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  • Mary-Helen was observant and clever.
    A vast improvement, and your sweater will be so much lovelier.

  • Yes, Kay, people DID have problems perceiving scale back then! This is why the coat looks as if it would fit a Kardashian clan family reunion — or a king-sized sofa bed Are you sure you want to spend the rest of your life knitting this thing???

    • Those “problems” perceiving scale was not just “back then”. Fashion is (like life) cyclical. Case in point: the Dries Van Noten fall collection that Ann showed here several weeks ago. If I remember correctly, there was an oversized Aran sweater vest that was so big, I thought it looked devoid of style. For some reason that hand-knit looked like machine made acrylic to me; whereas, the Damask Flower jacket shown above has a kind of timeless style and beauty.

      • I recall, at the same time we were drooling over these enormous sweaters, I was wearing jeans so tight that they had to have little zippers at the ankle just so I could get my foot through. So, yes, we had issues with perception then.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a Kaffe sweater with the same shape I made probably 20 years ago with beautiful intersecting leaves and being a bottom-heavy person I have always felt like a “pear” in it. Consequently it has been worn only a handful of times. It has a knitted-on front band so I’ll probably have to do a little more modification but I’ve mulled doing something like this. Seeing it in someone else’s sweater is inspirational! This modification definitely added to the “to do” list!

  • I’m learning a lot about sweater construction just reading the comments on this blog. Good stuff!

  • Love Glorious Knitting in all its 80s wackiness. I recently saw Truly Madly Deeply, from 1990, and just swooned over the big hair, big sweater, big coat silhouette. Of course if I were to do that now I’d look like a bag lady (with big hair) but I think you will love your big sweater. How could you not, really?

  • I’m so glad you’re leaving the hem straight vs sack of potatoes! Can’t wait to see this thing.

  • Wow Kay! I knit things. You are knitting a PROJECT. Probably a PROJECT of EPIC PROPORTIONS! Go Kay! Ann, your project is nothing to sneeze at! ALL the colors! I can hardly wait to see y’alls progress!

  • Great ideas for the modifications.

    This list sent me scurrying g go find my copy of glorious knitting. Those darling boys wearing the outlined star sweaters – where are they now? Who did they grow up to be?

  • Brilliant ❤️

  • Just got Knitting Fresh Brioche. Usually I would think lovely and put next to my Starmore and Fassett books as knitting to dream about but never really try but y’all have given me courage to crack into the land of charts so tiny they hurt my eyes. Thanks for the shot of courage.

  • I think your hem modification is a good one. Will you do the same thing with the sleeves? Then it would be classic kimono shape, which IMHO, is timeless. Looking forward to watching this come to life.

    • I agree, Clare, that the “classic kimono shape” is a great idea. Timeless and lovely.

    • Good thought! Getting my old-gal-swanning-around wardrobe ready in advance.

  • Mary-Helen = genius retrofit!
    That oversize thing was everywhere in the 80’s though: belted-in jeans (mine probably had an extra 4or 6 inches on the waist, minimum), humongous t-shirts (they had to be massive to fit all the Frankie Says slogans on), hair was huge & eyebrows were well, bushy. The only mini-sized items were cropped tops and those dreadful 1st generation leggings with 0% lycra!

    • Gee, my leggings all had lycra in them. I must have bought all of them in dance supply shops!

  • Looking through his book patterns I am in love with all the Southwest motifs. I recently found SW yarn designer Mary Gavan’s yarn and can’t wait to start something in Canyon’s Sedona Sunset color.
    http://www.marygavanyarns.com/yarn.html

    I ask again, how do you both finish so many daunting projects in record time? I am in awe and wonder if you have secret test knitters hiding in your stash!

    • I’m still on the hem! Sit back, it’s going to be a long ride.

  • Brilliant to do the hem that way. Who needs a pouf at the bottom of thier tummy? Not I.

    • Well, judging from the pictures, the pouf would be at one’s calves, but yes, I agree. The flat hem will be much more elegant.

  • That Kaffe is 100% dreamy! Kay, thanks for bringing back to my memory the pic with the ginger jar.
    I must express my admiration for your decision to make those modifications; I would be so intimidated and afraid that it would not even occur to me that I could adapt the pattern to suit my taste. This Damask Flower will certainly be unique and wonderful! (Shhh! Don’t tell Clara…)

    LoveDiane

  • Great ideas!

  • Hi Kay and Ann, I want to thank you for kicking me in the pants. When I was lucky enough to chat with the two of you recently, I was mooning over the Fair Isle sweaters on Starmore’s virtualyarns site and admitted I hadn’t done one yet. “Why not?!” you said. Why not, indeed. Just the push I needed. Will shortly be joining the monster knit-along you two seem to be having. 🙂

  • Brilliant plan, Kay. And thanks for showing us the yarn and work-in-progress – this is going to be gorgeous. (That raspberry tweed – it’s hypnotizing me!)

    • The raspberry tweed is used only in a single row at the hem and cuffs–he’s a genius.

  • I just realized I have a copy of this book, but it is called Glorious Knits. 1985, but with USA publisher. Seems to have all the same patterns.
    A friend was cleaning out her mother’s house and found it. Knew I coveted it from many years ago.
    Great friend!

    • Yes there are several versions with different covers. Lucky you!

  • For what it’s worth, I concur with your modification plans. Your sweater will be gorgeous. ????

  • Did we all hear the siren call of the acronym?
    SOPS? (SOPS Begone!)

  • You go girl.

  • Think seriously before changing the sleeves…I have a cocoon sweater I knitted many moons ago with only a whiff of a pattern and I love it in NY winters. I made the hem run all the way around the open edge and I made the sleeves with 6 inch ribbing instead of a 2 inch one. It lets me roll them back and push them up and it looks good… I love kimono sleeves to look at but for me they drag in the soup or whatever they are nearest to..I love the hem idea totally however!

  • “Did these coats not look just a little bit big at the time? Was there something wrong with people’s ability to perceive scale?”… There certainly was with mine. After buying several huge shopping bags of uncut Paternayan yarn at a yard sale for maybe $10., I made one of these coats. It was the most fun project ever. The needlepoint yarn worked out well for knitting purposes and came in a gazillion gorgeous colors, which I could combine as I wished, and the finished sweater was a masterpiece, if I do say so myself. HOWEVER, it was totally unwearable. It weighed almost more than I did (then), but even if I’d been able to trudge around in it, I am barely over 5 feet tall and looked like an exotically colorful turtle standing on its hind legs. I admired it for a few years and then sold it on ebay. I hope to someone tall and robust.

  • I remember drooling over my copy of Glorious Knits (bought in 1985-ish) and trying to decide which wonderful patterns to knit. I ended up knitting two of the waistcoats (Jack’s Back Stripe and Toothed Stripe) and adding Kaffe inspired details to many of my knits from then on.

    Our local library’s book sale is this weekend and I bought 3 classics which I have in my collection and so I bought them to give to other knitters – who need classics like these.
    “Glorious Knits”
    “Knitting Without Tears”
    “Knitter’s Almanac”
    Three like-new books for $6! Hard to beat.

  • Dr. Wittyknitter has a nice hair do as well. The modification is perfect…

  • Kaffe was super hot!!!!

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