OH HELLO, KNITBOT: GIVEAWAY + INTERVIEW WITH HANNAH FETTIG

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We are so excited about Hannah Fettig a.k.a Knitbot’s new collection of patterns using Quince & Co’s delicious alpaca blend, Owl. Fans of Hannah’s will know her for her seamless, drapey, classic knits, and now there’s even more to love – top-down, yoked knits with a touch of lovely colourwork in Knitbot Yoked. Swoon!

 

Hannah was kind enough to have a virtual cuppa with us and let us be a bit nosey about her new book. Oh! And she’s letting us give away a copy of the book to one lucky reader! Keep reading for more info …

 

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Kaye’s Cardigan

 

PPQ: First off, when we have people round at Pom Pom, we like to offer them tea. Us Brits like milk in our tea, how would you like it?  

 

HF: I’m usually a black coffee girl, but to be social I’ll have tea with honey, please!

 

PPQ: Ooh that does sound nice. Now we’re comfortable, tea in hand, lets hear what made you think of doing this book. Seeing as your patterns haven’t involved colourwork in the past, what made you decide to go in that direction?

 

HF: Pam’s son Ryan works at the Quince office, and he asked me earlier this year if I would ever consider it.  It was honestly as simple that.  My grandmother knitted round yoke sweaters with colourwork for us kids all growing up and had recently given me her collection of old patterns.  With the seed planted in my mind I pulled inspiration from my grandmothers knitting and ended up with this collection of sweaters that still have the flavor of my other designs with the added element of color.

 

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Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan

 

PPQ: We noticed the patterns from the book use Quince & Co Owl – what’s your favourite thing about this yarn?

 

HF: Well, I have always loved Alpaca blend yarns, I’m a big time fan of The Fibre Company yarns.  Owl is an alpaca wool blend and it’s woolen spun.  It’s light and airy with a beautiful halo which is PERFECT for colourwork.  When the yarn blooms after blocking your knitting looks smooth and perfect.  And the COLORS.  Great choices.

 

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Basic Round-Yoke Unisex Pullover

 

PPQ: One of the things we love about your patterns is their seamlessness. When was the last time you seamed a sweater (if ever?!). Would you consider knitting or designing a seamed sweater now?

 

HF: The truth is that I actually enjoy seaming.  But it is time consuming, isn’t it?  And that set in sleeve cap – that can be a tricky seam.  My Autumnal Cardigan is actually a set in sleeve pattern.  And right now I am knitting (VERY slowly around designing, sewing and toddlers) Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Fable Cardigan which is knit in pieces and then seamed.  So seams DO happen in this house, but boy seamless is pretty great, right?

 

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Willard Beret and Pullover

 

PPQ: We adore your model for the book (especially her haircut)! Is she as cool in person as she seems in the pics?

 

HF: She IS.  I met Kaye through Carrie Hoge who had used her for a Quince photo shoot earlier this year.  She is an absolute sweetheart and has a fantastic sense of style.  She pulls off vintage so well.  I hope to use her again in the future!

 

PPQ: We see you live in Portland, Maine where the book was shot and LL Bean clothes were used – so New England. Portland sounds like a wonderful place, full of talented knitter types! Can you tell us more about it? 

 

HF: Portland, Maine is home to many folks from the knitting industry.  Pam Allen and Carrie Hoge [Yoked’s photographer] of Quince, Clara Parkes of Knitter’s Review, Bristol Ivy of Brooklyn Tweed, Cecily Glowick and MORE!  Portland is Maine’s largest city, but has a small town feel.  We have a fine arts college (MECA) and a pretty spectacular art museum.  We have an obscene number of good restaurants and they just keep  coming.  Our community has a DIY spirit, with many independent shops, designers and artists.  It’s also beautiful, with views of Casco Bay and the islands.  Come visit!

 

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Hannah, second left, with some of the Knitbot Yoked team.

 

PPQ: Thanks Hannah! And feel free to tell us anything else we need to know about the book. 

 

HF: I hope that knitters who are fans of my simple designs will not be afraid of the colourwork. I’ve provided tutorials on my website, plus the book offers tips and techniques for Fair Isle knitting.  Dive in!

