Twenty pounds. (now with edits!)

Marion Foale patterns.

If anyone has actually read one, are they along the lines of a Catherine Lowe pattern? Or just overpriced at roughly $35 US?

(Gleaned from a new, unbelievably chatty (but with nuggets of wisdom) mailing list. Cashmere whores know what I’m talking about.)

Edit: If you plunk “Marion Foale” into Google, one of the top links sells her readymade sweaters. It’s good to charge top price for perfect hand knits.

But 300 hours per jacket? I hope this factors in blocking, designing, prototypes, fittings for all sizes, something. If you literally took 300 hours per garment, simply following an already-written pattern, you wouldn’t earn a living wage.

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5 Responses to Twenty pounds. (now with edits!)

  1. Sonja says:

    I’m currently hand knitting the MF pattern from Rowan #36, which uses the same rib design as the sweaters shown at that site. There is NO WAY it took someone 300 hours to make those sweaters! It has to include the design and grading time. I adore her more recent designs, but am not very fond of those in her 1980s book, which were really nothing special.

  2. Linda says:

    Before even contemplating the prices, I’d want to see a lot more detail on the pattern I’m buying. A distant, somewhat fuzzy shot of the front isn’t really selling the design. Same problem with the yarn–precious little detail.

  3. Janice in Ga says:

    Years ago I had a book of Marion Foales patterns. I never actually knitted any up because they were largely made of fine yarns and gauges that were hard for me to find at the time. And now I see that the used copies of the book are going for high prices around the ‘net.
    All I can say is, it bloody well figures, doesn’t it. {sigh}

  4. JoVE says:

    Well the fit is very nice and they are good stitch patterns but I’m with Steph on this one. I also wonder if the 300 hours is an attempt to make folks accept the price tag on these things? Folks who don’t knit might not understand what makes a designer hand-knit so expensive.

  5. Dr. Steph says:

    They don’t look like anything special. What gives?