Monday, April 19, 2010

The Knit Dickie

(Don't worry, this one's completely kid-friendly and safe for work. . . unless you object to weird-lookin' knit clothes, that is.)

I've never quite understood the need for the dickie-- you know, those tops (though it requires an extraordinary amount of generousity to call them tops) that lack sleeves, sides and a waist and are essentially just a neck with a front and back flap.  Maybe they serve a purpose beyond making the wearer look silly, but I've yet to discover it. 

To be fair, dickies aren't meant to be seen in full.  Under ideal circumstances, you only see the neck and never even know that it's a fake.  (That's right.  I said it.  Dickies are fake clothes.  You gonna do something about it?  Yeah, that's what I thought.) 

However, when you're presenting people with a pattern for making a dickie, they really need to see how the final object should look. . . and so you're left with photos like this one:

(No matter how hard you try, you can't help but look silly in a fully visible dickie.  Poor guy.)

Now, technically, these next two are called "helmets", but I postulate that this was merely a ploy to convince manly men to wear them.  Clearly what we have here is nothing more than two (tightly) hooded dickies. 

"I'm sorry, honey, but what with all the holiday bustle, I didn't have time to knit the rest of the sweater in time for Christmas.  Can't you just wear it like this?"

On the bright side, this is a great project for lazy knitters.  So much faster than knitting up the whole garment!

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