Blog Interview: Vicki Twigg

When I received an email from the kind folks at Interweave about receiving a review copy of Twigg Stitch by Vicki Twigg a few weeks ago, I knew I had to get my hands on one (and get one for you too...more on that at the end of this post). I was seriously intrigued - a new twist on reversible knitting? That's something I need to know more about. I'm so pleased that I was able to get in contact with Vicki and conduct a little interview. 

Jen: How did you get started in designing knitting patterns?

Vicki: I don’t really remember a time when I was not designing. I have made plenty of other peoples patterns through the years but often altered or tweaked them somehow. The earliest of my own designs were probably doll clothes, sewn, knitted or crocheted. I’ve knitted since I was about 5 so that’s quite a long time now.

J: How did you come up with the Twigg stitch? What makes it different from other techniques like colorwork and double knitting?

V: I wanted to make a two-sided version of a two-color rib. I could see the finished look in my mind so I played with yarn until I worked out how to knit it. Twigg stitch is different from other methods in various ways, unlike double knitting it is a single fabric, it does not have the floats on the back like Fair Isle and it’s worked with both yarns at the same time unlike Brioche. They all have their own unique qualities and my hope is that Twigg stitch gives knitters another option.

J: You designed so many different pieces for this book. Do you have a favorite? Why do you love it?

V: That’s a hard question, I love them all when they are on the needles. I do like to work with thinner yarns generally. The mobius may be my favorite, it’s a very satisfying shape to make. I think it appeals to my liking for interesting patterns and visual complexity, although it’s quite easy to knit once you have cast on.

J: Can you tell me a little bit about your book writing process (timeline, pattern inspiration, etc?) 

V: The publisher has a well tried and tested timeline for the whole process, about 2 years from original proposal to finished book. You begin with a period of writing the text and patterns, and knitting, then everything is submitted to an Editor (I was very fortunate in working with Ann Budd). After that comes a period of refinement with the editor and team, including tech editor, and photographer (or illustrator). 

The choice of patterns came partly from a desire to put in items that are small enough for knitters get started in the technique. I am planning to move on to larger items including sweaters and shawls.

The inspiration is partly from the shapes necessary to make the projects, and partly from the nature of the knitting or the particular stitch I have chosen, for instance the shape of the Mothwing was an original idea, but one which was influenced by the way that stitch pattern increases. And the Lake Shore wrap was the realization of an idea I had about 5 years ago, where this technique was the perfect way to knit it.

J: What are your plans for the future? Anything upcoming you can share with us? Any more books? 

V: I am still working on new designs and technical experiments, I don’t see that ending. I would love to continue to make patterns and new techniques available in the future. I have some sweater experiments on the needle now and several lace shawl ideas to develop. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.

Thanks so much Vicki! What a cool technique. There are so many patterns in the book I'd like to try. The Mobius Infinity Scarf on the cover for starters: 
The Double Diamond Beanie is a great unisex hat. My husband may need one - perhaps in the colors of his favorite sports team!
And the Snowflake Earflap Hat would be perfect for me. :)
If you want to see all the beauties, you can check out all the patterns on Ravelry. Or you can leave a comment on this blog post and I will be giving away a copy to a random commenter! I will be drawing the name on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Please include your Ravelry name or link to your blog so I have some way to contact you should you win.

Don't want to leave getting the book up to chance? You can purchase your copy here.

Photos courtesy of Interweave/F+W.

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