Archive for September, 2012

Recently published….

I’ve been working very hard the last few months, both in the sweatshop and chained to the computer. Here’s a recap of my designs that have been recently published.

Themis by Robin Melanson

Photo by Jared Flood

In June, I was honoured to have a pattern included in Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People Volume 3 collection. Themis, which I named for a group of Asteroids in the belt between Mars and Jupiter (because–as you know–I am a nerd who loves science), is a cute vintage-inspired cardigan knit in Loft fingering weight yarn.

The sleeves have an interesting detail, a diverging set of eyelet columns which wrap around the upper arm. They are actually very easy to work, you just make an increase into the Reverse Stockinette Stitch portion on the inside, and a decrease on the Stockinette Stitch portion on the outside, on the two outer eyelet columns. You keep doing that every right side row, until the columns magically disappear into the seam allowance. Well… it’s not magic, but it’s close!

Themis by Robin Melanson_sleeve detail

Photo by Jared Flood

I was also the technical editor for most of the garments in this collection.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue Knitting published a design from me in their Early Fall issue, a cabled cardigan with 3/4-length ribbed sleeves, trimmed in a wool ribbon yarn which ruffles as you knit into the loops at the upper edge of it. It is worked in Trendsetter Yarns Merino 8 and Cha Cha. It is quite a glamorous sweater.

Cabled Cardigan by Robin Melanson

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2012, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

Early Fall was published in mid-July I believe. In the knitting world, we love fall so much that we have decided that summer is too long, so part of summer needs to become fall. It’s kind of like how Julius Caesar decided that he should have two months in the middle of the year, named after himself and his great-nephew Augustus Caesar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have two patterns in the Fall issue of Twist Collective, Zahedra and Capriccio.

Zahedra, Twist Collective Fall 2012

Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Zahedra is a thigh-length cardigan, and is my interpretation of vintage Tyrolean-style cardigans. It is knit in Briggs and Little Atlantic, which is a very rustic and hearty yarn that wears like iron, and is quite economical to make a large garment out of. I love the cute little rounded collar and how the pockets fit perfectly between the cables that flank them. Almost as though they were designed that way…well guess what, they were. I am a designer who thinks ahead. No afterthought pockets for this girl.

 

 

 

 

Capriccio is a delightfully soft Merino wool pullover with a central panel in a lace pattern, eyelet-and-rib sleeves and a lovely cowl. It is knit in Zara Plus yarn from Filatura di Crosa. I am a big fan of the Zara family of yarns. I love this fabulous green, it is a little greyed so that it is a perfect shade of jade, clear and not too seafoam-y.

Capriccio by Robin Melanson

Photo by Jane Heller

In the next few days, I will be doing more in-depth posts on these two sweaters in Twist Collective. I will discuss garment construction and finishing for Zahedra, and a little about where the name came from (those who know can’t keep a straight face). For Capriccio, I will talk about design process and how to mix elements and repeat elements to produce a cohesive design, and a little about the inspiration behind this sweater.

Some of my time has been spent producing designs, but I spend more time behind the scenes. I have been tech editing like crazy this summer, on Wool People Volume 3 like I mentioned, and on their new BT Fall 12 collection, also a counter-edit for STC Craft for a great book that will be coming out next year (I’m not sure if I am allowed to say what it is), and some super secret stuff. I am also a production assistant with Twist Collective, and we have been working hard on photo shoots and assignments to produce some stuff that is so awesome you will want to play air drums with your knitting needles on the dining room table.

There will be more design announcements in the coming weeks, I am working on an exciting new project that will be ready for public consumption soon!