 

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Willard Beret and Mitts

 

We so loved having Hannah tell us about her new collection. And we’re a bit chilly in the PPQ office today – so are dreaming about cosying up in one of those delicious knits! Which of the wonderful patterns from the collection would you want to be in right now? Tell us in the comments section below before the 13th of November and we’ll choose one lucky reader to win a copy of the wonderful Knitbot Yoked!
Comments are now closed for this giveaway! Congrats to commenter Wei-Lin – she’s won the copy of Knitbot Yoked! Yay!

 

60 Responses to OH HELLO, KNITBOT: GIVEAWAY + INTERVIEW WITH HANNAH FETTIG

  1. Sylvia Jordan November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Willard beret and mitts. It is actually 60 degrees in Texas today so all patterns are inviting.

  2. Allison November 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I am dreaming about the Basic Round-Yoke Unisex Pullover, its the perfect basic garment I need in my wardrobe!

  3. Michelle November 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Ah! Kaye’s Cardigan, in that exact color! Hannah is one of my favorite designers, I’ve been working on the featherweight cardigan.

  4. [email protected] November 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I think I would definitely pick Kaye’s Cardigan to knit first, but then I would have to move swiftly on to the Willard beret and mitts!

  5. Maria November 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I simply adore the Willard pullover! I would knit it straight away. In the same colours. And I love Portland. I was in Portland this summer and I loved it! I can see why New England is inspiring.

  6. Gail November 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    What wonderful pattern from the book would I NOT want to be in right now! Hannah is my favorite designer!

  7. Kate Henifin November 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I would love to snuggle up in the birds sweater on a chilly morning.

  8. Sarah W November 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I would love to be wearing the unisex pullover. It looks so warm and versatile! The weather here varies 30 or more degrees throughout each day and I could easily switch out what I’m wearing on the bottom as the temperature changes from day to night, plus dressing it up or down depending on where I’m going.

  9. brooke November 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    I would wear the heck out of unisex pullover (and probably end up making more than a few others!).

  10. Morag November 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    OOh what a choice to make. But I think my choice would have to be Kaye’s cardigan I just love the fact it just adds a splash of colour in the polka dots, not too much just a little.

  11. MissJR November 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I sure would love to be in that Willard Pullover today! It’s chilly, but not enough to put the heat on full blast! Thanks for the giveaway

  12. Jessica A. November 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    The Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan- LOVE!!!
    ~Jessica

  13. Rebecca November 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    The Basic yoked pullover reminds me of the comfy-ist of sweatshirts.

  14. shelleybb November 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Birdie fair isle, please!

  15. Meredith November 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Wow I could use one of these sweaters up here in the North! Can’t wait to try Owl out soon.

  16. melody (mandarines) November 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Seriously? It’s impossible to choose. I love the cardigans and the tiny details of fair isle, but the mittens and the beret are so adorable too..

  17. Paula November 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I’d love to knit and wear “Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan”. It would be my first shot with fair isle as well…

  18. Ce November 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Oh, how lovely! I adore round yokes. I will most certainly be knitting either the Willard Pullover or the basic round yoke. Fab!

  19. Kat November 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    The Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan looks the warmest to me and the friendliest, with a bluebird of happiness on each shoulder. :)

  20. Carole November 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Kaye’s Cardigan! Just enough pop. Oh, the color combinations you could do! :-)

  21. Kelsie November 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I love the Willard pullover, who am I kidding, I love all of them. But I think this seems like a great intro to color work!

  22. Penny Jenkins November 6, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    It would have to be the Birdie Fairisle Cardigan. Toasty warm and very stylish to boot. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the competiition.

  23. Kriste November 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I would love to wear them all! I have added each one to my queue!

    Thanks… Kristebee (rav ID)

  24. Elena November 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh! I like the Willard Pullover. But I think I like Kaye’s Cardigan more. Maybe I should knit both. Winters in Edinburgh are very very cold…

  25. Jennifer November 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    I love that beret.. and the pullover. So cute!

  26. Beverly Davis November 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I just love the Willard hat and mitts. so Sweet and feminine!

  27. Jules November 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    I love all the patterns but if I had to choose it would be the Birdie fair isle cardigan.

  28. Sunniva November 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I adore the Kaye’s Cardigan design, and would!love to cosy up in it all winter long! Of course, all the designs would make any long Northern winter more bearable :-)

  29. Jenny November 7, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    I would love to have the birdie fair isle cardigan on right now. It looks so elegant yet cosy. I can’t wait to try out owl.

