Introducing Teazel, the latest fabulous addition to our ever growing collection of Loop patterns. Pretty pops of lace curve round the swingy silhouette of this gorgeous cardigan designed for us by the talented Bristol Ivy.
Bristol’s patterns draw on her interest in tailoring, focusing on structured lines and flattering shapes and Teazel is no exception. With the eyelet details swooping down to a soft flared shape, the cardigan shows the subtly hand dyed variation of Shalimar Breathless Cush (shown here in the colour Foggy Bottom).
Want to know more? Well, who better to tell us about the design than Bristol herself!
Hi Bristol! For those who don’t know you and your work, what’s an average day for you?
One of the cool (and sometimes exasperating!) things about running my own business is that there’s no real average day! I have a studio office in downtown Portland, Maine, about half a mile from my house, so typically during the week I try to walk there around 9:30 or 10. From there, it’s a big shuffle of email, pattern math, class development, social media, pattern proofing, more email, swatching, and pretty much bottomless cups of tea. I daily feel lucky that I am getting to do what I love!
Tell us the story of how the design for Teazel started? A little birdie told us it was all the way back in the summer of 2015 at trade fair TNNA?
Yes! I ran into Susan within about an hour of arriving in Columbus for TNNA. We had met the previous year when I came to the UK for Unwind Brighton, and had been corresponding as part of my previous job with Brooklyn Tweed. I’ve long been an admirer of Loop and its aesthetic, and especially how beautifully they style and present their patterns and goods. When Susan asked if I’d like to collaborate, I jumped at the chance! She had her eye on Shalimar’s new yarn, Breathless Cush, and once I squeezed it (it’s so squishy!) I knew it’d be perfect for a cozy but still stylish sweater. We talked then and there about a drapey, slightly cropped cardigan, and I went home and started playing around with how to put that shape together with my aesthetic. Teazel is the result!
Teazel has several unique details such as a touch of lace and its swingy shape – what are your favourite aspects of the design? And we always love to know why knitters chose the names they do for patterns, so why the name Teazel?
I’m particularly fond of the yoke on Teazel, as well as the pops of eyelet lace at all the edgings. The yoke was a lot of fun to figure out! I love that there are just certain ratios that work with garments; on paper, Teazel is constructed pretty much like a typical, basic raglan sweater, just with the yarnovers in slightly different places.
It leads to a sweeping, feminine yoke that follows through throughout the body shaping. I’m definitely going to keep playing with that shaping in further garments! And the eyelet lace edgings just feel so fun and fresh—there’s something about it that just makes me think of polka dots and springtime. I think it would be easy for the sweater to feel heavy, since it’s a thicker yarn and an oversized shape, but the lace edgings keep it light and feminine.
The name was inspired by that eyelet lace, actually; I came across a photo of the teazel plant a while ago and was struck by the geometry and precision of the burrs on the bloom after flowering. The swooping, slightly curving lines of the sepals under the bloom also echoed the yoke and body shaping, so it felt like a match made in heaven!
Teazel uses the Shalimar Breathless Cush, which gives this cardie such a beautifully subtle drape and soft texture. What did you love about using Breathless Cush for this project?
This yarn was so much fun to work with! I love the depth of colour—it always looked slightly different depending on the light, with so many facets and different hues. It also did whatever I asked of it beautifully: lace, ribbing, beautiful clean stockinette. I am looking forward to getting the chance to play with it again!
Well, soon you’ll be able to see the full range of colours that Loop stocks very soon as you are visiting us in London this weekend! You’re teaching three classes, Knitting Outside the Box,Brioche, Shawl Shapes (and at the moment there is one place left one each one – click on any class to head to the online shop to book!)
I’m so excited to come visit Loop! I’m a huge fan of locally produced yarns, so I’ll have my eye out for anything beautifully British to come home with me. As for my classes, I have such a great time teaching.
I love showing people that they are in charge of their knitting and that they don’t have to be afraid to experiment and try new things. Even if it doesn’t succeed the first time, at the end of the day you are still left with two sticks and some string and you can try again tomorrow! It’s the ultimate no risk artform and you can take that in so many amazing directions. Really looking forward to it!
Thank you Bristol! Our heartfelt thanks to Bristol for her gorgeous design. Also thank you to Kristin Perers for her beautiful photography and Susan Cropper for the shoot styling. Copyright of all pictures belongs to Loop Knitting Ltd.
Or why not enter our giveaway to win a copy of Teazel for yourself? Leave a comment on this post letting us know what yummy shade of Shalimar Breathless Cush you would chose. This competition will close on Wednesday 16th March at midnight and we will announce the winner on next week’s blog. Good Luck!This competition is now closed