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    Hi

    Does anyone know what Shaker sweater is?

    "She is wearing a bright blue Shaker sweater and acid-washed jeans."

    Here, "Shaker" means a kind of knitting? or a name of a manufacturer?

    According my googling, it seems like a kind of knitting, but I just couldn't figure out the feature of the knitting and why it's called Shaker.

    Could anyone help me out?

    Thank you very much.

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    I have no idea why it is called 'shaker', but it seems to be this type of knitting: Golden Apples: Part1--Simple Double Knitting
    http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting...hes/shaker.htm
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    Could it have anything to do with the Shakers? They're known for their knitting as well as their furniture according to this:

    Many Shaker villages had their own tanneries, sold baskets, brushes, bonnets, broom, fancy goods and quality homespun fabric. But they were best known for their medicinal herbs, garden seeds, apple sauce and knitted garments.
    Shakers in the US down to just three - Totaltravel

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    A Shaker knit is a type of stitch that is similar to, but less bulky than, a fisherman's knit or rib.How to knit a shaker rib stitch | Video л Wonder How To

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    As Tdol has suggested, I am quite certain it refers to the religious group known as the Shakers. I would reference the wikipedia link in Tdol's comment.

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    Default Re: Shaker sweater

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    A Shaker knit is a type of stitch that is similar to, but less bulky than, a fisherman's knit or rib.How to knit a shaker rib stitch | Video л Wonder How To
    Did they create the stitch? That was what I was wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Did they create the stitch? That was what I was wondering.
    I don't know for sure, but looking at your quote in post 3, as well as 2 others from the link Shakers in the US down to just three, I would infer that they did. One community "earned a huge reputation for its knitted turtleneck pullovers" and Shakers are known for their "unique architecture, furniture and handicraft style."

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    Default Re: Shaker sweater

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Did they create the stitch? That was what I was wondering.
    I think it's a question not so much of invention, more of fashion - if Shakers could be accused of such a thing. It was a style they used a lot. There is a Shaker style of furniture too. (Of course, necessity being 'the mother of invention', often fashion follows an invention that originally solved some local problem.)

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