Monday, July 25, 2011

I'm so happy to finally share this design with you guys!!

(photo courtesy of Jared Flood/BrooklynTweed)

I think I might have actually jumped up and down when I got the original email from Brooklyn Tweed, asking if I would consider being part of a digital design book they were putting together, using Guest Designers whose work they thought would be a good fit for SHELTER. As a huge fan of Brooklyn Tweed and a well documented tweed/SHELTER enthusiast, I could not have been more excited. I had it in my head already that I wanted to knit a tweed dress for fall, and this was the perfect excuse to start messing around with the idea.

I had the image of something rustic but urban, that could be customized in about a hundred ways. With a big statement cable - as a focus and for a flattering vertical line. It may have taken a few (ahem) swatches, but I fell in love with this twisted rib nested cable.

(my bad photo, on the dressmaker dummy)

I also wanted and some kind of faux off center belt that would give me an excuse to play in my tin of BIG buttons, and maybe give the dress a little hint of a 60s mod vibe. ( I actually sent an extra bag of button options out with the sample, as it was way too hard to pick just one, but they kept my original choice on the dress here.)

The design I ended up with gives you lots of options for making a knit that flatters you. In addition to changing sleeve or skirt length, you can easily adjust the width of the bust, waist or hips as you need. The skirt is written as a subtle A line, but could easily be more of a triangle shape (for skimming over anything that needs skimming over) or a straighter pencil (if you're that lucky and need no skimming).

The ribbing and belt can be placed high, for an empire waist, placed at the waist for a traditional hourglass shape, or worn low, for more of a hip slung look. Directions and comments are in the pattern for each option. I wear mine a bit loose throughout the body, with a higher belt, to hide my pooch and minimize my bust. The model here looks gorgeous in a more fitted silhouette, with the belt at her natural waist (sans pooch).

And for those of you who think they might not wear a dress, the design also works as a long tunic over leggings or jeans.

(photo courtesy of Jared Flood/BrooklynTweed)

The yarn itself is beautiful, so there's lots of stockinette to show off the subtle colors and texture of the tweed. Which means that it's easy TV knitting, too, right?

With a drink. I know there's Allegheny Ale, but the dress seems to me a bit more of a scotch whisky concoction. So I'm going to say that you should have a Manhattan or a Rob Roy during your stockinette. Just pay attention on the cable :-)


All the specs and details are here, and the pattern can be bought on the BrooklynTweed website for $6.50.


In other news, I owe you many drinks and probably some kind of update on where I've been living and what we're doing to the new house. At our last trip to Target (where else can you get paintbrushes, new sneakers, groceries, and a shelf in one stop?) I found an amazing peach - pear soda and a blood orange soda. We've been having fun with them, but I need to pick the good combos and take pics. Along with my next design in the works.


In the meantime, enjoy Allegheny and be sure to check out the other designs in Wool People. (I am so in love with the button band on Gudrun's Levenwick, and the lace on Anne Hanson's Hourglass Throw.) There is something in there for all kinds of knitters - from simple to complex, and there's all kinds of projects: from accessories to sweaters to wraps. It's an honor to be included in such a beautiful collection of knits by so many other talented designers!


janna said...

I saw a tweet go by this afternoon about Wool People. I clicked the link, but then immediately left it -- I realized that I could spend all afternoon there, and well -- I WAS at work!

So thanks for reminding me! All sorts of great stuff there, including your dress.

Ellen said...

Ah, I'm so happy for you that you are part of Jared's new project! Everything in there is fab, but I really think yours is one of the best in there!

Zonda said...

When I saw it I thought of you and looked below and viola! It's awesome and one day I just may knit it ;) Oh, along with your other million designs I have ;)


emy said...

Congrats! I just saw this pattern via Brooklyn Tweed and I have to say I love this design!

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Patty said...

Just a beautiful assembly of patterns - many many congratulations to you!

QuiltedSimple said...

I love it. Now I'm going to have to find me some Shelter - once it cools down below 90+ degrees here:) Hope the remodel is going well!

Seanna Lea said...

Congrats! I really need to get my hands on some shelter. His color sensibilities match mine (well, at least until we get into colorwork and then I'm a crazy person and he is awesome).

Holli said...

Congratulations, Thea! This is amazing. I love the dress and love Shelter -- what a perfect pairing.


Pants said...

Thea, I absolutely ADORE this design!! I can't wait to make it!

Kristen said...

Congratulations again! You must have been smiling big when you were asked to design for BT. All the patterns in the e-book are great but have to say your's is my favorite.

So... with you and other talented designers designing such beautiful patterns and yarn, it's hard for people like me to think of anything I'd rather do but knit knit knit all day, all night.

When is your line of yarn coming out? :)

Turtle said...

how wonderful!

Great design!

I love Shelter yarn and Jareds designs. I also know it's a bit dopey but i love the fact that the yarn is spun in NH (where i grew up) and that jared is from this neck of the woods... got to meet him a few months back and he is a sweetheart, so reminds me of my brother in law we lost last year (young to brain cancer).

I think a deep underlying of your designs, which i love knitting and wearing also have to do with you being so close to my NEngland home! Yup.... i know, i am a dork! :)

Dani said...

Congratulations Thea, that's wonderful!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! I've become a big fan of Shelter, too, and can't wait to work with it some more. Your dress looks lovely.

Renee said...

WOW - mondo Exciting!!!!
Your dress pattern is gorgeous!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love this dress! I'm off to check out the Shelter link.... :)

Chris said...

SUPER gorgeous, Thea! Congratulations on being included in such an amazing collection. I need to go Shelter shopping.

Kym said...

Such an adorable design, Thea! So proud of you! (I'll be able to say. . . I knew her when. . .)

yoel said...

Wow! What a gorgeous design!!

KatJobson said...

OMG I love this dress, you are such a creative and clever designer!!! I think I would pay someone to knit that for me because I knit so slow and am still pretty new but love love this dress.

madforknit said...

It's absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!!!!! Can't wait to see all the variations people come up with on this one. So versatile!!

Hilary said...

Thea, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was so, so, so excited when I saw your name on the list of designers in this amazing collection. And your design is FABULOUS! It is so up my alley and I am in love with the retro yet modern look. Oh my rock.