I’m tremendously proud to have two patterns in the triumphant re-issue of knit.wear magazine. knit.wear came on the scene with its premiere issue in 2011. I remember being struck by the clean aesthetic, the modern appeal of the patterns and the thoroughness of the technical articles. It continued for several more issues but back in 2014 it took a departure and morphed into knit.purl magazine. Now knit.wear is back with a makeover and a new editor at the helm. I have to admit that I haven’t actually seen the whole issue yet so I’m tingly with anticipation but in addition to the cover stories there is an article by Michele Wang about design process which provides a really fascinating glimpse into the mind of the designer. Design process is something that’s rarely discussed and difficult to explain so I really applaud the idea of opening a window into that world for knitters.
And now, some photos.
The Day for Night Top, knit in Lang Nova. I first encountered this yarn at TNNA in June and I was smitten. It’s a chainette blend of wool, camel and nylon. It’s spongy and luscious, knits up elegantly on a size 7 needle and won’t break the bank–win, win, win:-)
Day for Night is a very simple sweater knit in pieces with a self-finished double v-neck. The allure of a self-finished neck is the clean line and the fact that once you sew up all of your seams, your sweater is done. The silhouette harkens back to sweaters from the classic film era but is designed to fit and flatter modern body types.
The second pattern was inspired by one of my public television muses, Phryne Fisher of Miss Fisher’s Mysteries.
I’ve always been fascinated by clothes that work well in multiple situations, and if you know Phryne Fisher, you know that she likes to dress up, dine out and break and enter. In my design notes I referred to this hat as Cat Burglar, and I like to think that it’s an accessory that moves well from an evening out on the town to scaling a wall and forcing a window.
The Phryne Beret is knit in Malabrigo Finito which is made from a special batch of super-soft merino that is purchased specifically for this yarn every year. I discovered this yarn when I saw someone knitting with it and mistook it for cashmere–naturally, I had to try it for myself and now it’s one of my favorites. The hat begins with a double hem and the body is worked in a slip stitch pattern for structure and added warmth.
Thanks to editor Meghan Babin and to the stunning model @ellewags for these gorgeous photos. So many people are involved in the production of a magazine and it’s been a wonderful experience being part of a group effort where the result is more than the sum of its parts.
The patterns are available as individual downloads from the links above. To get your own copy of the whole issue, here are the relevant links:
Physical copy preorder: http://www.interweavestore.com/knitwear-springsummer-2016