Imagine my surprise when I received an email pointing out a famous admirer of my work. No less than Dolce and Gabbana in fact.
In their autumn winter collection there is a very pretty, simple lace jumper, short bodied with a deep rib waist band, a boat neck also finished with ribbing and quite full short sleeves. And here it is, Cashmere perforated Knit Sweater, for sale at £640 here.
Look familiar? It certainly looks amazingly similar to The Jan Sweater from A Stitch in Time Volume 2
don’t you think? This jumper has proven incredibly popular and knitters versions of it can be found on blogs, tumblrs and pinterest boards all over the internet as well as on ravelry.
Its hard to believe that this ‘interpretation’ is coincidental. However Jan is of course a vintage pattern and I can lay no claim to the original design and nor would I try to – although Dolce and Gabbana do appear to be suggesting it is their original design. This I find very hard to stomach. However life is far too short and therefore I would alternatively like to request that rather than paying £640 for a machine made, mass produced copy, people purchase A Stitch in Time Volume 2 for £35 along with approx 6 balls of Excelana 4 ply Wool for £30 and make a much more economical yet infinitely more beautiful and unique version of this iconic jumper – oh and maybe also mention to anyone who will listen that the Jan Sweater was here first – and that she is from the 1930s not the 1950s as described on Matches Fashion website!