1954 – Sweaters to Knit (part 3)

Mid-century makers kept busy knitting fabulous looks

I’m no knitter, but I love making things. If I were a mid-century maker flipping through the pages of the May 1954 edition of Good Housekeeping magazine, I would definitely put 10 cents in an envelope and send away for the pattern to make this shawl. This red shawl was part of a multi-page issue that featured an assortment of projects to make. Readers were given an address and a catalog number to send away for the pattern. Each pattern cost 10 cents.

Flared featherweight shawl knit with metallic yarns. Bucilla Twinkle-sheen. For a romantic, sprinkled-with star-dust effect.

We’ve seen knitted sweaters from the issue in previous posts (Sweaters to Knit (part 1) and Sweaters to Knit (part 2)). Here are a few more.

Note the pearl necklace and flower attached to the skirt’s waistline below. Both accessories were typical for 1954.

Dainty little evening sweater that ties at the shoulders, and its cover-up partner, a lacy cardigan lined in bright matching silk. the yarn we used was Bernat Meadowspun. Sizes 12 to 20. GHN628.

No pearls this time, but another gold carnation. Here’s how the one below was described.

A pair of pretty sweaters – a simple pull-over and a cardigan with sunny yellow polka dots embroidered in a shining satin stitch. We made ours of Bernat cashmere and wool. Sizes 12 to 20. GHN627.

Here’s one last DIY sweater from the article.

Twin-sweater set that dresses up for parties, goes unadorned with country tweeds. Its cable stitching and its knit-covered buttons give it a custom look. Bernat Laurelspun. Sizes 12 to 20. GHN629.

Red knitted shawl and 3 hand-knitted sweater looks. May 1954 Good Housekeeping.
Cover – Good Housekeeping May 1954
Article cover story – 101 Ways to Make the Little Things You’ll need this summer. Good Housekeeping May 1954.

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