Today on the Yarnthing podcast with Marly Bird: Knitting Lace Expert Brooke Nico!
Brooke Nico learned to sew when she was little (another person who doesn’t fit into the fashion industry mold and needed to make her own clothes). She kept sewing through college and having kids until she had to give up her sewing studio when she became a stay-at-home mom. In desperation for something to do, she ran out one day, bought Knitting for Dummies and a skein of yarn, and taught herself to knit. As Brooke was not one to make scarves or washcloths, her first project was an intarsia sweater for her young son. After that first project, she decided to make her own patterns and hasn’t looked back since.
A few years after learning to knit, she became co-owner of a yarn shop, Kirkwood Knittery, in St. Louis, MO with one of her former students, Robin Schrager. Brooke attended a SoHo publishing shop owners meeting and was noticed for the sweater she was wearing. They asked her if she wanted to publish it and that’s how she got into publishing her designs. Brooks niche in the design world is lace garments. The intricacies and challenge with lace really inspires her. She really tries to work garment shaping into the lace patterns. Brooke has been published in Vogue Knitting, Knitters magazine, and Debbie Bliss magazine.
Her newest publication is a book, Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables. Each section of the book is based on a specific shape. Each shape is then explored to make several different garments that can be made with different shaping or seaming. The pieces are made to have a great feel and drape with great yarns, Brooke takes great care to swatch and choose the perfect yarn and gauge. The book is not quite out yet, but keep an eye out for it soon!
Listen in below to hear all about Brooke and her shop and her book!
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