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Monday, July 20, 2009

Knitscene Fall 2009

Today the official preview went live on the Knitscene website! I know that a few knitters have already snagged their copy of the magazine early (official newsstand release is July 21st), but for those who haven't been so lucky, take a look here if you haven't seen already!
















This project was a huge undertaking for me, but I loved every minute of it. As the featured designer, I was given the task of designing a 4 piece collection along with choosing the yarn and color story. I loved being able to start from the ground up, selecting particular yarns for the vision I was after. The color story started out as a basic idea, but in the end, it was sort of dictated by which colors were available in the yarns I chose. You have NO IDEA how hard it is to select matching colors when you are dealing with different yarns and companies plus choosing them from a computer screen!
















For this collection, I was inspired by a few different things. I wanted nice yarns that enhanced an otherwise plain stockinette stitch body. I wanted the bodies to be simple to knit, but still be able to teach a more experienced knitter a few tricks. And even though they were simple to knit, I wanted to add little details here and there to make them contemporary and fashionable, yet classic - something that you'll still be able to wear and cherish a few years down the road.

And now I leave them with you! I think the best part of designing a hand knit pattern is seeing how the knitter takes the original idea and expands upon it. Whether it be a different yarn choice, adapting or changing the fit, or changing the colors - the choice is yours.

18 comments:

Katinka said...

I love, love, love the designs you came up with -- they're a great meld of modern and classic. :) Carnaby Street is probably my favorite.

Clumsy Knitter said...

They are ALL so fabulous! Congrats, and thank you for putting your designs out there! :)

Connie said...

These are great! Not that I expect anything less from you. Classic, with interesting details -- very very wearable and flattering. A great collection! :)

Maryse said...

Congratulations! You can be very proud of yourself! I really like the second one (if I have to choose one!)

Annina said...

Wow. The carnaby street pullover is gorgeous! I fell in love with it. It's brobably the nicest gardigan I ever seen. It's brilliant in it's simplisity. I'm definitely gonna knit that and before I'm done, I'm gonna have a waist so I can wear it too ;)
Thank you for that :)

mel said...

Congratulations!! Wow. They are all so wearable and I love that they visually work together and play off each other with the yarn and some of the details, but are each really solid, beautiful pieces on their own as well. What an awesome challenge - you should be so proud of this!!

Heather said...

Your designs are the real standouts in that issue and the only reason I bought the magazine. Great Job and Congratulations!!

subliminalrabbit said...

i'm in love with carnaby - i'm going to have to pick up the magazine for that! i think i have the perfect yarn in my stash too!

Chantal B said...

Bravo for the interview in Knitscene! Very interesting and it's inspiring to know you more! Nice work by the way I very like your patterns!

|chee-uh| said...

Congrats, your designs look fabulous.

Unyewshual said...

What a lovely collection. I'm sure they'll be timeless classics.

Beezle said...

Wow, these are wonderful! One look at the Carnaby Street Pullover and I feel inspired to knit it! (I'm still learning, less than one year of knitting under my belt) but now I know what I want to work towards! Thanks, I'll need to go pick up that magazine now!

alittlebitofscrap said...

Just snagged my copy of knitscene and I love the designs! I love all four, but I'm thinking I'm going to try balmoral vest first. I've been looking for a classy vest to knit but with a twist and this is just the piece. Thanks :)

Michelle said...

Wow! All 4 designs are absolutely beautiful, interesting, unique, fun...all the things I like in a knitting pattern. Congratulations! You clearly have an amazing talent!

Marjorie Dawson said...

Congratulations, I finally was sent a copy by JoeyKittenFace and I love the designs. You must be thrilled and so proud.

A huge amount of work for you to be sure but the response must speak for itself. The designs are greatly admired and I can't wait to start on the Barkshire Doleman myself.

Well done and good luck with the Jacket - Scary but awesome (to us novices!!)

Marjorie Dawson said...

Berkshire Doleman

*head desk *

Sharon said...

Congratulations!

I love the styling of the Carnaby St. pullover and also the Emerald Isle cardigan. I'll need to go get a copy of the magazine!

Rita said...

Congrets for this great design, you have to proud on yourself.


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