Something about the combination of a coloured stripe with a white one creates a clean and crisp look that will always endure. Dr Christine Boydell
Friends, I’m facing a dilemma. I’m preparing to knit a Breton inspired sweater with a boat neckline. I’ve bought a red and dark grey wool. But is the grey too grey?
The key to the breton stripe is a strong contrast colour and then a background neutral. Should my grey be paler, more neutral? When does a jumper stop being Breton and start becoming Dennis the Menace?
There’s a great The Pool article here on the history of Breton stripes and here is a totally exhaustive collection of Breton stripes. I also turned to some of my own reference books, but there wasn’t any definitive explanation of the aesthetic of the stripe. There’s lots of history out there, but not much design guidance.
What do you think? Is my grey too grey or am I in danger of over-analysing? Do I simply admit that this isn’t a Breton jumper any more?