Novel Reed had a knack for knitwear design even before she had mastered all of the basics. Her first project as an 8-year-old novice was a knitted tube dress for a Barbie doll. She couldn’t figure out how to bind off, so she slipped the tail of her yarn through the live stitches and turned it into a halter.
These days, Novel is knitting and designing clothing for herself. That includes Twigs, a seamless raglan tee knit from the top down in Berroco Weekend. The yoke and sleeves feature a beautiful lace pattern reminiscent of tiny flower buds.
How did you come up with this design?
When I design an item, the first thing I figure out is what kind of shape I want the garment to have. I designed a few sweaters last year that had ruching on the front of the sweaters and it created a really flattering shape so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the design, but it was summer so I decided to go with short sleeves and lace. I choose the lace stitch from one of my stitch dictionaries.
Is there any story behind the name?
The lace pattern reminded me of little flower buds on a twig and I’m also a fan of the singer FKA Twigs.
How did you decide on the yarn?
I’m a vegan, so I don’t use animal fibers anymore. Initially I thought it might be really challenging to find yarn that I liked, but there really are some great vegan yarns out there and Berroco Weekend is my favorite. I love that it is a cotton and acrylic blend so it is easy to care for. It is a very soft yarn, perfect for wearing right up against the skin. It’s definitely got some squish to it, which is something I always look for in a yarn.
What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made? Why?
I have several favorite projects and they are all blankets. I gave myself a personal challenge of knitting blankets for my three siblings, my niece and my mom and I accomplished it. Now they all get to snuggle up with something I made just for each of them.
If you could knit/crochet something for anyone in the world it would be…?
If I could knit anything in the world it would be a sweater and I would knit it for a giraffe. Animals look so cute in sweaters and I think a giraffe would look amazing in a nice striped sweater to complement its natural spotted pattern.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting/crochet?
Seeing a piece of string become anything you want it to be is pretty amazing.