Yesterday, I posted about two types of observations I’ve made regarding the Dale Peace sweater knitting pattern – Dale’s little glitches, which you’ll definitely want to correct, and my opinionated preferences, which you might want to consider. Today, I want to mention yet another type of observation I’ve made regarding the Peace design: an interesting quirk that doesn’t really fall into either of yesterday’s classifications. Today’s topic shows proof of the earnest nature of their hand knitting reproduction of the original, even while it raises questions regarding the process of bringing the designer’s original vision to market.
Look at the cuffs. Now look at the collar.
Below, I’ve charted out the main motifs from each section, and placed them side by side, for your inspection. Notice anything just a wee bit different?
One might be tempted, at first, to call the cuff motif that’s between the stars a mistake. After all, if there is one design imperative that runs rampant through nearly every Norwegian knitting motif, it’s symmetry. Like so many time-honored Norwegian knitting motifs, the stacked X’s on the collar are symmetrical both horizontally and vertically; the cuff motif …well, not so much. Does that make it a mistake? Not necessarily. Maybe the designer liked the idea of changing things up, ever-so-slightly. Maybe the cuff motif is a charming nod to the little stick figures we often see in all sorts of traditional folk knitting. Or, yeah, I guess it could be a mistake. But, if so, it’s NOT a hand knitting pattern mistake, it’s a ready-made factory mistake. (Or not.)
Here are the google image results for the search “dale of norway peace sweater“. You’ll see that very same, ever-so-slight motif difference in every ready-made Peace sweater, too. Was it designed that way, or is that a factory mistake that affected all ready-made sweaters and was carried over to the hand knitting pattern, too? I doubt we’ll ever know for sure. But it’s certainly interesting and it gives us reason to appreciate the attention given to the knitting pattern. Someone clearly put a great deal of work into carefully copying the ready-made’s motifs. And, hopefully, it opens the door for some of you to further consider what you’d like to keep, or change, in this, or, for that matter, any, knitting pattern.