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Shawl Collar Review

“Durable as Grandma’s Knitting”

Montgomery Ward Winner

I’m moving into the planning phase of my all wool sweater project. Based on blog and email feedback, I’m working on a collaborative design for a shawl collar cardigan. As part of my research, I’m collecting images of model shawl collar styles and sweaters (from image archives, film stills, period print advertisements, online shops). Let me know which version/s you prefer. Also, please email me related web links and favorite sweater examples (living or dead).

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Two historical examples not in consideration:

Coup de Grace (Schlondorff 1976)

Hannah and Her Sisters (Allen 1986)

And in a related note, here’s a sobering post from Chris Bray of BillyKirk on the closure of Baron Woolen Mills of Brigham City, Utah .

12 thoughts on “Shawl Collar Review”

  1. This is a bit odd– I just saved two images of shawl collared sweaters to use as inspiration for Christy knitting me one, before seeing that you’d posted this today. They are definitely beckoning me.

  2. You left out any Steve McQueen, but I can see how his look is a bit more Mojave nights than what you’re going for. Plus the most readily available picture has that shock hiding in the bottom corner.

    Anyhoo, I’m glad you’re thinking thick, and not the fashionable thin cardigans on hipsters these days. I’ve read that such a sweater was a substitute for a jacket for those who couldn’t afford one, and I think that’s the direction you should go.

  3. Need to generate a few screen grabs of McQueen/Cincinnati kid just to document shawl collar sweater sans “surprise”!

    Good call.

    McQueen good model for sweater as jacket (over t-shirt).

  4. I forgot to list my favorites:

    Pockets and shawl on A
    Awesome throat latch on C (easy to incorporate on any design, I’d think)
    Fit on G. The rest are a little baggy for my tastes.

    For a modern example, the Nom de Guerre version is very nice.

  5. There’s an amazingly cool shawl collar sweater (double breasted, I think) that the old Owl superhero character wears in “Watchmen”, wish I could find a screen grab of it.

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