The Zen Variations by Renée Callahan: a new knitting pattern collection for Acadia by The Fibre Co. plus a special event at our West Hampstead shop!

We’re so excited to show you a beautiful new collection of knitting patterns by Renée Callahan featuring The Fibre Co. Acadia yarnThe Zen Variations is a collection of sweaters that embraces the idea that knitting is a physical meditation. Each sweater begins in the same way with a top-down, set-in sleeve construction, and then develops with variations on the theme of Zen. Each pattern has a simple, clean design to showcase the rustic beauty of the yarn, which is a 2-ply DK weight spun from Merino wool, baby alpaca and silk.

We will be hosting Renée at our West Hampstead shop on 3 July, 10am – 1pm, for Zen and the Art of Sweater Construction, a special event that will include a Zen Variations trunk show and a lesson in top-down seamless sweater construction. Join us for a chance to see samples of all of the patterns in person and get started knitting the sweater of your choice from the collection!

This workshop will cover the sweater construction Renée used for the Zen Variations sweaters, guiding you through choosing the correct size for you, the short-row shoulders, picking up sts for trims and sweater elements, how to work a set-in seamless sleeve, adjusting a pattern to get the perfect fit and more. The £75 fee will include the pattern of your choice and a 15% discount on Acadia yarn for your project.

The Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Read on to learn more about all of the patterns in The Zen Variations!

Enso – Enso is a Japanese word for ‘circle’. The sweater features a round, scoop neck, garter panels along the sides, and a curved hem for a classic shape and a wardrobe staple.

Enzo from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Enso from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Enso from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Intoku – Intoku is the Japanese word, meaning ‘good works performed in secret’. The pullover features a deep V-neck and integrated pockets finished with knit-as-you-go i-cord.

Intoku from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Intoku from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Takumi – Takumi is the Japanese word for ‘artisan’. The cardigan features a flattering wrap-style, with a longer length, ¾ sleeves, and is finished with i-cord trim worked simultaneously with the sweater.

Takumi from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Takumi from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Kaizen – Kaizen is a Japanese word for ‘continuous improvement’. It features a traditional cardigan shape, with 4 pockets, and Garter stitch collar and pocket flaps.

Kaizen from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Kaizen from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Kaizen from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Buji – Buji is the Japanese word meaning ‘all is well, no trouble’. The tunic features short sleeves, a boat neck and patch pockets that play with the colour-blocking on the body.

Buji from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Buji from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Buji from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Yama – Yama is a Japanese word for ‘mountain’. The cardigan features a flattering cross-over style, using 2 snaps/press studs for closure, a cropped length, deep rib hem, and contrast-colour sleeves.

Yama from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

Yama from Zen Variations by Renee Callahan

 

You can sign up for Zen and the art of Sweater Construction here, shop Acadia yarn here or purchase any of The Zen collection patterns here.

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