Here’s a beautiful example of Patchwork Knitting, in a free pattern from Katknit Designs (copyright 2001 by Gloria J. Johnson). The basic technique for the blossom module is the Slip-Stitch Rib.
Horst Schulz, biography
The beginnings of Horst’s work are as dramatic as his present day work. During four years in a detention camp (fleeing from Prussia to Denmark) he learned to knit. An old lady wanted to have her worn paper pattern for a lace tablecloth knit. Horst was willing, but didn’t know how to knit. She showed him and he knit the circular lace tablecloth — from raveled potato sacks. He also remembers knitting yarn from raveled silk stockings. His circular needle was a wire sharpened with a stone.
From that beginning to his residence in Germany where he progressed through many jobs: upholstery, interior design, and then advertising for a clothing store where when wool (yarn) was introduced for sale, the customers clamored for in-store instruction. Horst volunteered. As the knitting problems appeared, Horst saw the challenge and worked out solutions. Colors fascinated him; other knitters had problems working with colors and now 12 years later, he is know for his color-work.
Yarn store owners wanted him to teach his techniques, a book editor convinced him to write two books about his methods. They were published in five languages, the last being in English.