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Elsa Schiaparelli's famous trompe l'oeile Bowknot Sweater was part of her November 1927 collection.

The sweater was knit using a fascinating technique which gave the sweater, in Elsa's words, a "steady look". It is produced by "Armenian Knitting", which involves carrying the unused yarn along behind the in-use yarn, twisting it every three or four stitches.

Schiaparelli had seen a sweater knit in this unusual way and tracked down the knitter, an Armenian woman, who knit the first sweaters for Schiaparelli. As Schiaparelli sold more garments, other Armenian women in Paris familiar with this method were called upon to knit them. It is from these knitters we call the technique "Armenian".


Elsa Schiaparelli's Bowknot Sweater

 Instructions and Charts can be downloaded from Schoolhousepress

0 = Metroplis Helm, 1930

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 6 = Knitted Turban,1943

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1 = Five O´Clock Hat,1938

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 7 = Bobble Hat,,1947

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 2 = Dazzler Hat,1940s

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 8 = Jet Set Hat, 1960

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3 = Flower Hat,1940s

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4 = Tartar Toque,1940s

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 5 = Knitted Hood,1940s

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