For those of us who live in the Western hemisphere, sumptuous fibers spun into luxurious yarns in faraway places touch our imaginations the way “Made in the USA” never can. Traveling in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America sounds sexy and exciting. And it is. But traveling closer to home can be exciting as well. The simple pleasures of your local yarn shop can be as rewarding as booths full of strange spices, unknown fruits, and brightly colored textiles in an exotic market. It’s all in how you look at it.
All of these New World knitters modified the designs introduced by Europeans to suit their own needs and tastes. If you find a pattern you like but it doesn’t seem exactly right for your design, why not try your hand at making your own tweaks. You can change the number of colors used, make the repeat larger or smaller (this is especially easy with geometric patterns), and even add new elements, such assmall diamonds, crosses, or lines between and around the main motifs, to completely change the look.