Knit and Wrap

Knit and Wrap coverKnit & Wrap: 25 capelets, cowls & collars

Submitter: Part of our public library weeding criteria is relevance, and don’t mistake me for a fashion expert, but I figured this one wasn’t exactly fashionable anymore. It’s not just the dated styling (and I’m not sure if this stuff was ever in fashion) but the life changing promises of attracting firefighters and being mistaken for an guillotined royal. And the Pink Floyd reference had me in stitches!

Holly: This probably says more about me, the “fashion don’t,” but a few of these aren’t so bad! I’m not a fan of the neck doily look, but I do like both “Catch” and “Impulse,” pictured below. “Charm” looks like something Snow White’s wicked stepmother would wear. “Dizzy” should be called “Itchy.”

Enchanting Charm Catch Dizzy Impulse


    1. lol I am looking at all these and can picture my Mom showing me all these patterns and talking about knitting them. Heck, I can even imagine some of my younger knitting friends making these, in particular for cosplay or a ren-fair. I feel like knitters have a particular fashion sense, so I am not surprise there are still people knitting and posting on ravelry

  1. These days A fascinator is a type of small hat. Back in my Grandmother’s day, most of the things here would have been called ‘fascinators’. In my Mother’s time, they would have been close to ‘bed jackets’ for the elderly and ill.

    They were never fashionable and the only one I can see working today is ‘Charm’.

    Let this one go.

    1. 20-odd years ago my mother knit me a bed jacket when my first child was born. I still use it and call it my sit-up-in-bed robe and use it when reading on chilly nights. Handy, yes. Fashionable, no but who cares?

    2. I did not know there was such a thing as a “fascinator” until I discovered a UK supermarket tabloid being satyrized for suggesting using bath things in their place.

  2. As a knitter, these don’t look terrible! Cowls are still very much a thing (making one now!); capelets, not so much. I think “Charm” there is trying to hit a cross between “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey.”

  3. As someone who hates knitted clothing with a fiery hot passion, I find these garments hideous and about as appealing as wearing a fishing net.

  4. Another issue with knitting pattern books, especially those using fancy specialty yarns: good luck finding the yarn or an equivalent if it’s been discontinued. The pattern intros are really cringey, especially the one for Impulse. The patterns themselves look pretty basic and would be easy to find on Ravelry.

  5. To be fair (and I’m a knitter), I don’t think the prose is hinting at attracting sexy firefighters, I think they’re implying such a garment would make you look hot, hence the call the to fire department. There’s nothing wrong with this book.

  6. Interesting thing I have noticed about knitting books: when the projects are photographed without models, they look a lot less dated. The hairstyles make a huge difference, they place the book into a particular era.

  7. I’m pretty sure that my old craft store job was still selling this book when I quit there just over a year ago. If not this exact book, this something pretty similar.

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