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 …
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!