This 1950s-style cropped sweater is based on Bugs Bunnyâ€™s disguise in the marvelous classic Warner Brothers short â€œRabbit Seasoning.â€ It is one of several cartoons in which Bugs and Daffy Duck each try to convince Elmer Fudd to shoot the other. When Bugs dons this sweater, along with a wig and lipstick, Elmer is smitten! Poor Daffy. You can view the short here.
The real thing (if it wasnâ€™t a cartoon) would most likely be knitted flat in pieces and seamed, with set-in sleeves, in a super-fine (by which I mean yarn weight) angora. This version is designed for the modern knitter, knitted top-down in one piece with minimal seaming, in a worsted weight wool-cotton blend.
The wide, square neckline and slightly puffed sleeves make this simple sweater look deceptively complex.
by Annika Barranti
Pattern no longer available.