The patterns for my Colburn ensemble are now published in Woodlands, a book of patterns from designers living in Humboldt County, California, and associated with the designer group of the Northcoast Knittery. The set is a contemporary application of a stitch pattern I found in a glove booklet with a 1953 copyright. The booklet section that included the stitch pattern declared “Gloves for the Whole Family!” That stitch appears in all three pieces, combined with a rib pattern in the brim of the hat that is also echoed around the edges of the scarf. The hat’s wide brim has an I-cord edge that is mirrored with a welt above the ribbing. I designed this with a male appeal in mind, but it became evident pretty quickly that women liked it as well. As you can see, the stylist for the book chose to place it on the female model. But the design would be equally appealing on a guy. Here are close up images of the stitch patterns.
The gloves in the 1953 pamplet only had the stitch pattern on the back of the hand. I extended the pattern to each of the fingers, and had to figure out how to work the picked up stitches for the fingers in such a way that the stitch pattern was retained.
Working with the other designers in our region was such a rewarding experience! As the book’s back cover proclaims, “Inspired community collaborates to create beauty.” And that is indeed what happened. I am honored to have worked along these skilled and creative persons, witnessing their process, participating in feedback sessions, and being inspired by the variety of projects and techniques which the 11 patterns represent. Here are images of all the pieces in the book. Designers were:
Suzanne Ross-Kohl: Culley (vest); Corrie Daer: Ainsley (scarf); Connie Anderholm: Eira (scarf); Sara Williamson: Arden (garment), Barbara Benedict: Gerbera (purse/bag); Becky Salstrom: Renshaw (Reversible Cowl); Sherry Lisby: Haslett (reversible double knit hat); and Catherine Brown: Liana (lace garment).