knit.wear Wool Studio Vol III: The Michele Wang Collection
Start Winter 2017 with a bang with knit.wear Wool Studio Vol III | The Michele Wang Collection. We are pleased to present the first solo Wool Studio collection by star hand-knitwear designer, Michele Wang. This collection features ten original knitwear designs by Michele that showcase her trademark modern-heritage, thoughtful, and ultra-wearable aesthetic. The yarns’ featured in this Wool Studio were chosen specifically to complement and enhance each design.
The pattern collection is available for purchase in the lookbook and Interweave store; find the Purchase Now button on every design’s information page to download the full collection. (If you are having trouble viewing the lookbook in this page, please click here.)
Enjoy browsing this stand out collection of Wool Studio, and many thanks to Michele Wang for consistently creating knitwear that allures and inspires us all.
Welcome to knit.wear Wool Studio Vol. III: The Michele Wang Collection! We decided to shake things up with this installment of Wool Studio: instead of collaborating with several different designers, we worked with just one. We are thrilled to present this special collection of knitwear designed exclusively by Michele Wang, a hand-knitwear designer whose name is synonymous with modern, alluring, and refined knits. Her design aesthetic perfectly complements Wool Studio’s, so when the opportunity arose for us to collaborate on a new collection, we jumped at the chance.
For the past five years, Michele has spent most of her time designing for Brooklyn Tweed’s in-house design team, creating standout garments and accessories for their seasonal lookbooks. She also regularly contributes her designs to top yarn companies such as mYak, Manos del Uruguay, The Plucky Knitter, Woolfolk, and Quince & Co., to mention just a few. Her designs stand out against the crowd; there is a restrained, sharp, and thoughtful look to Michele Wang’s knitwear that is distinctive and eye-catching.
For this winter issue of Wool Studio, Michele has paired her trademark blend of updated yet traditional cables, lace, and texture with contemporary and wearable silhouettes. She handpicked each yarn used in this collection and then created knitwear designs that beautifully showcase the unique qualities of each yarn. Our thanks to Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre, Kelbourne Woolens, mYak, Fairmount Fibers, Brown Sheep Company, Universal Yarn, Skacel, Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, Tahki Yarns, and Sugar Bush Yarns for providing the beautiful fibers in this issue.
Collaborating with Michele was a match made in knitters’ heaven because we are both drawn to the same fibers and colors, and we have a similar design aesthetic. Our initial “review” of her sketches for this collection consisted of me saying “Yes!” to everything without any questions and with few suggestions. She selected every yarn in the collection but left the color palette selection up to me, saying, “Well, you know what I like.” So naturally, I selected neutrals and deeply saturated “non-color” colors. She was pleased.
One of my favorite days of this year was the day the box of samples arrived at the Interweave office. It was like Christmas morning—I tore open the box and laid each piece out on a table with an enormous grin pasted on my face. When I stood back and saw the whole collection together, the first phrase that popped into my head was “menswear for her.” I’ve always enjoyed balancing masculine and feminine elements in our photo styling for an unexpected and enthralling look, and the photo styling for this issue is—in my opinion—the perfect achievement of that beguiling aesthetic.
From the entire Wool Studio team, and special guest Michele, we hope you are charmed and inspired by this collection, and that you enjoy creating your own versions of these knits as much as we enjoyed developing this collection together.