Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vintage Knitting Patterns

My grandparents were recently forced to evacuate their home in Alpine, AZ due to the Wallow fire, the largest fire in Arizona history which scorched over 850 square miles.  Among the belongings my  grandmother chose to save were some hand-written knitting patterns from my great-grandmother.  My grandmother passed them down to me, and I "digitized" them for safe keeping.  Though they aren't the most original patterns out there, I thought I would put them up to share. 

Grandma Connie's Slippers

4 oz 4ply (worsted) yarn
US #8 needles

Finished size:
Small (Medium, Large)
I am a US woman’s size 9 and the medium fit my foot perfectly

Cast on 3 st.
Row 1 – knit, increasing in first and last stitches.
Row 2 – knit even
Continue to increase at both ends every other row until there are 52 (55, 57) stitches.
Decrease 1 st. in the first and last stitches.
Next row – knit even
Continue to decrease at both ends every other row until there are 11 (13, 15) stitches.
Break yarn, leaving a 15”-18” tail.  Thread yarn needle and pull the tail through all remaining stitches.  Fasten tightly.  This is the toe end.

Fold square in half, making a triangle.  Beginning at the toe, seam up on entire side of the triangle.  This is the bottom of the slipper.  Continue seaming approximately half of the open side of the triangle.  This is the heel.  Weave in the remaining yarn tail.  Fold down the tip of the foot opening to create the cuff.


Grandma Connie's Dishcloth

Worsted weight cotton yarn
US #8 needles

Cast on 3 st.
Knit 2 rows.
Next row – k to last 2 st, YO, K2.
Repeat this row, increasing 1 st every row, until there are 50 stitches.
Next row – k to last 6 stitches, k2tog, k2tog, YO, k2
Repeat this row, decreasing 1 st every row, until there are 3 stitches.
K2 rows.
Bind off.


  1. Oh, how lucky are you?! How wonderful to have something as personal as handwritten knit patterns! The slippers look wonderful :)

  2. I made these this afternoon and they turned out fabulously! I increased in purple and decreased in red so I got a half and half pattern and finished the turn-down with pink butterfly button details. Will be making these again so thank you very much for sharing them.

  3. I love this pattern! I made it several years ago and thought I had lost it for good; thank you so much for keeping it posted!