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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Summer IK and contest winner

The summer Interweave Knits is out and I'm so excited to have a design in it - the Apres Surf Hoodie.

At the time I was putting together my submission, I was working on a project for Yahaira's upcoming book, Pureknits, and I had a bunch of leftover Habu fingering weight silk wool left to swatch with:

For this hoodie, I was going for a very delicate, airy piece so I knew I wanted a fingering weight yarn combined with a small repeat lace. The Habu silk wool makes for a extremely light, gorgeous fabric - perfect for a beach coverup. The cashcotton 4 ply loses some of the sheen of the Habu, but has a delightful softness to it and the resulting sweater is more cozy while still retaining the lightness of my original idea. I thought the small repeat lace (dainty chevron) with its vertical structure would be flattering for a variety of body types.

The other main element of this design is the wide stockinette bands at the hem and sleeve cuffs. I love wide lace edgings on an otherwise plain stockinette sweater. For the hoodie, I thought it would be fun to turn that look on its head and have stockinette edgings on a lace sweater. To help the edges lie flat, attached i-cord gives it a clean finish. Finally, because I'm a sweatshirt kind of girl, I added a hood - a casual touch to counteract the potential fussiness of an allover lace garment.

In other news, with the help of a random number generator, I picked the winner of my brother's Threadless T-shirt. Number 6, AKA Mel, please contact me with a size preference and your address. And congratulations!


Blogger Clumsy Knitter said...

Wow! That's my favorite item from the new issue, and I can't wait to knit it up! I didn't realize it was yours--congrats!

5:36 PM  
Blogger raining sheep said...

I loooove that hoodie, I can't wait to get my copy of the mag because I specifically noted that project as one I want to try my hand at. (I saw a preview on Knitting Daily). Awesome that you designed that...I am so jealous of your talent. However, I love people like you because you enable me to have some great knitting to look forward to.

5:48 PM  
Blogger CraftyKate said...

It's a beautiful sweater! I can not wait to get my copy of the magazine in the mail. Your design is the one I'm really anxious to knit.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

I know I've told you already but ....this is such a beautiful design.
Thanks for telling us all about the thought that went into it

7:06 PM  
Blogger kat coyle said...

very yummy hoodie! It's a hit!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Zarah said...

Your design is my favorite one from that issue! I can't wait to knit it - although it may have to wait until next year since I've got last year's summer project queued up for the next couple of months. Oh, where does the time go?

6:12 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Congrats on another winner! It looks like it will be very popular-- I bet this one will show up quickly in the Knitting Daily pattern store.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Krissy said...

You are such a creative designer. It is fun to see the thought process that went into it.

8:24 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

Your sweater is my favourite also! I'm excited to knit it up, it's such a beautiful design! Congratulations!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Carin said...

Now I'm really looking forward to the new IK issue, your design is so pretty.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Another issue of IK and once again your design is my favorite. Thanks for giving us a look at the ideas that went into it.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Jen (pieKnits) said...

It really is such a beautiful design and you created a lovely fabric!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous craftoholic said...

It's such a beautiful design, you are so very talented!

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Cara said...

What a stunning design! I've been hunting for the perfect summer hoodie and this is definitely it! Thanks!

12:27 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

this was one of my favorites of the issue! i can't wait to see people knitting it on ravelry :)

5:30 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I love that hoodie, beautiful! Congrats again.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Summer IK issue, and the Apres Surf Hoodie is one of my favorite designs in it. You did a great job.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Lauren Nell said...

Just got my IK in the mail yesterday. About to add this pattern to my ravelry queue lickety split! It's awesome and so versatile!

11:07 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

Connie, that is a great design. I'm buying the mag just for that pattern.

7:33 PM  

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