I remember as a child that cars started to have go faster stripes on them, so I looked it up for this month’s introduction……..


In 1964, the Shelby Daytona Coupe would use the converse blue with white stripes and would compete in the 1964 and 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans.[5]

Road cars and "go-faster stripes"

The first road car to implement racing stripes was the 1965 Ford Mustang GT350.From the 1960s, stripes have sometimes been applied to road cars as well as racing cars. Such cars as the Renault 8 Gordini had stripes fitted as standard.[ They are sometimes referred to as "go-faster stripes" on road car.


Of course, our squares will not go faster or feel warmer due to stripes, but they do look lovely.  Here are a few examples of striped squares that have been done in the past.  Remember that stripes can be in a wide variety of thicknesses



Many animals have striped bodies.  If you enjoy making toys any of the following would fit with the theme and make an interesting toy – or theme – for your to knit or crochet:  Tiger · Zebra · Bumblebee · Striped Marlin · Okapi · Mackerel Tabby Cat · Chipmunk · Skunk.  Maybe you can use a picture of one of these animals to inspre the colours you use in your stripes? A while back we did. month inspired by sweets - many of those were striped - like the candy canes we get at Christmas for on our trees.  There are so many striped inspirations once you start looking.


Of course, striped knitting does have one drawback – you have ends to sew in where you change from one colour to the next.  This is why many people prefer to use variegated yarns – you get the striped effect without any ends – sometimes the yarn does the work to make the square almost look like a fairisle pattern.  I would like to point out that the diagonal squares and the mitred squares look particularly good in variegated yarns.  Or in stripes.

 I can't wait to see all the lovely stripes wee are going to make this month





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Aww Susan, you have the bestest ladies in the EWC....their combinations in stripes are always soooo pretty.  :))

HUGE thank you to Greta.

Marvellous........ I have misplaced all my sewing up needles - they are together in a pin cushion I have made.  I know that it will be somewhere obvious......... I wanted to finish off and then photograph my latest squares to share them with you.  Oh well, I have found plenty of places where it isn't - let's hope I soon find where it is!!

Commiserations, Rebecca. I share your pain. In July I hunted everywhere for a ball of deep, deep, navy yarn that I know I have, but just can't find. So, I went out and bought another and then ran out of time to use it, anyway.......story of my life, but I am glad to know there are others like me.....of course this doesn't help you find your needle, which I see you posted this on Monday, so hopefully you have found your pincushion by now.  :))

Wendy has been busy making some simply gorgeous hand warmers with lovely stripes on them............

They’re perfect and lovely colours. 

Aren't they just GORGEOUS!! Of course, my eyes are drawn straightaway to the pinks, but sooo many pretty ones. Wendy is one SUPER hand warmer maker.  :))

Wendy, this is an amazing collection of warm and pretty hand warmers.   You really know your stuff!

My dear and supremely creative KASfriends, I have just now had a chance to look through all your contributions from last month and so far this month.  You never cease to amaze me with your colour combos and patterns - new and old - that are destined to delight the children! 

You filled the pages last month (thank you, Bev) with pics of your incredibly gorgeous work (much of it blue, THANK YOU!!! :) and none of it was lost on me ... haha  Unfortunately I have been (and still am) otherwise engaged and have been unable to contribute.  My summers always pull me in another direction ... the River John Square Knitters ... but I'm looking forward to returning to KAStown in a couple more months.

Rebecca, your chosen theme is helping to produce more beauty and fun, and the children are in for a treat when August's bounty is distributed.

Thank you to everyone for the thought and the effort you put into everything you do for "our" little ones in S.A. ... xo

Thanks for you kind words, Gloria.  I am glad there is plenty of blue to feast your eyes on!

I'm glad you noticed all the blue, Glo....I thought I may have to drop you an email to make sure you didn't miss all that wonderful crafting.  :)) 

Here is a lovely striped cat that Ada Breeuwer has made that fits this month's theme very well.

Sooooo CUTE and CUDDLY!!



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