Runway Fashion and TNNA: Wool Studio Vol. VI

Most of the time, the only way to see a garment from a magazine in person is to make it yourself. But yarn shop owners could see (and touch!) the Wool Studio Volume VI projects in person last month. At the June show of The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA), our latest capsule collection was on the show floor and on the runway.

Varignon Scarf on the Runway

It’s always a tough decision to choose projects for the TNNA fashion show. This year we included a woven project, the showstopping Color Crush Scarf from this year’s Loom Theory Rigid-Heddle Scarf Collection, so we had room for just one knitted project. For its graphic design and use of color, we selected the Varignon Scarf by Amy Gunderson from Universal Yarn, which combines neutrals with a mustard-gold hue we’re seeing everywhere. Under runway lights and across a huge room, this generous wrap nevertheless stood out bright and bold. Even for knitters who feel a chill down their spines at the word “intarsia” (raising my hand here), the geometric garter-stitch pattern is a completely doable way to earn your intarsia badge.

Allison Korleski gets personal with a skein of Alpine from Mountain Meadow Wool. (We’re sure she gave it back to Karen eventually.)

Natural, American-Made & On-Trend

Allison Korleski roamed the show floor looking for trends and speaking with yarn companies, and she paid a visit to Mountain Meadow Wool Mill. She spoke with the mill’s founder, Karen Hostetler, and talked about their Alpine wool, a natural white worsted-spun yarn with bounce and character. Just out of the frame of their conversation is the Undulating Lines Pullover by Stella Egidi. A fresh take on the popular yoke sweater construction, the sweater uses the relief of twisted stitches to create a light and dark design. Mountain Meadow sources the wool from Wyoming ranchers, giving the yarn a heritage and pedigree.

The stitch pattern of the Euler Cardigan is so much more than a cable and drop-stitch pattern—it’s a delight to knit, too. Photo by Matt Graves.

A Second Look: The Euler Cardigan

Even the yarn companies who sponsor Wool Studio find it a treat to see the projects up close and personal. When Lorna’s Laces owner Amanda Jarvis hung up the Euler Cardigan in their booth, she did a double take. Linda Marveng combines cables, reverse stockinette, and dropped stitches along the front panels, creating some very cool texture on the collar. Here’s a close-up!

This issue of Wool Studio includes designs that are casual but stylish, fun to knit and easy to wear. Which one is your favorite?


Featured Image: Bold and runway-ready, the Varignon Scarf made a splash at TNNA. Photo by Harper Point Photography.


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