to fit 32", 34" and 36" bust and hips 34", 36" and 38" pattern suggests black, blue, brandy, cherry, lemon or purple, hot pink, hot orange, fire red, canary yellow ! So 1970's !

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vintage 1970s bikini crochet pattern

Twilley 5946sw: Fab duo of bikini crochet patterns from the 1970's to fit 32"-36" bust and 34"-38" hips. Easy to make and strikingly trendy - set the heat at high on the beach this summer and sizzle at the top of the fashion tree on holiday this year.

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childrens fair isle knitting patterns

SS6-53-6: Fabulous Sunsuit for 24", the little bolero 26" chest. Refered to in the pattern as a 'paddle suit' Knitted in 3ply, try modern 4ply for a better fit. See babies and childerns for more lovely summer beach outfits for the little ones

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vintage crochet pattern bikini swim suit wendy 964 1969

*Wendy 964cr: Fabulous vintage crochet bikini and dress pattern 1960s. This is a super pattern with fabulous bikini and a slip over dress to fit 33-35 inch bust and 35-37 hips. The dress is 32 inches long, but this can be adjusted. They are both worked in double knitting silky yarn. Would look fabulous on the Costa del sol or the Bahamas- great for that luxuary cruise! Pattern has trade stamp to front and has been hole puched at sometime, but is sound and clean.

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vintage knitting pattern for swim suit 1940s

*Weldons 591sw: Lovely vintage knitting pattern from 1940s for easy to knit two piece swim suit. Again this one is conscious of the austerity measures, so is flattering, but simple in style. Fits beautifuly. Trunks stretching to 36" Top, stretching to 32"-33" These measurements can be adjusted my using larger needles size ot adding a few more stitches.

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*Weldon 646-2: Great vintage ladies swim suit with stripe top 1933. This is a super pattern for a very smart swim suit with cross over straps at back and asemetric top, billed as 'the newest sea suit'  measurements - round hips unstretched is 28, so will probably go upto a 32-34 hip no bust measurement given, but probably 32 inches - always work a tensiion square and change needles to get the size required worked in vintage 4ply, so try in modern double knitting. Tension for this pattern is 7.5 stitches and 9.5 rows to an inch.

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*Weldon 646-3: Great vintage swim suit for young lady 1933. Instructions to make this charming  half and half effect suit, to fit shoulder to lower edge 28 inches no bust measurement given. The fabric should be stretchy so will fit probably 32-34 inch bust, but always work a tension square and see how many stitches to an inch you knit in the yarn that you choose - you should be about to work out the size from this. Worked in vintage 4ply, try modern 4ply tension should be 7 stitches and 10 rows to one inch on size 10 (3.25mm).

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