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Saturday, May 30, 2015

· 1950s Embroidered Sweater Tutorial ·

After posting about my Embroidered Sweater re-fashion last March, I got a request to share the vintage tutorial I used for my embroidery design.  Well, I may be a little slow in replying, but I have finally gotten around to it! ;-)

This "Learn How" book from 1952 came from my great-grandmother and is chock-full of wonderful projects and beginner advice for starting from scratch!

For only having 50 pages, this booklet covers everything from various types of Embroidery to Knitting, Crochet, and Tatting!  I recently came across an edition of this book from the 1940s, but neglected to purchase it- still a bit bummed about that...  It was fun to see how many of the projects were very similar, but styled so they were distinctly 1940s rather than 50s! :-)

At any rate, the whole book is charming, but our focus today is the "Embroidered Cardigan".

The pattern calls for blue, white, and orange embroidery on a rust sweater which sounds like a fun color combo!  However, the "china blue" suggestion seems like it would... clash a little.... with the rust.

As you can see from my version- this pattern lends itself nicely to V-necks as well! :-)

(I tried to make this photo extra-large when opened in a new tab, but let me know if you still have trouble reading it and I'll be happy to type all the instructions out :-))

For the ambitious (and knitting-gifted), in the Knitting section, the pattern for the cardigan is included as well as a pullover pattern!

I hope this helps inspire someone else to breath new life into a "plain Jane" sweater, and please drop me a line here so I can see your version!! :-)


  1. Very excited by this. Want to give it a go right away! Looks like it would be a fascinating book.

  2. I had to squeal a little when I saw this post because I own this very same book, picked up three years ago from a local outdoor flea market. As I'm not a sewer, knitter or crocheter, I don't tend to buy too many how-to booklets for myself, but this one really spoke to me and it was a total song, so home it came. :)

    Big hugs & the joyful start of June wishes!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. How fun, Jessica! I think it's neat to find out how many others have this same book. :-)

  3. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!! I can't wait to try it on one of my sweaters. Your version came out so lovely, I hope mine will look as good!! :)

  4. Eeep! Thank you so, so much for posting this Lily! It really is a beautiful pattern, and I can't wait to give it a try myself. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  5. We have that book! I think we have the earlier edition, though, as it doesn't have that sweater in it.



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