We’re celebrating the upcoming, March release of One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs, the first book of a new series that focuses on two-skein projects. Talking with us today is design contributor Brooke Nico.
Did you enjoy working with a limit?
I was so excited when [author Iris Schreier] approached me about this project. I loved the concept, and for me limits like the two-skein requirement force me to think outside of the box. In fact, when I used to sew, I would occasionally buy less fabric than needed in order to make myself think of creative solutions!
How did you choose your yarn combination?
I knew I wanted to use the Silk Rhapsody and Silk Rhapsody with Glitter from the beginning. For one thing, the value and yardage per skein in this yarn is wonderful. My goal was to do a garment of some type, and with over 450 yards between the 2 skeins, this was the perfect yarn. I also wanted to work with a larger gauge yarn. People often think that lace knitting requires fine gauge yarn. I wanted to show that you could create beautiful lace with a heavier yarn, which makes it less frightening for beginning lace knitters.
Tell us about the Lavish Cape.
Because I had a finite amount of yarn, I designed this cape from the top down. This is always a great option when you don’t know how far your yarn will go, just knit until you run out, and that is how long your garment will be! I used the Silk Rhapsody for the main part of the cape, and added the Silk Rhapsody with Glitter for the edging. I love the subtle pop that the glitter adds to the hem of the cape!
What is your approach to design? How would you define your design style?
I approach design from a combination of math and art. Lace knitting is very mathematical, which is a huge part of its appeal to me. The challenge is in taking that rigid pattern and making it flow. I also like to be sure that all the shaping fits into the lace pattern, keeping the design visually pleasing. As a designer, I strive to create lace garments that women love to wear and that are easy to wear!