Patterns of a theme is a series featuring patterns in knitting and crochet based on a specific theme.
Last time, in Patterns of a theme, we started exploring Greek inspired knitting & crochet designs by featuring sweaters, a dress and mittens. In this second part, the focus is on hats and shawls.
1. First, there is Greek Isle Cap by Bethany Cerella, a beautiful two-color stranded hat that incorporates several typical motifs, as well as an ancient Greek phrase close to the brim (which can be customised or replaced with other motifs).
2. Next is Ithaca by Ellen Hyde, another mutlicolor stranded hat making use of typical Greek motifs. The upper part resembles the shape of ceramics found as exterior decoration on buildings in Greece. The name of the pattern itself is an island of the Ionian Sea which is not very far from where we live.
3. Greek Fire by Josh Ryks might also a be colorwork design, but it’s simpler, as it makes use of slipped stitches and short rows to shape and transform how the colors appear. A triangular shawl inspired by Greek Fire (υγρόν πύρ), the ancient weapon developed and used by the Byzantine Empire.
4. Going back to our previous post’s reference on the Meandros motif, we have the Greek Key Lace Scarf by Jay Petersen, a marvelous use and example of the motif. A lacy lightweight scarf, easy to adjust to any length and preference. (picture credits: © MtnViewJohn)
5. If looking for a triangular version instead of a rectangular one, there is the Greek Revival Shawl by Elaine Philips. Lacy, lightweight and with a pretty border to match!
6. Lastly, on a more contemporary note, there is the Greek Fisherman’s Cap by Ann Carroll Gilmour. As noted in it’s book, this design is:
Inspired by an early 70’s era commercially produced Greek fisherman’s cap (& the original cover of the 1st eponymous Bob Dylan album) selected for this compilation book on hats & gloves from around the world- this one to represent Greek influence. It features an optional ‘bas-relief’ K/P anchor motif across the top.