Friday, 7 December 2012

1920's Knitting - Schiparelli's Bowknot Sweater

Elsa Schiaparelli's Bowknot Sweater

(3 ply US 5 - 3.75 mm - 36-38" Bust)
"Elsa Schiaparelli’s famous trompe l’oile Bowknot Sweater was part of her November 1927 collection. The sweater was knit using a fascinating technique which gave the sweater, in Elsa’s words, a “steady look”. Schiaparelli had seen a sweater knit in this unusual way and tracked down the knitter, an Armenian woman, who knit the first sweaters for Schiaparelli. As Schiaparelli sold more garments, other Armenian women in Paris familiar with this method were called upon to knit them. It is from these knitters we call the technique “Armenian”."