This was Jane’s first book, and it did well enough for Duckworth to bring out a paperback version in 1982 as well as publishing a further three over the years: Some Things for the Children (1974); A Man’s Book – Fashion in the man’s world in the 20s and 30s (1977); and The 30s Family Knitting Book (1981). In all of them she included a social history (researched from a variety of sources], so that the reader could learn about fashion within its wider, contemporary context.

By the 1980s Jane had moved onto other things, working on her ceramics and life-drawing, as well as writing children’s fiction and various types of non-fiction. But she had always had in mind one final knitting book, to be dedicated to the 1940s. Jump forward to 2006, and the Crowood Press – for whom she had already written two books on ceramics: Colour in Clay (1998) and The Human Form in Clay (2001) – brought out Knitting Fashions of the 1940s: Styles, Patterns & History. And it was while she was promoting this new book at a Knitting and Stitching event that Jane met the talented and enthusiastic Susan Crawford, founder and editor of

Susan, for a long time, had been a fan of the 1972 A Stitch in Time (copies of which had, incidentally, been selling for silly figures on E-Bay and the like). And the result of this encounter was that Susan, and her husband Gavin (a computer whizz-kid from a family of printers) set up their own publishing house, their first publication - in 2008 – being a full colour hardback update of A Stitch in Time, subtitled Vintage Knitting and Crochet Patterns 1920-1949, with the artful addition of Vol.1.

Three years later Volume 2 came out, featuring a range of colour photographs taken by Susan herself, focussing on garments knitted up specially for the new book, from 1930 to 1959.

Image of the cover of a stitch in time

Copies of these two books from

Some jumpers from ‘A Stitch in Time’ worn by me and the models

‘Sunray Jumper’ “A Stitch in Time’ new volume one