Mom-made vintage game sweaters from the 80s

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  1. metafactory says:

    I can’t resist posting this Cowichan-style toque done with PacMan, ghosts and bits. Anyone from the North West Coast will immediately recognize the iconic design (tea kettle warmer) and muted colours of the Cowichan knitting.

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  2. D-Ru says:

    Wow, those are impressive and would have been challenging to make! Your mommy does love you!

    • Cunning says:

      I haven’t done much knitting, but it seems to me these patterns would have taken FOREVER to make. Wouldn’t you have to knot-off different colors dozens of times per row? Any knitters in the house? I think we might be looking at the Sistine Chapel of video game sweaters.

      • stringmonkey says:

        It’s hard to tell from the resolution, but my best guess is that the knitter employed a mix of techniques, including fair isle (leaving strands of the other color on the back, probably used for the Space Invaders), intarsia (which leaves a boatload of little ends, maybe for the figures on the lower sweater) and duplicate stitch (an embroidery stitch over a knit surface that mimics knitting in a contrasting color, which would have made the PacMan maze and the ladders a whole lot easier).

  3. Pantograph says:

    You forget that back in the 1980s mommies didn’t have Minesweeper and Facebook.

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      No, they had soap operas, valium, alcohol and shopping malls. Why would today’s distractions preclude a mother from finding time to knit something completely awesome for her son?

      Minesweeper? Seriously? Do you live in 1995 every day or is today special?

      • Anonymous says:

        Having watched my mother & father in-law, I can attest to the continued interest minesweeper and free cell play in the lives of >40yr old parents.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am so jealous I could cry.

    All my mom made me was a Bicentennial costume with puffy sleeves, knickers, and a tri-corner hat.

  5. Take It To The Chorus says:

    Wow. Nice work. One you’d worked out a pattern on graph paper, I don’t think it would be too hard on a knitting machine. For an experienced machine knitter.

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