Knits at the Olympics

Written by Sarah on February 10th, 2014 Posted in famous knits, knits

The Olympics are happening! Hooray!(?) I’m really not interested in sports at all especially ones that involve ice and/or snow so winter Olympics are kind of a drag for me. I also never have my shit together to participate in any Ravelry games so I’m just kind of no fun when it comes to these things. Sorry, everyone.  But you have to watch the opening ceremonies, right? I mean, I hate sports, but I do love interpretive dance, Soviet imagery, and these guys. So it’s a win.

Everybody’s been complaining about the American Ralph Lauren ugly Christmas sweaters slash cardigan that my kindergarden teacher definitely wore in 1992 that are the uniforms. Haters to the left. It’s time the world sees America for the tacky-ass patchwork quilt that we really are. I loved them. I would not be surprised if I bumped into someone on Bedford Ave wearing one of these under their 500 layers and gigantic mustache. (It’s still cold here in New York. It’s like we’re actually AT the Olympics, right?)

olympics usa uniformvia NBC Sports

That being said, the French probably had my favorite uniforms. I’ve heard people hating on that too but I want a grandpa cardigan parka! I’m coveting that Canadian Hudson Bay coat more than anything (feel free to donate $300 to my Olympic coat kickstarter). The Mexican team looked like a winter Mariachi band.

But you’re not here for my fashion advice. Let’s talk about knits, people.

First off, those sign-holding mini-skirted snowflake ladies (or many many Snegurochkas) were actually wearing really pretty (from what I could tell) cabled slouchy hats under their giant crowns. I always feel really awkward for the sign-holders but good for them! You were in the Olympics.

snegurichka olympicsvia The Wire

The team from Belarus sported these great hats and scarves that matched their flag. I had no idea that their flag had that cool faire isle-y bit to it (God, the opening ceremonies always remind me how ignorant I am to the rest of the world, so embarrassing!) but I really love it. They get the gold for best flag.

belarus opening ceremonyvia National Post

But holy crap. Slovakia’s matching hats, mitts, and scarves really knocked my socks off. I love the colors and hearts. So simple but just really cool. Good job, guys. Everybody go home, they won.

slovakia opening ceremonyvia Canoe.ca

There were so many other countries with great knitwear. The women on the Iranian team had beautiful jewel-toned, sparkly hats. The Russians were wearing great turtlenecks I wish I could’ve seen more of. And I’m 99% sure that Tajikstan had three hand knit scarves. At least, they looked hand knit to me.

Which country had your favorite uniform? What are you knitting for the games? Yay sports!

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Comments (7)

  • February 10, 2014 at 10:25 am |

    I also loved the Andorra’s Fair Isle sweaters and the Latvian hat/scarf/mitten combos full of colors and zigzags!

    • February 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm |

      Those mitts were great, right!?

  • Nelli
    February 10, 2014 at 11:34 am |

    The Finnish team is knitting a scarf together while in Russia. They’ll give it to the next team for Rio. Not sure what one does with a scarf in Rio de Janeiro, which is probably why they’re only making one. Anyway, go Finland!

    • February 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm |

      I read about that. It seems wild but I love the concept!

  • February 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm |

    I’m not a huge sports person either, but I love the Olympics (both winter and summer!). I was totally eyeing the knits during the open ceremony too. I can’t decide how I feel about the team USA sweaters- on one hand, they are crazy busy and kind of make my eyes hurt, but on the other they’re kitschy and kind of awesome.

    Do you see Andorra’s sweaters? I thought they were really cute!

    • February 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm |

      I saw those and I really liked them. I can’t tell if they’re knit or if they are fleeces. Either way, they look great!

  • March 1, 2014 at 9:45 am |

    Way late to this post, but I loved Slovenia’s hats! They’re a combo of bright green, white, and bright blue. I only noticed them when a Slovenian skier won the gold, and I’m determined to find colors close enough to match so I can make one of my own.


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