Good Morning All,
I've completed the back design of the sweater I am making for myself and knitting is underway. I'll post a picture once I have enough of the design to show. The design is based on three patterns - the moss stitch and the aran stitches called Lobster Claw and Cathedral Cables. Aran sweaters supposedly came from the Aran Isles off the coast of Ireland. According to Rita Weiss each stitch has a special meaning. Each fisherman's family knitted sweaters with unique stitches so if the fisherman drowned his body could be identified when it washed up on shore. But historians believe the story a myth. Aran knitting as we know it was probably invented in the early part of the last century by local women as a means of making money. In the 1930's a german man published an article giving names to many of the stitches. He most likely had never been to the Aran Isles but the fascination of these designs began. I can remember the fisherman sweaters my grandmother knitted for me in the 1970's. This will be a fun project. Happy Knitting All, JRob.
Pic as promised. Repeat appears 2X to give you an idea of the back panel. Moss (Seed) stitch on ends, Lobster Claws coming to center then 3 Cathedral Cables. Pattern is an easy knit and not to complicated. JRob