I have been thinking for a long time about knitting a vest or waistcoat for Doug. This is for two reasons. First, Doug keeps asking me to knit him a vest or waistcoat. Second, and this should be obvious – no sleeves. (I once wrote a post called “Do you love your husband enough to knit the sleeves?”) As a result, I have been keeping a close eye on men’s knitting patterns and specifically on vests. I will write more about this in a future post.
Today, however, the subject of men’s vests came to mind (for all of the wrong reasons) while I was perusing through some of my rather large collection of knitting pattern books. I stumbled upon this:
It is vol. 713 of brunswick mostly male. I cannot believe that these pamphlets were released without dates, but I would guess this one was produced sometime around 1972. In it, one can find some wonders, like this knitted 2-piece pantsuit:
Or this amazing purple ribbed pullover (paired with spectacular swim trunks!):
The photos often include drinking (anyone venture to guess what this manly drink is?):
And smoking and drinking at the same time:
And yes, there are also vests. I love this blue one. The pose just cracks me up: look at that hair! The scarf! The pine tree he is mysteriously hovering over!
Then there is this tiger-striped vest with the belt loops. How suave!
My favorite is this one:
“What,” I asked Doug, “is that belt made of?” “Those are bullet casings,” Doug replies “with one bullet pointing at his d*ick.” Hmm…..perhaps my long search for a pattern to knit for Doug is over.