On February 19th, 1968, everyone’s favorite neighbor moved into televisions across the country. With a zip of the jacket and a flip of the shoe, Fred Rogers welcomed viewers into his home with a merry song and a bright smile. Today, 44 years later, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood still holds a special place in the hearts of millions…and there’s no better way to honor the start of this beloved show than to talk about the one thing everyone associates with this gentle man…SWEATERS!
Every episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood began the same way: Fred Rogers would change out of his sport coat and into a zipped cardigan sweater. For those that are interested, that equates to about 905 sweater changes in the 33 year run of the show. That’s quite the sweater collection!
If you’re looking to start your own Fred Rogers sweater collection, I suggest you start with this Comfortable Pocket Cardigan. This easy knitting pattern can be made in any color you desire (a standard red would make Mr. Rogers proud!) and works up quickly. Add a zipper instead of buttons if you’d like!
This Optional Knit Jacket is a great sweater to throw on when you get home from work. Since it’s so easy to make, you could have one in several colors, making it easy to mix and match as you see fit.
Want to make a colorful sweater for the man in your life? This Cozy Vest with Traditional Styling is a great project to start with. Although it doesn’t have sleeves, you can easily add them to make a long sleeve sweater. For more advanced crochet fans, there’s also the Men’s Collage Cardigan, great for winter evenings at home or long walks in the park during the autumn months.
This Long Cardigan Jacket is great for wrapping around yourself if you’re cold. Knit one in basic black, beige, or white and it will easily go with anything in your wardrobe. You could also make this Comfortable Sweater Jacket, great for intermediate knitters. Use a yarn with mixed colors to get this neat multicolored look.
Here’s a bit of Mr. Roger’s trivia: In the episode that started it all, Mr. Rogers receives an invitation from Mrs. Russellite to come by and see her lampshade collection. Although the episode was in black and white, it was easy to tell that there were some great lampshades in her stash! From small ones, like this Scrap Ribbon Lamp Shade, to larger and more ornate shades, like this Retro Rose Lampshade, Mrs. Russellite had them all. And even though we didn’t see all of her lampshades, I’m sure it’s safe to assume that any lampshade collection wouldn’t be complete without some fringy pieces…especially one like this Lampshade on the Fringe. Every lampshade collection needs a little flash and flair, right?
From speedy deliveries to well-fed gold fish…trains that took us to a land of imagination and a neighborhood we all wanted to be a part of, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was an iconic television show that has, and will continue, to teach us how to make the most of a beautiful day, one colorful sweater at a time.
What is your fondest memory of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood? I always loved when he fed the goldfish!