I can’t believe how fast February and March have gone by, and how quickly the season of sakura has arrived. Since our release of amirisu Issue 15, we have been getting so many kind comments and cheers, and we are so grateful for all your support.
For this issue, as always, we have asked the wondeful designers about their inspirations for the design, which never fails to facinate us. And this time around, we also asked about their recommendations on yarn shops and other places in their city! How exciting! So, today we are introducing Andrea Mowry, the designer behind Hachinosu (It means Honeycomb in Japanese). Andrea has started the fading era that many of us were intrigued by, but she is also known for her easy-wearing garments, which makes everyone feel gorgeous! So, let’s start asking her questions.
amirisu: where did you get the inspiration for this design?
Andrea: The inspiration for Hachinosu came as soon as YOTH released their amazing new base, Daughter! Woolen spun yarns are my absolute favorite, as I believe they create gorgeous garments that are as light-weight as a ready to wear sweater, while also being hard wearing and rustic. A few days later I received the mood board for amirisu 15, and couldn’t believe my luck! It was all black and white and lots of texture. I began dreaming up a favorite cardi with bold, high contrast stripes that could be dressed up or down. I always love a shawl collar, and wanted this one to have an interesting twist (quite literally!), so I added my favorite honeycomb cables to the ribbing for a unique play on a classic design. I find a hi-lo hem to be incredibly flattering on lots of different body types, so with the help of some clever short-row shaping, you get a nice rounded low hem to compliment the higher front hem. The exaggerated shawl collar and bold wide stripes definitely make it a stand out for any handmade wardrobe!
amirisu: If you are to knit with another color, what will it be?
Andrea: Our test knitter, Amanda, used YOTH Daughter in Chocolate and Oatmeal, and I have been wanting to knit myself up one in these colors ever since! It turned out so gorgeous and soft with the lighter palette. I also think knitters could have so much fun pairing their favorite saturated bold color (Raspberry or a Mustard Yellow) with a nice neutral (White or Soft Grey) to really show off their personal style!