Somewhere within the tightly bound belief that everything has been done before, a little finger hole of wiggle room can be found to tease out a loose end and twist a different tale. Marlisle is a simple, yet novel approach to stranded knitting, where two colours magically become three by using yarn held double. Anna Maltz has designed 11 contemporary and wearable circular knits to introduce this technique to adventurous knitters of all levels. Spanning fingerless mitts, mittens, cowls, hats, a scarf, shawl, cardigan and sweaters, these cosy projects deftly show how Marlisle can be used to combine different weight yarns, create scattered motifs and mask jogs in unexpected ways. The results are strikingly graphic, textured, inspiring and intriguing. A design origin story and yarn pairing notes sets the scene for each pattern. All the projects are knitted in a combination of a natural, sheepy shade and a hand-dyed yarn from 22 different, passionate small-producers from around the world.
Anna Maltz is an avid sweaterspotter and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles. This is her second book of patterns and stories after Penguin: A Knit Collection. When she isn’t globetrotting to eat ice cream, meet friends and teach knitting, you can find her at home in London. She is the resident columnist for Pom Pom Quarterly and regularly contributes to other magazines, books and pattern collections. As the champion of Marlisle, Anna is thrilled to be sharing this new technique with the knitting public, and curious to see where it goes from here.