In anticipation of the release of No. 2 | Navigate, we are hosting a four-part Designer Spotlight series on the blog. Through these posts, you will learn more about the garments featured in the issue, as well as the individuals behind the designs.
Up first is Annie Lupton, the designer of the issue’s cover sweater—the Navigate Pullover. Read on to learn more about the design's elements, optimal yarn choices for this garment, and Annie's future plans.
Describe the aesthetic of the designs you create under the Boho Chic Fiber Co. brand. Is the Navigate Pullover a departure for you?
With the patterns I self-publish under Boho Chic Fiber Co., I aim to create garments and shawls that have a bohemian, feminine, earthy feel. I love working with natural fibers; neutral colors; and rustic, earthy tones. (I am not really a fan of the crazy superwash neons.) The Navigate Pullover was a departure from all of that in some ways, most noticeably that it is a sweater for men! That said, I did design the garment with many of the same design components I typically use. The sweater reflects my love for seamed garments that offer great structure and fit, and my love for cables and techniques like the tubular cast on and bind off that create beautifully finished edges.
What was the most fun or interesting aspect of designing this garment?
It was exciting to design for a man; ultimately, though, sweater construction for a loose fitting pullover doesn’t change significantly depending on gender. Navigate is my first design featuring a saddle shoulder. I enjoyed seeing it come together as I envisioned, and I was really pleased with the end result!
What what is like working with The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering? If a knitter has to use a different yarn, what do you recommend he or she looks for in a substitute yarn?
This was my first time working with The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering, and I really enjoyed it. It is a cozy, woolly, worsted-spun yarn and creates a fabric with a nice drape. The yarn shows off the stitch definition beautifully and has a very nice halo from the mohair. For a similar fit and feel, I would recommend a worsted-spun wool yarn with mohair or alpaca mixed in. If you want a sweater that isn’t quite as heavy, you could go with a woolen-spun yarn, but just make sure it is something that will allow for great stitch definition in order to show off those cables!
You shared in a post on your blog that you are moving Boho Chic Fiber Co. in a new direction. What big plans do you have in store for the rest of 2017?
Thanks for asking! Boho Chic Fiber Co. started in 2014 as an Etsy shop for selling my handspun yarns. It grew to include dyed spinning fiber, hand dyed yarns, and more recently knitwear designs sold through my own website and on Ravelry. I have really fallen in love with designing, so going forward Boho Chic Fiber Co. will no longer be selling hand dyed yarns and fibers, and I will solely focus on designing! It feels like there is never enough time to get all my ideas knit up, so I am excited to have more time in my days to focus on bringing the designs in my head to life!
Thank you to Annie for taking time to tell us a little more about the Navigate Pullover and her brand. You can find Annie online in the following places: