Argyle is a classic pattern that will never go out of style. Everyone
should have at least one pair of these socks in the wardrobe.
A sock is an item of clothing worn on the feet and often
covering the ankle or some part of the calf. Some type of shoe or boot is
typically worn over socks.
An argyle pattern is made of diamonds
or lozenges. The word is sometimes used to refer to an
individual diamond in the design, but more commonly refers to the overall
pattern. Most argyle contains layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense
of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. Typically, there is an overlay
of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds.
- A lozenge (◊), often referred to as a diamond, is a form of rhombus.
The definition of lozenge is not strictly fixed, and it is sometimes
used simply as a synonym (from the French losange) for rhombus. Most
often, though, lozenge refers to a thin rhombus—a rhombus with acute
angles of less than 45°.
- In Euclidean geometry, a rhombus(◊) (plural rhombi or rhombuses)
is a simple (non-self-intersecting) quadrilateral whose four sides all
have the same length. Another name is equilateral quadrilateral, since
equilateral means that all of its sides are equal in length. The rhombus
is often called a diamond, after the diamonds suit in playing cards
which resembles the projection of an octahedral diamond, or a lozenge,
though the former sometimes refers specifically to a rhombus with a
60° angle (see Polyiamond), and the latter sometimes refers specifically
to a rhombus with a 45° angle.
The origin of the term: The argyle pattern derives from
the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, used for kilts
and plaids, and from the patterned socks worn by Scottish Highlanders since
at least the 17th century. These were generally known as "tartan hose".
Production: As a knitting pattern, argyle is generally
accomplished using the intarsia technique. Argyle patterns are occasionally
woven. Intarsia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with
multiple colors. As with the woodworking technique of the same name, fields
of different colors and materials appear to be inlaid in one another, fit
together like a jigsaw puzzle. Unlike other multicolor techniques (including
Fair Isle, slip-stitch color, and double knitting), there is only one "active"
color on any given stitch, and yarn is not carried across the back of the
work; when a color changes on a given row, the old yarn is left hanging.
This means that any intarsia piece is topologically several disjoint columns
of color; a simple blue circle on a white background involves one column
of blue and two of white—one for the left and one for the right. Intarsia
is most often worked flat, rather than in the round. However, it is possible
to knit intarsia in circular knitting using particular techniques.
Argyle socks and sweaters are normally done in intarsia, although the thin
diagonal lines are often overlaid in a later step, using Swiss darning or
sometimes just a simple backstitch.
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