We are thrilled to announce our premiere pattern collection, The Impressionist Collection. We challenged designers to design pieces inspired by the great impressionist painters, and each one dreamed up patterns which are truly works of art! You can purchase project kits including both the yarn and pattern in our online store, as well as purchase individual PDF copies of the patterns on Ravelry. We hope you enjoy learning more about this extra-special collection and the fabulous designers behind it, too. Enjoy!
Katrin Schubert: Simultaneous Contrast Cowl
Katrin Schubert is noted for her innovative and brioche designs from hats to shawls to full garments. She is a married mother of five boys, currently living in Germany. While her degree is in architecture design, she loves working as a knitwear designer in her “second life.” Katrin comes from a long line of knitters and learned to knit as a child, but has become more engrossed in the craft in the last several years.
The Simultaneous Contrast Cowl is a two-row-wonder, worked flat as one piece using two alternating pattern rows and grafted together at the end. It’s a quick and uncomplicated knit - easy enough for beginners and enjoyable for more experienced knitters. Katrin took her inspiration for the cowl from Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night whose colors are echoed in our Royal Blue and Mystery Spatter colourways.
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Mone Drager: Composition Socks
Mone Drager lives with her husband, her mum and a somewhat crazy cat in an old farmhouse in Germany’s countryside. She loves to sew and occasionally sells her makings on local arts and crafts markets. However her main craft is knitting. There’s no better way to relax than with needles and yarn and while she relaxes she ensures that there’s never a shortage of knitted gifts. Some time ago she started to write up her patterns and she loves to see people knitting them.
Composition Socks are knit cuff down with an all-over lace pattern reminiscent of colour reflecting on a surface. The stitch pattern works well with tonal variegated yarns. The hybrid fleegle heel is integrated in the leg, i.e. heel flap and gusset are worked in the round together with the leg. Mone’s inspiration comes from the water in so many Impressionist paintings, on which wind and sun create ripples and light and dark shadowy areas.
Caroline Dick: Starry, Starry Night Wrap
Caroline Dick is a designer from Kamloops, British Columbia Canada. She has been published in various books and magazines including knitscene, Noro Yarns, Noro Kureyon 30th Anniversary Collection, and more. She loves making the simple look complicated and working with indie dyed yarns.
The Starry Starry Night Shawl is a garter stitch modular wrap with short row shaping. The shawl starts with the creation of hexagons, which are then joined together to continue the garter stitch portion of the wrap. Caroline’s inspiration was of course, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night. She was particularly inspired by Van Gogh’s use of simple brush work with incredible colours, swirls and unexpected shapes that create evocative paintings that fill her with joy.
Susanna IC: Alla Prima Shawl & Shadow Stole
Susanna IC is an artist by calling, an art historian by training, and completely obsessed with yarn. The colors, the textures, the infinite possibilities within each skein inspire each of her designs. Susanna has been designing knits ever since she first picked up the needles in 2001; her first ‘swatch’ was a sweater for her baby boy. Since then she has fallen in love with knitted lace design and created the short row method for shaping crescent shawls. Her designs have appeared in numerous online and print publications, such as Interweave Knits, Jane Austen Knits, Twist Collective, Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, and Knitty.
The Alla Prima Shawl is a generously sized triangular wrap worked in one piece from just a few cast on stitches, with increases worked along one edge to create a modern asymmetric triangle. Reminiscent of colours moving across a painters’ brush, the lace pattern is very simple, using only basic stitches, which makes it perfect for the beginner lace-knitter and an easy and quick-to-knit project. The Alla Prima Shawl was inspired by Claude Monet’s series of paintings of the Rouen Cathedral that were painted in different lights at different times of day.
The Shadow Stole is a generously sized rectangular stole worked in a luscious DK weight yarn to keep you warm and snug. A simple cable pattern is combined with lace stitches and worked across the width of the stole. The cables are mirrored in the two halves of the stole so the edges match when the shawl is worn. The stole is worked in one piece across the width, which eliminates the need for any complicated center grafts. Susanna was inspired by Claude Monet’s Sea Seascapes, and the shadowy colour effects of twilight and evening.
Heidi Gustad: Faded Flare Wrap
Heidi Gustad is a knit and crochet designer known for her contemporary style, colorful blog and video tutorials. She first learned to knit at age 8 from a grandmother who saw in her a need for something to keep her busy. Heidi enjoys complicated, colorful intarsia projects (check out her Read Along Knit Along from last year) and has recently started a podcast, Very Serious Crafts, with two other crafters.
The Faded Flare Wrap uses vivid, contrasting colours, intarsia, and fading between colours to paint a vivid picture with yarn. If you’ve never knit intarsia before, now is the time to start! Heidi includes links to her excellent tutorials for how to tackle larger intarsia projects so you’ll be sure to learn some new skills. In Faded Flare, each colour fades into the next to capture the impression of a late sunset happening behind an island in silhouette, inspired by Claude Monet’s painting San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk.
All modelled shots © Gale Zucker Photography.
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