Patchwork Knitting

25 May

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 Blossoms

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.

Here’s a shawl pattern using this technique:

Fandango Shawl

Fandango_Shawl_003

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