Thursday, July 03, 2008


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Aran pantsuits circa 1977, from McCall's knit/crochet Encyclopedia.
First question: did anyone ever actually knit these (aside from the pattern sample maker, I mean)?
Second question: if anyone made them, how many times did they actually wear them?
I must say, 70's knitters did not expect to be coddled. No schematics, no charts, eight different cable panels with varying row counts, shaping in pattern, pockets. And no skill level indicated.
But I tell ya, that v-neck vest would be very nice if it were made about 8 inches shorter, lose the belt, maybe put the buttons a little closer together...
Now if you want to see some genuinely cute knitting, check out Elizabeth's Tango.


Kitty Mommy said...

Oh for the love of wool! Those pants make my head want to explode.

Elizabeth said...

Imagine the felting action in the crotch!!! They need to revisit the axiom: Less is more.

Thanks for the plug!

junior_goddess said...

Ha. You know how wire chairs make your butt look like a Belgian Waffle? I picture a chenille bedspread, emblazoned on my butt.

Nice visual, huh? hahahahahah

smariek said...

Oh my, I wonder how long it would take to knit that. I can imagine how worn out the rear end would look over time.

magnusmog said...

Would the trousers not go all saggy and stretched? Bleurgh!

YarnThrower said...

This is my first exposure to Aran knit pants.

This is hopefully my last exposure to Aran knit pants.