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……..
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
WOW!! What a FAB intro, Rebecca!!
I love the history of the go faster stripes. My hubby sometimes says something along the lines of the 'go faster' when we see a car with those stripes, I just thought it was a term he came up with.....hahaha.
Thanks - I was not sure whether it would be boring for the readers - but it is what I think of when people talk about stripes.
Not boring at all. I love reading stuff like this. :))
I agree with Bev. I love learning things wherever they come from. And, as you point out, our inspiration for knit/crochet squares can come from lots of different, even unusual, sources.
Hi Rebecca pet, inspiring introduction thank you. This is a super theme - I'm excited and knitting away already.
You've done well, Karla. I think it looks AWESOME!! :))
That is lovely- z really interesting combination - I am sure the child wh gets this in their blanket will really appreciate the hearts AS WELL AS THE STRIPES!
The stripes frame the hearts beautifully, Karla. A really unusual square.
A fab square, Karla. Love the hearts in the center!
You clever girl ✔️
Like the intro! I will try to make some striped animals.