Vintage knitting pattern: 1954 Mother & Daughter Shrug

I don’t know about you, but I have had shrugs and boleros on my mind lately!

As the weather finally seems to be staying nicer and I creep closer to rotating my closet (yay for seeing pretty spring and summer fashions that have been hidden away for months!), I’ve been thinking about what cover ups I like to pair with my not-too-cold weather clothes. I have a multitude of boxy cardigans, but lately I’ve been really wearing a couple of my favorite boleros the most. I love that they’re just a bit less bulky and nip in at the waist, which is perfect with dresses. I really need more of them in my life!

So I thought what better time to share a vintage shrug knitting pattern? (Though I think of this as more of a bolero, but that may just be me.)

This one comes from my somewhat tattered copy of a Fleischer’s knitting book called Cardigans… Cardigans… Cardigans. Half the cover is missing but I was able to date it from another eBay listing as being published in 1954.

There are a few things I like about this pattern. It’s knit in fingering weight (or sock or 4-ply, depending on where you’re from) at 8 stitches an inch, so it wouldn’t be too bulky for spring or cool summer days to throw on over a blouse or sun dress. It has dolman sleeves which I adore in boleros, and it’s knit flat in one piece. Because it’s in stockinette, it would be a relatively quick knit. Although due to the shaping, I definitely don’t think it would be a mindless knit.

Plus there’s a child-sized version, too! Of course if I’d really been thinking ahead, I would have posted this on Mother’s Day. 😉

The other thing I think is really fun is the recommendation to finish it with braid or bead trimming. What a great way to use up some vintage trim in your stash! I think it would be lovely with a design done in cording, too. I’m not sure the technical name for this, but I have some sewn on one of my shrugs and it’s very smart looking. I’m always inspired to try it myself.

I hope you enjoy this pattern, too!

Download: 1954 Mother and Daughter Shrug (pdf)

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