Can we pretend I'm Ryan Seacrest for just a moment? I feel as though this moment deserves a tuxedo and a gilded envelope...So, please dim the lights and let's open the envelope with our results!
Knitting Daily has voted, and here, in no particular order, are your Readers' Choice Award Winners:
Here they are: The top five patterns as selected by you!
Cable-Down Raglan, by Stefanie Japel
Nantucket Jacket, by Norah Gaughan
Sunrise Circle Jacket, by Kate Gilbert
Tweedy Aran Cardigan, by Norah Gaughan
Swallowtail Shawl, by Evelyn A. Clark
As promised, we have put together the five winning designs into a free eBook, which you will be able to download from now until 5 PM MST on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. After that, the eBook goes back into the vault and will not be available as a collection again.
I've gotta quote that guy in Indiana Jones for a moment here: You have all chosen wisely... The range of techniques and design elements in these Top Five is impressive, and together, these five designs truly display some of the most beautiful and innovative uses of the humble knit and purl stitch ever. First, we have the Swallowtail, a traditional lace shawl, designed by Evelyn Clark in a miniature—but still visually rich, still breathtakingly beautiful—version more suitable for modern wardrobes. Then, we have Stefanie Japel's elegantly worked Cable-Down Raglan, which uses ancient stitchery to produce a sweater with contemporary shaping and styling. Also worked in cables is the slightly more traditional Tweedy Aran Cardigan from Norah Gaughan, which adds modern curves and detailing to a well-loved cardigan style. The Nantucket Jacket, again from Norah Gaughan, starts with a very up-to-the-minute silhouette, and adds all-over pattern stitching, gussets, and some very beautiful detailing to produce a contemporary garment that sings with history. And finally, Kate Gilbert's Sunrise Circle Jacket takes the humble increase to places it has never been, producing a unique and beautiful jacket that is as fascinating to make as it is to wear.
Stefanie, Kate, Norah, Evelyn: You bring us the best of knitting, so that we can aspire to be the best of knitters. Each of you is a gift to the knitting community, and we at Knitting Daily are blessed and honored to be able to share your work with our readers.
All right, Knitting Daily folks...haven't you got some downloading to do?
Download The Top 5: The Best of Interweave Knits Readers' Choice Awards (not available after May 14, 2008)
Enjoy! And need I say: Happy Knitting!
Meet The Winning Designers: Blog Tour!
We thought you'd like to hear from Kate, Norah, Evelyn, and Stefanie themselves, and then we thought it would be fun to have the winners be interviewed by some of your favorite knitting bloggers! So we're doing a Blog Tour—each day this week, we invite you to visit the blog indicated below for some behind-the-scenes scoop!
Here's the schedule for the festivities this week:
Monday, April 14: Sandi Wiseheart interview on Smoking Hot Needles
Tuesday, April 15: Norah Gaughan interview on Lolly Knitting Around
Wednesday, April 16: Kate Gilbert interview on Moth Heaven
Thursday, April 17: Stefanie Japel interview on Chez Aristote
Friday, April 18: Evelyn Clark interview on The Panopticon
Come join the fun!
Want to congratulate the designers yourself? Leave a comment!
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Two inches past the hem of the New Skinnier Gathered Pullover.