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. Check back in on Friday for a chance to win a copy!
Talking with us today is the author of One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs, Iris Schreier.
Given One + One’s two-skein limit, how did you create such a variety of designs?
There are many knitting books that include one-skein projects. But in some cases, one skein doesn’t have enough yardage for the project you have in mind, such as a scarf, shawl or shrug. So I decided to help you figure out how to use two different skeins in a project, whether they were two different colors of the same yarn, or two completely different yarns. This book includes lots of original ideas for using yarns this way. From the shop owner’s perspective, who is often left with individual skeins of yarn in the shop, this is an ideal collection of ideas to combine different colors or different fibers.
Although it appears that there are a variety of designs, the possibilities are endless. I was fortunate to work with a group of very talented designers who brought their own perspectives and techniques to the table. Each project in the book uses different techniques of combining yarns in a compelling way.
What considerations did you make when choosing yarn combinations?
Some of the projects needed yarns that were complementary and of similar colors to create subtle striping effects, while others used yarns of different colors and textures to enhance their details. Some projects used a combination of a classic yarn for the body with an embellished yarn for the trim.
What is your approach to design? How would you define your design style?
My design style is freeform, and I let the yarn speak to me. Sometimes the project just flows right away, evolving into something I love, while at other times, it is more difficult and I have to take my knitting out and re-knit quite a number of times before I am satisfied.