This new collection of stitches from the Harmony Guidesshowcases patterns, designs, and motifs that keep knittersconstantly inspired. From simple stripes and polkadots tomore complicated Fair Isle designs, Colorwork Stitchesfeatures a range of swatches for knitters of every skill level. Whether you want to create a men’s scarf in a slip-stitchtartan or a baby blanket in a chevron stripe, this volume isdesigned to revolutionize the way you think about thecolorwork in your projects.One of the most instantly recognizable colorwork designs is the Fair Isle, or stranded knitting. Much mystery surrounds the history of Fair Isle, the distinctive patternsthat take their name from the tiny island of Fair Isle, thesouthernmost of the Shetland Isles. We know Fair Isleknitting existed on the island as early as 1681 from coindesigns discovered in knitting preserved in a peat bog. What we do not know is exactly where the designoriginated. Romantic theories suggest a link with Spain,from the shipwreck of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It isprobable that early pieces were brought to the islands from
Color can be used to engage a viewer, to evoke emotions, and tocommunicate meaning. Discover the joy of selecting designs andpalettes and creating a feature in your work that is completely unique.
the Baltic States where the craft of stranded knitting wasalready more advanced and colour dyes readily available.A colour explosion and rapid development of strandedknitting in the Baltic region around 1800 coincided with anupsurge in trade between the Baltic countries and theShetlands. By the 1850s the Shetlanders, with their history of a hand-knitting industry, had come to dislike repetition.hey took the oxo, star, tree from Russia, Estonia, andNorway. They created lozenge shapes and circularpatterned yokes but altered them by preserving thecomplexity of design while elaboration the colors in thecenter. Changing colors within the design became ahallmark of Fair Isle. The 1920s were a period of innovation and development with the Shetland and FairIsle knitters continuing to experiment with patterns andcolors. In line with fundamental change in fashion afterThe Great War, in favor of more practical and liberatedstyles, the most important development was athe arrival of the fisherman’s jersey or gansey as fashion garment for thewealthy and middle classes.