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18 Awesomely Tacky Knitted Sweaters From The 1980’s

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We may be verging on summer, but it’s always a good time to appreciate some gloriously tacky sweaters. Originally featured in the 1985 book Wit Knits, which taught people how to knit sweaters and sweater vests with all sorts of objects, animals, and themes on them. They’re great, and even the kitschiest person you know would probably look at them and say, “Whoa, too much.”

If you ever knitted a sweater from Wit Knits, or received one as a gift, please please PLEASE let us know. With pictures, if possible.

1. Hands off the merchandise.

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How much you wanna bet that cockatiel says things like, “I’M A FAILURE!”

2. One scoop, or two?

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She screams for ice cream and because she hasn’t felt the touch of a lover in 12 years!

3. A Cat & Mouse Game

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On the back of the sweater, you can see the cat ripping the mouse’s guts out!

4. Whoa!

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I think the horse is actively trying to escape that sweater.

5. Scottie

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Male camel toe is a serious problem, people. #solidarity

6. Ribbit

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He’s a member of the world’s least scary street gang. Even the Jets and the Sharks laugh at them.

7. Toucan play at that game.

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The sweaters come in a pair, but the sexual frustration is free.

8. Heavy metal

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Just make it look like you’re playing the guitar.

MODEL: Playing a what? I’ve never heard of a–

PHOTOGRAPHER: [click]

9. Who wants a daiquiri?

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Wearing this sweater is a great way to say, “I am making the best of male menopause.”

10. She’s got it. Do you?

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Meaning “knitability.” Not worms. Why would you think I meant worms?

11. Piano Man

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The official uniform of every 48-year-old music teacher who still lives with his parents.

12. The Artist

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Who said “sexy” and “painfully itchy” can’t go together?

13. Hello, Kitty

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This sweater is for those of you who think a heavy gray smock is too sexy a garment.

14. Jazz Hands

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This is how you dress if you’re volunteering as a dance teacher for a bunch of inner city kids in a 90’s movie.

15. It’s a hoot.

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Is she, like, a Victoria’s Secret model who got sent to the wrong photoshoot?

16. It’s grrrrreat!

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The only it’s acceptable for an adult to wear a sweater like this is if they are a child trapped in a grown up’s body like in Big.

17. Anchors aweigh!

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“Here, son, it’s a sweater that says ‘cabin boy.’ Because you’re also our employee.”

18. Choo Choo

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This is the couple that nobody likes at the swingers’ party.

 

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