The Cosby Sweater Is Back!comments (5) November 12th, 2008
Planning on crafting a sweater for the man in your life? Take a cue from the '80s and go for bold and bright! Recently, New York Magazine announced that the loud and colorful sweaters that Dr. Huxtable wore on the beloved TV series The Cosby Show are making a comeback. Bill Cosby has recently brought the sweaters back in the spotlight by auctioning off some of the famous TV character's sweater collection for charity in June. Bet he wishes he didn't do it now!
If you want to try your hand at making a Cosby-inspired sweater for yourself or the man in your life, begin with an sweater pattern from the 1980s. Some of us actually have a few vintage lovelies buried in our stash. If you were watching the Smurfs rather than knitting in the '80s, a wealth of patterns can be found on eBay, at thrift stores, and sometimes garage sales. Ask some of your knitting buddies who were knitting back then and I bet they could dig deep enough to uncover a winner.
Another way to achieve the look is to use a current pattern but select a yarn that is wild and unexpected. Check your LYS for a self-striping yarn that knits up loud and proud. Do an intarsia pattern with large repeating color blocks. Make it oversized to capture the '80s feel.
The quickest way to achieve the Cosby look is to take a trip to your local thrift store. The men’s section is chock full of hideously beautiful examples of that era. In an age where recycling is the way to go, you can save the planet and be on the bleeding edge of fashion.
For a modern twist, take it one step further by restyling one of these neglected classics. Finnish fashion artist Tietoja Minusta rejuvenates the outcasts creating stunning one-of-a-kind pieces dubbed “Trashion.”
Knitting and restyling sweaters from the '80s is a fun way to work with color and design in unexpected ways. Let your inhibitions run wild and you will have a sweater that is pure fun.
Please share your 1980s-inspired knitting projects with us and post your 1980s sweater pictures on badsweaterguy.com.