Today’s Building Blocks pattern is BENT!

September 24, 2015

With a subtle curve from back-to-front and a plunging v-neck collar, bent has been my go-to sweater for cocktail parties all summer. The fluid drape and silky luxuriousness of Shibui Staccato dresses up any skinny jeans and a tank top. All I added was one of my daughter, Amalia’s, chunky necklaces and I was ready to go!

For summer, I knit mine with elbow length sleeves, but with the option to knit long sleeves, you can make yours for any season. And all of the Building Block series sweaters can be knit in any of 8 different Shibui yarn combinations. So you can knit yours to be the weight and drape that you want. Or knit a few… I’m planning my next one in Silk Cloud + Cima with long sleeves!
I have designed the Building Blocks series to have a loose, comfortable fit. In testing out one of my new assignments for my class, Knitting a Successful Sweater, I measured several of my favorite sweaters and discover that my go-to sweaters all have between 8 and 10” of positive ease! Who knew? So for the Building Blocks series, I designed the sweaters to be worn loose, with 10”/25.5cm of positive ease. But if you discover that you prefer less or more ease, it is easy to simply find the size you like best.

About the Art

Several people have asked about the painting in these photos. Wendy Edwards is the Chair and Professor of Visual Arts at Brown University. I first met Wendy long ago when my mother was the Curator of the List Gallery at Brown. We recently reconnected when my son was looking at the school several years ago and Wendy kindly offered to give us a tour of the Art Department. When I saw this painting I was awestruck. I just couldn’t believe the delicate intricacy of the “woven” oil paints!
Wendy’s most recent exhibition, “Common Thread” at Mixed Green in NYC, included a group of female artists featuring paintings that mix the characteristics of textile design properties into the works.


Tomorrow we will share bent cardi shown in Dune!

You can see all of VERSACIKNITS designs on ravelry. We all hope that you will take a moment to go and heart and queue all of the Building Blocks designs!

Happy knitting,


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