One of the beautiful designs featured in issue 6 is Sari Nordlund’s Poet sweater. It’s knitted top down with a lace pattern on both front and back – a truly stunning wardrobe stable with Sari’s recognizable aesthetic.
We asked Sari to tell us about her design process and inspiration for designing Poet, here’s what she wrote to us:
“People often ask me where I find inspiration for my knitwear designs. I always struggle to answer that questions, as there is never really one source of inspiration, and I have often brewed the idea for a long time before it becomes an actual design. I might see a stitch pattern and then spend ages trying to match it with a yarn and design that feels perfect to me. Sometimes it's a colour that inspires me: at the moment I'm obsessed with dark green but have struggled to find the exact shade that matches my idea. Or a concrete need from my own life: the autumn is here so right now I'm thinking about turtle necks. The Poet pullover started with a stitch pattern I fell in love with, and after making a couple of swatches I had tweaked it to have my own little twist. You might not know this about me, but my favorite stitch pattern is seed stitch, and you can see it in this design, too!
It took me a while to settle on the yarn I wanted to use for this design but when I saw Tukuwool's colourway Runo I knew immediately I wanted to use it, so much that I actually named Poet after the shade (Runo means a poem in Finnish). I want the clothes I design and wear to be versatile, so that not only do they work on their own but compliment everything else I already own. I think this rustic yarn and the natural shade make the pullover work in every occasion: it's great for layering, it works with jeans and sneakers and you can even wear it to a party with a pleated skirt and high heels. However, Poet works beautifully in bright colours too if you are looking for a statement piece for your wardrobe!
Designing is very personal to me. The most important thing for me when coming up with a new design is that it is something that I would want to wear. I believe if it's something I love, there will be others too. We all have just a limited time to knit and create, so I want to spend that time making things I will love to wear for a long time. I also want my clothes to be timeless and classic, and try to pick yarns that I know will take well to wear. I think Tukuwool becomes more beautiful as it ages and softens.
I'm a very visual person and an intuitive knitter. I have never been very good with following instructions but rather viewed them as guidelines for my creativity. Learning to write my ideas down as patterns has been very educational and I have even learned a lot about knitting technique and garment construction along the way. The feeling when you see someone else complete their own pullover from a pattern you have written is amazing! But at the same time pattern writing can be frustrating and sometimes you have to rewrite things a couple of times to make them easy to understand.
With Poet, I struggled with the charts, as my test knitters all remember! Trying to get a pattern to fit the few pages allocated for you in the magazine format turned out to be harder than I thought. But it all turned well in the end, thanks to the help of the girls at Laine, their tech editors and all my wonderful test knitters! I have learned a lot during this process, but the most important thing probably is that it's OK to ask for help when you struggle. We have such an amazing community of talented, creative people here, and I'm constantly overwhelmed by the love and support people show each other!”
Find the pattern for Poet in Laine Magazine issue 6. For stockists please visit https://lainemagazine.com/stockists/.