VERSACIKNITS is the name of my new venture in the world of knitwear design!
My name is Lori Versaci. Knitting design is my passion, and while I have been knitting most of my life, I have been publishing designs for just three years (I was a management consultant in my previous life — certainly not preparation for this new artistic bend in my life).
I think of my style as classic – with a twist. I was raised in New England, spend summers in Maine, and I grew up wearing fisherman knits, big coat sweaters, rolled-neck pullovers, and other traditional styles.
Barbara Walker’s books on patterns stitches have always inspired me (I admit I have not one, but two of the original copies published by Scribners in 1968!), so you will see a lot of pattern stitches in my designs. I love mixing and matching patterns to create texture, and I love to figure out how to vary pattern stitches to create drape, fit, and accent.
In my designs I like to tweak these classics with something unexpected – a mix of pattern stitches that creates an unusual texture or a detail that surprises you, like an asymmetric line or aran with lace. I think of it as “tradition meets style”.
LATTICEWORK JACKET is a great example — traditional knit coat, a mix of aran cables AND frilly lace, use of rib stitch to cinch the waist and bold braids with hooks and eyes at the closure.