Retro Red Heart Patterns

If you’ve been crocheting or knitting for awhile, you’ve probably come across vintage patterns from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Perhaps you have a box hiding in the back of your yarn closet (like me) of old patterns that have been given to you by someone whose mother has passed away. Or you’ve purchased old patterns for their old-time charm at an antique shop. These patterns connect us to the knitters and crocheters of the past and give us a sense of the wonderful tradition that we enjoy.

When we started to plan our Red Heart 75th Anniversary celebration, I spent time looking through our archives of old pattern booklets and was enthralled by how amazing so many of them were. Our Red Heart archives go back to the 1930s. We thought it would be fun to re-make some of the designs and share them with you. That was the start of our Retro Red Heart pattern line. But since so many of them use yarns that are no longer available, we have asked designers to update them with the sizing and yarn standards that we use today.


Below are the first two (my favorites) we are happy to share with you….Enjoy!

LW2502GrandstandCardi            LW2514GrannyVest

Grandstand Cardi      Granny Motif Vest