Finished: My 1956 slipstitch knitted shawl

When the poncho craze hit a number of years ago, like a lot of knitters, I hopped on the bandwagon and made a few, but I was never really happy with the triangular shape with the points hanging down the middle.

What I really wanted was a shawl/cape, but preferably one that was long enough to cover my bum, for warmth, as well as a little vanity. I also wanted it to work with some yarn I inherited that I knew wasn’t quite enough to make a complete sweater.

After doing some digging online a few years ago, I found this pattern from the Bernat Handicrafter Book No. 58, “Fast and Fun to Knit Bulkies,” from 1956.

1956 slipstitch capeIsn’t it just darling? It’s also quick, due to the  large gauge (9 stitches = 2 inches), and the pattern is a basic slip stitch that couldn’t be easier.

Since I had enough yarn, I decided to go for one color, rather than the two tone version:

DSC_0017DSC_0018 DSC_0019 DSC_0021I made the buttonholes a stitch smaller than the pattern suggested, since I knew they’d stretch a bit. I also didn’t face the front edges with ribbon as the pattern said to do since it didn’t seem necessary.

Now that I have my stylish new cape, I am ready for fall, my favorite season!




8 thoughts on “Finished: My 1956 slipstitch knitted shawl

    1. Awww, thanks Steph! Believe it or not, the worst part was seaming the pieces together. I’m not totally happy with how that part turned out but I’m embracing done rather than perfect.

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! But it’s not moss stitch, it’s a slip stitch that I think is much easier because most of your stitches are knit rather than going back and forth between knitting and purling. Maybe if I ever learn to knit left handed I’ll do something in moss stitch.😀

    1. Thanks, Erin. Maybe if it’s cools off enough I can wear it to our next guild meeting. But I’m not complaining about a few extra warm days!

    1. Thanks, Kerry! I really liked the color, too, and for the same reasons you said – calm, neutral, but with personality! 🙂

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