Bristol Ivy, Behind the Scenes
Bristol Ivy has said of her own knitwear design work, “One of the things I love about designing my own garments is the ability to integrate shaping within a stitch pattern or to make one pattern flow into another. I love those little couture moments in knitting, where a lace pattern flows directly from the ribbing, or the decreases at the crown of a hat flow seamlessly from the cables in the body. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring this synchronicity in terms of increases and decreases in my design work.”
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bristol for our Designer Q&A blog, and I wanted to share some extra tidbits—her hobbies outside of designing and what her workflow looks like!
Q: What are your hobbies outside of knitting?
A: I picked up sewing in the last couple of years and took a class on drafting to my own measurements, so that was super cool. I also do a lot of baking and cooking, because they’re a great creative outlet. It’s a place where I don’t have to write down what I do. Even if I knit a hat that I have no intention of publishing, I will still think about how to knit it to make the pattern easier to write and I have to stop myself and say, “No, just let it go!” But with cooking I can be free to not measure and it’s fine. So that’s really comforting to me. I also run and hike—my boyfriend is a big outdoorsy person so he goes biking, I go running, and we go hiking together.
Q: What does your design timeline look like?
A: I try to allot at least a month and a half for the whole process—swatching, writing patterns, doing the math, trying it out, fixing the errors, and then moving on to finishing, blocking, and checking gauge. So I aim for a month and a half, which obviously doesn’t always happen, but that’s what I try for.
For the full interview, click here.
Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection of classic tailoring and innovative technique, and has been published by Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, Quince & Co., PomPom Quarterly, Interweave Knits, amirisu, and others. Her classes focus on creativity, technique, and understanding the nuts and bolts of knitting.
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