Sweaters for Tween Set

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Preteen Sweaters to knit and crochet
Leisure Arts
1977

I am not sure why these sweaters are specifically pre-teen. My favorite is the second picture below where everyone seems to be hanging out at the ice rink. The boy in the belted cardigan hardly looks like he is ready to play hockey. I am thinking he is channeling Hugh Hefner and is ready for a cocktail by the fire.

Mary

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  1. They’re specifically pre-teen because of the sizing. Even today, it can be hard to find sweater patterns for pre-teen/tween kids–teenagers frequently wear adult sizes, and there are tons of patterns for younger kids, but not as many things designed for kids aged, say, 8-12. (Ravelry’s age breakdown in pattern searches is baby, toddler, child (4-12), teen, and adult. The “child” category tends to be the smallest, and a LOT of those are clearly aimed at kids 4-6 years old, even if they have directions for bigger sizes [cutesy styles, all the photographs are on four year olds, etc].)

    I mean, I 100% agree that some of these photos are goofy. Sadly, the photos in this kind of book/booklet are still just as goofy, 40 years later.

  2. I remember when those belted cardigans were all the rage, especially the ones with a southwestern motif. But I never saw a boy wearing one.

  3. “I am not sure why these sweaters are specifically pre-teen.” It’s all in the sizing. Awesome because it’s a hard size range to find. Terrible because it’s 70s fashion. I LOVE vintage knitting magazines, but only pre-70s.

  4. The boy in the belted cardigan hardly looks like he is ready to play hockey.
    Well, of course not. Everyone knows that a knitted cardigan is a requirement for curling. There’s even a movie about it at NFB.

  5. I sorta, kinda, want to know what’s so funny… but then the popular kids with the cool sweaters never talked to me.

  6. Not all preteens could wear sweaters those sizes. When I was twelve those sweaters would have been way too little for me.

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