This image is the cover sweater on the latest issue (#80) of Knitter’s magazine.
Look familiar? It might, if you’re Canadian. The colours bear a resemblance to the coloured stripes in the famed “point blankets” sold by The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson’s Bay, Commonly Called Hudson’s Bay Company. (The “points” of the blanket aren’t the coloured stripes, but rather the short lines woven at one edge to denote the blanket size.) The four colour stripe arrangement, consisting of green, red, yellow, and blue, has been sold by the company for more than two hundred years. To solidify the identification of the stripe arrangement with the Hudson’s Bay Company, the design has been registered in Canada as a trademark.
The coat designed by Diane Zangl in Knitter’s (click on the pic to see the gallery page; what’s with the brutally obvious typographical errors, by the way?) lacks the blue stripe, and the other three colours are arranged in a different order. So is it confusingly similar with the HBC trademark? If you saw this coat (or pattern), would you think it was from The Bay? Would you think the designer or publisher was associated with, or had permission from the company to use those stripes?