Welcome to day one of our five day reveal of Knit With Me!
Today’s post is going to be a general overview of the book with following posts going into more detail about each of the designs.
It was last Fall, when I was over in Scotland, that Pam Allen and I initially started talking about a possible collaboration. I was thrilled at the idea of a whole collection of patterns using Quince & Co yarns having already sampled most of them. And, I already had a little idea swirling around in my head having just finished knitting a sweater alongside my daughter Maya (you can see that sweater here).
I thought it would be great to design a collection with the notion of a mother and daughter being able to wear the same pieces. I was thinking about an older daughter seeing as how my then 12 year old and I were often finding ourselves borrowing each others clothing! Maya had done some knitting at this point so I also wanted to include some simple patterns that would be accessible to a newer knitter.
What I ended up with is a total of 12 designs: 6 sweaters, 5 accessories and 1 simple “beginner’s” sweater.
The sweater designs are all shown as pairs worn by 3 different sets of mothers and their respective daughters (Maya and I and two other mother/daughter friends of ours who kindly agreed to model). I wanted to make sure that the pieces would have an ageless quality about them and work well worn within a wide age range. With that in mind I kept to fairly simple outlines and wearable shapes with plenty of little details to keep the knitting interesting. They are knit in various different weights of the Quince yarns, with each one employing a seamless construction and ranging in difficulty (with none being overly complicated to work).
As I mentioned above I also wanted there to be patterns that a beginner knitter could access. The accessories fall into that category-easy to work patterns in fun, but simple, stitch patterns. Several are knit in Quince’s Puffin yarn, a quick to knit up soft bulky yarn.
Why stop at simple accessories? Seeing as Maya had just managed to complete her first sweater (with a little help) I decided to include a simple sweater of my own in the collection. This one is modeled off one of the first top down sweaters I ever knit without a pattern. The pattern itself includes plenty of extra information and helpful tips for knitters who may be venturing into their first attempt at garment knitting.
The book also includes some lovely illustrations by Maya, decorative and instructional ones!
It has been wonderful to have her be such a part of this book all the way along and to have some of our very best friends appear in it’s pages!
Above is a selection of some of the designs…not everything!
Tomorrow I’ll be focusing in on 3 of the sweater pairs …more pics and more details!