Spica by Rievive

Spica by Rievive

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Today we're talking with Rievive about her design Spica, a sweater with lots of nostalgic charm. We asked her about her inspiration and how she's been spending the extra time at home over the past few months.


amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?

Rievive: The image of a silk cocoon was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the mood board. I decided that I wanted to use a natural white yarn with a hint of yellow to recreate that soft roundness in a sweater.

I’m a fan of vintage and second-hand clothing and items, so I wanted to add something extra, a little retro spice for a unique, handmade feel. The crochet-like stitches along the cuffs and hem turned out to be just what I was looking for.


amirisu: If you were to knit this design in another color, what would it be?

Rievive: I wanted to have a strong contrast for the sample, but I think using similar colors, like a medium grey and light grey, would really change the overall feel. I’d like to give a low-contrast version a try.


amirisu: Do you have any favorite stitch patterns that you like to use?

Rievive: I really like purl stitches. I also love a picot edge for finishing.
I enjoy trying out new stitches and combining them together to create a design that plays with differences in gauge.


amirisu: Are there any new at-home activities you’ve been enjoying over the past few months?

Rievive: That’s something I’d like to ask myself!

Ever since I started working with knitting as a designer, so even before the pandemic, I’ve been spending so much more time sitting. Not getting enough exercise has been a big concern of mine for a while.

I wanted to give something a try, so I bought a balance ball. But these days it’s just rolling around the room...

When my child has a free day, sometimes we take a walk around the neighborhood together. I also like to drive to lesser known spots near the ocean to watch the waves and zone out.

Doing some sewing with my machine now and then has been a fun change of pace for me, too.


Thank you for your time, Rievive


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amirisu: このデザインのインスピレーションはどこから得ましたか?

Rievive: Mood Boardを拝見して、まず「繭」のかたちが頭のなかにぽっかりと浮かび上がり、すこし黄色味がかった白い糸がふんわりと膨らんだ様子をセーターで表現したいな、と思いました。

amirisu: もう1枚編むとしたら何色で編みますか?

Rievive: サンプルは、あえてくっきりとした組合わせにしましたが、近い色味同士(Mid-greyとLight-greyなど)で組み合わせるとまたガラリと違った雰囲気になるので、試してみたいです。

amirisu: つい使ってしまう、お気に入りのステッチがあれば教えてください。

Rievive: 裏編みの目が好きです。お気に入りといえば、ピコットの仕上がりも大好きです。

amirisu: 最近おうちで過ごす時間が多くなったと思います。何か新しい過ごし方やお楽しみがあれば教えてください。

Rievive: それはわたしも教えてもらいたいことのひとつですね。



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