Fashion DIY: Wool & the Gang knitting kits at Net-a-Porter

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Any knitters out there?

It's been a long time since The Fashion Police tried to knit anything more ambitious than a scarf, and even that failed miserably, but these Wool and the Gang kits make us want to take up the needles again. Not only do we love the name, these contain everything you'll need to make various garments, ranging from scarves and hats to waistcoats, legwarmers and gloves. Each kit provides you with needles, Peruvian wool, a pattern, a sewing needle and two patches, one of which reads "Knit-a-Porter". Hee!

Not being knitters ourselves, we're not sure how affordably-priced these are, but prices range from £64 – £120, and you can see the full range here.

7 Comments

  • July 30, 2009

    Alex

    Total rip-off. Big time.

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  • July 30, 2009

    Alex

    Okay I just looked at them closer, and you can find better patterns on the internet. For free. That yarn is worth about $20, and those patterns aren’t even real patterns. One of them is “do the same knit stitch for 50 rows.” There. You’re done.

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  • July 30, 2009

    Kuri

    Agreed with Alex.
    Interweave Press and Knitty have a much bigger variety of patterns. $85 for a two skein kit of ordinary sheep’s wool is insane. I could knit up 3 or 4 hats in alpaca for that price, which is a much softer and prettier fibre.

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  • July 30, 2009

    Bethany

    I recommend knitpicks.com and elann.com for both equipment and patterns. For knitting laughs, see http://www.yarnharlot.ca.

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  • July 30, 2009

    Mousy

    Woah, that’s a truly appalling price! Ditto Alex!

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  • July 30, 2009

    Mousy

    I did some calculations about how much I think you should be paying to make one of these items:
    I’m going to work out how much I think it would cost to make the most expensive item – the ‘Foxy Roxy’ scarf (£120 or $198, remember) for sane people.
    I’m pretty sure that wool is generally priced between £2 and £4. £4 is pretty much top quality wool, you can get Alpaca wool for about that price. In USD, that’s $3.30 to $6.60. In the Foxy Roxy scarf kit, you get 5 balls of wool. Let’s choose our top quality Alpaca wool at £4, since we’re going for a top quality scarf here. So, that comes to £20 or $33.
    Let’s also say you’ve never done any knitting before, and you don’t have any needles. You can either get them for free buy stealing them from your grandma, or you can pay about £2 for a pair. That’s another $3.30.
    Now, as for a pattern – we’re talking about a scarf here. You do not need a pattern. You can get a pattern for about £3 ($4.95) – and this is jacket patterns we’re talking about here; quite a bit more complex – so I refuse to add this onto the price total.
    For the designer labels, I’m going to go with the price of those sew-on motifs you can get for kid’s clothes – I imagine the cost of manufacture is about the same and therefore the patches in these kids should be valued the same. You can get one of those patches for £1.50 – the kit comes with two, so let’s bump it up to £3, or another $4.95.
    Add all that together and I reckon that the Foxy Roxy scarf could be made with top quality wool for £25, or $41.25 – and even that’s probably too expensive.
    Wool and the Gang – what are you thinking, you wretched conmen?

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  • July 30, 2009

    Emily 

    Okay I just looked at them closer, and you can find better patterns on the internet.

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