Hand Knit Design as Art

Posted on | June 1, 2010 | 5 Comments

A couple of months ago, Jared Flood brought together several hand knit designers for a very unique designing project for ESOPUS magazine, a journal put out by a local, non-profit organization featuring art that spans a variety of fields and mediums.

Photos taken by and used with permission from Jared Flood.

I was the second designer to get the project after my friend, Tanis, worked on the bottom band. Theoretically, I think we weren’t supposed to see (and thus be influenced) by the pieces that came before us, but for a sweater, that’s a very difficult criteria to achieve. So I got the unenviable (unenviable because Tanis is a hard act to follow!) task of picking up stitches from Tanis’ creative, sculptural feat of knitting for my piece. Ten points to anyone who can guess which part I knit ;) without peeking at Jared’s schematic.

It was really quite freeing to be able to knit without worrying about writing down notes or whether it would size up or down correctly or even whether the gauge needed to exactly so. And I’m honored to be included in the company of those involved with the project: Melissa LaBarre, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Tanis Gray, Elli Stubenrauch, Cookie A, and of course, our fearless leader, Jared Flood :)

Jared wrote about the process more in depth on his blog.


5 Responses to “Hand Knit Design as Art”

  1. chantelaine
    June 1st, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Textured, organized, looks comfy and artistic, I love it!!! You are very creative!

  2. Agnes Wong
    June 2nd, 2010 @ 4:01 am

    It looks interesting to knit this piece! I guess you are the one who knit the collar band along because that is the part I like most!

  3. thea
    June 2nd, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    I saw this and knew the schematic, but had guessed you were the lace gal along the sleeves – that bit has your signature, so to speak :-) It’s such a cool piece, and amazingly, Cookie can pull it off and wear it like she owns it! How fun.

  4. Julie
    June 2nd, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    oh WOW!! This is a work of art!! I love this sweater, it’s such a statement piece, and I’m glad the colour is a nice grey- if it were a loud colour, it would be too much; but the soft grey just makes all the stitches and design elements their absolute best.

  5. mel
    June 17th, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Despite my absence from the online world I did spy this some where along the way – This is just fantastic. You all should be so proud of your collaboration and this piece-It’s totally inspiring to see these talents combined in a new way, and with such a cool finished product.

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