The Ridiculously Sweet Story Behind Mister Rogers' Cardigans

03/20/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Apr 10, 2015

Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?

Fred Rogers, the star of the classic PBS show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," would've turned 87-years-old on March 20.

When you think of Mr. Rogers you likely think of either his miniature town or his cardigans. During every episode, Rogers would go to his coat closet and pull out a sweater for the day, which paired well with his slacks, ties and crisp white shirts.

But, there's a touching story behind those cozy knits. In one episode, Rogers explained that his mother hand-knitted all of the cardigans worn on the show. He gave a close-up look of the designs and said, "she [his mother] makes sweaters for many different people, but that's one of the ways she says she loves somebody."

He also mentioned that when he wears the garments, they help him "think about his mother." Yep, we just shed a tear, too.

Watch the sweet video here and take a look below to see Rogers wearing some of his iconic cardigans.

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