Owinja and other gansey design tales
First off, let's just take a moment to appreciate a world in which gansey sweaters exist. I love 'em. Love 'em love 'em love 'em. I honestly think I could pull off a gansey design to fit any request though, that would be wildly boring and so I reign it in. Bailiwick, from Interweave Knits Spring 2014 was not only my first gansey (the one that started it all!), it was also my first design to ever be published by a print magazine (again, the one that started it all!). Bailiwick was all about detail, modern aesthetic, and interesting construction. Worthington, from Interweave Knits Winter 2016 was really focused on paying homage to traditional fisherman's guernsey sweaters, knit in a solid, fine wool with a wide, ribbed hemline and underarm gussets. The construction for Worthington is also very much as traditional as it gets.
Owinja is sort of a mix between the more modern aesthetic and the traditional jumper. It has those modern drop shoulders that are really, truly, unequivocally the star, with traditional underarm gussets and stitches that aren't too fussy. It's named for the stitch pattern that makes up the majority of the yoke which was inspired by Owinja Star Quilts. It should probably also be noted that the knitting of this sweater was a zip; fast and engaging without being challenging (there's a big old gap of difference there).
Once again, I loved working with the team at Berroco - and their new yarn, Berroco Ultra Wool, is solid. It has a great feel, banging stitch definition, and the colors range is exceptional.
Head on over to see the full collection of Berroco Portfolio Vol. 4 & download Owinja for yourself - just make sure to share your progress on social media #owinjapullover so I can follow along!