12 Cool, Classic, And Crazy Knitting Patterns From Back In The Day

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Knitting is one of the most calming crafts a person can pick up, and as you can tell by the vintage knitting patterns below, the process is also totally timeless.

I love how all of the patterns tell you so much about the style and fashion of the era in which they were produced. From the more subdued 1930s to the vibrant colors of the 1970s, it’s really quite fascinating to see how things have changed over the years.

Sure, some of the vintage knitting patterns listed below can take a lot of patience to finish, but it’s also always worth the effort when you curl up in a cozy sweater or see the smile on a loved one’s face when you hand them a cute gift.

Do you remember seeing patterns like these back in the day? Have you ever made any like them yourself?

Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE with your friends and family!

1. 1940s Diamond Pattern Sweater

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I can’t get over those adorable details on this short-sleeved sweater!

2. 1960s Jacket

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They’re not lying — this mod jacket from the swinging ’60s is definitely full of swagger.

3. 1930s Marilyn Sweater

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That precious bow is worth all the patience it would take to knit this delightful top.

4. 1960s Ski Mask

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The original knitters of this unique ski mask might have gotten a bit too creative, but you can tone down your own version of the pattern.

5. 1950s Argyle Sweater And Capris

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Just be sure to pick a super soft and comfy yarn for this charming overall look.

6. 1960s Children's Ski Jacket And Hood

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I love the snowflake pattern on these super cute layers for little ones.

7. 1950s Doll Dresses

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These can be such a fun way to teach your kids about knitting and provide them with a cheaper toy accessory than the kind you find in the store.

8. 1960s Paisley Sweater And Skirt

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Paisley patterns were all the rage throughout the 1960s, but this sporadic sweater and skirt placement is one of the loveliest looks I’ve seen with the trend.

9. 1970s Men's Fair Isle Sweater

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The Scottish knitting pattern gives men a particularly dashing look in the winter months.

10. 1960s Toy Dog

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Here’s another great option for teaching your kids the craft while making something fun for them!

11. 1930s Puff Sleeve Sweater

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I love how they scattered the details on this three-quarter length sleeve sweater.

12. 1960s Men's Sweater Vest

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This classic look is definitely due for a comeback with fellas, if you ask me!

Did you recognize any patterns you remember using in the past? Did we miss any iconic looks you created with your needles? Let us know below and be sure to SHARE with your friends!