The big one

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who has spent the late eighties with mohair yarn and patterns for giant sweaters with dropped sleeves. It’s a shame that I haven’t kept the pattern magazines from there, it would have been nice to see if my memories are accurate… …I remember the endless parade of mohair sweaters…


This is not real eighties style – I maxed the dimensions of a simple sweater so that it can actually be used as a dress. The material is very lightweight – Kidsilk Haze knit with 8 mm needles – so it is quite easy to gather or tie the excess and mold the sweater to another shape. Dropped shoulders I kept, stretched the sleeves oversized and sewed the seams from the top. Couple crochet rows gather the neck opening and protect the hem and sleeve openings.


7 Responses to “The big one”

  1. Julie Says:

    July 20th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    gorgeous!! Looks so ethereal and lovely. I bet it’s an awesome layering item!!

  2. michele Says:

    July 21st, 2009 at 2:23 am

    i made mohair sweaters in the 80’s and they were nothing like this – they were chunky – embarrassingly so – this is gorgeous – so lightweight and thoroughly modern.

  3. Andrea Says:

    July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    That’s exactly the word Julie: Ethereal…

    Selkie on Ravelry

  4. monica Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:56 am

    YOU never cease to impress me with your creativity!!Another wonderful piece.

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  6. Silvia Says:

    August 8th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Thank you for sharing your designs…I have already started this!!! I fell in love with it the minute I saw it…ahhh the 80’s how i loved the hideous fashions of that time…and it’s comming back. I just hope that at my age and my size I will look like the vision in my head!!!

  7. Rebecca Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Wonderful! I have 4 balls of Kidsilk Night that I’ll be using for this very soon.