Yarn Pairings - Epistemology Daruma Collection 2020
This beautiful publication from Amirisu is a collaboration with Japanese yarn producer Daruma. This book encapsulates stylish design with emphasis on garments that you can wear for years to come. Titled Epistemology with the idea to show you something new and enriching with your knitting. The patterns are photographed and set in Daruma's dye factory.
Amirisu – Epistemology - Daruma Collection 2020 features ten patterns including: four jumpers, a cardigan, a shawl, two cowls, a hat and a pair of mittens. So let's take a little look at them and possible yarn options from the shelves of Knit With Attitude.
Clarity - This simple and cosy looking jumper is knit in the round from the bottom up. Short row shaping creates a slightly lower back hem. Back and front are then worked flat to create sleeve openings and sleeves are worked in the round after picking up from the body. Knit in a fluffy inviting yarn. Try this in Du Store Alpakka Alpakka Tweed or Du Store Alpakka Hexa for a tighter gauge.
Truth & Belief - This textural cosy cardigan has an all over waffle stitch. Long in the body and with pockets. It is finished off with a high angular neckline which contrasts nicely to the relaxed slouchy fit. Knitted in a heavier weight mohair I would be tempted to knit it in a combination of Garnsurr Pan and Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace.
Ergon - This intriguing pair of mittens has a clever use of layering lace. The base mittens are knitted first and then a mohair lace panel is knitted by picking up stitches and sewing down to the front. This allows a fun play of colour and gives you an opportunity of adding a dainty lace design to an accessory you wouldn't normal do. I would chooses a soft but durable yarn that is also smooth like Socks Yeah DK or Fyberspates Vivacious DK for the base and for the lace Fyberspates Cumulus with its range of solid colours would be great.
Dualism - This brioche rib cowl starts flat and then is joined to work in the round. This allows for multiple ways to wear. Easy to fold down for a double layer or pulled up over the head for extra warmth. Knit in a DK weight merino wool. Try a combination of luxurious Norne Yarn Merino / Silk / Yak DK or a speckled version in Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK.
Holism - This fun two tone, two textured jumper uses two different yarns. A more fluffier one worked in simple stocking stitch and a crisper one knit with a chevron texture. Knit seamlessly from the top down. A pairing of Garnsurr Pan and Hey Mama Wolf Schafwolle #03 would look great, so many fun combinations.
Biased - This bold jumper features a chequerboard pattern created by holding two different colours of yarn together at the same time. Worked in the round from the bottom up in a fuzzy mohair yarn. This is a tricky one to pair as its a worsted weight mohair held double. I think for lightness and fuzzy factor, holding two strands of G-uld Alpaca for each strand of the worsted weight mohair would work.
Spectrum - This quirky scarf has a lot of colour play potential. It interlocks with itself and you can wrap it round in multiple ways. Eight simple garter stitch panels make up this design. Socks Yeah DK with its great range of colours and 50g skeins would be perfect for mixing and matching.
Perception - This simple colour work hat and cowl set would be an easy project for a new to colour work knitter. Both worked in the round with an easy to memorise pattern. A soft DK yarn like John Arbon Knit by Numbers would work well.
Subliminal - I really like the shape of this contemporary poncho. A sweeping curved line for the body which goes up to fitted sleeves. Back and front are knitted separately and joined at the shoulders. The arms are knitted in the round from the body. Try this in Du Store Alpakka Hexa.