Designer Inspiration: Marimekko

Laura is our newest knitting team member. Before she joined our crew, she designed the incredible Meko Pullover from Knitscene Winter 2014. Here's Laura to share some of her inspiration behind this bold bottom-up seamless sweater. The red with the black and white pattern is classic; which colors would you chose? –Amy

When I first heard about the Scandinavian story for the Knitscene Winter 2014 issue, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I've always loved the fun graphic patterns and bold colors of the Finnish design company Marimekko. Growing up, I slept on Marimekko sheets patterned with trucks and cars in bright primary colors, and I've been hooked ever since. The Meko Pullover was inspired by another of their designs; red is one of my go-to colors for a drab, grey days, and the patterned yoke brings a little fun detail to the neckline. It's a great intro to stranded knitting; the body and sleeves are entirely knit in the round, and by the time you get to the yoke you're ready for something more exciting. I love tunic-length sweaters with skinny jeans and boots; such a trendy look! Dream in Color Smooshy has always been one of my favorite yarns, and the fingering weight means it's a great transition piece when the fall weather starts to turn a little chilly.

This weekend I wore my sweater to a local fall festival, complete with pumpkins and apple cider donuts—yum! The weather was a little too warm for sweaters, but I did get a few pics of me wearing the sweater—it's the sample that's photographed in the magazine, so this gives you an idea of what it might look on different body types.

Grab your copy of Knitscene Winter today to knit your own Meko!

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