If you’ve visited Ravelry, your LYS or the bookstore lately, you may have noticed a fabulous collection of knitwear patterns that just hit the shelves. New American Knits, designed by our very own Amy Christoffers, is a compilation of 20 classic knits, all inspired by great American artists. With pullovers, cardies and a variety of accessories, there’s ample opportunity to experiment with lace, cables, and colorwork. Plus, each pattern is a mini art history lesson that’s actually interesting (okay, I know art history is interesting, just not with the professors I had in college or the 8 am start time)!
Here are just a few of my favorites…do you recognize any of the artistic influences behind these designs?
(photos by Joe Hancock, courtesy of Interweave)
A tribute to Maxfield Parrish, the painter and illustrator known for his saturated hues – burnt umber and ultramarine blue in particular, this design features allover colorwork with two different charts. The highlight is a floral motif inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art that also influenced Parrish’s early work. This section is surrounded by a simple, checkerboard background, creating a stylish and modern look that’s doubly warm! The mitts are knit in the round from the bottom up and only require one skein each of the Mahogany Mix & Blueberry Mix colorways.
Want to win a kit to knit your own Parrish Mitts?
(Say that five times fast!)
How to Enter: Tell us in the comments below…which two shades of Ultra Alpaca would you knit the Parrish Mitts in?
Details: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, July 15. One winner will be picked at random and announced on the blog next Wednesday, July 16. You must be 18 years old and a resident of the U.S. or Canada to win.