Travel-Inspired Knitting

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Uptown Scarf

Traveling is one of my favorite things. I wouldn’t call myself extraordinarily well-traveled, but I have been to many wonderful cities in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and I took an epic trip to Egypt, which was absolutely amazing.

A couple of years ago, I went to New York City. It was so much fun! We did it all—Red Bus sighteseeing tours, the Brooklyn Bridge, Top of the Rock, Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, the 9-11 Memorial, shopping in Soho, all of the museums, and so on. It was wonderful!

We stayed in an apartment in the Upper West Side and shopped at boutique grocery stores, and Zabar’s. We had a wonderful time pretending to be New Yorkers for two weeks.

How does all of this travel talk relate to knitting? Many knitting designers are inspired by their travels, or by the city they live in. Melissa Wehrle is one of those designers. She lives in New York City, and she used the city as her muse for her book, Metropolitan Knits. After experiencing the many sights and sounds of NYC, I can imagine knitting a collection build around it. There’s so much depth and breadth to the place!

I’m lucky to have several balls of Kidsilk Haze in my yarn collection, which is what’s used for the Uptown Scarf, pictured above. I love the simplicity of the stockinette and pin tucks in this scarf, and I can imagine having that soft yarn against my neck to ward off the chill. Here’s what Melissa says about this design: “Kidsilk Haze is one of my all-time favorite yarns. It’s so versatile and makes the most beautiful soft fabric. for this scarf, I used a needle size at the large end of the suggested range to achieve a very open fabric and then narrowed the width for the pun tucks. This scarf is the perfect accessory for the first chilly days of fall; it fits right in with the gray streets and keep the breeze at bay!”

Here are a few more items from Melissa’s collection:

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Clockwise from right: Skyline Sweater, Opera House Mitts, Union Square Cowl, Museum Sweater, Washington Square Hat

I think travel is an integral part of life. I know I’ve learned so much from traveling: the history of a city, meeting new people, how to get around in a new place, and eye-opening new experiences, to name a few. And on all of my travels, my knitting accompanies me. It’s my home away from home.

One of my favorite things about Metropolitan Knits is all of the knitted accessories Melissa included. There are plenty of patterns to take along on your travels!

I hope you’ll get a copy of Metropolitan Knits (order the book or get the digital download) and experience the inspiration of New York City.


P.S. Where have you taken your knitting? Leave a comment below and tell me about your travels!

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