No one quite does color like Rowan, with multiple yarns in an amazing array of shades, coupled with designs from legendary colorists, artists, and designers
A name synonymous with Rowan, legendary designer Kaffe Fassett continues to inspire people across the world with his colorful work in knitting, fabric, needlepoint, patchwork, painting, and mosaic. With a background in fine arts, Kaffe has collaborated with fashion design houses including Missoni and Coach. His hand-knitted garments are now in museum collections around the world, including the 1970 Dress of the Year created in collaboration with designer Bill Gibb.
Kaffe has dedicated the last 50 years to promoting the craft of knitting, and his work continues to wow us today.
Dee’s designs are distinct and beautiful. With a background in fine art, she loves translating sketches and watercolors into gorgeous knits and creating colorwork designs inspired by nature.
Dee begins with a seasonal palette, and the designs she creates based on this palette are outstanding!
arne & carlos
This duo of highly talented Scandinavian textile designers and artists are known for their original, colorful, and visually striking designs. Based out of rural Norway, their work is on permanent display in museums throughout Oslo.
This team of designers works as a pair, and began by launching a high-end fashion brand before shifting into hand knit design. Collaborating through visual collages, they create a veritable feast of colourwork in their hallmark twist on Scandi style. They are quite entertaining too, recording numerous videos from their home in a converted railway station north of Oslo.
Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze are favorite yarns for colorwork designers. Both are available in a mind-boggling range of shades.
Felted Tweed is a favorite among designers and Rowan fans alike. We stock the full forty-eight color palette, including colors created by Kaffe Fassett and Dee Hardwicke.
Kidsilk Haze, a staple Rowan yarn for decades, remains as popular as when first introduced. This lace weight blend of silk and mohair works beautifully at a variety of gauges worked alone, multi-stranded, or in combination with other yarns.
Today one lucky reader will win a very special prize bundle!
We are giving away a set of four Rowan pattern books from Kaffe Fassett and Arne & Carlos. Dee Hardwick sent these watercolor inspiration boards that inspired her latest collection. They arrived from England a few weeks back. I am including this in today’s prize.
And while Rowan shines when it comes to intarsia design, they fall flat in the technique department. When we first introduced our Intarsia instruction booklet many years ago, I remember Rowan founder Stephen Sheard coming into our both at wholesale market. The difference between the workmanship of our intarsia knits versus theirs was quite striking. He even commented that “we really should feature you in our magazine,” but I’m not British so that idea never came to pass.
This is a page from one of our scrapbooks showing mom on the upper right teaching our intarsia technique at the wholesale yarn market, next to Kaffe Fassett signing autographs. We attended that dinner, and were thoroughly entertained by his self-deprecating since of humor. Admittedly he is not a great knitter. He is an artist and designer. Once while knitting on a flight from England, and apparently struggling to do so, a lady sitting next to him mentioned an amazing designer in England named Kaffe Fassett who could really help him with his knitting. He just smiled and said “thank you”.
And technically he isn’t British either. While originally from California, he has been in England so long I’m sure he qualifies as an honorary Brit.
Intarsia: A Workshop for Hand
Instruction on the intarsia knitting technique.
So I thought since I was gifting these amazing pattern books filled with beautiful intarsia designs, that I really should include a copy of our Intarsia book too.
If you’d like to get your name in the hat to win today’s bundle of prizes, simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll keep things simple today – are you dreaming of a white Christmas or not? The thought of getting snowed in and spending Christmas at home sounds really appealing to me this year, but it doesn’t look very likely to happen.
As usual, you have until midnight tonight!
congratulations sarah bailey – you’re the winner of the rowan pattern bundle!
Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.