High street ready-to-wear fashion became affordable and readily accessible in the 1990s with the growth of overseas manufacturing. As a result the British knitting industry declined and cheap manmade fibres were imported from abroad to compete on the mass market. Handmade designs had to work hard to stand out. While hand knitting waned in popularity as a means of making clothes, avid hobbyists kept their needles clicking with creative colourwork sweaters and intricate motifs, often celebrating the latest children’s television character in complex intarsia.
Please be aware that archive leaflets are genuine historical working documents. They have been professionally scanned straight from our pattern library for you to enjoy. Many are over half a century old and as such, they may not be in pristine condition. Some even include handwritten annotations from our design team, which we think only adds to their charm. Many of the yarns used for the vintage patterns have been discontinued long ago and we are therefore sadly unable to offer yarn or pattern support for any of our archive leaflets.