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Help dating a wool cardigan

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by SusieQsie, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. SusieQsie

    SusieQsie Registered Guest

    Hello, I am in need of help dating a cream wool cardigan with carved wool toggle buttons. There are no tags, but it is thick and heavyweight, which makes me think it's from Europe. I think the pattern is similar to a chevron? Anyone who knows the style of the knit or where this is from and when? Thank you!

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  2. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    That's a beautiful hand knit, very skilled work. The pattern is usually called Staghorn Cable, and I've also seen it called Horn Cable or Antler Cable. This name makes more sense when the 'V' shape is other way up so it looks like a the two horns of a stag. When upside down like this it is sometimes called Reverse Staghorn Cable.

    Thick cabled sweaters, especially in cream, are often called Aran - you should definitely include that as a keyword. The classic Aran sweater usually uses several different cable techniques, rather than just one. Yours is a more modern take on an Aran cardigan.

    The button band and collar are in garter stitch, and the hem and cuffs are either cable rib or twisted rib, I can't quite see.

    Classic hand knits are very to date, and it could be from almost any era, or very recent. It looks to be in very good condition, so probably newer than older, unless it's been very little worn. The use of garter stitch leans me towards thinking it more recent as well - it's slightly less traditional. But it could still be older - it's almost impossible to tell.

    I wish it were mine!
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  3. SusieQsie

    SusieQsie Registered Guest

    @Retro Ruth thanks for the extensive info! I found it at a garage sale in 2013, and wore it a couple of times before I kept it in a tub until I found it recently! For years, I thought I had gotten rid of it and I'm so glad I found it again. My mom took a picture of it on me at the garage sale, which is kind of cool to have that memory. I can also tell it was bigger/longer then and has shrunk now, even though it spent almost 10 years in a box in a closet. It kind of does look more modern but it's hard to tell!

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  4. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    You are very welcome. I love knitting!

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