Some of the 1930s patterns are for garments with unfamiliar names - 'jumper-cardigans' are quite common, for instance. That usually means a cardigan that buttons to the neck, or nearly, and isn't intended to be worn over anything else, or sometimes a jumper with buttons all the way down the front except for the welt.
I had never heard of an Occasional Coat before (it's occasionally a coat, but usually something else?). But 'occasion coat' is a current fashion term, apparently. British Vogue had an online article in 2014 about an occasion coat being just the thing to wear at a summer wedding. So perhaps that what the 1930s occasional coats are - but although they are both quite smart, they don't to me look suitable to wear at a wedding. I'm still puzzled.
And some of the patterns are for garments that we probably wouldn't think of knitting now - underwear for one thing. But there are also patterns for dressing gowns for the whole family.
The little girl's dressing gown is knitted in blanket wool. The tension given in the pattern is 4 stitches to the inch (approx. 16 stitches to 10cm.) on size 4 needles (6mm.), so somewhere around Aran weight (worsted) or chunky. The design is called 'Wendy' - appropriate for a girl's dressing gown, although as far as I remember the Darling children flew off with Peter Pan in just their nightgowns. (At least in the Disney version. I've not actually read the book.)
And here's a pattern for a 'Travelling Set' of cape, pixie hood, and motor rug - in a fine wool, knitted at 9 stitches to the inch. It's brushed after it's knitted - Patons & Baldwins at that time offered a brushing service for finished knits, or you could use a special brush yourself. The rug measures 54 inches by 34 inches - knitting it in such fine wool would be a marathon project. I guess that the set was designed for wearing in an unheated car - not sure when cars began to be installed with heaters?
Of course, there are some very nice knits too, as well as the jumper-cardigan and occasional coats already shown. I think that many of the 1930s jumpers and cardigans are very stylish. Here's one with an unusual construction - all the pieces are knitted side-to-side or on the diagonal.
And they are not all knitted in fine wools, either - here's one in Totem wool, which was about an Aran weight.
I'll feature more 1930s knits when I look at other batches from the Patons archive. Lots of bathing suits, a cruising outfit, modesty sets, et al.