About three years’ ago, I was contacted by Joanne Seiff, asking whether I would like to contribute to a book. I absolutely jumped at the opportunity! I was so excited about the concept. Joanne researched and visited fiber festivals. She researched the history, the yarn, the fiber. Everything. She picked yarns specifically from these festivals. Then, she picked designers for these yarns. And, you put ‘em all together and what’ve you got? Con-fi-dence. Oh, wait. You’ve got a book! An extraordinary book filled with lush photos. And, lots and lots of fiber!
I’m really looking forward to getting my copy of the book. I know I’m going to love browsing through it at leisure. If you want to take a look at the photos of the patterns in the book, they are available on Ravelry here.
And, of course, the reason I’m writing this post is because I want to show you the design I did for the book!
This design is for a men’s sweater. Because of the uniqueness of the book, I had a lot of free liberty to do what I wanted with the sweater. And, I DID! The most important thing to me was to provide a large size range: S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL. This is 36″ through 56″ chest. Next, I wanted to jump a little outside the box in my actual designing of it.
As you can see, this is a drop shoulder design. But, I really didn’t want to have all that extra fabric under the arms I usually see in drop shoulders. So, I decided to tread on ground I had never tread on. Using my geometry skills from high school, I designed the sleeves to be more of a cross between set-in sleeves and drop shoulder. The slope at the top of the sleeve is all it took to remove all that extra fabric. So, what we have here is the comfort of a drop shoulder with more of a fit like a set-in sleeve. Yay for high school geometry!
And, there you have it! Enjoy!