The Nordic summer is colourful and provides inspiration for many combinations of colours. Here you will see how Nordic summer colours are captured in a knitted jacket.
What is your inspiration for choosing a palette when planning your next knitting project? And which colours would you like to capture in a jacket? Is it one special colour, or is it many?
The palette for the Jacket Hjemover contains some of the colours in the summer landscape a place in the northern part of Norway, where Aud B grew up. The English word for Hjemover is homewards.
To put the summer colours together
In the jacket Hjemover, the green represents the grass and leaves. The Nordic summer makes the landscape very much green and that is why that is the main colour.
Some of the contrasting colours are alternating, but the pink and the white do not and are more used than the other colours. Throughout the Nordic summer, the two colours can be seen on different flowers that grow wild in nature. The pink flowers in the early summer are not the same as the pink flowers in August, but you will see the colour in the nature from the beginning to the end. The same goes for the white flowers.
In this jacket there are only five contrasting colours. If you have yarn left over from other projects, you can very well use them for the alternating contrast and have several colours.
A friend, who also is a hunter, suggested that Aud B should make a knit design inspired from outdoor life. And so she did. The design is a sweater called Jakt, which is Norwegian for the English word Hunt. In other words, a sweater for a hunter.
The sweater has got colours from the nature. Both the forest and the water is represented. And it is also easy to recognize the tracks of a couple of animals. Even a glimpse of fishing line is on the sweater.
A hunter or an angler needs clothes where there is plenty of room for movement. To use a rifle or a fishing rod, the clothes must not be too tight, espesially over the shoulders. This sweater has enough positive ease to feel comfortable when moving. And the knitted fabric gives nice elasticity.
For outdoor life it is also important to have garments that keep you warm enough. Then the garment’s insulating ability is important. One of the most suitable materials for this is wool. It retains heat even if the garment has become wet. Stagnant air is the secret behind all insulation, and wool has plenty of air. It actually protects against both heat and cold. Of course, the sweater Jakt had to be made of wool, and so it is.
To protect the shoulders even more, the colourwork has been placed there. That will make an extra layer of air, because it is used two threads at the same time. This is a very light and comfortable garment to wear.
One of the things many of us long the most for after the winter, is to see the trees turn green again, and all the leaves moving in the wind. Some of them different in shape, but still, they have a lot in common. Like the line in the middle, and the tip. The beauty of leaves!
A shrug inspired of the beauty of leaves
The design Shrug Leaf is obvious inspired of leaves. Each of the main parts has the line in the middle, and a tip. The main parts are knitted, and then they are assembled by crocheting. The crocheted part gives a little space and air between each leaf.
The shrug is fun to make, and very comfortable to wear.
Everyone should have a beach like this nearby. A quiet, nice place, where it is possible to find peace. Where the colours are bright, and the sound of the waves is soft.
There is a lot of ways to bring a piece of a favourite place with you. Photos and pictures are the most common way, even though every person finds their own way. Why not crochet something which reminds you of the place?
A crochet blanket which looks like waves
This exact beach gave inspiration to the blanket waves. First it was the colours. The beautiful combination of greyish sand, blue water, and some spots of white. Then this crochet technique made it possible to strengthen the expression of waves, by using three colours alternately, and with the curved shape.
And, voilà! A piece of the beach, to bring everywhere you like.
Sometimes the inspiration in a design is obvious, and easy to recognize in a finished product. Sometimes one will have to take a closer look to find the link between them. Here is one example on the first, where it is easy to see that nature has been the inspiration.
The jacket Granite is inspired by the rocks along the seaside in the northern part of Norway. Both the colour and the texture are easy to recognize. The grey and white mixed together in the squares, reminds of granite, at least the grey variant. The use of garter makes texture, which put one’s mind to the round shape of the rocks.
The nature has been a source for inspiration at all times, and still it inspires to new designs and new people. It seems to always be something there to inspire someone. Like a day-to-day wonder.