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Komorebi by Mizuho Komiya

Komorebi by Mizuho Komiya

Today we're talking with Mizuho Komiya, designer of Komorebi, a circular yoke sweater featuring fun contrasting colors and clever use of brioche. Mizuho is also a member of the amirisu team in Kyoto where she regularly teaches knitting lessons. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design? Mizuho: I had been thinking for some time that I wanted to design a sweater with a small section of embellishment instead of an allover pattern, but I didn't have any particular ideas at first. Later, after designing a cowl and scarf with brioche, it struck me that I could use brioche to add a section of embellishment to a...

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Ravel by amirisu

Ravel by amirisu

Ravel, designed by Tokuko, is one of two amirisu designs in Issue 21. This  charming vest is a warm, yet airy layering piece with lots of interesting details. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?Tokuko: I always keep an eye on Instagram for fashion ideas. I recently noticed a trend for airy, hip-length vests, so I decided to try recreating that style in knitwear. Personally, I’m not drawn to garments that have a lot of complicated stitch patterns. I prefer simple items worked in stockinette. This is why I often look to clothing and accessories made from fabric for inspiration instead of knitted items. amirisu: If...

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Bramble by Dianna Walla

Bramble by Dianna Walla

Today we're sharing our interview with one of our favorite designers, Dianna Walla. We were very excited have our first collaboration with Dianna for this issue, and love the bright, mood-boosting Bramble mitts she designed for Issue 21. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design? Dianna: I've done a lot of Scandinavian-inspired colorwork in the past, with only 2 or 3 colors in a piece, but lately I've been enjoying playing around with colorwork charts that are more Shetland/Fair Isle-style, with several more colors in the same piece and a changing background color. These mitts were the latter, and while I love...

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Spica by Rievive

Spica by Rievive

The Issue 21 KAL is getting started on Instagram! To participate, just share photos of your projects from the new issue with our hashtag, #amirisu21kal. The knit-along will be running until January 31, 2021. Hop over to our Instagram for details. 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...

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