CEY is honored to have many independent designers contribute designs to our line.
Today, Rachel Henry –a local knitter and designer, is here to talk a little about her newest CEY design.
On Embry – Rachel Henry
For my guest stint on the CEY blog, I thought you, dear reader, might be interested in learning a bit about the design process (or at least, my design process for a particular pattern) by talking about Embry.
Embry started out a little different from the gorgeous scoop-neck top in Mesa. My original proposal used a different yarn, had beads, and a completely different neckline. The lace edge and overall shape of the top remain the same, but obviously a lot changed too.
The call for Spring/Summer 2014 went out in April of last year. I immediately had several ideas I wanted to submit. Although I was busy with a certain knitting competition at the time, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to design for CEY. I carefully calculated that I would have plenty of time to make one sample and pattern, possibly two, and got to work.
I think Embry was mainly inspired by the phrase “lady-like shapes and embellishments” on the call’s mood board– it made me think of a lace edging from Weldon’s Practical Knitter that I’d seen on Franklin Habit’s blog. I picked up a spare ball of Soft Linen (one of my absolutely favorite yarns) some pretty-shiny beads, and worked up a version of the edging that made me very, very happy.
After blocking the swatch, and falling completely in love with it, I wanted to use it all over the entire top! Love, dear reader, is sometimes a wee smidge blind. My sketch for the submission had the lace edging at the hem, the cuffs, AND overlaying a crew neckline. Beads and lace everywhere! You can see from my sketch that the basic shape of Embry is there – the princess seams in front and back (influenced by Amy Herzog, naturally), the short sleeves, the length of the body. But (let’s be brutally honest), that neckline is a bit much.
I sent in my ideas, with a note that the lace-edged tee was my personal favorite. Imagine my delight when it was accepted! The only catch … it was needed in Mesa instead of Soft Linen, and the Creative Director Susan Mills quite rightly requested a plain neckline. Also? No beads. That broke my heart a little bit, but I understood the decision.
The chance to re-think the neckline made me lean towards a deep scoop neck (so flattering!). I cleared that final idea and got to work. I’d seen a very attractive reverse-stockinette rolled edge recently, and put that in place for Embry’s neckline. The sample worked up quickly and easily.
I was extremely happy with the final pattern and sample – I was given a beautiful soft blue (pastel without being anemic), and the sized-up motif looked great in Mesa. Here are is a quick photo on a dress form before handing it in.
I really enjoyed designing and making Embry and hope you love it as much as I do!
You can keep up with Rachel and all her projects on her blog.
Other CEY designs by Rachel Henry