Vintage Knits: 1940s Blouses

The Jack Frost Blouse Book, published in 1945.

Jack Frost blouse book coverClick the thumbnail and zoom in for knitting instructions for both blouses.

Blouse instructions

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~ by lolarusa on June 26, 2007.

10 Responses to “Vintage Knits: 1940s Blouses”

  1. Great find!
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  2. I am indeed interested. Check it out for cool 40s stuff.

  3. I’m thinking of getting the book on ebay. Does it have other nice patterns?

  4. The Blouse Book is 23 pages long, with 13 black and white photo illustrations and 22 patterns for blouses, pullovers, vests and cardigans. There are several patterns that I like in the book (which is more like a pamphlet, just like most knitting pattern books). It depends on one’s figure, I think, whether they’ll work for you. I like some of the cardigans particularly well.

  5. I saw in the pattern you posted that they only have one size…does this apply to all the patterns in the book?

  6. Yes, all of the patterns are listed as fitted to size 14 or 14-16. You’d have to do some math and adjust the gauge to fit.

  7. Thanks a lot :)

  8. Good post on vintage blouses. By wearing a form-fitting girdle underneath the blouse, a woman’s figure would seem to show more. Thanks for posting.

  9. Hi Gang.

    The woman on the right is my grandmother. It’s in issues 52, 39, 43, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53 and who knows how many others may be out there. She never told any of us growing up that she ever modeled and when I’ve asked my mom in the past, she’s only relayed information to me that her father gave her. My grandmother was oddly secretive about her modeling days. Anywho-I am trying to hunt down any original books I can find. I have 44 and 52 only. Looking for ORIGINALS, but could use some help! Her name was Nelda Nolan (later Holmes) and she was my favorite Grandma. Modest to the core, almost to a fault since I never knew about this life of hers! Thanks for reading…

  10. That’s very interesting, Elizabeth.

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