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A Colorful Book Of Knitted Sweaters From The 1980s

Winter is coming, and this winter is shaping up to be colder than most after an awfully bitter election, so what we need now is something to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Which is why these scans from the 1986 book of knitting patterns Wit Knits are more important now than they were 30 years ago, a bit of nostalgic nerdiness to transport us back to a simpler time.

Wouldn't it be nice to wear sweater dresses again? Perhaps with funky chunky belts and an 80s attitude that says "like, whatever, it's rad"? I'd like to wear one and call it a tunic...

And what ever happened to those sexy off-the-shoulder sweaters that showed the world you were sassy, tacky and classy in one snuggly package?

And weren't the spoiled rich easier to deal with when they were wearing dorky sweaters in serious salmons and super bland shades of gray? Yeah, they were, they really, really were...

See Winter Is Coming, So Please Enjoy This Insane 1980s Book Of Knitted Sweaters here


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Oops. I fell down the rabbit hole. I knew more seemed familiar, so I did a little checking.
The lady in the red "16" sweater is Floella Benjamin, a Trinidadian-British actress, author, television presenter, singer, businesswoman and politician. She is known as presenter of children's programmes such as Play School, Play Away and Fast Forward.
Fried egg sweater was modeled by Martin Jarvis, OBE is an English actor. After a varied career in film and television, he became particularly noted for his voice-acting for radio and audio books. His appearances on American television include: Murder, She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger, and, Stargate Atlantis and Numb3rs. You may also have seen him in Titanic and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The guy with the big glasses in the panda sweater and others is Christopher Biggins is an English actor and television presenter. He played Nero in the BBC dramatisation of I, Claudius (1976),He also appeared in the BBC's Poldark (1977) as the Reverend Osborne Whitworth, and the TV miniseries Masada (1981).
Looks like this was some celebrity modeling goofy sweaters book.
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That was a really strange trend from the 80s, I remember girls from my elementary school would take paper clips and life savers and make earrings. Personally, I preferred wearing a gummy bear on my shirt all day, just lick the back and stick it to your shirt!
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Oh my god and that's Joanna Lumley from AbFab right above John Inman and in the sexy sweater in my post, I can't believe I didn't notice who those sweater models actually were! Thanks for making my day Hrothgar ;)
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