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Knits and the City

May 6, 2013

There's no place like New York City. At least that's what I hear; I've never been! I've got a trip planned for this fall, though, so I'll finally get to see all of the amazing locations in the Big Apple. My friends who've traveled there have recommended all sorts of activities and must-see sites—some of the big touristy stuff and some off-the-beaten-track adventures.

The Museum Sweater
The Magnolia Cafe Cardigan
The latter is my favorite way to sight-see when I travel, but I certainly can't skip the biggies like the Statue of Liberty, the 9-11 memorial, or Ellis Island. I  look forward to taking some walking tours and seeing lesser-known parts of the city, though, including some corners of Brooklyn. And I have a long list of yarn shops and other crafty locations to visit. I can't wait!

Designer Melissa Wehrle is a New Yorker, and her new book, Metropolitan Knits, is an homage to the city. Here's what she has to say about the city and her book:

New York City is a realm of fascination and wonder for many artists, songwriters, poets, designers, filmmakers, and others throughout the world. For the last fifteen years I've lived in this wonderful city, and I've seen just about everything one could imagine—from the most fantastic art and music the world can offer to people grooming themselves on the subway.

Growing up in a small farming community in southern New Jersey, I didn't know at first what I was getting myself into. It took me a while to adjust, but now I couldn't imagine my life without New York; the city has helped shaped me into the person I am today. I have come to embrace, and feel I am ever embraced by, all of the sights and sounds of this city. New York is the muse that inspires and carries me through my days as both a designer and an artist.

New York is a great place to live, work, and play. Everything is right at your fingertips twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. (Not to mention we have more yarn stores than I can count on the fingers of both hands!) Cultures, ideas, and creativity blend seamlessly into source of never-ending inspiration.

For this book, I tried to capture the heart and soul of the city, designing knitwear that will take you through the many and varied experiences the city affords to residents and visitors alike. In these pages, you will find just the right sweater for the occasion: From walking the busy thoroughfares of Manhattan, to relaxing at your favorite coffee shop on the weekend, to enjoying the many peaceful green spaces and parks throughout the city.

While the city often seems to be always in a constant state of change and upheaval, I hope that these designs will be timeless, well-worn additions to your wardrobe that will last through the never-ending, sometimes fickle, changes in trends and fashion. These pieces will show off your knitting skills and maybe even teach you some new skills along the way.

The Brooklyn Bridge Cardigan
Great care was given to the selection of yarn for each design. A wide range of yarn weights, price ranges, and materials were used to suit everyone's taste. I used yarns that I personally love for one reason or another, carefully matching the yarn properties of drape, shine, and feel to each individual design. However, yarn weights are also provided should you wish to substitute with a yarn of your liking.

It is my sincere intention that within these pages you will find designs that not only inspire you but that will also become cherished additions to your sweater collection. Also, I hope to bring a little bit of New York style home to you, wherever you may live.

—Melissa Wehrle, from Metropolitan Knits

Now I'm even more excited for my trip. And since I'm going in the fall, maybe I'll knit a sweater from Metropolitan Knits to take with me! One of those cardigan knitting patterns seems just the ticket!

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P.S. Do you live in New York City, or have you traveled there? Tell me your must-sees in the comments!

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on May 29, 2013 12:45 PM

In Manhattan you must visit Julie Artisans Gallery at 762 Madison Avenue.  The gallery represents textile artists working in various techniques including textural knitting and crochet.

Savita Sharma

New Delhi, India

on May 12, 2013 6:36 AM

Interesting. I, too, am interested in seeing the pattern for the Museum Sweater but don't see it in the table of contents. Where is its pattern available?

Moira wrote
on May 11, 2013 10:40 AM

Can anyone confirm that the Museum Sweater is NOT in Metropolitan Knits or was it just missed from the Table of Contents.   Thanks for your help.  It is the sweater I would be most interested in knitting.

eskinn wrote
on May 10, 2013 12:07 AM

I was just forwarded this post from my mother and I wanted to leave a few insights to the city that are gems. I moved from the city last fall, but am planning to go back soon. I would recommend the subway pass that was mentioned-you'll get everywhere for cheap! Artichoke pizza, Doughnut Plant (delectable), Sweet Revenge for cupcakes, and the Highline Park on the West side. This park is a well of inspiration. If you want some good southern food, check out Amy Ruth's in Harlem. Also, pick up the books, "Markets of New York" and the "Stylist's Guide to New York." Excellent guides for the "off the beaten path" traveler. Enjoy every minute!

