for Straker Classics 1984
877-C Song of Norway Cardigan
Penny Straker: “Mom created Song of Norway Cardigan (then the adult pullover and Child’s Song of Norway cardigan) after I spent a few years of knitting time indulging in and playing with many of the amazing slip stitch patterns. She, too, got caught up with their beauty, versatility and the opportunity to work with several colors in one piece without carrying yarn behind every stitch! Slipstitch knitting is addictive…
“The gently gathered sleeve cap in this design was one of the trendy flourishes in the ‘80’s and I’ve noticed it’s slipping back into fashion now. What goes around comes around. Those of us in the fashion world are always aware of that!
“The low, well-rounded neckline is becoming to all and adds femininity, and the Seed Stitch front bands do too. Simple Mother-of Pearl buttons, blending inconspicuously with the Main Color are a good choice.
“Choose the main color first, keeping in mind your eye color and skin tone; then think about subtle colorways versus bold colorways. Then choose the hues to complement your main color. With the B&W image you are on your own so pull out balls of the colors that attract you and work with your main color. Eliminate and add colors until your palette is just right.
“Main colors can be neutral – a light silver gray heather, for example – or your favorite color (which must work with your eye color!) and will work with your wardrobe mainstays.. But always think about light, medium and dark shades, for even in a subtle colorway, there must be some tonal distinctions.”
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