Summer is finally in full swing here in London, and the heady smell of flowers and trees is in the air. No better time then, to introduce you to our newest pattern: Honeyblossom! Adorned with honeycomb-like cables at the yoke and beautiful pleated gathers at the back, it’s just the right thing to throw over a summer dress or jeans.
We were lucky enough to have the lovely Japanese designer Yoko Hatta design Honeyblossom exclusively for Loop! Yoko has written over 20 knitting and crochet books and also regularly designs for Brooklyn Tweed, Vogue Knitting and Keitodeama – a major Japanese knitting magazine. She stopped by the shop recently for a chat, and we are excited to share more about this wonderful designer with you.
Yoko is based in Tokyo where she started knitting and crocheting in the 1970s. From a young age she loved to make things, especially in crochet. Her mother was an editor for lifestyle magazines in Tokyo which included cooking and handicraft. At home there was no TV or computers, but there were always yarns and tools and lots of materials to play with. She was curious and enjoyed making tiny things for her dolls and as well as small animals. Her mum taught her the basics, and from around the age of 12 she started to teach herself by looking at books and figuring things out. She eventually attended Fine Art University where she studied stage set and costume design. Yoko launched into pattern design in the 1970s by working as an assistant knitting designer for small companies. She then went freelance and began to design for Japanese knitting magazines. She says she continues to be inspired by meeting new people, talking, seeing younger people’s ideas and designs, travelling and art exhibitions.
Thank you, Yoko, for the interview and the gorgeous design!
Want to knit your own Honeyblossom? The sample above is knit in BC Garn Semilla Organic DK – a lovely soft merino, and we’ve also knit it in Quince & Co Chickadee. Here are some of our favourite summer colours:
You could even knit the yoke in a contrast colour – we can’t wait to see the lovely versions of Honeyblossom you’ll knit! Happy knitting and happy summer!