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Take 5: Ann McCauley

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? I think Gehry has understated elegance, which has always been among my favorite design qualities. Arabella, my WP7 design, brought my focus to the lower sides of a sweater and made me want to explore that area further. Gehry’s side vents are the result. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? It’s subtle, but I really love the single purl row that occurs between every change from rib to stockinette stitch. What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? The current most beloved...

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Take 5: Susanna IC

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution?  Historically, the delicate Estonian motifs I've used for Rakke have been worked in white lace-weight yarns, but the thicker, rustic Brooklyn Tweed yarns in brilliant colors give this traditional lace a modern sensibility, which I love. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about?  Both Rakke designs, the shawl and the scarf, are shaped with garter stitch short rows. The texture of garter stitch allows the knitter to skip the step of concealing the short row wraps, which hide themselves amid the garter bumps. What's the most...

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Take 5: Irina Dmitrieva

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? I like how the knotted openwork stitch separates the two sections of the ivy leaf motif. The two patterns look so different, but have the smocking element in common to give the design a sense of wholeness. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? I thought that knitting a shawl from the bottom up would be more difficult, especially given the large number of stitches to cast on. But in the end it was not true. Watching the leaves form was fun and the work progresses...

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Take 5: Andrea Rangel

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? I love Arbre’s sweet three-petal center and the movement of the lace patterns. They can draw your eye outward or inward. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? The edging is a classic lace motif with patterned rows on both right and wrong sides. It’s fun to work and watching the edging come together with the live body stitches is one of those magical things in knitting. What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? Right now it has to be my Escalier...

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Take 5: Kirsten Johnstone

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? My very favourite detail of Element is that fabulous cowl neck with the drawstring. Super pleased to have an opportunity to use that long-sketched detail. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? This design’s simple appearance belies the knitting techniques behind it. This is one of those designs ‘with the lot’: crochet provisional cast-on, working in the round, lacework, short row shaping, A-line shaping, Kitchener grafting, armhole seaming, collar, lifeline, eyelets, a folded hem for the casing, and all neatly finessed with an I-cord drawstring. It’s...

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