I’m currently working away on the research for the Vintage Shetland Project and I wondered if you, dear reader, could help me with some of that research. One of the most striking of the garments in the Project is the ‘Rose Cardigan‘ featuring a repeating flower/rose motif. This type of flower motif, usually accompanied by stem and foliage, seem to have been popular for a relatively short length of time in the late 1940s-early 1950s and I’m ploughing through my pattern archive trying to find as many examples of this type of motif as I can to date their arrival and demise.
So how can you help? Do you have a vintage pattern or pattern book archive – particularly containing patterns published in the UK? I’m only looking for flower motifs from before the 1960s, I don’t need any 1970s or 1980s examples. If so, could I ask you to take a flick through your patterns and see if you can find any examples of flower/rose motifs of this type. If you do find any could you scan the cover image, an image of the garment if different from the cover and the chart/instruction for the flower – I don’t need the pattern otherwise, just the motif. If there are any other date references these would be very useful too. Please then email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
To say thank you let me know in your email any single PDF pattern of mine available on my ravelry pattern page you would like and I will send it to you via ravelry free of charge.