Vintage Knits: 1950s Leotards, Pullovers, and Kneesocks

I keep meaning to set aside time to make myself these leotards. They look so practical yet stylish. They’re from College Knits for Men and Women, published in 1958.

Here are the patterns for both sweaters, the kneesocks, and the leotards.

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~ by lolarusa on October 15, 2008.

4 Responses to “Vintage Knits: 1950s Leotards, Pullovers, and Kneesocks”

  1. Hii! Love the argyle, been searching all over the internet for a similar pattern. Do you know what kind of yarn it requires? I can’t seem to locate the strength of the yarn in the pattern! Thanks for posting this, I’m ever so happy<3

  2. Hi Sofi,
    I’m not sure what you mean about the strength of the yarn, but the yarns mentioned at the top of the pattern are wool-nylon blends that had a fairly high nylon content, so they were probably pretty strong. They came in sport, dk, and worsted weights. I suggest trying different weights of yarn and needles to find one that will give you the gauge listed.

  3. Hi Lolarusa, thanks for your reply! Indeed I meant the thickness to length ratio of the yarn, maybe I should just do a swatch but I’m so lazy with those😂 I’ll start by trying with a good old 100g/200m:-) thanks again!🥰

  4. Good luck with the argyle, Sofi. I’ve made a couple of attempts at argyle socks and just got myself all in a tangle!

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