Tour de France knitters create 23,000 mini jerseys

University of York student Madeline Crosswaite who came up with the idea of using knitted mini jerseys as bunting for the Tour de France. Picture : Garry Atkinson (5167384)

University of York student Madeline Crosswaite who came up with the idea of using knitted mini jerseys as bunting for the Tour de France. Picture : Garry Atkinson (5167384)

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A CYCLING student has taken her hobby to new levels with a big idea for little jerseys.

Students from the University of York came up with the idea to urge knitters around the world to create miniature yellow jerseys, and the scheme has been adopted by Harrogate Borough Council, who have asked volunteers to create jersey-themed outdoor displays along the Tour route.

Madeline Crosswaite is a third-year student in the Department of Education and helped develop the idea with fellow students Verity Washington, Gareth Tagger, Stian Kristoffer Jamessen and Nancy Saul.

She said: “It’s wonderful that Harrogate council took our idea and ran with it - and that so many people have been inspired to knit the jerseys.

“I’m not a knitter but as a cyclist myself I was familiar with the distinctive colours of the Tour jerseys, particularly the famous yellow jersey. It struck me there must be a way to use these colours in a decorative manner. During the Tour, I plan to be out there on the route cheering on the cyclists – but I’ll also be looking out for the jerseys."

A pattern for the mini-jerseys was designed by a local wool shop, and a plea issued for local knitters to pick up their pins. Almost 23,000 mini jerseys have been so far, with contributions from as far afield as Bermuda, Canada and Switzerland.

The colourful result of the student-led project is set for an audience of millions around the world when the decorative displays line the route of Tour stages around Harrogate on July 5 and 6.

Sarah Leith, volunteering project officer in careers said: “This is a brilliant example of the contributions our students can make to community projects.

“It’s such a simple but really creative idea which encapsulates some of the best elements of the Tour and Yorkshire. It has caught the imagination of knitters in the local community and further afield enabling thousands of people to be part of the Tour in a really fun and colourful way.”

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12:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

sheps lad says...

An article with the word cycle in it and as yet no lecture from PP about finite road space,gridlock etc.
An article with the word cycle in it and as yet no lecture from PP about finite road space,gridlock etc. sheps lad
  • Score: -30

1:05pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Teabag1 says...

I fail to see how a knitted jumper has anything to do with the tour de france? what am i missing?
I fail to see how a knitted jumper has anything to do with the tour de france? what am i missing? Teabag1
  • Score: -48

2:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

sheps lad says...

Teabag1 wrote:
I fail to see how a knitted jumper has anything to do with the tour de france? what am i missing?
Ask the knitters who contributed the 2300 jumpers?
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: I fail to see how a knitted jumper has anything to do with the tour de france? what am i missing?[/p][/quote]Ask the knitters who contributed the 2300 jumpers? sheps lad
  • Score: 12

3:18pm Mon 7 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

sheps lad wrote:
An article with the word cycle in it and as yet no lecture from PP about finite road space,gridlock etc.
You're looking in the wrong article mon ami....!" But for your enlightenment....

More than half the global population now lives in urban environments, and that number will only grow: By 2050, an estimated 80% will live in cities. This means that in the next 40 years we will need to build the same amount of urban infrastructure as we have in the last 4,000 years. This trend will also have an impact on global warming: Between 1990 and 2007, transportation-relat
ed emissions increased by a third, while emissions from other sectors decreased. Regardless of our political views, we can’t afford to perpetuate the car-centric model. It’s time to brand alternative forms of transportation in a way that convinces consumers to opt for higher-efficiency modes over the traditional automobile.

Well done the jersey knitters, by the way.
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: An article with the word cycle in it and as yet no lecture from PP about finite road space,gridlock etc.[/p][/quote]You're looking in the wrong article mon ami....!" But for your enlightenment.... More than half the global population now lives in urban environments, and that number will only grow: By 2050, an estimated 80% will live in cities. This means that in the next 40 years we will need to build the same amount of urban infrastructure as we have in the last 4,000 years. This trend will also have an impact on global warming: Between 1990 and 2007, transportation-relat ed emissions increased by a third, while emissions from other sectors decreased. Regardless of our political views, we can’t afford to perpetuate the car-centric model. It’s time to brand alternative forms of transportation in a way that convinces consumers to opt for higher-efficiency modes over the traditional automobile. Well done the jersey knitters, by the way. pedalling paul
  • Score: 46

7:39pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Teabag1 wrote:
I fail to see how a knitted jumper has anything to do with the tour de france? what am i missing?
A lot.
Ask the devil, the hay bale and tractor owning French farmers and the manufacturers of white road-paint.

You wouldn't be the first to miss the point. Apparently, just as the World Cup is all about the kids who kicked a football through my greenhouse window, the Tour is about lycra louts riding through red lights and bullying motorists out of their cars.
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: I fail to see how a knitted jumper has anything to do with the tour de france? what am i missing?[/p][/quote]A lot. Ask the devil, the hay bale and tractor owning French farmers and the manufacturers of white road-paint. You wouldn't be the first to miss the point. Apparently, just as the World Cup is all about the kids who kicked a football through my greenhouse window, the Tour is about lycra louts riding through red lights and bullying motorists out of their cars. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 43

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