Patterns of a theme is a series featuring patterns in knitting and crochet based on a specific theme.
Today we take a look at the last group of patterns inspired by Greece and we are concentrating on a variety of objects: bags, dishcloths, appliques. In the first part we talked about sweaters, a dress and mittens. In the second part, the focus was on hats and shawls.
1. First, we have Athena’s Owl by Laura Andersson, a very beautiful adaptation of the image of the Goddess Athena’s owl from a small museum statue and ancient Greek coins into a stranded colorwork bag. The pattern also includes a novel technique, called “Twined Magic Garter” by the designer, which involves 2-color twining in some areas. [image credit: Caoilainn17]
2. Next is Greek Amphora by Ann Reillet, a very beautiful and delicate applique amphora worked in Irish crochet, inspired of course by ancient Greek terracotta vases.
3. Here we have an example of more ‘modern’ knitting, from the early 20th century, the Narrow Greek Lace with a Mitred Corner Border, provided by the Manchester School of Embroidery. It is a simple combination of garter stitch and yarn overs that creates an elegant result, easy to add as the border to any project.
4. In the last two groups, there was a recurrence of the Greek Key symbol and naturally, it couldn’t be left out from this group either. The Greek Key Cloth by Renee M is a dishcloth worked with slipped stitched in garter stitch and with two colors. It is a design that can be adapted to anything. Imagine a blanket or throw in this stitch! [image credit: redhotchili]
5. Next, there are two groups (one not pictured) of applique patterns, the Greek Alphabet by Tamara Kelly and Charted Greek Alphabet by Pam Grennes. Both are for crochet but the charted one can be easily used in knitting & embroidery as well. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the Greek Alphabet is so popular that there are several patterns for it out there (and worked by foreigners!). Thank you!
6. Lastly, we have the adorable pattern of Newborn Gladiator/Roman/Greek/Spartan Warrior by Briana K Designs. Worked for crochet, it probably offers the best excuse to play dress up!
Thus, we conclude the feature on Greek inspired patterns. It has been very enjoyable to discover so many designers that have created such beautiful and unique designs! Thank you!