Probably time that I officially introduced the sweaters I knit for Knitting it Old School, right?
When we first figured out the different chapter themes and names, I knew I wanted to fit in a his and hers set in the Shake a Tail Feather chapter. I’ve always had a love of dance and ska, and since the two-tone movement started in the 70′s, what better way to sneak in my own influences! In case you don’t know what ska or rudies are, I found youtube vid to explain some of it for me.
The sweaters are quick knits, both at 4.5 sts to the inch and the sizing on the ladies goes up to 52″. If you want to upsize it, it’s simple since it’s a top-down raglan. Just knit until it fits under the arms and then put the waist shaping wherever you want.
All the sweaters in the book have turned hems, which was a detail that Stitchy and I insisted on. (I challenge you to find a vintage pattern pre-70′s that doesn’t have a turned hem) Lookit! I put checkerboards in the cuffs!
I knew I wanted to somehow echo the two-toneyness of the sleeve details in the collars without adding a whack of bulk. An applied i-cord was the way to go, and when I was finishing Rude Boy (since I knit him first) I thought, ‘what if I do this in black and white?’ I haven’t seen any two colour applied icords, but I’m sure there must be others out there. I was winging it with the instructions for it, but hey! It worked! Look what I unvented!
When we had the book samples made up, we knit all the women’s sweaters in a size medium intending to have
normal medium sized people model them. Turns out, in LA? There are no regular medium sized models (at least in our price range.) I always giggle looking at the photo in the book of Rude Girl. Poor Tommi is positively swimming in that sweater. A few months ago I threw it on Amy (Thanks Amy!) And look how much cuter it is! Book sample photos can be deceiving, as it turns out.