Men in Vintage Knitting Patterns

Vintage photo of male knitting pattern model Leaning on One Arm

I’ve noticed something funny about men in knitting patterns of a certain era. There seem to be some set poses you had to perfect if you wanted to be a male knitwear model in the 1930s – 1950s. Forget “Blue Steel”, these are the signature poses chaps needed to learn:

Staring at Nothing

You could look at the camera and smile, but that’s for amateurs. A true professional chooses a point in the far distance and stares at it in a wistful way. Far better for showing off your handsome side-profile.

Vintage photo of male knitwear model side profile
Vintage photo of male knitting pattern model staring into the distance

Leaning on One Arm

Modeling is tiring work. Lean on one arm, and you’ll pull off this jaunty look while reserving your energy for the hours of energetic modelling to come. This is a tip that can be passed down to the generations of young men exhausted from posing for selfies on Instagram.

Vintage photo of male knitting pattern model Leaning on One Arm
vintage photo of male knitwear model leaning on the ground in a park

The Ultimate Accessory

I think the pipe must have been the smartphone of its day. No man ever left the house without one. Sometimes the pipe took centre stage, sometimes it is more of a subtle accent. *Pipe: model’s own.

Vintage photo of male model with pipe
Vintage photo of male model with pipe
vintage photo of male knitwear model knocking on door with pipe in hand
Vintage photo of male model with pipe

Keeping Busy

The more advanced male knitwear model can utilise props in an effort to appear sporty, practical or even cultured. Never mind if some of these props look like they were fake enough to be on daytime television, a true professional never complains.

vintage photo of male knitwear model cycling
vintage photo of male knitwear model painting
vintage photo of male knitwear model with oar
vintage photo of male knitwear model hammering fence
vintage photo of male knitwear model stirring something unidentified in a shed

Staying Hydrated

Even on your comfort breaks someone could be snapping away, so make an effort to quaff those beverages in the masculine fashion.

Vintage photo of male sweater model drinking a glass of squash
Vintage photo of male sweater model drinking a glass of something alcoholic perhaps

The Father and Son

The older model need not fear his career dwindling. Time to specialise in Father and Son modelling. This can easily be achieved if you have your own son, or can convince that young looking chap down the pub that he has a chance at this prestigious career. Take him under your wing, and teach him your craft.

Vintage colour photo of father and son in fair isle jumpers with a sailing boat in the park
Vintage colour photo of father and son in matching tank tops with some homework
Vintage colour photo of father and son in matching knitted swimming trunks

I think they found this bloke out on the street somewhere. He’s just wearing a normal looking jumper and reading. Good for him.

Vintage photo of man in v neck jumper reading a book

4 Comment

  1. Sarah Titley says: Reply

    Fab! Particularly loving the father and son section. Wondering if I can convince my darling husband to do the swimwear one with Charlie?

    1. Caroline says: Reply

      What a cute idea! I’ll send you the pattern 😉

  2. Cath says: Reply

    Love this, though not sure about the cardi, or the swimming trunks! What a fabulous selection, is this part of your library, I wonder?

    1. Caroline says: Reply

      These are a mixture from my own collection and some I sold in the shop. They are fascinating bits of culture to me. Yes, the swimming trunks are quite interesting! There are even more inappropriate vintage knitting patterns out there. Some unbelievable undergarments for those in the navy on watch on long cold nights!

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