amiina

photo by Sarah Jurado

Sometimes it rains on photoshoot day.

I have a new pattern to share today, and I thought I’d share a little bit about the photoshoot, too. One of the things I love most about what I do is the chance to work with my very creative friends, and I hired my friend Sarah to shoot the photos for this pattern. My dear friend and sometimes-Paper-Tiger-model Kathleen came along to help out, and I did the modeling. We grabbed an umbrella and headed out to North Bend, east of Seattle, most famous for its role in the TV show Twin Peaks.

It was grey and raining; probably not the ideal for a photoshoot, but we decided to roll with it. We hiked up the trail at Little Si for a few minutes (me in the grey wool pencil skirt pictured) until we got to the overlook you see in the photos. The mountains behind me were shrouded in fog, and Sarah captured some beautiful photos.

photos by Sarah Jurado

So, what about this knitting pattern? It’s called Amiina (named after a favorite band of mine), and as a fall/winter kind of knitter, this was one of my first forays into a spring and summer appropriate top. I was inspired by a lot of the vintage knitted tops of the 1940s and 50s, but I went with a softer silhouette with a wide scoop neck and a few special details to dress it up – the tied-bow neckline, cabled rib at the waist and sleeves, and three rounds of colorwork where the colors meet at the waistline.

Amiina is basically seamless, worked from the bottom-up in the round. Shoulders are joined using a 3-needle bind off and then the sleeves are picked up and knit top-down in the round on DPNs. Because of the fitted silhouette, Amiina is written for eleven sizes, from a 30″ bust all the way up to 50″ (the blouse is intended to be worn with some negative ease, so the final dimensions shown are 2″ smaller at the bust).

photo by Sarah Jurado

The sample is knit up in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, a fingering-weight 100% superwash merino wool. I don’t normally go for yarns with any variegation, nor do I usually go for superwash, but I fell in love with a few of the colors at my local yarn store and couldn’t help bringing some home with me. It’s pretty lovely to work with, and the colors and the drape of the fabric it creates are pretty hard to argue with! In fact, after I finished this top, I started a second, much drapier design, using the same yarn. But more on that later…

Amiina has been fully tech edited and it’s available for purchase as a digital download on Ravelry here or on Etsy here. More technical info is available on the Ravelry page.Thank you to Sarah and Kathleen for trekking up a mountain in the rain with me. After the shoot, being in North Bend, we treated ourselves to – what else? Cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee.

Kathleen on the Little Si trail, by Sarah Jurado

photo by Kathleen Tarrant

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