A few weeks ago Rowan announced a new Mini Brochure featuring Kidsilk Haze stripe.
In this mood I thought to myself: “Watch out Marie Wallin!” “En garde! At your needles and swatch!”
I thought of altering Simone, which is shown in the picture above. A pattern for men, with long sleeves, a round neck, without the ruffle, but with intarsia knitting and a lace pattern! The working title I gave the design has been “Just for the boys, dear Marie”, because of the obsessing questions, mentioned above.
So I began to knit and I calmed down a little bit, measuring and calculating stitches and rows. Charting the lace pattern and thinking over the placement of the lace. Maybe a little lace on the sleeves or not? During this working and thinking over the pattern it get into my view, that it was not anger, but jealousy which drives me. And the working title changed to “Simply Jealous!”
So, as the work progressed, the questions in my mind changed to:
“Yes, women do put on mens clothes, men almost never female clothes. The Scottish kilt is no skirt, but has its roots in military. The trousers on the other hand, the male piece of clothing par excellence, women was forbidden by law under Napoleon, is, like a suit a naturally part of female cloth. A man in sheath dress or in swinging skirt I have only seen on a crossdresser. The female fashion gets “fashionable” as it acquires every male detail bit by bit.That’s not applicable in reverse. ….” (Translation by knittingkonrad)
And the working title changed ones more to “Simply jealous?”
Thank you Marie Wallin for inspiring me!
Pattern (for men) will be available soon on Ravelry.
8 thoughts on “Simply Jealous?”
Interesting thoughts Konrad! – you are quite right of course. I look forward to seeing the finished garment.
Thank you Fiona! I think fashion is a social, maybe even a political thing. It could not only be reduced to business, marketing or money. Fashion also symbolised the zeitgeist. The roles of women and men have changed in the last century. I guess fashion supports and shows this change, especially for women.
But are we still hunting deers all the time? Do men not change? They do!
Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are differences between gender, but there are also a lot of similarities.
Good question. I think it’s a matter of taste. Even some women don’t like wearing bright colours. Someone could notice them if they would.
I think everyone should be able to wear what they like. There are plenty of pattern which work for both and if there isn’t with a little skill it’s easy to adapt and change one to a suitable male pattern as you do with this.
Btw this yarn would make gorgeous vests to cheer up a boring grey suit and keep the chill off.
I am looking forward to see your finished work 🙂
Thank you Anni, I also think it is a matter of personal taste. And I also think, that everyone should wear what they want to wear and feel comfortable in. But on the other hand is it really only a matter of taste, that colors or fibers are linked to a specific gender?
I don’t think so. I would say we have moved on regarding gender specific colours. Personally i wear a lot of black mainly because i like wearing black but also because every colour (well maybe apart from brown) goes with black and because my absolute favourite colour purple doesn’t match with many other colours 😉
As for the fibres I guess they thought maybe that kid silk was a too thin yarn for men’s garment. But you can easily knit it with 2 strands. Rowan Studio 24 has patterns where they use 2 strands to give it a little more substance.
Let’s hope your thoughts gave the Rowan designers ideas 🙂
I look forward to trying that yarn. I have some solid kidsilk haze at home waiting to be cast on.
Excellent Konrad, I’m so glad you are adopting a women’s pattern for a man. So many men’s patterns have been adopted for a women, threres hundred’s of “boyfriend” sweaters, so it’s nice to see you turn the tables. This particular lovely yarn has colors that transcend gender if there really is such a thing as a man’s color and a woman’s color, then KSH Stripe breaks those barriers. I think Marie will love it.
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