Meet Bronwen, a pullover I designed in The Fiber Company's new yarn, Knightsbridge. Bronwen is worked in the round from the bottom up with inset pockets, a flattering v-neck, and comfortable drop shoulder shaping. The sleeves are picked up around the armhole in knitted in the round. Also, this design incorporates the double seed stitch—one of my faves (after garter stitch, of course).
I took these photos before shipping the sample off in January. The sweater is shown in size 36": on the top model with zero ease and on the bottom model with 3" positive ease.
Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend!
Looking good! Proofs approved.
This has been such an exciting adventure. Thanks again to everyone who has left positive comments and supported the project! I can't wait for October...when book is in hand.
My latest stitch obsession, the cross stitch, is featured in Bea & Beatrice from Anthology 1. The collection started with the Beatrice Cowl which I brought with me to Rhinebeck 2012! Due to the warm weather that weekend, I never actually got to wear it, but I did keep dreaming of other ways to use this stitch.
Beatrice Cardigan was the next piece I designed—I think my favorite piece in the book. It has many features that I'm drawn to in a cardigan: an open front, inset pockets, and of course, all-over garter stitch. The cross stitch is worked in small areas (the pocket trim and cuffs), so you can ease into the crossing pattern before you get to the grand finale of the band. Both the cowl and the cardigan are worked in worsted Lark by Quince & Co.
And the collection kept growing. Bea Cardi came from my desire to use the reversible nature of the stitch in a light weight cardi (made in Quince's fingering weight yarn, Tern). I love how the stitch pattern in the front panels is a different gauge than the garter stitch, so the fronts are longer than the back. I already have a modification in mind—I'd like to make one with longer sleeves in Quince's Finch yarn (I have some Slate set aside!).
The rest of the collection for me was all about accessories...yes, there needed to be a scarf—a long one! And, yeah, why not, a wrap, too. I just couldn't stop myself.
I know this stitch is a little unusual, but it's really interesting to see the crossing strands of the yarn. Perhaps it is less pretty than lace, but the open fabric that is achieved is really intriguing and sophisticated looking—at least I think so!
Thank you to everyone who supported Anthology 1! I'm so very grateful for all the positivity that has surrounded this project.
I wanted to write a quick post about how this book came about. For a few years now, I have wanted to make mini booklets, starting with Camilla, Imogen, and Sibella, that would be available in yarn shops. At the beginning of this year, I thought I might finally have the time(!) to make this a reality, so I started working on it sometime in February. Originally, the booklets were going to have primarily old photographs, that way I would not have to re-photograph (and in many cases, re-knit) the sample.
I began piling up all the new and old projects on a shelf next to my bed, including the Beatrice & Bea pieces. I would wake up and look at it every morning and be so thrilled to see the progress. I also noticed that the color palette of each story actually worked together. And so, I started thinking big...and started seeing the beautiful potential of having all these projects inside one book. Once I got that idea in my head, I couldn't let go of it...and I quickly realized that incorporating old photographs just would not do. It needed to be fresh and new to be cohesive as a collection. So, I hired a crew of knitters to re-knit some pieces and somehow it all came together!
Pre-orders begin today!
The print book & ebook package is only $24 and you will receive a signed copy, Free Shipping*, and a Free bonus pattern—Mirabella Cowl! I will send you an email within 24 hours of your order that includes your ebook pdf.
* Free shipping is for US orders only. A reduced rate is being offered for orders going to Canada ($8.50) and all other International orders are reduced to $13.50.
Above is the Free Bonus pattern that will be included in your ebook: Mirabella Cowl. Worked in Sparrow / Pigeon, the lace is pretty and the knitting is super fun.
Also available, for $22, is the ebook only which will include the Mirabella Cowl pattern for a limited time only.
And, thanks for the positive response to this project!
Photo shoots are more fun for me in the summer when I can take advantage of all the
amazing Maine scenery. Inside Anthology 1 you will see four beautiful places in the background: Kettle Cove, Crescent Beach, Two Lights, and Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. I’m so thankful that I live so close to these incredible surroundings!
When styling this book, I thought it would be nice to only use a small selection of clothing
to reflect a simple, transitional-season wardrobe of basics—a gray dress by Velvet, a
pair of dark gray jeans from a local Portland boutique, Bliss, a pair of well-worn wellies,
and a few hand-made pieces.
For the sewn garments, I broke into my small stash of Liberty of London fabric (swoon). I made
two versions of the Wiksten tank and a simple slip dress. Violà—styling complete!
I'm really looking forward to when I can wear these tanks—right now my baby belly is growing (6 months along now), so they don't look very flattering. But, I can be patient...