BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! 1950’S/1960’S SWEATERS THAT MOM & GRANDMA WERE BUSY KNITTING . . . . .

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Yes, it’s that time of year again.  I don’t know how many of you had mothers or grandmas who made most of your wardrobe, all year long – BUT, it was not at all unusual back in the day.   And, aren’t these cute and good-looking!    I’ll bet no one else would have had one like it.

These kinds of needlework magazines with patterns were really popular and there used to be little knitting shops around that sold all the necessary supplies.   When I was cleaning out some of the OLD family stuff recently, I found a lot of knitting needles of every size and configuration you can imagine.   I couldn’t begin to understand how they were used . . . . .

In these old magazines that were given to me, I’ve seen ads for knitting machines, too – something small that you could set up and use at home.   Although I can’t imagine devoting the time it would take to make these garments really well, they are SO beautiful that it seems it was well worth it.

I’d love to hear about your own family stories . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

BLOG:  MAGICVINTAGESPY.COM

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7 thoughts on “BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! 1950’S/1960’S SWEATERS THAT MOM & GRANDMA WERE BUSY KNITTING . . . . .

  1. BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! 1950’S/1960’S SWEATERS THAT MOM & GRANDMA WERE BUSY KNITTING . . . . . – Magicvintagespy

  2. I love the diamond pattern! I just saved the picture to sew a copy. 🙂

    I’m the only knitter in the family, and I only do potholders, but my mother was a seamstress for a few years between the divorce and going back to school. She made most of our clothes and stuffed animals during that time.

    And I’m so glad my grandmother was able to sew a few items for my stepdaughter before she passed away. My stepdaughter may not cherish them, being four, but I certainly do.

    • Wow – if you can save the things your grandmother made, I’ll bet they’ll be special in the future. I think it’s so cool that you get inspirations from the pictures and can be creative with them! Those are probably my favorites, too. Thanks so much for your story!

    • Yes, it is amazing what so many women used to do as a regular thing. It still took time and practice to get really good at it, but many did. It’s hard to find a well done hand-knit sweater these days, but some of the old ones I’ve seen are gorgeous. I love the photos in these vintage mags from the Fifties and Sixties!
      I know that there are still some fantastic knitters out there today . . . . . Thanks for writing!

    • Not sure if my reply went through – Thanks for writing! It amazes me that so many women used to know how to do this, and lots of them were really good at it! Good for you for trying it.

      I’d love to find more hand-knit sweaters, etc. They are RARE, and you can imagine why after years and years. Sometime I’ll photograph the ones I do have for the blog. They’d look great on Stella!

  3. BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! 1950’S/1960’S SWEATERS THAT MOM & GRANDMA WERE BUSY KNITTING . . . . . – Magicvintagespy

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