_that_ Pringle sweater
I’ve been in love with Pringle of Scotland‘s chunky cashmere handknits ever since the A/W 06 collection, before I even learnt to knit. The cabled swing jumper pictured was a particular object of desire, and I didn’t realise I could make my own for a tenth of the price, settling instead for a slightly itchy and cheap looking (but nonetheless nice) TopShop knock-off.
I’m obviously not the only one who fell in love with this sweater. As blogged on Needle Exchange in 2007, it’s been copied more times than the Mona Lisa and copied so faithfully! Even by commercial brands – check out Lion Brand’s shameless knock-off. If plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, this sweater has reached the status of a design classic.
These days I’m not so satisfied with my TopShop acrylic sweater and I crave something approaching the luxury of the original. Aside from Lion Brand’s version, I could choose Stockport from Rowan 46, but Cocoon is really not my favourite thing. I could also choose this lovely, Pringle-inspired sleeveless cardigan free pattern from Miss Twiss, but I really do like cosy sleeves. No, I think I’ll design my own knock-off, and I’ll be in good company!