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Pattern Spotlight: Meryl Streep

5 May 2014
Meryl Streep Cardigan

The Meryl Streep Sweater, by Ann Weaver, modeled by Anna Crow and photographed by Brandy Crist-Travers

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?

Meryl Streep Cardigan

The Meryl Streep Lace Cardigan, designed and modeled by Ann Weaver.

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.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan permalink
    5 May 2014 12:44 pm

    Lovely sweater. I also love your Marilyn Monroe sweater!

  2. Katrina permalink
    5 May 2014 4:04 pm

    The other pattern I would definitely make (and which would be flattering on me!) is the Lana Turner V-Neck. Pink really isn’t my thing, but I adore the style and shaping!

  3. Trish permalink
    5 May 2014 6:22 pm

    Beautiful pattern – elegant and timeless.

  4. ikkinlala permalink
    5 May 2014 6:27 pm

    I love the Faye Dunaway top but am more likely to actually knit the Katharine Hepburn socks, so I’d vote for one of those.

  5. Dovile permalink
    6 May 2014 5:22 am

    I’d choose the Elizabeth Taylor Lace-Edged Dress. It’s simple enough and would look very flattering. Although I’d choose a more eye-catching color, maybe dark red.

    • Kathleen permalink*
      6 May 2014 5:34 am

      Dovile – we actually have knit the Elizabeth Taylor dress in emerald green as well! We chose the violet color for the sample to match Elizabeth’s eyes, but I agree that it is lovely in deep, rich shades too.

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