After posting about my Embroidered Sweater re-fashion last March, I got a request to share the vintage tutorial I used for my embroidery design. Well, I may be a little slow in replying, but I have finally gotten around to it! ;-)
This "Learn How" book from 1952 came from my great-grandmother and is chock-full of wonderful projects and beginner advice for starting from scratch!
For only having 50 pages, this booklet covers everything from various types of Embroidery to Knitting, Crochet, and Tatting! I recently came across an edition of this book from the 1940s, but neglected to purchase it- still a bit bummed about that... It was fun to see how many of the projects were very similar, but styled so they were distinctly 1940s rather than 50s! :-)
At any rate, the whole book is charming, but our focus today is the "Embroidered Cardigan".
The pattern calls for blue, white, and orange embroidery on a rust sweater which sounds like a fun color combo! However, the "china blue" suggestion seems like it would... clash a little.... with the rust.
As you can see from my version- this pattern lends itself nicely to V-necks as well! :-)
(I tried to make this photo extra-large when opened in a new tab, but let me know if you still have trouble reading it and I'll be happy to type all the instructions out :-))
For the ambitious (and knitting-gifted), in the Knitting section, the pattern for the cardigan is included as well as a pullover pattern!
I hope this helps inspire someone else to breath new life into a "plain Jane" sweater, and please drop me a line here so I can see your version!! :-)