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Featured: Hamabe by Rie

Featured: Hamabe by Rie

Today we’re introducing Rie, the designer of Hamabe. Rie has been sharing her designs with us since the first issue of amirisu. She also creates some lovely hand-dyed yarns, they are available online here: meriyasu-ami.net. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design? Rie: I was inspired by this really wonderful cardigan I saw the main character wearing in a movie! I spent some time thinking of how to recreate the cardigan as a hand-knit garment and came up with this design. But in the end, my design doesn’t resemble the cardigan that inspired it at all…The movie was Changeling staring Angelina Jolie. The...

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Bisou by Paula Pereira

Bisou by Paula Pereira

Today we’re introducing Bisou by Paula Pereira. Paula, located in Sao Paolo, Brazil, has experience studying architecture and her designs often feature interesting construction and distinctive colorwork. Like Mio in amirisu 18 or Kanako, an amirisu exclusive design for our Parade yarn, Bisou is another charming, understated design by Paula that can be worn every day, but also has just the right amount of personality. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design? Paula: The mood board inspired me to think about a henley top, pleasant to knit that can be worn for ages, but with delicate, contemporary, and feminine details. My...

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Leblanc by amirisu

Leblanc by amirisu

Leblanc, designed by Tokuko, is one of two amirisu designs in Issue 20.Once all of the designs from outside designers have been confirmed for the next issue of the magazine, Tokuko and Meri review the collection to identify what might be missing. While deciding what to add can be a challenge, they agree that discussing and developing designs is part of the fun of creating a magazine.   amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design? Tokuko: Actually, there were a bunch of random events that led to us receiving yarn that was much flashier than we expected. By the time...

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Mado and Tabouret by Kiyomi Burgin

Mado and Tabouret by Kiyomi Burgin

Along with her twin sister Sachiko, Kiyomi Burgin has a variety of charming garment and accessory designs to her name. For amirisu Issue 20 she designed Tabouret, a beret, and Mado, a fun pullover sweater. amirisu: What was your inspiration for these designs? Kiyomi: I love the sheer fabric that working with lace weight mohair creates. Looking through knitted mohair is like looking through a stain glass window, so I thought why not make a sweater with windows, literally! Mado was a very experimental design for me, but I'm happy with how it turned out. Berets are becoming more popular again, and I think they are so...

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