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Fifties Favorites: 18 Vintage Knitting Patterns from the 1950s

By: Caitlin Eaton, Editor, AllFreeKnitting

Botany Striped ScarfPut on your red lip stick and don't forget to take the curlers out of your hair — we're taking a trip through time back to one of my favorite decades: the 1950s. Defined by its elegant and feminine attire, 1950s clothing embodies a bolder era of style. People took more risks, outfits were tailored closer to the body and dresses were strapless with fuller skirts. It's classic characteristics like this that gives the 50s an irresistible allure that keeps people craving retro-inspired designs every year.


Fifties influence even extends to the runway; each year designers are seeking ways to put modern twists on classic favorites, all while keeping the decade's original charm intact. Thankfully, with so many free vintage knitting patterns available, creating your own vintage-inspired wardrobe couldn't be simpler. In this collection of 1950s patterns, you'll discover elegant wraps, mittens, sweaters and shawls — all which will fill your closets full of classic clothing that's rich with fifties style.


Fifties Favorites: 18 Vintage Knitting Patterns from the 1950s


18 Vintage Knitting Patterns from the 1950s

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Vintage Knitting Patterns: Sweaters Galore

Knit Shawl Patterns

Classic 1950s Patterns



Vintage Knitting Patterns: Sweaters Galore

Capri CardiganYou can never have too many sweaters; they're a staple in anyone's closet. Ideal for both dressy and casual affairs, the right knit sweater makes staying warm as easy and fashionable as possible. Find your new favorite pattern in the knit sweater pattern collection below. 


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Knit Shawl Patterns

Beacon Hill ShawlFor times when the weather isn't quite warm enough for your bold, strapless dress, a lacy knit shrug provides an ideal remedy. Channel your inner 50s goddess with the delicate knit shawl patterns below. 

Classic 1950s Patterns

Mad Men MittensGive your house and wardrobe a complete 50s makeover with the blast-from-the-past patterns in this collection. Knit the Two Face Afghan to add a simple, retro touch to your home or keep hands toasty with mittens inspired by mitts from popular television drama, "Mad Men."


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Hi , I am looking for a simple patchwork ladies knitted sweater pattern or a geometric design.

I am looking for a vintage pattern from the late 50s or very early 60s. It's a cardigan blouse-type sweater. I think it had a Shaker stitch rib that gave it the blouse-like look. I know it had a seed stitch button band and wrist and waist bands. And all the seed stitch trim was on a smaller needle than the sweater, which also gave it a blouse look at the wrists and waist. Does it ring a bell with anyone? It was in a regular knitting book like the Brunswick books of that day. Maybe 12 or so patterns to a book. Thanks for your help.


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