I reviewed a vintage Villawool men’s knitting pattern book a while back, so I think it’s about time for another one! This is Villawool Book 96, an Australian pattern book which was published, I think, in 1962.
There are seven great designs, jumpers, cardigans, a vest and waistcoat, all in 5 ply equivalent yarn. As a retro ship buff, this book has extra appeal for me as all the photos were shot on board the liner Orsova.
None of the Villawool yarns exist any more but wouldn’t it be fun to knit a jumper in “5th Avenue” or “Gleam”? In any case there would be plenty of beautiful modern yarns that would work for these designs, although I have to say that knitting a jumper on 3.25 mm needles would be quite a commitment.
I’m quite tempted by the blue jumper below with subtle cables up the front. Nice shirt too!