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Cardigan - Romany


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roberts, Patricia, born 1945 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-knitted angora and wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Patricia Roberts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hand-knitted cardigan was inspired by the patterns on decorative china plates. The kaleidoscope of stitches in bright primary colours emphasises its hand-crafted appeal, and the striking patchwork effect is achieved by alternating blocks of stocking and fancy stitches.

The designer, Patricia Roberts, set up a hand-knitting business in 1976 and still runs a shop in London today. She has published many pattern books and issued ranges of luxury yarn. This cardigan is typical of her innovative designs in bold colours using contrasting textures and decorative stitches.

Related items by Patricia Roberts are a pair of multi-coloured gloves (T.63:1-2013 and T.63:2-2013) and a beret (T.62-2013).

Physical description

Hand-knitted angora and wool cardigan. Red, yellow and blue hand-knitted and made up of abstract patterned blocks.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1982 (made)


Roberts, Patricia, born 1945 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-knitted angora and wool


Length: 60 cm collar to waist, Width: 41 cm across shoulders

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/1608.

Descriptive line

Hand-knitted angora and wool 'Romany' cardigan, made by Patricia Roberts, England, 1982

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hinchcliffe, Frances (ed.), Knit One, Purl One : Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection. V&A, London, 1985

Labels and date

Hand-knitted angora and wool
British: Patricia Roberts, 1982

This patchwork of colour and pattern in blocks of stocking and fancy stitches was inspired by some decorative china plates. The cardigan has a striped shawl collar, padded shoulders and pockets concealed in the side seams. The cuffs and lower edge are ribbed.

Given by Patricia Roberts
T.210-1985 [1985]


Wool yarn; Angora wool


Hand knitted


Fashion; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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