going, going, gaughan
as in i have gone completely over the edge for this mini-sweater, featured on the cover of the new VK winter issue. the star-shaped cables look like the detail from the top of a sand dollar. nora gaughan is a genius. this shrug-like object (nora calls it a "capecho," but i'll forgive her for that.) looks incredibly complex. VK claims it is actually quite easy. they even offer a great tutorial here. surprising, since VK is usually pretty stingy with free editorial.
the whole pale, wintry vibe of nora's mini-sweater reminds me of this other knit piece i fell in love with a couple of seasons ago. you can't really see it here, but this is a long dress crocheted entirely out of silk mohair snowflake medallions. it was made by a parsons design student named tse-goh. i still fantasize about making something like this.
in case you couldn't tell, i heart n. gaughan. it seems whenever i see a sweater i like in VK it's her design. she's a two-time cover girl this season, with another great design front and center on IK. it's no wonder. her stuff really has legs. i knit one of her designs in the early 90s (a zippered v-neck tunic-y number) that looks great now pulled on over leggings or skinny jeans with boots. it's one of my fave sweaters. i just love how she integrates sculptural, textural stitchwork. her work isn't super design-y or trendy. but she always has some surprising twist to suck you in. in this case, it's those amazing modular star cables--such an innovative technique. i've never seen it before and really wonder if she might have invented it. have you ever seen it before?
Posted by knitlit kate at 8:56 PM