With his unabashed love of colour, dramatic styling and innovative techniques it’s hard to mistake the original designs of Stephen West. The latest in his series of West Knits books, the highly anticipated Midgard, is the result of a collaboration with fellow designer Cirilia Rose. Fancy a little peek at some of the patterns and finding out how you could win a copy? …
Photographed in Reykjavik, Iceland by the multi-talented Ysolda Teague (a name you probably recognise!), the setting echos this collection of beautiful and eclectic patterns. Esjan above is a statement shawl, with a bold lacy edging. Using aran weight yarn, it is just the thing to wrap yourself up in come winter – hurray for cosy shawls!
Harpa is a colour work scarf worked in the round – this creates the added bonuses of no wrong side to display and an extra thick cosy material!
The pals also lent their knitty skills to a pair of handwarmers, each reflecting their designer styles. For Stephens Saema you have his love of textured stitches which creates a woven effect and some clever short row shaping to create a comfy thumb gusset. Where as Cirilia takes inspiration from one of her favourite details in Reykjavik by representing the brightly coloured roofs of the houses on Litrik.
Of course, if you’re out in Iceland and want to get ahead, you’ll need a hat! Either the two textured beauties Raxtur and Baxtur or the delicate colourwork silver birches of Elvar will keep you toasty.
As well as accessories, this pair have garments covered too. Hekla and Sólfar, both simple and elegant allow you to play with colour combinations.
Gullfoss features some of that clever Mr. West construction where the garment can be worn upside down or back to front to make a poncho or a scarf.
As well as working with Stephen West, Cirilia Rose has been busy with her own publication, ‘Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads’ which is out this Autumn. We are thrilled that she is visiting Loop later this year where, as well as a book signing, we will be hosting her as a teacher for some exciting new classes. As well as Bricolage Basics on 15th November (a creativity masterclass) and an Intarsia Workshop on 16th November; you can also learn the tricks to recreate your favourite garment in Clone Your Closet.
To book on any class simply call the shop on 020 7288 1160 and we’ll be happy to help.
So now you are better acquainted with Midgard, you’ll be pleased to know that we are hosting another one of our fabulous giveaways! Just comment below letting us know which pattern from the book you can’t wait to cast on and we’ll pull a name out of the hat next Friday. This competition closes Wednesday 20th August at midnight.
Good Luck and Happy Knitting!