“Cricketeer” Jacket and Scarf

by projectbuddy


When I took a “Learn To Knit” class this past winter, I bought some Shepherd’s Wool yarn for the class project even though it was never made into this scarf until well after the class had ended. It’s an easily-worked, reasonably-priced yarn for practicing, experimenting, knitting, and “unknitting.” (You’ll do that a lot. Trust me.)

If you have been following along for a while, you know that I’m often looking for inspirations and ways of putting everything together in a manner that feels right. You might say I’m searching for a “1 House 100 Years” style. This scarf might be a visual definition of that.

The jacket pocket label reads, “It’s a Cricketeer…tailored expressly for McCanns…Torrington, Conn.” From an Internet search, all you may find of McCann’s Department Store are mentions in obituaries of former sales clerks and vintage photographs. So how did this jacket get to a thrift store in Tidewater Virginia?

The fabric and styling place it in the 1950’s to 1960’s. My house would have been in its late 30’s or early 40’s when this jacket was popular…my age when I bought it in a thrift store many years later to match several vintage ties.

Perhaps what makes any style work is unity where everything fits together nicely in its own time period and into others also. What works for me are the colors and textures of both the jacket and the scarf (which actually has a different texture on each side and is reversible).

This photograph was taken June 2015. The knitting stitch that gives this scarf its reversible appearance is the mock rib stitch. I would really like to hear from anyone who has interesting information to share about McCann’s Department Store or Cricketeer men’s clothing!