Knitting in Colour

This day in 1956 saw the introduction of the first regular colour knitting patterns by the BBC - the British Bobble-Hat Corporation.

Knitting patterns had already been widely available in black and white for some time, the restricted choice of wool available being due to the lack of coloured sheep. Over the years, many attempts had been made to colourise knitting, including hand painting and looking at sweaters through shaded filters, but the results were always unsatisfactory.

sheep prism

It wasn't until the thirties that a top team of research shepherds succeeded in breeding sheep in red, green and blue, producing wool that could be combined to create a broad palette of different colours. Using this technique, the BBC issued a limited number of low resolution colour patterns, but development was halted by the advent of war and the Corporation's facilities were turned over to the production of machine gun covers and tank cosies.

But by the fifties technology had advanced considerably and regular distribution of colour patterns recommenced. Of course, like any new development, it had its critics. Some detractors said that it was unnatural and that knitting with different coloured wool would irreparably damage eyesight.

At a rally in Manchester, the Right Reverend Josiah Flapps called it an abomination and said that every time someone knitted a coloured scarf the baby Jesus died. He urged his supporters to buy up coloured knitting patterns and bring them along to be burnt on a massive bonfire, and the sudden surge in sales was a huge boost to the fledgling industry. The meeting eventually broke up in disarray following ugly clashes with an Anti-Duvet demonstration in an adjacent field.

sheep circles

Despite such scaremongering, coloured knitting was rapidly embraced by knitters all over the world and nowadays we take it for granted. And the technology has come on in leaps and bounds, meaning that you can buy patterns with more colours than ever before. One wonders what those old monochrome knitters would have made of today's widescreen cardigans and high definition mittens. Oh what an age we live in!

 


Return to Archive 1

The Annual 2017

FREE Download

Or read it online here.

Books and Free Downloads

The UBO Annual 2015 The UBO Annual 2016 The History of Rock The Bongo Lectures Kicking and Screaming Dead Peasants Recalled to Life UBO Volume 1 UBO Volume 2 Death Doom and Disaster Goldilocks and the Free Bears Find out more...


 

 

Promo Image

Wilmington Cake Repairs

Relief for cracked fondant

Promo Image

Traffic Watch

The latest local information

Promo Image

Digital Vicars

Ecclesiastical communication over distance.

Promo Image

Toaster Suicide

Death by appliance.

Promo Image

Liposuction

A new approach to fat removal.

Promo Image

Medieval Castles

Mr Chokice has noted that the main entrance is only protected by a turnstile.

 

Standard British NunsTeaching Carrots to FlyStandard British NunsExtreme Dinosaurs

 

Latest blog entries...

20 October 2017: The Queen's Stair Lift

15 October 2017: Rinse Easy

04 September 2017: Fraudulent Bananas

www.bleeding-obvious.co.uk