I’m in Knitscene!

So, I’m awfully proud to have a couple of pieces in the upcoming Knitscene, Summer 2012.

We have, Quinn:

Quinn is a top-down, seamless tee with circular yoke shaping, darted waist shaping, and asymmetric yoke detail with mirrored asymmetry at the hem.

I had a lot of fun designing it, and Knitscene did a spectacular job with the styling. I mean, really, I think they just nailed it; the soft shades, that cute pleated skirt, the doorway shot…

This piece is a great example of how mood boards, which are often provided with submission calls from magazines, etc, can really ignite creativity. The general idea of the yoke was something I had already been sketching and playing around with. Then, I saw one of the categories for this issue:asymmetry. Immediately, I saw my radiating yoke work its way out gradually, and a slanted yoke to encourage the idea. My initial vision was in grey, but we ended up with brown (after actually ordering navy and getting the wrong color, oops!), but I really couldn’t be happier with the result.

And, let me say, the result you see here was actually hard to come by. I’m not the most experienced knitter on the block (well, probably I am on my block, but anyway…), but I certainly know not to begin knitting a garment without swatching, for chrissakes. So, anyway, I learned, that bamboo is smarter than me, and that unless I properly weight my swatch and remember that bamboo will grow like a motherf*****, I will have to knit said garment at least 3 times. Yes, that’s how many tries it took. Learn from my mistakes, dear knitter. Seriously…I am so not a loose knitter, either.

Moving on…

We also have, Breezeway Cardigan:

Breezeway Cardigan is top-down, with raglan shaping, straight sides, gathered sleeves, and patch pockets. My original swatch was in a lime-apple green cotton blend with orange buttons–very cheerful. The yarn I was eventually assigned conveys a different feel, but I’m happy with the choice. The Fibre Company Savannah is scrumptious! It’s tweedy, lightweight, complex, and knits up sort of papery. I foresee myself returning to this yarn for future projects, for sure.

I’m a total sucker for pleats, gathers, and most any type of fabric manipulation. Before I was a knitter, I was an avid sewer. I love both mediums, but they both have their limitations and quirks.  I once sewed a raglan shirt with gathers at the raglan sleeve lines, although in that piece, the gathers were much more abundant than in Breezeway. Unlike sewing, where several layers of lightweight jersey all layered and scrunched together is not a big deal, too much yarn can just be overwhelming and tedious. My goal with this cardi was simply to make a good looking gathered sleeve that is interesting and flattering, but not “too much”.

10 thoughts on “I’m in Knitscene!

  1. I think your Quinn is so BEAUTIFUL …. I just had to buy the digi version of the magazine and start it. doing mine in raspberry for summer garden parties with a floaty skirt. Just gorgeous, well done!

  2. Hi Amy,
    I’m currently knitting the Quinn, (which I LOVE!) and having a problem:
    I’m at the divide for the front, back and sleeves, and seem to be missing 33 stitches! I’ve done the math over and over, and for all sizes, and it doesn’t work out.
    For example (using the 4th sizse):
    after the increases, I should have 336 stitches – I do. Then I have to divide for the sleeves and front and back:
    Back 135 stitches – Sleeve 66 stitches – Front – 102 stitches – sleeve 66 stitches – total of 369 stitches – where did the extra 33 stitches come from??

    Extremely frustrated here…

    • I emailed you, but I’d like to answer again here for anyone else having this issue.

      The stitch counts are correct, but the instructions at the point where you divide for body and sleeves are a little confusing. At this point, for the size you’re working (4th size), you are instructed to knit 135, place 66 on hold for sleeve, co 10, knit 102, place 66 on hold for sleeve. The 135 you knit at the beginning of this round were back stitches (102) plus half of your left sleeve (66 / 2 = 33). This is because the beginning of the round throughout the yoke fell directly in the center of the left sleeve.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Love the Quinn! Got the Knitscene the other day at my lys and just “happened” to be there yesterday when one of her yarn reps came in with cash and carry and got 3 hanks of the most incredible hand dyed shades of royal blue to make it out of! I will probably omit the midsection shaping and unfortunately the asymmetrical part too-I’ll make it straight since I’m a bit on the fluffy side, but I still think it will look incredible!

    • Thanks for the nice comment! Sounds like you were in the right place at the right time–I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to pass up such pretty yarn, either! I can’t wait to see your Quinn!


  4. I am making the Quinn Sweater, and I love it! I have reached a point, though, where I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around the instructions. I suspect I have the answer, but I won’t find out if I’m wrong until I’ve knitted a big ol’ chunk of sweater . . . and I hate ripping out more than just about anything. So I turn to you with this question. Where the short rows begin, the instructions say to work the two short row rounds five more times. Does that mean to do those two rows one right after the other, or do them every four rounds?

    • The short-row sequence is actually 4 “rows” and then two full rounds. So, you might want to think of each short-row sequence as 6 rows or rounds or steps. The instructions state to repeat this sequence (of 6 rows/steps), 5 more times, so that will be 6 times total, and 36 rows. Each set of 6 steps is repeated one right after the other. The row gauge for the piece is 29 rounds = 4″, so 36 rounds (the short-row section) will be about 5″.

      Does this help? I think once you reach this part of the pattern and start doing it, the instructions will make more sense!

      • That makes perfect sense, and confirms my suspicion. I am about half a row away from starting my short rows, so thank you for the quick answer! (And I just tried it on, and it looks fabulous. Great pattern!)

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