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Umibata by Tokuko Ochiai

Umibata by Tokuko Ochiai

Today we're sharing our interview with Tokuko about her design for Issue 24, Umibata ("Seaside"). When you picture the ocean, what kind of scenery comes to mind? The subtle narrowing stripes of Tokuko's vest design were inspired by childhood memories of the ocean around her hometown. We hope it will rekindle some of your own seaside memories! amirisu: What challenges did you encounter during the design process?Tokuko: With the theme of “Heritage” I knew I wanted to make something inspired by Nagasaki, my where I was born, and I chose the sea as my concept. But I knit a lot of swatches and hesitated to finalize the design...

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Scallops and Blooms by Dianna Walla

Scallops and Blooms by Dianna Walla

The Issue 24 KAL has begun! Have you joined in yet? The KAL will run until August 25, so be sure to tag your WIPs and finished projects from Issue 24 with the tag #amirisu24kal over on Instagram to join the fun! Today we're talking with designer Dianna Walla, whose work we just can't get enough of! In fact we've had the honor of featuring her designs in each of the last 3 issues. For Issue 24, she created a shawl that incorporates both crochet and embroidery, the combination makes for an understated yet retro look that goes with everything. amirisu: What challenges did...

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Koto by Yucca

Koto by Yucca

In the hot summer months it can be hard to get excited about working on a big project like a sweater, but socks are small and portable so they are great for knitting anywhere and everywhere! In Issue 24 we featured two sock designs and today we're checking in with Yucca, the designer of the Kyoto-inspired socks, Koto. If you've every visited the old capital of Japan, you might recognize Yucca's homage to the stone-paved streets seen in historic areas like Gion. amirisu: What challenges did you encounter during the design process? Yucca: I wouldn’t call it challenge, but I was surprised to find that the...

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Madara by Inese Sang

Madara by Inese Sang

Today we're talking with Inese Sang, a Latvian designer known for her lovely shawl designs.  For Issue 24 she designed Madara, a shawl that catches your eye with a sweet combination of colors and fun variety of stitches like lace, bobbles, and colorwork scallops. Madara is a large shawl, but with so many different textures and stitches it's sure to keep your interest until the end. amirisu: What challenges did you encounter during the design process? Inese: I view challenges as a way to learn and find solutions. While working on Madara, the greatest challenge was to accommodate the longer floats of contrast...

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