London Craft Guide Project: Zigging Hat and Cowl

When we're traveling it's easy to remember to pack a jacket but sometimes the accessories are forgotten or a change in temperature is unanticipated (oh wait, is that just us?).

The Zigging Hat and Cowl by East London Knit's Renée Callahan is a great solution if you find yourself having a similar problem. Both projects knit up quickly in Aran weight yarn and can be completed with only two skeins of Kettle Yarn Co.'s Waltham (a wonderful, bouncy yarn that we'll have with us on our stand at Unravel).

Photo credit: Juju Vail

Photo credit: Juju Vail

The striking, geometric lace is an easy-to-work stitch pattern that flatters both men and women, making these two pieces ideal for gift knitting too.

YITC: Tell us about the inspiration for your design. 
RC: 
This design is all about knitting satisfaction and showing off gorgeous yarn. I wanted to create a pair of accessories that are both perfect travel knitting and very wearable. Zigging is worked in a squishy aran wool that knits up quickly enough to start and finish while on holiday. The lacy pattern doesn’t require too much brain power, which I find is just the thing to make the hours on plane or train pass pleasantly by. 

Photo credit: Juju Vail

Photo credit: Juju Vail

YITC: How do travel and craft fit together in your world?
RC: 
I do travel for my craft whenever possible. I am often found loitering around the Kettle Yarn Co. stand at fibre festivals and I have ambitions for festivals further afield soon… Knitting and travel go together like Seattle and rain gear: they are a necessary pairing. I was once caught out with the wrong needles. It was a crisis of epic proportion, in my mind at least. I have taken precautions to ensure it never happens again.

YITC: Do you buy souvenir yarn or fabric? What do you look for?
RC: 
I do buy souvenir yarn whenever possible. I love to find yarn from local producers and indie dyers; things that I couldn’t find at home. 

Photo credit: Juju Vail

Photo credit: Juju Vail

YITC: Tell us about you and your personal design style. How does your project fit in?
RC: 
Lately I seem to have a little obsession with simple lace knitting and Zigging absolutely fits into this. I released the Klee Collection last year which similarly focussed on applying easily memorised, small scale lace patterns to wearable garments. Although I enjoy exploring new techniques all the time, knitting lace is one of my all time favourites and I love trying to find the perfect balance between soothing, mindless knitting and interesting stitch patterns on a design. 

YITC: What project do you have ongoing right now?
RC: 
At the moment I am in the honeymoon stage with a new collection of knitting patterns. It’s that beautiful early point where I have been sketching, researching and swatching and I have all the optimism that I can finish it by summer. Love is unreasonable. 

The new collection began when I had a big clean out of my wardrobe and stash this January and decided I had to do something with all my partial and single skeins of yarn. Perhaps foolishly, I am making the whole process public this time, beginning with this blog post. 


Ha! Anything we can do to help Renée! - Love, YITC

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