Working in the world of knitting magazines has definite perks. As editor for Knitscene, Knitscene Accessories and Sockupied, Amy Palmer gets all kinds of new yarn samples to play with. She had been eager to design with Berroco Folio since the first skein crossed her desk.
Amy’s Green Apple Tank is the perfect pattern for showcasing Folio’s beautiful drape. The unusual, open-construction top is worked as one piece, knit flat from the top down. Once the knitting is finished, the bottom edge of each side is sewn to the opposing shoulder, creating armholes that cross in the back. You can get the pattern in Knitscene Summer 2015 – on sale now!
How did you come up with this design?
Our managing editor, Allison, has this great shirt that has an overlapping back design. Whenever she would wear it, I would stare at it, imagining it in knitted fabric. When it came time to organize the summer issue, I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I figured I’d take a stab at designing it.
Any interesting stories about your process?
It took me about three tries before I figured out this needed to be knit from the top down and not the bottom up. After that, I think it took me less than a week to actually knit the sample!
How did you decide on the yarn?
It’s a lovely combination of fibers and has such incredible drape. Along the way, I discovered it also frogs quite nicely (see the point about three tries to knit this sample). Add in some generous yardage and a surprisingly cool fabric that’s great for summer, and you’ve got one awesome yarn!
If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be…?
Henry Cavill. Call me, Henry. (Never hurts to try, right?)
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
This is the sappiest answer ever, but getting to know so many great people, like Amy and Alison at Berroco, and other designers and yarn company folks is the best thing. I know I can go pretty much anywhere in the world and find a yarn shop or knitting group and feel right at home.