Moira wrote
on May 7, 2013 9:10 PM

The Museum Sweater does not appear in the Table of Contents for

Metropolitan Knits?  This sweater is why I thought I would order the book.

DonnaA wrote
on May 7, 2013 3:32 PM

In Manhattan, hit Knitty City and the Yarn Company (both very close to each other) These are wonderful yarn stores. Have lunch at Hale and Hearty- the best soup in the world. Across the street is Zabar's - a food lover's paradise - the best coffees, breads, pastries, nuts, dried fruit. These are all within walking distance of each other. Little Italy is fun but Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is less touristy, less crowded and even more traditional Italian. When you do Arthur Ave, do the Bronx Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo.

babyal wrote
on May 7, 2013 1:37 PM

That is not angel at Rockefeller Center rink. It is Prometheus, one of the Titans

diverdeb wrote
on May 6, 2013 6:18 PM

Kathleen -

the book looks fabulous!  HOWEVER, i'm sure I'm not the only one who wishes that the book blurb contains sizing info! I hate it when I purchase a book online only to find out that the largest pattern size is usually a 38" bust.

kneonknitter wrote
on May 6, 2013 6:15 PM

Go to Flushing, Queens & see where the Quakers first settled when they arrived in NY. See Flushing High School on Northern Blvd, the 1st High School in all of Queens. You can see the old Flushing Town Hall. From Flushing, go to College Point & see where George Washington & his troops set foot in NY in the Revolutionary War in their fight to beat the British. You can experience an elevated train ride from Times Square to Flushing by catching the #7 Train & you will see the new & the old of  Queens once the train emerges from under the East River. If you want to stay in Manhattan, go to Greenwich Village. From there Little Italy & Chinatown. Eat in the restaurants real New Yorker's eat in like little mom & pop places & diners. No matter what you can fit in on your visit, I guarantee you will love NY & will always want to go back.

pat l mann wrote
on May 6, 2013 3:09 PM

Take the tour bus you can get on and off as many times as you like. we bought the 3 day pass cheaper than a cab. They even have a night tour.

pat l mann wrote
on May 6, 2013 3:09 PM

Take the tour bus you can get on and off as many times as you like. we bought the 3 day pass cheaper than a cab. They even have a night tour.

ElaineL wrote
on May 6, 2013 11:36 AM

Must go to is Brooklyn General, and Purl SoHo.  The shops in Dumbo are great too (not touristy stuff).  Enjoy!!

cmadd76 wrote
on May 6, 2013 10:29 AM

I've been to New York although it's been many years!! My favorite site that I have been to is Rockefeller Square. The prettiest time is the winter when the snow is falling! My mom (I think) took a picture of me standing so it looks like I'm standing in front of that big gold angel in the skating rink. I also have a picture of me in front of St. Patrick's Cathderal, I believe.

phosa wrote
on May 6, 2013 10:11 AM

don't miss a museum or two ...there are many and each unique in it's own way....much to see and are right may find you will need to go back and back and

kaytucci wrote
on May 6, 2013 9:31 AM

if you sew also, make sure you go to Mood's.

knitbynina wrote
on May 6, 2013 9:17 AM

Visit the Cloisters museum & gardens. It's a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in a beautiful setting in N. Manhattan. See the Unicorn Tapestries there.

Buy a Metro Pass, 7 days of unlimited subway and bus rides, for $30. An amazing bargain. (Other time periods available.)

Have a great time!

LindaS@53 wrote
on May 6, 2013 9:10 AM

after walking the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Promenade, visit the spice shops on Atlantic Avenue, especially Sahadi's

Mfolly wrote
on May 6, 2013 8:56 AM

(1) ride a bike or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

(2) Walk the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights (go down to the foot of Montague St.)

(3) New American wing at Metropolitan Museum (or any other part of the Metropolitan)

(4) ride a bike through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, which is what Olmsted designed after he learned from problems with Central Park