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Meet the Tionne Pullover by Lee Meredith

If you’re a fan of our Facebook page, you may have seen our post about the fabulous Tionne Pullover by Lee Meredith a few weeks back. It’s so unique and versatile that it seems like there should be another word besides pullover to describe it. We’re delighted that Lee agreed to give us some great insights into how she came up with the design, and how Kenzie turned out to be the perfect yarn choice. Of course, we couldn’t agree more!

Be sure to read to the bottom of the blog post. We’ve got a fantastic giveaway of the yarn to make the design!

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I’ve been professionally designing accessory patterns for over 7 years, so I was pretty excited when, near the beginning of this year, I had a brainstorm for a sweater pattern concept that I thought I could handle, with zero previous garment design experience.  I had very little experience even knitting sweaters (I’d only knit one!), but this idea was boxy and without shaping, and relied on design elements that I did have lots of experience with, from my accessory designs: modular construction, any-gauge adaptability, stripes going in different directions, and flexible wearability.  I got kind of obsessed with turning the idea in my head into a pattern, and after writing out a draft and making a prototype in bulky yarn, I felt confident that this idea would indeed become my first garment design!
TionneSketch
So, once I was sure I was going to complete and self-publish the pattern, I needed to choose a yarn for my sample sweater.  I decided I wanted to use worsted weight, ideally a yarn on the lighter side of the worsted spectrum.  Like I mentioned, the design is for any gauge, so you can actually use any weight yarn – I figured a light worsted is a good kind of middle-weight for a big pullover sweater.  Knitters can make their own choices, but I wanted to present the sample in a yarn that was a really excellent fit for the pattern, of course!  So I looked around at what I had in my studio already, and I spotted a couple skeins of Kenzie that I’d bought at my LYS because I loved it, but it hadn’t yet found a project…
KenzieSwatch
I swatched with it, and yes!  It was perfect for this sweater!  Cozy, drapey, soft but durable, tweedy, excellent.  Yarn was chosen, now I just needed to pick my colors.  Oh colors, always a tough decision!
KenzieColors
Skacel sent me a color card, so that helped – well, actually it kind of made the decision harder, since all the colors were so great in real life!  I was tempted to make my sample with more colors, just so I could use more, since I loved them so much… but, I didn’t want the colors to overwhelm the design of the sweater, so I decided to stick with just two.  I spent about a month (!) thinking it over, making this colored-in sketch in all the different combos I was considering:
ColorsSketch
I finally landed on Malbec for the main color and Boysenberry for the contrasting stripes.
KenzieYarns
I am so happy with my choice – I love how the finished sweater turned out!!  After knitting my sample, finalizing the pattern, and having it test knit by several fabulous knitters, my first garment pattern, Tionne, was released to the world at the beginning of November!
TionneCollage
Skacel has generously offered up a sweater’s worth of Kenzie to one lucky winner!  Seriously lucky, because trust me, Kenzie is an AWESOME yarn!  I had a fantastic time knitting with it, and I’ve been wearing my soft, cozy sweater all the time since I finished it.  Love it SO MUCH!!
Want to win the yarn to make Tionne? Check out the gorgeous colorways on the Skacel site and leave a comment here with your choice of the two you would use! Deadline to enter is Friday, November 20th at 12 pm PST. Good luck!
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87 thoughts on “Meet the Tionne Pullover by Lee Meredith

  1. Congrats Lee on your first garment pattern! I’m excited to knit this one. I think it would look terrific in Lupin and Seal. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  2. Kenzie looks like a beautiful yarn. I’d use Ruapehu and Wombat to combine an earthy brown with sky/sea blue. It’s a relaxing combination, but not dull at all.

  3. Absolutely beautiful design and one of my favorite yarns! Oceania and Kea would be stunning!! Thank you for a great pattern and thanks to Skacel for the yarn!

  4. Congrats Lee! Your first garment design truly looks intriguing 🙂
    And that yarn looks simply amazing. Thank you, Addi for the opportunity to win it.
    I think I need more color in my knit-life and say either beetroot and kiwi fruit combo or boysenberry and Elegan

  5. What gorgeous yarn. How to choose just 2 colors? I guess I’ll say beetroot and kea but that was on a coin toss because there are just too many beautiful colors

  6. Wombat and , , , um, Kumara? Yes, loud. but the design doesn’t look like a sweater for a shy person. I like things that can be worn in various ways, but have never seen a pullover that could be worn either side up. (a jacket once.) Congrats Lee, on a great first!

  7. This sweater is such an interesting design, I’d love to give it a whirl. I’d love to make it with the solid being Hokitika, and Elegan for the contrast stripe. I’d probably pick up a couple of skeins of Boysenberry to add a few extra pops of color, because this looks like it’d be such a great statement in acid brights, perfect to fight off the dreary greys of winter.

  8. Hi, I reckon that Lee is a genius!
    Pavlova and Kumara would be my choices, I hope to try them as soon as possible 🙂

  9. Love the pattern and the yarns. What a great combo. I would probably pick Tasman and takahe or Tasman and manuka. I am suc h a green lover.

  10. Congratulations on the first sweater. It’s fantastic. Love all the colors. Difficult to choose just two. Could see many combinations, but love the idea of Elegan and Wombat.

  11. Collingwood and Kale would look awesome….but there are so many amazing color combinations that it’s difficult to choose only two!

  12. Beautiful pattern. Lee is always a genius, I’ve been following her since her “lethal” designs. Very intriguing. Mychoice would be Glacier and Hebes.
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  13. Oh, there are so many great colors! But I would go with Kiwi Fruit and Wombat. Congrats on your first sweater design!

  14. I would pair Glacier with any colour-but let’s start with Tamarillo. The design would look great with either as the main colour. Intriguing!

  15. Cannot put enough vowels in how much I loooooooooooove those colours. Hard to choose, but definitely Elegan and Tekapo

  16. As many have said, the choice is quite difficult…but I picked Hokitika right away–I love blues…then I’m not sure whether to go with another blue, a purple or…I finally picked Kumara; I think the combination would be really sharp…and I’m just a beginner knitter so this looks way more ambitious than my ability–but why not try it? ^_^

  17. Love this unique pattern. I like the original color choices of Lee in Malbec and Boysenberry. Lee is such an awesome designer. Thanks Sacel for the giveaway!

  18. Beautiful pattern! Hard to pick just two from all the beautiful colours ! My combination would be: #1007 Kiwi fruit and #1029 Hebes.

  19. I like Tasman and Kumara. That combo seems like it would give people vertigo if they stared too long…love that thought!

  20. Lee was totally spot on with the colors she chose for her Tionne. Gorgeous! Malbec and Boysenberry are colors that I always gravitate to in a heartbeat, so I’d have to go with those. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  21. I’m going to have to be a copycat and say I love the original choice of Malbec and Boysenberry. The colors just looks so rich together.

  22. I would go with Elegan and Tekapo. The bright green with a dark teal would look awesome. They’re all some Great looking colors though! 🙂

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