Pattern Spotlight: Meryl Streep
The votes are in! In a very tight contest, those of you who voted (and thank you for participating) chose Ann Weaver‘s Meryl Streep Chevron Lace Cardigan as your “modeled on an average knitter” sweater. I’ll be posting photos of this sweater on me and the fabulous Becky Wolf. Additionally, we’ll be releasing the Meryl Streep pattern as a single pattern to purchase on Ravelry. Hurrah!
Since it’s going to take a few more days to pull this together, I’ve posted the interview with designer Ann Weaver that went out to Silver Screen Knits: Behind the Scenes subscribers when Silver Screen Knits, Volume One was released. Subscribers received an interview with each designer from Volume One, and we’ll be sharing those interviews on this site in the coming weeks. [If you'd like to receive the interviews with Volume Two's designers, plus a pre-order discount code for Volume Two, notification of special giveaways, and more, please subscribe to the SSK Behind the Scenes e-newsletter. Thanks!]
As those of you who have Volume One may remember, this sweater was inspired by one worn by Meryl Streep in the movie Plenty, based on the play of the same name by David Hare. It begins and ends with a shot of Streep in a field in France just after the Allies have won World War II. Streep’s character, Susan Traherne, was part of the French Resistance and is full of hope for the future. The rest of the film spans two decades following the war, showing how Susan copes with “normal life” after the war. The film’s eclectic cast includes Tracey Ullman (herself a knitter!), Sting, Sir Ian McKellen, and Sam Neill.
The line from the film that we selected to highlight in the book was
“I want to change everything…and I don’t know how.”
–Susan Traherne (Meryl Streep)
A call to arms for knitters who need to alter patterns, perhaps?
If you own a copy of Silver Screen Knits, Volume One, you can see the original film still that inspired the Meryl Streep Chevron Lace Cardigan. It’s very much of the mid-80s, boxy and knit from variegated yarn. Ann Weaver’s version is a bit more accessible, with waist shaping and a longer fit.
We’re lucky to have several samples of this particular sweater. The first sample was knit by Ann herself. Becky, who has been my test knitter for several years now, knit a second sample of this sweater for me, and a third for Neighborhood Fiber Co. in their luscious Studio Worsted (man! how I love Studio Worsted). Becky and I are pulling together our clearest photos and best advice about this sweater, and are looking forward to showing it off for you all very soon.
In the meantime – are there other garments from Volume One that you’d like to see as single patterns? Comment below before May 12, noon GMT, and I’ll enter you in a special drawing to win some (ooh, aah) Sundara yarn that has been languishing in my stash.