I am so excited to have been included in the Winter 2014 issue of the Twist Collective.  I have long admired the publication and the designs featured have often gone straight to the top of the queue.  So when I started taking this designing thing seriously, I was super keen to submit a design to them. Imagine my surprise when they actually accepted my design–my head nearly exploded the pride!

Hyssop Pattern by Renée Callahan

Hyssop by Renée Callahan. Photo © Crissy Jarvis

The Twist Collective sent me a lovely Polwarth wool and silk mix yarn from Lisa Souza to make the sample with–the stitch definition was really beautiful and I loved the gentle variagation of the colour.

Hyssop by Renée Callahan

Photo © Crissy Jarvis

Hyssop pullover by Renée Callahan.

Photo © Crissy Jarvis

My idea was to create a seamless pullover that required no finishing-when the final stitches were cast off, the garment was practically ready to wear. No need to pick up stitches for neck trims, or add ribbing; it was all to be part of the design.

My prototype sweater is still one of my favorites.

Proto-Hyssop  by Renée CallahanI knit it out of some really beautiful Blue Sky Alpaca’s Suri Merino, which has turned out to be a fairly robust yarn for a single ply.Proto-Hyssop back by EastLondonKnitIt is a recipe I really like in a sweater–fitted, with a flattering deep V-neck, a combo of simple cables and simple eyelets, and a built in finish. The recipe is so great, in fact, that I am working on a few more sweaters with variations of these ingredients for publishing in 2015 (which I can’t believe is almost here!).

You can buy Hyssop here.

Thanks so much to Kate and Sue and the whole Twist Collective team for all their help and support.

Happy Knitting!