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New Designs in Plains

When we think about summer knitting, lace shawls are always high on our list. We like to knit wool all year, but switching to laceweight during the hottest months keeps our core temperature within reason as well as satisfying our fingers. So we’re delighted to have six new patterns written for Plains amongst our options since the release of Wool People 10. This limited-edition laceweight Rambouillet is really a house favorite at BT, and we thought we’d spotlight those new lace designs on the blog today. We’ve sorted them by challenge level to help you pick a project that suits your summer knitting ambitions. Feeling Mellow Are...

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Wool People 10

  Welcome, Wool People! We’re thrilled to introduce a tenth collection of garments and accessories conceived by independent designers and curated by Brooklyn Tweed. This edition was the first opportunity for Wool People to make full use of our current stable of yarns, and we were particularly excited to see what the creative minds of the knitting world would imagine in Plains, our limited-edition laceweight Rambouillet. With half the collection being floaty lace accessories, it only seemed right to balance things out with the pleasing structure and heft of cables, so you’ll find chunky coats and mid-weight sweaters aplenty in this well-rounded collection....

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Take 5: Yoko Hatta

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? Decreasing and increasing give Imago an interesting hemline that scoops down over the hips. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? It may not be obvious, but the increasing stitch is an eyelet stitch. Those tiny eyelets give a crisp edge that sets off the geometric shapes in this sweater. What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? My most well-worn knit is a navy blue chunky cardigan. I designed this garment 15 to 20 years ago for one of the knitting pattern...

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Take 5: Olga Buraya-Kefelian

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution?  When working on something relatively simple in silhouette, I try to pay special attention to details; they become key attractions against the canvas and help to balance the entire look. In Koto's case the overall patterning is rather minimal, but I am particularly pleased by how the hem and neckline arches correlate without interrupting the general flow of the patterning. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about?  This design utilizes short rows, but since there are so many techniques for working them, I have chosen a...

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Take 5: Lily Go

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? I like the construction and the shape of Anisos, which was something new for me as a designer. I love the dramatic look when you wear it and how easy it is to wear. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? The border patterning happens on both right-side and wrong-side rows. There’s no resting! What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? It's my Fox and Grapes shawl. The foxes keep me warm and the grapes quench my thirst :) Three things that...

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