The concept for Mad Colour really began long long ago….with a POP! The year was 2012, we were working away on our second book, Pacific Knits, Alexa was preggers again, and Emily was on a walk-about in the UK. Suddenly, during a coffee date with a friend, a flash of genius hit! Emily had to rush home and try out this brilliant idea. The results of this creative frenzy? POP!
POP was inspired by the bright, exciting, and high-contrast graphics of comic books and American Pop Art, and Emily’s love of polka dots in general.
POP immediately became our most popular pattern and we started to build on the idea of a book of colour. We have both always loved colour (in spite of my black wardrobe) and the interesting way that colours interact to create rich and interesting fabrics. It was an idea that needed to percolate though. How to tackle a concept as large as colour? Which patterns perfectly represent the different ideas we had?
Well, fast forward (and forward and forward) to 2016 and we are finally able to bring you Mad Colour! Each pattern, while being fabulous on its own, also speaks to a larger concept in the realm of colour. From stripes to slip stitches, fair isle to colour blocks, layering to marling. Each idea is represented. We chose to include POP, now one of our most popular patterns, because it was POP that began it all!
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