Designs

My Pattern Is In Knitty!

Today is the moment I’ve been waiting for since March, when I found out my design had been accepted by Knitty.  The Knitty First Fall 2014 issue is live!  The only way I could be happier is if I won the lottery and half of it was paid in chocolate.

Voilà Jasseron:

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The sweater model is someone for whom the word “friend” is inadequate.  Mandy (madgeface on Ravelry) is a fellow knitter, someone who shares my love of fabulous food and wine, a designer in her own right, a confidant, a roller derby champ, a repository of obscure movies and grammar rules, a person who knows how to gently point out when I’m being an ass (she gets lots of practice at it), and my Maid of Honor last year (see below).  I’m lucky to know her.

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Now back to the design!

I named the sweater Jasseron for the song by French chanteuse Emily Loizeau.  And because she’s one of my favorite musicians, I’m also linking to her incredibly creative video for Je suis jalouse.

I’m a sucker for wide necklines – ballet, bateau, you name it – as they give the illusion of wider shoulders and draw the eyes up and away from the waist.  It’s a much more subtle distraction than doing jazz hands or making weird faces.  I may or may not have done this before.  A lot of my designs feature twisted ribbing as opposed to regular 1×1 ribbing.  I find that it looks neater and the stitches wind up more uniform than in regular ribbing.  The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Lauraville (MC) and Remington (CC).  As you can see in the sleeve detail photo, it has great stitch definition and the colors are very rich with a lot of depth.  A big thank you to Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. for providing the yarn!

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The hardest part of designing this sweater was reworking the short row shaping across all the different sizes.  The hem wasn’t so bad but the short rows in lace at the upper part of the sleeves were a monster.  In the future, I’ll continue to use that method of shaping, but in lace?  Not so much.

Fingers crossed that lots of people will knit Jasseron.  I can’t wait to see how it looks in different colors and sizes!

 

 

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Mia Farrow Strolling Blouse

Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow): “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys.”  The Great Gatsby (1974)

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The Mia Farrow Strolling Blouse, shown here next to Kathleen Lawton-Trask’s Robert Redford Tennis Sweater, was inspired by Mia Farrow’s Daisy Buchanan in the 1974 film version of the The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The yarn is The Fibre Company Meadow, a 2-ply laceweight blend of merino, baby llama, silk and linen, which gives the sweater a soft feel and excellent drape.

The patterns for both of these sweaters will be published in Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two by Kathleen Lawton-Trask, which will be released on May 15th.  For more information and to receive a limited time discount code for the book, please visit Kathleen’s website:  knitlikeyoumeanit and sign up for the newsletter (wherein the code will appear).

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Photo credit: Ky Quan, copyright: Kathleen Lawton-Trask

Lauren Bacall Millionaire’s Cardigan

Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall): “You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap.  All right, so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear.”  How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)ImageThat voice.  So deep, so alluring, so downright funny!  In How to Marry a Millionaire, Lauren Bacall manages to be conniving, stubborn, sympathetic and witty at the same time.  I had planned to watch the movie once while designing the Millionaire’s Cardigan.  So far, I’ve watched it about 15 times and counting!

Below is one of my designs that will be published in Silver Screen Knits, Volume Two by Kathleen Lawton-Trask, which is set to be released on May 15th.  For more information and to receive a limited time discount code for the book, please visit Kathleen’s website knitlikeyoumeanit and sign up for the newsletter (wherein the code will appear).

ImagePhoto credit: Ky Quan, copyright: Kathleen Lawton-Trask