Kirsten Kapur has built a successful business with her knitwear designs, Through the Loops. She has had patterns published in many knitting magazines and contributed to books The Joy of Sox, Brave New Knits, Knitting it Old School, Knit Local, My Grandmother’s Knitting, Craft Activism and Weekend Hats.
Kirsten’s lovely textured Frozen Lake Shawl in the Knitcircus Fall Collection uses unusual shaping and a slip-stitch color pattern.
1) How did you choose the kind of project you designed?
I have been obsessed with Knitcircus’s gradient colors since I first laid eyes on them. They lend themselves beautifully to shawls. So when Jaala approached me to create a design for the collection a shawl was the first thing that came to mind. I had seen a similar stitch pattern in a museum I visited in Denmark last April, and when the yarn arrived for the design I immediately set to work swatching versions of the stitch pattern to see what worked best.
2) What was the biggest challenge of designing this project?
Getting anything else done. I had so much fun knitting this one that I pretty much neglected all of my other responsibilities.
3) What was your favorite part of the process?
Watching each color emerge from the gradient. I loved seeing the different color combinations as the gradient mixed with the solid colored yarn
4) Your favorite thing about the finished piece?
I actually like the back of this design as much as the front. The stitch pattern looks different on the reverse, but just as interesting, so I think of the shawl as reversible. It was unexpected, but as the piece started to grow I kept stopping to admire the back as well as the front. I think this is due to the use of reverse stockinette on the right side rows.
Frozen Lake Shawl on Ravelry
Frozen Lake Kit in the Knitcircus Store