The knitwear industry has at long last pulled its needles out and has amazed us all with the most brilliant, zappy knits ever. One-colour sweaters have gone back where they came from—now you need at least three colours, and the brightest, most startling design you can find. Take your pick from oozing cream buns, bold geometric stripes and pyramids and all kinds of technicolour patterns—why leave parrots to the pet shops?
Another supreme example of amazingly styled and photographed late Seventies knitting patterns, further to my earlierPatricia Roberts appreciation post. I also immediately recognised those iconic Terry de Havilland zip-edged satin boots, which I’ve previously had in black and electric blue, seen photographed in pink and am now desperate to find the ice blue version!
We cheered the twinset revolution earlier this year, now amazing things are happening to sweaters. They look good and they’re warm as well. It’s no wonder that they’re the fastest selling items in the shops!
Pictures taken at Picketts Lock Centre, Picketts Lane, N9. Hair by Christine at Mane Line.
Some synthetic fibres become highly charged with static electricity. In a crowd you’ll find they stick to your body something shocking. Not so with man-made Tricel. It’s less static than most synthetics. It absorbs moisture. And because it breathes, it’s much more comfortable. Stick to Tricel. It won’t stick to you.
There’s little I love more than novelty acrylic knitwear, but novelty acrylic knitwear in a groovy scenario such as these, well I just feel spoilt quite frankly.
Sweater and matching knickerbockers hand-knitted by Molly Dove.
Knitted tops for all occasions. Warm, comfortable sweaters with amusing motifs from The Sweet Shop, and samples from an imaginative collection by a new designer, Molly Dove. Her clothes are obtainable by mail order only; which, as well as keeping the prices down, makes them available to more of you! We also show a pretty little halter-necked top that’s barely there, just in case the sun comes out!
Photographed by John Bishop.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, January 1971.
Canary yellow jumper by Eric Budd.
Animal motif sweaters from The Sweet Shop.
Knitted halter neck by Erica Budd.
Piano key sweater by Anne Cossins for Mr Freedom.
Random knit playsuit by Zeekit by Crochetta. Hand-knitted striped stockings from Women’s Home Industries.
Bahamas and Birds sweaters both by Molly Dove.
Sweater by Erica Budd. Bermudas by Donald Davies. Striped stockings by Women’s Home Industies.
Always the same definite hand-writing, developed season after season, but such sure grasp of colour and how to make women look sexy that’s she’s become one of the most copied designers for knits and dresses. This spring, she continues her layered look, has a longer bodyline and belts to leave flying or tie under a gently bloused top. Milky pink sweater with long sleeves and small ties edged in raspberry, under pink mohair sweater with pink fine jersey culottes. The small-head look comes from tiny tight-fitting cap with strings. Palest aquamarine sweater with a frilled neckline and ties with matching flowers, worn with a fitting jersey skirt and the tight skull cap. Mulberry printed voile dress (opposite) with deep plain flounce at the hem, with a matching head-dress, held in place with a plaited woollen band like a sheik.
Photographed by Jo Francki.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Over 21 magazine, February 1975.
This knitting pattern book is a bit of a mystery – undated and with little publishing information – but it appears to have been produced in Japan as a companion to a Brother knitting machine which uses ‘Cassettes’ to create the patterns (all of which are designed by Masa Yamauchi). It doesn’t get more perfectly early Seventies than this…
Val Moon and Debbie Hudson, known for classic knitted tube dresses and leotards, decided to liven things up by adding some mad accessories to their range: a snake boa made from wool, chenille and metallic threads, which can be wired on to any plain outfit, coiled any way the wearer chooses; outsized dragonflies: sinister vampire bats complete with with red beads scattered like drops of blood (popular with Dracula fans) and exotic orchid lilies. The accessories are not cheap, costing from £10 to £25, and the strapless tube dresses cost £45: all to order from Chantal, 73 St John’s Wood High Street, London, NW8. Words: RAE LAURIKIETIS Pictures: JANE ENGLAND.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Sunday Times Magazine, October 22nd 1978.
Another pair of ‘lost’ knitwear designers. Why do knitwear people seem to get lost much more easily? If anyone knows anything about Val or Debbie, please do let me know! These accessories are so perfect.