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The Real Starsky Sweater Knit Pattern

Updated on May 30, 2011
This is the controversial Starsky Sweater.. found out that the knitting pattern is really simple... and anyone who can kit can make it!
This is the controversial Starsky Sweater.. found out that the knitting pattern is really simple... and anyone who can kit can make it! | Source

The Controversial Starsky Sweater

Both Ben Stiller and Paul Michael Glaser played the role of 'Starsky' in the series and movie 'Starsky and Hutch'. It was a 70's (80's???) series that is generally about a buddy relationship between two undercover cops who rode a stunning striped red Torino.  Starsky also has the most famous sweater in the planet -- in fact it still is the most famous (and controversial) sweater in the planet despite the fact that this series was a HIT 30 years ago.

Some of my friends have offered me their 'version' closest to the Starsky Sweater. In fact, I didn't think so unless I got a lot of responses to my first knit article which frankly, surprised me. It was this curiosity that made me REALLY try to find the knitting pattern of the real Starsky Sweater... and I did. Of course, I expect someone to say something like 'no, it lacks one stripe or Ben Stiller's sweater is not like Paul Michael Glaser's sweater!'. There will always be fruitcakes and they amuse me.

So I found this magazine at one of the most popular sites. The person selling the pattern is from the UK and I decided to BUY the pattern even if it was something like 10 bucks. Well, it is REALLY worth it considering that I am having it knitted now and also because I want to have ONE for myself without having to buy it.

Please see my other hubpages. There are variants to this one, but this is the REAL pattern, the rest were 'close' but NOTHING like this.. now let me share this with those who have asked (dared?) me to find the REAL thing!

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      debugs 6 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

      This is still about the sweater guys? This is getting really boring by NOW....

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      Beware of Ian R 6 years ago

      Ian R, I was able to make 2 of the sweaters using the Dar pattern and I had NO PROBLEMS so why are you discouraging people from trying to knit for themselves? We are thankful for this hub for giving us the pattern free. Your sweaters are not that good or perfect either so please, if someone wants to give away the pattern it is none of your business and no one is asking for your opinion. Go play somewhere else.

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      debugs 6 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

      It's funny you have the wrong name :)

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      Ian R. 6 years ago

      Cynthia de Guzman, yes, this is the Sirdar pattern; I've had this for more than 10 years. I took it to a local knitting shop here in my city where they do contract knitting, and any compitent knitter can do this. however, there are a few things to consider. The TV sweater was a double knit mexican sweater using all natural wool, at least 5 ply, maybe 6 ply. The local store only had 4 ply, and would not guarantee the thickness. Also, these sweaters weigh 5 pounds, sometimes close to 6. That's about 3KG. So, with a pound being 16 ounces, and wool coming in 4 oz. skeins here in North america, looking on the Briggs & Little website, their 4 ply wool is now $25/lb. So a 6 pound sweater will cost $150 in material to start. And its only 4 ply. Then you have the labor. And unless the person is a truly accomplished knitter, the result will probably not great. there was a lady making them by hand in New Zealand a few years ago, and although the pattern was accurate, they were single knit lightweight, sometimes the size was right, most times not. So knitters, good luck, I would really love to see the result. And I'm not being sarcastic here. I really do like to see what people do. Cheerio.

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      debugs 6 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

      https://hubpages.com/art/The-Elusive-Starsky-Sweat...

      Please read this first one from hubpages