Hyssop

Hello!

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!

R.

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