Apr 16, 2017 :: by Leila Raabe
Author Norah Gaughan, the wonderfully talented designer behind Framework: Ten Architectural Knits, joins us on the blog today to talk about our newest book. Enjoy!
I love that linen makes a garment I would really wear, even in the heat of summer. Both Sparrow and Kestrel had been calling to me for a while and I really wanted to play with them. I like working on a collection of designs so I can fully explore a theme or idea. With these 10 pieces I focused on the fabric, especially the the drape and the use of openwork that was more tailored than pretty. I combined that with my geometric shape obsession and then made a conscious effort to reduce seaming, even in the untraditional constructions.
These constructions spring out of ideas I've been working on for a while now. So, yes there was a lot of experimentation, but it took place of a longer period of time, not solely for this collection. When I am designing, one idea often springs out of another. Previous thought processes lead to these thoughts.
Some of the pieces are easier than others. If you are a beginner knitter you might want to start with one of the pieces made solely of rectangles, like Dormer, Cella or Perimeter. You'll be learning the pattern stitch without having to thinking about anything else, since there is no shaping involved.
left to right: Perimeter, Dormer, and Cella
Yes; it always does, though.
Sure, you could substitute another fiber in any of the designs. Just be aware that you will be making something new. The look of the stitches may change, the drape will be altered, so the overall look will be different. The dropped stitch I used for Dormer and the elongated stitch in Gambrel are especially lovely in a ribbon yarn and may be harder to substitute.
Sparrow also makes beautiful dropped ladders, as seen in Arris and Spate. A fuzzy wool just won't look the same, but a hard, smooth wool might do the trick. So, make swatching your friend. Find out how the fabric will drape with a nice big swatch and try out the pattern stitch to be sure the yarn is compatible.
clockwise from top left: Dormer, Gambrel, Spate, and Arris
Don't be discouraged when your stitches seem crooked and uneven. Also, don't be tempted to over control your knitting with a smaller needle. Linen always looks wiry before it hits the water. Wet block your swatch, and then your knitted piece, and you'll see how beautiful your work will look in the end.
We hope you enjoyed reading about Framework. Thanks again to Norah for taking the time for our Q&A! Check out all of the designs from the book and grab a print+PDF copy right here.
For quick review of Framework head on over to Knotions. More reviews to come!