  30. Francesca November 7, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    I want them ALL!!!!
    On pain of death I would probably choose the Willard jumper/pullover/sweater… What country am I in again?? xxxxx

  31. teevizi November 7, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    I think if I started the Birdie sweater now, it would be PERFECT for the Southern Hemisphere winter. So cute!

  32. Rachael November 7, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    I usually only like one thing from knitting pattern books but I want to knit ALL of these. I’ll start with the Willard pullover and it should be finished ready for the Aussie winter.

  33. Camille November 7, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    They all are great but the Willard Pullover especially speaks to me! On the plus side, there’s almost no end to the need for sweaters in Wisconsin. I can make more than one.

  34. Lydia November 7, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    I love the birdie faire isle cardi

  35. Lydia S November 7, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    Birdie faire isle cardi for sure

  36. Sally K November 7, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Kaye’s Cardigan, please! Thanks! :D

  37. Abi November 7, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    I’m a huge fan of the willard pullover- so simple, so pretty. I’d knit it in a wink. But, of course, I want to knit the whole collection :)

  38. Kate November 7, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    I love the Basic Round-Yoke Unisex Pullover! I’ve just started color work, so I like many patterns here, but that sweater looks simple and cool!

    Kate

  39. Shannon November 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I love the Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan. These designs are so effortlessly simple and beautiful at the same time. Thank you for a great giveaway!

  40. Melissa Vink November 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Birdie fair isle cardigan!!!!! Love it! Thank you for the chance!!

  41. Nisse November 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Oooooooh I would loooooove being wrapped in a Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan right now. Although, to be honest, I wouldn’t mind having to knit it up first, because it looks like a really fun yoke to knit.

  42. Angharad November 7, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    The Fairisle cardigan would be wonderful! But if I had to knot it myself I’d start with the basic round yoke jumper, as I’m a very new knitter.

  43. Debbie November 7, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    The Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan is so sweet. It looks vintage but at the same time perfectly up to date. Thanks for the lovely Giveaway.

  44. Cheryl Meier November 8, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Wow! This book looks beautiful plus I love quince yarn. Fingers crossed!

  45. Kohlrabi November 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I’d definitely snuggle up in Kaye’s Cardigan. I love the subtle colourwork and the fit seems great. Winning the book would be awesome as I’m slowly or rather quickly starting to be bored by ‘mindless’ knitting projects and would love knit up Hannah’s designs featuring colourwork! (Which is also why I looove the PomPom autumn issue with all your lovely cabled patterns!)

  46. Lisa Prest November 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Oh my, the birdie cardigan is just perfect. I have yet to try this style of knitting so am hoping providence will favour me.

  47. lounatine November 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I love Kaye’s cardigan but I suppose I would begin with the Villard mitts to train knitting with several colors.
    Thanks for this interview and for this giveaway!

  48. Robin November 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    I love them all… but I think Kaye’s Cardigan is my favourite! What a great interview, and I do just love Quince & Co’s yarn.

  49. Sharon November 9, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Willard Beret and Mitts strike my fancy. The wind was very strong here today & I needed a hat! When I saw willard, I immediately wondered why I don’t have a color worked chapeau :) By the way, I love your mag.

  50. Sarah November 9, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Kaye’s Cardigan. Love the dots. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful collection.

  51. Sue November 9, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Kaye’s Cardigan – timeless, classic, and feminine… a style that is always in style.

  52. Trine November 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I absolutely love this collection. If I could pick just one, I’d wear the Birdie cardigan, it’s adorable!

  53. Wei-Lin November 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    The Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan- gorgeous! Would be great today, a wet, grey autumnal day in London.

  54. [email protected] November 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I love cardigans , so Kaye’s is s perfect knitting for me
    Susanne

  55. Arlene November 10, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    Love the designs. I need this in my library.

  56. Deb Hickman November 12, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    They are all so beautiful but I think the first one I’d cast on is the Birdie Fair Isle. X

  57. Annika November 12, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    I love cardigans. So, my first choice would be Kaye’s Cardigan. I love the colours.

  58. Beth November 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I love Kaye’s cardigan! I’m already contemplating which colours to use…

  59. Lisa Hemstock November 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    In my opinion, hats don’t normally suit me but I think the Willard Beret might just change my mind! I need the mitts too, of course!

  60. Anna Strandberg November 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I fell instantly in love with all of Hannah’s knits. But especially the beret. I have had the perfect, very expensive, yarn in my stash for a long time now. Waiting for THE pattern. And now I found it. Definitely my next project.

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