a few weeks ago, when we were just about to begin sock summit, i wrote a post about the recent and simultaneous release of several publications that include my work.
i feel completely honored to have been included in the first collection of the brooklyn tweed guest designer series; what a great opportunity to work with someone i admire, exploring the beautiful result of his most recent venture, yarn design.
when asked to create this project, the deadline was just around the corner and i was heading out for nearly a month of travel, so we put our heads together to think of a piece that carried plenty of impact, but would be simple to produce in the time we had.
jared mentioned that he was a bit short on both home items and lace pieces for the collection, so a blanket seemed a good solution to fill both needs and would put the yarn’s lofty lightness to great good use as well.
i know jared’s own design sensibility leans toward simple, classic lines and great texture, so i looked for a stitch motif with good depth and interesting stitchwork that would translate well in shelter, a woolen spun tweed yarn.
i added some trims with sweater styling—ribbing for the hems and cables along the side edges—for a distinctive, classic finish. it has a menswear look, but we all know where a great guy’s sweater ends up, don’t we?
hehe, just sayin’ . . .
and for the knitter, this pattern is a lot of fun to work, incorporating both cables and openwork into a very intuitive, rhythmic motif that is absorbing, but not overly challenging—very important to keep large projects moving.
of course, it doesn’t have to be a large project . . . this piece is designed for three sizes, ranging from baby/toddler to bed coverlet—there’s a size for everyone.
once i settled on what the design would be, i made some swatches to be sure it all worked. at this point, i was right in the middle of a teaching tour that spanned several cities and could not actually take on the knitting of the throw. so for the first time ever, i handed the knitting of the first sample over to someone else—which meant that i would probably not even see the piece in person before publication, given the time we had to execute it.
thank goodness for our extremely capable and trusted friend karolyn, who has worked with me on many samples and test knits. she barely hesitated to say yes to this project (i am SO lucky!). and in fact, it would be some time until i laid eyes on the actual piece—i finally saw it myself for the first time about ten days ago, when i returned from my summer teaching travels.
and as i suspected, the knitting in it is nothing short of gorgeous.
one of the nicest things about the collaboration with brooklyn tweed is that we may sell our version the pattern in our own shop as well. and now that it’s in our home where we can take photos, we can bring it to you.
many thanks to david for his beautiful photos.