Thursday, December 12, 2013

Little Red Sweater Mystery

I think I may have taken this photo with my (then) terrible camera phone. The mind recoils.

In 2011 I got to see a sweater "in person" that I had only seen in photographs. I took some rather bad photos of it, but you can work out most of the details in this one.

It was a child's sweater that was knit in the 1960s or 1970s. It looks hand-knit. Raglan shaping, seamed. Gorgeous garter stitch collar. Full zipper. Intarsia white rabbits on a bright red background. Rather incredibly adorable black detailing. The family thinks it is a Cowichan sweater, but that bright red color throws me off. I think it is more likely to be a Mary Maxim design.

No one in the family knit, but they might have commissioned the sweater. They lived in Canada or Minnesota at the time.

Does anyone out there have or remember a sweater like this? I would love to hear your stories!

P.S. - The Random Number Generator chose Sarah Montie to receive the Sirka counter. I hope she loves it!


Athena Fibers said...

Reminds me of the old Mary Maxim patterns, they had a variety of them in all sizes.

Sarah Montie said...

I am looking forward to my new Sirka counter. It's always fun to get little surprises in the mail, especially when they are knitterly.