I Knit New York

January 23, 2018

We just came back from a relaxing ten days cruising around Mexico. Lots of beautiful weather, friendly people, good food and plenty of knitting time. I brought three projects (and took more care packing them than I did my clothes); finished one and got halfway through the other two. Pure bliss. I met so many knitters on the ship who were doing just the same thing. I love that knitting is so popular! 

I came home yesterday to find this new book in my mailbox.  I Knit New York is a corroboration of five NYC knitwear designers, has eleven lovely patterns, and reads like a novel/knitting travel guide. I took it to bed with me last night and read it from cover to cover. Next time I go to New York I'm taking it with me.  I love this book!

The designers are Brittney Bailey, Kathleen Dames, Kirsten Kapur, Xandy Peters, and Lars Rains. Besides the 11 patterns, there's a charming essay from Kay Gardiner about knitting in NYC long long ago--even before the internet! Lisa Chamoff will take you on an enviable multiborough yarn crawl. And my favorite was going on a NYC button hunt with Kathleen Dames. I've done that before and spent a blissful day getting lost in the buttons section of the garment district. All this and more make this book a handy guide if you are planning a NYC trip or just dreaming of one. This book is a ten.

I've paired a few of my favorite designs with some stash yarn. Below is Go Lightly with that iconic Audrey Hepburn neckline. I've made a similar sweater but it's the first time I've seen this neckline done in fingering weight yarn. I paired it with some of the new yarn I recently won from Pacific Yarn Co. I'm thinking of adding flared sleeves. I would love to wear this all summer.

I have enough vintage fingering weight RYC Cashcotton 4 ply in baby blue to make Rockefeller. I would make long sleeves and lengthen the front to mimic the back.

Mosaic knitting!

You can purchase the pattern book as a download on Ravelry, but I found the printed book on Amazon for less with free shipping. While I love and usually prefer individual PDFs, I think this is better purchased as a book because there is loads of other information outside of the patterns.

but I recommend you purchase the book on Amazon.

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  1. I was watching a video on You Tube with the Grocery Girls from Craftsy and they were talking about stacked knitting (I think that was what they called it) produced by Xandy Peters with a little blurb of her explaining it a little bit. Looks very interesting. I would have to be much more experienced than I am currently to give that a try. I can't wait to see what you make from this book!

    1. Thank you so much Nancy for letting me know about stacked knitting. I guess I'd seen it but didn't realize what it was. I'm fascinated with it!

  2. I loved this post. Your enthusiasm makes me want to buy the book and a ticket to NYC!

  3. Hi Kristen,
    I just came back from a cruise too--perfect knitting environment! I was working on a
    scarf after breakfast, when a lady walking by stopped dead in her tracks. "Do you have
    a tapestry needle I could borrow?" Fortunately I did. It gave me a chance to thank
    the lady who had given me a cable needle on a previous cruise. I understood the distress of being without the right tool when you are many nautical miles from the nearest LYS!
    Thanks for the steady stream of suggested knits on your blog; a lot of what is in my queue is because of you.
    best wishes,

    1. Hi Carol

      Cruising and knitting—it’s like they were made for each other! I went to every lecture, watched every movie, gazed out countless windows, and went to as many live shows that I could squeeze in—all with my knitting! I feel it’s a blessing to love to knit! Love your story about paying it forward!



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