One of my favourite blogs is The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done
, by Orange Swan. She reviews knitting magazines, and often exactly nails just what's wrong with a design. And occasionally she has a post collecting together photos of unusual (aka seriously weird) knitted garments. Her most recent post is one of those: Lederhosen and Tutus and Other Knitting Fables
. It included this knitting pattern:
|Sirdar leaflet 6065|
Her caption is "Penelope had come up with the perfect way to get men to buy her drinks when out clubbing."
It's a super example of 1980s picture knits. I looked for the leaflet in the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection, and found that it's one of a small group of "Disco" knits. Here are the others:
|Sirdar leaflet 6062|
|Sirdar leaflet 6063|
|Sirdar leaflet 6064|
You were evidently supposed to wear your Disco sweater with skintight metallic lycra in a bright colour, and BIG hair. But a long-sleeved sweater in a thick yarn (DK) seems very impractical for a disco - you'd boil. I can see that one or two of them might also do for everyday sweaters - the giant daisy, and the hearts. Maybe even the butterfly. (It was the 80s after all, when picture sweaters were normal wear). But the lips/straw/glass combo - as Orange Swan says, that's just begging someone to buy you a drink.
I can't picture discos and sweaters either - maybe for the end of the night, while walking home, but not for dancing.ReplyDelete
Ah the 80s! I had a brightly coloured mohair baggy batwing jumper - very itchy to wear!ReplyDelete
I had a jumper knitted in thick cotton, in white with a design in navy, yellow and several other colours. Rather restrained, looking back, and not itchy either.Delete
I knitted the heart one in black with white hearts in 1984 I loved it. Would love to do another if I can find the patternReplyDelete
I knitted the heart one in 1984 in black with white hearts and I loved it. Wish I could find the pattern againReplyDelete
Did you wear it for discos, I wonder? You could try contacting Sirdar for a copy of the pattern, perhaps.Delete