Patricia Roberts Knitting Patterns

1970s, jap, Joanna Jacobs, knitwear, manolo blahnik, Margaret Howell, Patricia Roberts, rolph gobits, Sheilagh Browne, sheridan barnett, Wendy Dagworthy, zapata

Patricia Roberts designs exclusive hand knits worn by the famous and sold in the most prestigious fashion boutiques in Europe and America.

In 1976 she opened a knitting shop at 60 Kinnerton Street, London S.W.1., selling her own brand of hand knitting wools called “Woollybear Yarns”.

Such was the success of these pure natural yarns dyed in beautiful flattering colours, that buyers from prestige storesthroughout the country were quick to include them in their ranges.

1978 sees the first of Patricia’s magazines to be published independently. All the designs are knitted in Patricia’s “Woollybear Yarns”.

For the first time knitters will have the opportunity to knit these patterns in the luxurious and inexpensive yarns, for which Patricia’s designs are intended.

Happy Knitting!

Possibly some of the loveliest photographs I have ever seen in a knitting pattern booklet, but perhaps unsurprising given the designer is Patricia Roberts and the photographer Rolph Gobits.

Art Direction by Desmond Serjeant.

Hair by Smile.

Make-up by Mary Vango.

Models: Joanna Jacobs, Kelly, Jane Rochelle, Kevin Hand, Helmut.

Photographed by Rolph Gobits.

Scanned from Patricia Roberts Knitting Patterns, 1978.

“Harold and Maude” – Trousers by Jap, shirt by Sheilagh Brown and Sheridan Barnett.
‘Fruit Machine’ – Paisley print shirt and trousers by Wendy Dagworthy. Black trousers by Victor Herbert.
‘The Whisperers’ – Her skirt and jacket by 11342; his trousers and shirt by Margaret Howell; her shoes by Zapata.
‘Jigsaw’ – Trousers by Patricia Roberts.
‘Blithe Spirit’ – Skirt by Sheilagh Brown and Sheridan Barnett. Shoes by Zapata.
‘Gentleman Prefer Blondes’ – Shirt by Wendy Dagworthy. Trousers by Daily Blue. Shoes by Walkers.
‘Kaleidoscope’ – Blue shirt by Margaret Howell; check shirt by Paul Howie. Skirt by Jap.
‘A man…’ – Shirt and trousers by Margaret Howell.
‘…and a Woman’ – Trousers by Jap, shirt by Sheilagh Brown and Sheridan Barnett.
‘Midnight Lace’ – Trousers and skirt by Sheilagh Brown and Sheridan Barnett. Shoes by Zapata.
‘John & Mary’ – His shirt and trousers by Margaret Howell. Her trousers by Daily Blue, her shirt by Wendy Dagworthy.
‘Two for the Road’ – Shirt and trousers by Margaret Howell.
‘Some Like it Hot’ – His shirt and trousers by Margaret Howell. Her trousers by Jap, shirt by Sheilagh Brown and Sheridan Barnett.
‘Ninotchka; – Shirt by Sheilagh Brown and Sheridan Barnett, trousers by Jap, Belt by Mulberry Company.
‘A Touch of Class’ – Shirt by Margaret Howell; Waistcoat by Patricia Roberts; skirt by Michiko.
‘Joey Boy’ – Trousers by Margaret Howell.
Patricia Roberts photographed by Rolph Gobits.

“So many things are now mass produced, that there is a growing belief in individuality. Hand knitting is an expression of this freedom, which anyone can enjoy.”

Inspirational Images: The Great Dance Revival

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the great dance revival rolph gobits

Photographed by Rolph Gobits.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, December 1973

Inspirational Images: The Last Picture Frock

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Underwear from The Last Picture Frock

Underwear from The Last Picture Frock

Illustrating an article entitled “Is This The Greatest Sexual Fantasy of Them All?” about the character of Molly Bloom from James Joyce’s Ulysses. The underwear comes from The Last Picture Frock, which was a hire firm/boutique started by the late Shirley Russell (wife of and costume designer for the late, great Ken Russell) using her vast stock of antique clothing and costumes. Her stock would later be bought by Angels, so who know where those clothes have ended up!

Photographed by Rolph Gobits.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, June 1976.

Inspirational Images: Lounging in Deco

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piguet advert

“Is it so shameless”, she murmered, “to be so sure of something so expensive?”

Detail from Audemar Piguet watch advert.

Photographed by Rolph Gobits (originally from the same shoot as one featured in the Big Biba newspaper in 1973. Thanks to Sweet Jane for confirming this).

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, December 1978

Merry Kitschmas to one and all…

1970s, cosmopolitan, Inspirational Images, rolph gobits

christmastree

Photographed by Rolph Gobits. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, December 1974

…and here’s to some happy new gear for you to wear in 2013! Thank you for your continued support, both here and over at Vintage-a-Peel. I appreciate your business so much – especially in these difficult economic times – and would also dearly like to say thank you for the lovely comments on my weird little blog…

I hope you have a raucous/decadent/peaceful/simple (delete as applicable) Christmas and New Year!

Liz xx

Inspirational Images: Value Added Fashion

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Everyone is looking back in nostalgia Рespecially in fashion. But authentic Twenties and Thirties clothes can be expensive to buy so sew your own and save money. Use cr̻pe de chine and bias-cut voiles and leave out the linings for an authentic swing and flair. Choose eau de Nil, bois de rose and the pale sorbet shades for pure, undiluted nostalgia.

Cosmopolitan magazine, June 1974. Photos by Rolph Gobits. Scanned by Miss Peelpants.