I am so thrilled to have a design – Andaman Top – in the new issue of knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018. Spring does seem to be quite a way off here in south-east Norway with plenty of snow around, but I know it is coming. I submitted to the issue with the sustainability topic, choosing a ecologically friendly yarn and the Sea Blue theme. Bowline, was my working title and here is my introduction: Bowline is an acient knot that forms a loop at the end of a rope and remniscent of the shaped back on this high/low summer top. The flowing back adds contrast to the straight front and they meet in a vent. Three center lace panels add texture to the top. Editor Meghan Babin accepted my submission and sent me Stacy Charles Fine Yarns BioMerino in a divine cobalt blue shade. My top made it to the contents page, while the Weddell Top by Paula Pereira is on the cover.
In the Letter from the Editor, Meghan Babin writes: “What does “sustainability” mean? Specifically, what does it mean in the context of the fashion industry, and, in our case, the yarn and fiber industry? Currently, there is a lack of scholarly research on the fashion industry’s environmental impact; nevertheless, it is clear that the industry is aff ecting the environment negatively and contributing to global climate change. Knitters are taking notice and selecting their yarns and fi bers with more care than ever before. It’s no surprise that knitters are leading the charge for sustainable yarn and fibers; after all, we choose our materials with care for garments intended to last for decades, if not generations. Seeking out conscientiously manufactured yarns is our natural evolution. Sustainable yarns are emerging as the next big trend, and I personally hope— and we should all hope—they never go out of style.”
This is how the top is presented in the magazine: “The Andaman Top will have you craving the intense hues of a Mediterranean summer. With a cropped, straight front, the flowing back creates a stylish contrast with its dramatic length and curved hem. The three elegant lace panels running up the front and back of this stylish top have an Egyptian art deco feel, with curving lines and geometric figures.”
The Stacy Charles Fine Yarns BioMerino yarn is made of 100% virgin wool, with 110 m/120 yds on each 50 gram ball. It is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch over 10 cm/4″ square. The top is available in 6 sizes with a 90 to 134.5 cm/35.5 to 53“ bust circumference. Top shown measures 96.5 cm/38.5”; modeled with 6.5 cm/2.5” of positive ease.
I love the styling and photography by Harper Point, as well as the amazing company of designers I am in! Thank you so much Interweave! The knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 magazine is available in both a digital and a print edition. In Norway you will find the printed magazine in the larger Narvesen, or order it from your local one.