Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Now that the Summer 2014 Knitscene is on news stands and yarn store checkout counters everywhere, I thought I’d point out that work of mine is included in this issue in the form of this sweater, which we’re calling the Manchester Pullover
The submission call was for large scale lace, which you can see I took quite literally. I’ve put raglan detail on the topline of the sleeve before, as anyone who’s seen Steggie would testify. I love the idea of a little skin along the arm; I think it’s sexy in a covered up way.
The Manchester Pullover is worked up in Valley Yarns Southwick, a cotton bamboo yarn with a lot of drape. This is a seamless bottom-up knit, and would be a fine sweater in any yarn of a matching gauge really. While Southwick comes in great colors and the bamboo cotton really adds to the drama of the sweater’s neckline, were it made in a yarn with some wool content, the shoulders would be more likely to keep the bra straps covered, if you know what I mean.
I for one, would love to knit this up in black with maybe a little halo or sparkle for evening parties. I would also get a lot of wardrobe use out of it in a natural colored linen, or even a slubby silk-based yarn.
I admire the styling the Knitscene team used for the shoot, with a summer music festival feel. I think the girl looks right off the field at Coachella, with braided hair to match the lacing up the sleeves.
As you can see from my submission sketch, I changed the neckline a little, to simplify the knitting. it became clear as I was knitting that there were too many moving parts at that point, so the editor in me had to make a small compromise. As much as one plans ahead, sometimes the design happens right on the needles. I’m truly honored to have been published in this issue, which is exceptional, especially given the summer season. This Knitscene is a real horizon widener for me for warm weather options as there are about five things in there I am dying to cast on for right now, including Bristol Ivy’s Linum Tee and Alison Green’s Lea Pullover. So what will you be knitting from this issue?