THE BRETHREN SOCK
I was very excited and flattered when asked to contribute a pattern to the upcoming Fall 2011 Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat! I decided on a cabled sock pattern very befitting “Men Who Knit.” The playful intertwining between the braided plait and classic cables serve as a visual allegory of our tight brotherhood as male knitters—the ties that bind if you will. And let’s face it, a dude can never have enough hand knit socks!!!
CAPUCHA del DESIERTO
I’ve been inspired by all of the man shawls, cowls and wraps I’ve seen everywhere lately! It’s nice to witness a broadening of traditional masculine garment boundaries. I wanted to design something unisex in the similar vein to a mawl, but with a little more versatility that one could wear with jeans and boots or a business/dress casual look. The capucha can be worn in several different ways depending on how much slack you allow in the icord ties and it is a lot of fun to knit. It almost serves as a knitting sampler of sorts packed with several knitting techniques (i.e., icord bind-off, applied icord, cables, ribbing, eyelets, paired increases/decreases, short rows, etc.) that could be practiced and developed for use in larger, more advanced knitting projects. It’s also a great stash buster!
I really enjoy knitting baby and children’s garments, but prefer saturated colors and classic themes over pastels and commercial characters. If I had a son/daughter I would imagine dressing him/her in something modern and stylish with a bit of whimsy--hence, ”Positive Chi.” Inspired by my beloved chihuahua, Suki, this rugby-styled pullover is knit up quickly in bulky wt yarn. Knit from the bottom up in the round, it requires almost no seaming. The chi silhouette and paw prints are done in duplicate stitch. A tubular cast on into 1x1 waistband ribbing, sporty placket collar, faux undershirt sleeves, and neck facing make this sweater sophisticated enough for an adult, but styled for the little nugget in your life! Without further ado, I present you with my inaugural design just in time for "back to school".