Good evening everyone :-) It’s nostalgia time again!
This time, I’d like to take you on a trip through some early 70’s crafts…… the decade of bad taste colour schemes, glam rock, leatherette, Spangles and knitted toilet roll covers. Yes, KNITTED toilet roll covers!!
I’m going to show you a knitting pattern booklet which my Mum had way back then. The booklet which I have here is another original copy which I bought on Ebay last year. Mum’s booklet was given to a charity shop a long time ago. It has been out of print for decades but there are many more editions still available. It is packed with 40 patterns for all of those “must have” household items and luxuries.
Here is the front cover. Twenty pence for 40 patterns!!
Tea cosies and egg cosies. The pink tea cosy is crocheted and the others are knitted.
Some toys……a cross-eyed lion?? The owl and the teddy are crocheted.
Funky cushions to match the psychedelic décor.
Now don’t we all need one of these? Toilet roll covers😆
Next up, a cuddly toy tortoise, a knitted snake draught excluder and a doll’s poncho. Sounding like The Generation Game now!
More doll’s clothes and a Granny Squares pram rug. We did love to dress our dollies in the 70’s!
And another draught excluder…..this time crocheted. I wanted one like this🙂
More tea cosies for huge tea pots😀
Ooooh, and now we have a hip and trendy, fab and groovy guy sporting a knitted tie. What a cool dude!
A very strange looking flat elephant and a bunny. See the bunny in the
flesh yarn later🙂
Ah now, these hats are back in fashion…..
Pram rugs, hottie covers and……..why not knit yourself a knitting bag?
Here is the back cover. Don’t you just adore those pink lacy knitted bed socks?
Seriously though, an awful lot of money was raised for charity from the ideas in these booklets. Most of the items could be made with scraps of wool that almost everyone had plenty of. I remember making the egg cosies and tea cosies when I was very young and I always wanted to make the sausage dog draught excluder but I never did. This was before the days when I taught myself how to crochet tank tops😆
These designs really take me back in time. I bet some of the people reading this, either made items from these Bazaar booklets, or maybe had presents bought for them like these. What do you think……Bazaar or bizarre?
Here is a picture of the rabbit I mentioned earlier. I knitted it from the pattern in this book. I think it looks more like a mouse (but it doesn’t have a tail), or a Clanger. It only took a couple of hours to make. The body and legs are knitted in one piece and the dress is removable.
I had fun making it because it is ages since I’ve done any knitting. It was good to practice my pattern reading skills again :-)
Enjoy the rest of the week!