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For any of you who are in the Montreal/Vermont/Upstate New York area, the Roxham Woolgathering is this weekend. It's on a beautiful farm where we often do photoshoots. Robin and I will be there and hope to see you! Say hi!
Quick Dispatch: The Best Light
Sometimes, to get the best light, you shoot at dawn.
Designer Process: Fortune Bay
Today's post is brought to you by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, designer of the lovely Fortune Bay, a modern take on the striped sailor sweater. She also brought us this lovely wrap. This entry is cross-posted from her blog.
It’s been like a ghost town around here. The universe has spent the last few months throwing a series of curveballs my way, and a lot of it would make for some pretty rich writing material, just not for a knitting blog. Maybe more on that later. In between bits of chaos, I have been working on a few design projects that were really fun.
My new pattern, Fortune Bay, is out in the newest Twist Collective. I am SO happy to finally be able to share this design! I love stripes. Madly. And Fortune Bay takes the idea of a classic sailor striped pullover and turns it on its side. Pretty much literally.
The 2-row horizontal stripes begin at the shoulder, with a seamless, top-down set-in sleeve construction that ensures a matching pattern along the front, sleeves, and back. Once the stripes reach the torso, a series of short rows alter the stripes to create a diagonal slant from underarm to hem. While knitting several striped swatches, I had an “Ah-ha!” moment thinking about short rows that led to the idea for Fortune Bay.
The original swatch and sketch show the origin of the pattern, which came to life in a gorgeous neutral palette of alpaca blend yarn for the final garment.
I love thinking about all the possibilities for color pairings for this pullover. Aqua and grey? Black and white? Red and ecru? Mustard and navy? Which colors would you choose for this timeless wardrobe staple?
Twist Style Fridays: Andover
Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.
It's almost the weekend, knitters! Which means lots of nice things, including another installment of Style Friday. This week, I took a look at Andover, Jean Chung's lovely cushy cardigan. There is a lot to love about this sweater. It has a lovely squishy texture, it has adorable elbow patches, and the pockets are handy and sweet. The oversize buttons steer it right out of twee territory.
My first set with this beauty is somwhere between casual and business-casual. A polished bag and a luxe top keeps things a little dressy (the one in the middle is sequined!), and menswear inspired shoes bring out the blazerish-ness of the sweater.
The next set is planted more firmly in the office, and is really just a pictoral love letter to tweed. Tailored dresses and sensible heels make this collegiate sweater look all grown up!
How would you wear your Andover?
Designer Process: Sultana
Today's post is brought to you by Sandi Rosner, designer, tech editor, and writer extraordinaire! You can also find it on her blog. We get to learn about why hats make excellent swatches, and how ancient textiles can inspire modern knits. Enjoy!!
I wanted to share a bit with you about the inspiration for this design.
Even though the photo is of such poor quality, it was a fairly simple matter to import it into Illustrator and trace the motifs. Overlay a grid, and it starts to look suspiciously like a knitting chart.
Here is my original swatch, made with some Cascade 220 I had on hand. Yes, I do tend to make hats as swatches for color patterns. Such patterns are easiest for me when knit in the round, and hats make good class samples, or can be donated to organizations like Halos of Hope if not needed. I love the contrast in these Gryffindor colors.
For the magazine, we chose a thinner yarn, Romney Ridge Farms Sport Weight. This is a great yarn for colorwork. Grown in Maine, it is a nice "sticky" wool that knits easily and blocks into a beautifully cohesive fabric. The hand dyed colors have subtle variations that give the pattern extra depth and interest.
While you are looking at the magazine, don't miss my article about shaping in pattern. Many knitters struggle with maintaining lace and cable patterns while shaping armholes and necklines. The article takes you step by step through the process.