GALLERY – DRAGONFLIES AND FLOWERS

I am so flattered!?

My friend Nancy has done an amazing thing with some graphs from The New Carolingian Modelbook. She took the tulip repeat from Plate 5:1, and the dragonflies from Plate 12:2, some snappy color choices, a good eye for placement, a comfy garment shape, and a true talent for stranded knitting and came up with this:

I’m tickled pink (and blue, and green, and yellow…)

Details on the graphed patterns

Tulip – This pattern was published at least?three times?prior to 1600 (early pattern book publishers freely copied off each other.)? The first appearance of it I’ve found is a book entitled Furm Oder Model Buchlein, put out in Augsburg, Germany, 1524.That makes it from?one of the earliest extant books of graphed patterns. (It’s theorized that broadside sheets were sold prior to entire books of collected patterns, but none of those leaflets survive.) The?other appearances of the tulip pattern?I’ve stumbled on were in Matteo Pagano’s Trionfo Di Virtu, Venice, 1559; and Sessa’s I Frutti, also Venice, 1564.

Dragonflies – This one is my own, inspired by insects appearing in a series of Italian pattern books from the 1530s.

The excellent photo was taken by Nancy’s friend Terri (credit where credit is due). Nancy didn’t tell me the yarn she used, but she’s a frequent visitor – perhaps she’ll see her masterpiece and leave a comment.

For those looking for a copy of TNCM, it’s hard to come by. The publisher did a disappearing act shortly after the book came on the market. Copies continue to trickle out for sale, and it sometimes shows up used or on eBay. Both Amazon.com and abebooks.com list used copies as being available, although some of them are at grasp-the-chest-and-stagger high demand/collector prices.

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