“Pattern from history” posts were born when my lovely grandmother gave me all (well, almost all) of her old pattern sheets with old knitting patterns. And it was many. She collected those years and years and I think it’s a fantastic reflection of knitting history of our little country.

These patterns are charted, without pictures and full of mistakes, so I took my mission to knit all of them through, make a written instructions and take a proper picture.

I hope you’ll enjoy them ?


Let’s do something different today. I’m inviting you to flip through a magazine with me. And it’s not just any magazine…

It’s a handcraft’s magazine from Hungary, and it’s from 1957.

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

Using Google Translate (of course) I tried to find out the name – “Quick Fingers” or “Swift Fingers” or something like that.

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

First, we see few crocheted doilies. There are no charts or anything familiar to use, sadly. We can only just look at it.

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

I did a little research about Hungary of that time. As it turns out, Hungary was exactly in the same condition as Estonia was. A lot of people got killed due to Soviet Union

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

Love the crochet doily on the picture above. The one on left… And also the one on top right…

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

Two knitting patterns… I really would like to understand this. Maybe I need to learn Hungarian (is that a word for language of Hungary?)

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

Only one page for learning to knit… Could you learn this way? I couldn’t…

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

I asked my grandmother, where she got this magazine. She didn’t remember anymore. I didn’t think so, but still hoped that maybe there was some interesting story behind it.

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

We have knitted doilies and fancy embroidery pattern here. I really want to get that pattern for a doily on top left. I’m gonna put the deciphering on my to-do list…

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

Little bit of monograms and if you look at the right page, then I’m pretty sure that there are some funny stories there…

Do we have any Hungarian ladies around here?

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

Sewing project – I think that can be figured out without the text… I think…

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

There is even a tapestry pattern here with recipes…

True women’s magazine, don’t you think?

Old Hungarian handcraft magazine from 1957

I’m thinking that I should protect this magazine somehow (as all of those old pattern sheets). Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about preserving paper items. Right now I have it in some kind of sheet protector – I hope that will do…

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4 thoughts on “Pattern from history – Hungarian magazine from 1957

  • 22. July 2016 at 16:53
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    Facinating! Yes, “Hungarian” would be the correct word you are looking for. 😀

    As for saving your magazine, the right pH balance in the page protector would help with that. I’m sorry that I don’t remember what that pH balance number is. 🙁

    Thank you for sharing these tidbits from history. I enjoy them a lot. 😀

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  • 22. July 2016 at 17:15
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    This magazine is similar to the Workbasket magazines of thec1950’s. They had patterns for a variety of needlework, recipes and how women made money from their crafts.

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  • 22. July 2016 at 19:36
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    Wow! You certainly have a little treasure in your collection there. That is so cool! I don’t know much about preserving paper either, but I do know it’s best to keep it out of sunlight & to store it in your closet where it’s cool & dry.

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  • 23. July 2016 at 00:20
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    If you have a museum nearby perhaps they could provide advice and/or guidance. At the very least I would keep the magazine in a mylar sheet protector. Each page might be more fully protected if you cut the magazine along the staples and put each sheet in separate sheet protectors but you may not want to cut it. I would also scan each page using a flatbed scanner at a reasonably high resolution and save the magazine as a multi-page pdf file. Once scanned you can share as desired either for translation assistance or trying the projects without damaging the original.

    I have some pattern pamphlets and books from the 40’s that were my great-grandmother’s and I treasure them. Many of the patterns are for crocheted lace edgings and they are what I used once I learned to crochet in the 70’s – we always had fancy edgings on pillowcases!

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