Introducing GRANITE ISLAND!

November 3, 2016

Many of you know that my favorite place to be is a small island off the coast of Maine, Vinalhaven! While today Vinalhaven is best known for its thriving lobster trade, during the 19th century it was home to one of Maine’s largest granite quarrying businesses. Today the island is dotted with beautiful granite swimming queries as well as stunning ocean views and hiking trails.

This past summer I was fortunate to spend 4 full months on the island, taking in its beauty and tranquility. The proximity to the ocean and the island’s glorious hiking trails are wonderful stimulants to my creative process, and this summer was one of my most productive periods.

The first design from this inspiring summer is GRANITE ISLAND,  a modern take on the traditional sweater coat. Knit in The Fibre Co.’s extraordinary new yarn, Arranmore, I was immediately drawn to the colorway, Glenveagh Castle, which reminded me of the granite found on the island. The resulting design might be my personal favorite to date!

Replete with big pockets and a large shawl collar, it is the type of garment that you will want to wear all winter long — inside and out! Despite being knit in Aran weight yarn, the coat is surprisingly light weight and lacks the expected bulk of many sweaters knit from bulky yarns. The sweater’s A-line shaping makes it flattering for just about everyone, the Moss stitch pattern enhances the beautiful donegal tweed coloring and the combination of cashmere and silk with merino creates a luxe and cozy fabric.

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GRANITE ISLAND is now available to buy on ravelry or at your local yarn store!

Read more about the the design over at VERSACIKNITS blog and on facebook and Instagram, so make sure to follow us!

Take a moment and head over to ravelry to heart and queue all of VERSACIKNITS designs!

Happy knitting,

Lori

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Introducing POINTED FIRS!

First stop, the Yarn Culture booth to see my newest garment knit in the extraordinary The Uncommon Thread Posh DK, which you can also buy in the booth.

A triangle shawl inspired by the fir trees on the coast of Maine, POINTED FIRS is written for 3 different sizes: Neckerchief, Shawlette and Shawl (1, 2 or 3 skeins of Posh DK). Patti will have all three, plus printed patterns (each of which includes a ravelry download code) AND the yarn!!!

Then there is SEQUENCES!

Next, make your way to The Yarnery‘s booth to see both sizes of this wonderful wrap knit in Shibui’s newest yarn Drift! And while you are there, don’t miss my friend, Jocelyn and her new line of Okubo project bags (if someone picks up one of the larger zip bags for me, I will not be upset!)

And finally, don’t miss the VERSACIKNITS Trunk Show!

Make your way to Linden Yarn & Textiles (booth # 309-311) to see the VERSACIKNITS friends of Shibui Trunk Show plus other samples of our most popular designs! Chris will have many samples for you to try on and plenty of patterns for you to purchase!

Please say “Hi” to everyone for me!

Lori

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Head over to the Kelbourne Woolens blog…

September 28, 2016

Kate, from Kelbourne Woolens, and I had a chance to chat about the SISTERHOOD collection and other things! So, head on over to the Kelbourne Woolens Blog and read all about it… And don’t forget, there are only a few days left to buy the VERSACIKNITS SISTERHOOD ebook and have all of the proceeds donated to […]

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Introducing SEQUENCES (and my summer of sequence knitting)!

September 15, 2016

If you have been watching any of my social media feeds this summer, you know that I have been smitten with Cecelia Campochiaro and her stellar book, Sequence Knitting: Simple Methods for Creating Complex Fabrics (learn more about the book and how to buy your own copy here).  While I have knit many pieces over the last few […]

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Named for my alma mater, BARNARD!

September 8, 2016

So many years ago now, I graduated from Barnard College. Going to an all women’s college and to Barnard, specifically, was one of the best decision I made in my life! The curriculum was formidable, the faculty were demanding, the students were engaging, and the city was mesmerizing. As scared as I was to go […]

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First up, Wellesley — come join the KAL!

August 31, 2016

My mother went to Wellesley, so there was no shortage of stories about the college when we were growing up. There are old photos of her during those years with pigtails and wearing bobby socks and saddle shoes, blue jeans and her father’s old shirts. And my father told of meeting her for their first […]

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Preview VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood

August 20, 2016

Here is a preview of the VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood collection. Take a peak and then head over to ravelry and buy a copy of the e-book. In celebration, 100% of ebook sales through September will be donated to Planned Parenthood! And you will be saving 40% off of the price of the individual patterns. BUY NOW […]

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Introducing VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood!

August 18, 2016

We are so excited to introduce Sisterhood, a collection of six wearable knits celebrating women of all ages, shapes and sizes!   Click on the cover to view the designs in more detail!   A tribute to those who forged our path — from women’s suffrage to the 2016 election — these designs celebrate all that […]

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I’m hitting the road!

March 28, 2016

Over the next few months VERSACIKNITS will be in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. I’ll will have tons of samples to try on, VERSACIKNITS booklets and patterns to buy (and if you ask I will sign them) and classes to teach. And, of course, my hosts will have lots of yarn! Come join me on the road! […]

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Introducing HERRING: an easy-to-knit, modern wrap

March 10, 2016

As you already know, I am not a traditional lace shawl knitter, but I fell in love with the look of this simple lace pattern, while swatching for a new sweater idea. Most of the time, I find lace knitting to be tedious, but with this pattern I found that I could get into the […]

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