20th Century - 1950's Children's Items

Pieces from the Collection filmed by the BBC

The BBC documentary Fabric of Britain, broadcast in 2013, included one programme called Knitting's Golden Age.

The Guild was asked to show items and patterns from the 1950s. The BBC wanted to focus on children's items for our contribution, although the Guild's Collection has many other examples of knitted and crocheted garments.

You can still see 4 clips all just 4 minutes long on Fair Isle, Knitted bathing costumes, Wartime knitting & Giles Brandreth’s jumper collection from the programme by following this link, sadly none of these remnants feature the items from the Guild collection and until the 17th March 2016 the whole programme is available again on iplayer, just follow the link above.


  • Child's Fair Isle Cardigan

  • Child's Matinee Jacket - Blue Heart Motif

  • Child's Matinee Jacket - Feather & Fan