It's Been a Busy Autumn
It has been a busy Autumn and I have been neglectful in chronically new designs.
I'm thrilled that the recently re-branded knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016 features two of my designs. Both of these are personal favorites and designed for the more adventuresome knitter. Mofu Poncho is in The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering. This plush yarn adds sophistication and details the hem motif beautifully. I imagine this as the garment you go to again and again to toss on over looks both casual and dressy. The design is very forgiving, basically a big square with a turtle neck and cuffs. It's drapey silhouette is flattering to all figure types. My advice is to measure from just below one elbow, up your arm, across your chest and down to just below the other elbow to determine your best size.
Second in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016 is Pine St Pullover. Knit with Woolfolk Tynd, you'll think you are knitting with kittens, this yarn is so soft. Admittedly it is a challenging, but rewarding design. The diagonal sections create a flattering line and are knit first. Then the center section is knit incorporating stitches that were place on hold from the diagonal section. It was a bit of a puzzle to design; I needed to create an angle that was greater than a 1 to 1 ratio on the horizontal and vertical axes. Conjuring up middle school algebra got me to the right ratio. If this is all mumbo jumbo, don't worry I did it for you. Additional details include shoulder garter stitch and slip stitch welts of varying sizes on the cuffs.
Limerick Henley was published in Interweave Knits Winter 2017. This was my first men's design, and judging from how great the model looks in this I'd call it a winner. My working title for this submission was Dumbo, as in the very popular section of Brooklyn. The acronym stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. For non New Yorker's this probably sounds dreadful, but I assure it isn't. I turned to my hipster son (everyone who lives in Dumbo is a hipster) to give me inspiration for what he would wear. Based on his suggestions this Limerick Henley looks like it would be right at home in the pub or on the streets of Brooklyn.
Last up is Vanilla Jacket published in Knitscene Winter 2016. Using Quince & Co Puffin, and knitting up at 11 sts = 4" you'll have this finished in no time and ready to bundle up against the winter chill. It is knit top-down in one piece, so there is minimal finishing. There is also shaping across the back yoke, providing extra room for layering up. My original submission for this design was in Fire Engine Red! Now that would make a statement.