A New Angle on Knitting

Marielle, from Knitting Off the Axis by Mathey Gnagy

I've fallen in love. With a sweater. Her name is Marielle and she's the creation of designer Mathew Gnagy.

In his new book Knitting Off the Axis, Mathew created a fresh collection of sweaters that explore the possibilities of knitting in directions other than up or down. Mathew is an accomplished costume designer and pattern maker who has been published in Knitscene and with leading yarn companies. He resides in New York City, and he's super creative!

The Marielle sweater is literally turned 90 degrees on its side. Here's what Mathew has to say about this design:

"I had planned a bottom-up dolman, but as I pinned together the first incarnation for a fitting, I accidentally folded one of the fronts along the center—what was once a hem became a wrist and the cable ran up the arm rather than up the front. Instead of a hip-length dolman, I had a cropped jacket with a triangular silhouette. Internal shaping produces the great angle of the body; a shawl collar adds warm style."

Marielle is worked in two mirror-image halves that start at the sleeve opening and are worked toward the center of the body. Each sleeve begins with a cabled cuff band worked separately, then stitches for the sleeve are picked up along one edge of the band.

Marielle, back cable detail

The beautiful center back cable panel, lower body cabled band, and collar are worked separately and sewn to the body halves during finishing.

I love everything about this sweater. My sister has a pullover sweater that has the same triangular silhouette, and it's so flattering. Surprisingly so, actually. As a plus size person I always thought that designs with extra fabric under the arms would just add bulk, but somehow this one doesn't. What it does is make the waist look really small. Bonus!

Mathew's angle-inspired designs offer new and exciting interest in shaping, pattern, and fashion-forward silhouettes. Unlike most sideways knits, which tend to be simplified versions of traditionally constructed patterns, Mathew's knits are dynamic, stylish, lively, and easy to wear.

Mathew Gnagy's Jose
sweater for men

Each sweater is more interesting than the last, and there are some really attractive men's sweaters, too. I especially like Jose, shown at left.

I promise you'll love this book as much as I do. It's a great way to jump-start your fall knitting—you'll want to wear these sweaters right away!

Pre-order your copy of Knitting Off the Axis today!


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