It’s tapped! – and knit!

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Beanie, S9983Every year, millions of visitors come to Munich, Germany, for the famous Oktoberfest. For two weeks the colorful hustle and bustle of Oktoberfest dominates the life of the Bavarian metropolis, and also of other parts of Germany – and even the world – such as the autumn festival “Canstatter Wasen” in Stuttgart or the “World Wide Wiesn” in Canada and Tokyo. What is it about Lederhosen (leather shorts), dirndl dresses, pretzels, and beer that attract so many? We at Schachenmayr have tried to get to the bottom of things – including knitting and crochet ideas for the trendy Alpine-look!
 
Triangle Shawl, S9984

 

Folklore and tradition at the largest folk festival of the world

It all began in 1810, as a horse race in celebration of the wedding of crown prince Ludwig to princess Therese, and rapidly became an established Munich tradition. In addition to beer and a hearty snack, amusements such as bowling, raffles, and rides attracted a constantly growing number of visitors.
 
Today it has become the largest folk festival in the world. Every year it begins with a time-honored ceremony. First, the proprietors of the beer tents enter the festival grounds. Then the mayor of Munich hammers a tap into the first barrel of beer. Not until he has called, “O’zapft is!” (It’s tapped!) is the Oktoberfest considered to be officially open. In addition to beer – brewed especially for the occasion – the most popular culinary attractions include extra-large bread pretzels, roast chicken, fish which has been grilled on a stick, and gingerbread hearts. 

 

 

Crocheted triangular scarf, S9970Origin of the dirndl

 

Long, midi or mini, colourful or more subdued – no Oktoberfest is possible without dirndls, or so it seems. In the last few years this most famous German garment has even conquered the cat walks and, of course, the hearts of innumerable Oktoberfest visitors from around the world. The meteoric rise in popularity is similar to the history of jeans. Like these famous trousers, the dirndl was also originally a type of work clothing. The aprons were sewn from plain bed linens, without embellishments such as embroidery or appliqué. It wasn’t until the period around 1900 that the dirndl – now in a more lavish form – was accepted by the higher levels of society, as a “country dress”, to be worn, for example, on a summer trip to the Alps. In the 1970s the dirndl established itself as the classic Oktoberfest garment.
 
 

Handmade: The perfect Oktoberfest outfit

 

No matter whether you prefer a classic dirndl, a smart mini version or sporty Lederhosen (leather shorts), don’t forget to add one of the lovely, whimsical accessories from our Oktoberfest collection. Colourful, cozy shawls with appealing borders and fringes complete your look and are also practical if it should turn a little cooler on your way home. And don’t forget a matching folk-style bag – classic cable patterns, sophisticated appliqués, flowers, and hearts all vie for your favor. But you’re not the only one who deserves the right outfit. Don’t forget to take along a delightful handmade band to decorate your beer mug! Here's an overview of our English Oktoberfest patterns - Enjoy!
 
 

 

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