Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Meet Ivete Tecedor of Chiagu

Like the cool breezes, the arrival of Fall also ushers in new pattern collections from your favorite knitwear artists, the Autumn Grasses Cardigan from Jane Thornley featured in my last blog post and Patty & Brielle, by Katya Frankel will be featured in my upcoming blog posts.

This post is dedicated to a new talent, introducing Ivete Tecedor of Chiagu!

As you know I'm constantly seeking talented knitwear artists to introduce to you and add their unique collections to my website. Besides my customer's valuable suggestions, Ravelry is often another source of inspiration and it was while browsing their pattern selection that I came across the wonderful creations of this award winning designer. I instantly fell in love with her interesting lacey and cabled textures, color combinations and fresh takes on simple classics and I immediately knew that my customers would also adore her creative talents.

Meet Ivete: Based in New York City, Ivete Tecedor Lester has been designing since 2001 and self-publishing knitting patterns since 2005. She loves yarn even more than she loves knitting, so her designs often feature gorgeous yarns in simple silhouettes that really allow the yarn to shine through. Handpainted and variegated yarns are well-represented in her patterns, especially her favorite yarn ever, Koigu KPPPM. One of her designs, the Tramonto shawl in 14 colors of KPPPM, won "Best in Show" at the Juried Knitting Exhibition at Kiana Malekzadeh Gallery in 2005. Ivete was one of the original knitbloggers and has been blogging about knitting since 2001. Check out her blog at

What does her name "Chiagu" mean? The word itself doesn’t mean anything, it’s a phonetic spelling of the Brazilian name “Tiago,” which for years has been Ivete’s favorite name. She just loves the way it sounds! As you plan your fall projects you'll be delighted by the shawl & wrap, sweater & shrug and accessory designs of Chiagu.

Have you been wanting to knit one of the shawlettes that have been popular this season, Chiagu's Leila pattern includes two versions of this classic triangular shaped shawl, a full size and a shawlette. And the Soho wrap plays with handpainted yarns through subtle stitch patterns and unusual construction. Wear it as a scarf or stole depending on your outfit!

The Tramonto Shawl is oversize and knit lengthwise with 14 colors, arranged to shade like the sunset. This challenging lace pattern is given in chart and written form. While the Onda shawl plays with color and stitch pattern by combining gorgeous hand painted colors with the well-known Feather & Fan stitch, its perfect for first-time lace knitters!

A fast way to update your fall wardrobe is by adding a shrug, it gives a new look to your favorite blouses and tees. Chiagu's Halfobi Shrug is part shrug, part bolero, this cardigan is fun and quick to knit, worked in one piece from cuff to cuff, with minimal finishing.

And a classic cardigan can be made either casual or more sophisticated for work. Weekend is casual and features unique details to keep it looking polished while relaxed. Perfect for throwing on over a tank and jeans and the gauge lets you actually finish it in time for weekend fun! While the updated classic tunic length cardigan Laura will have you polished at the office. It features a patterned yoke and cuffs knit in a simple stockinette base cable pattern, 3 buttons at the yoke to give a fluid, flattering drape to the front and extra long sleeves to add a bit of drama.

And the Cecil socks and versatile belt Cummerbund are fast accessories that will make your knitting fun!

All Chiagu patterns are sold as PDF downloads that are emailed to you after purchase with zero shipping charges.

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