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Midwestern Knits is a knitting pattern collection inspired by the rich history and culture of the American Midwest.
Midwestern Knits is a knitting pattern collection inspired by the rich history and culture of the American Midwest.
Midwestern Knits is a knitting pattern collection inspired by the rich history and culture of the American Midwest.
300 backers pledged $10,835 to help bring this project to life.

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Midwestern Knits

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Midwestern Knits is a 12 pattern collection, curated and edited by knitwear designers Carina Spencer and Allyson Dykhuizen. The collection features original designs from Ann Weaver, Melynda Bernardi, Adrienne Larsen, Emily Ringelman, Hope Vickman, Jennifer Waterbury Beaumont, Laura Hulslander, Laura Ricketts, Sarah Gresbach, and Rachel Anderson, as well as Allyson and Carina.

Each design is inspired by the heartland of America: the beauty in the landscape, the unique architecture, the history of the people, the struggles and pain in the industrial cities - from metro Chicago to the Straits of Mackinac, from historic Kansas City to Mount Rushmore. Our designs use locally sourced yarn from Lorna's Laces, Dream in Color, Knits in Class, Mrs. Crosby Plays, Plucky Knitter, Nerd Girl Yarns, Stonehedge Fiber Mill, and more. Essays written by the designers will accompany each design as a tribute to the inspiration. Midwestern Knits will be available as an e-book and a print book in August 2015.


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We are offering some great rewards for any level of backing, but a few of our rewards are so good they just have to been seen.

One of a kind Brush Creek Cowlette Kits from Happy Go Lucky Yarn and Carina Spencer! Just give Julie a color and she will dye you a custom kit. [$60 level]


We have Zuzu's Petals kits in seven colorways from Carina Spencer! [$45 level]

Allyson Dykhuizen has put together some really special knit kits for you! Get her WORK+SHELTER Hand Warmers pattern and yarn, either Knit Picks Swish Worsted or Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in a handmade project bag. [$35 level]

Also available is her Twin Cities Anklets kit, including the Knit Picks Comfy Worsted yarn in Flamingo, pictured, with laminated pattern and handmade project bag. [$45 level]

Hello Sailor! Knot Necklace Kits in white and navy blue blue include the linen yarn, laminated pattern, easy to assemble jewelry hardware, and handmade project bag. [$40 level]

Can't stop there? Get a matching Hello Sailor! Entrelac Clutch kit including white linen yarn, zipper, lining fabric, button, laminated pattern, and handmade project bag. [$50 level]

Get Carina Spencer's Ellis Cowl sample knit from Becoming Art Pure Aran yarn in a vibrant, clear shade of green. [$100 level]

 
A very special child's cardigan from Carina Spencer. [$250 level]

Hope Vickman is offering a hand-knit baby vest - size 12 months. [$200 level]


Carina Spencer
is offering a custom knit and embellished baby sweater. This is photo is just an example of what is possible - your sweater will be custom designed using your colors and theme for embellishments. [$400 level]


Rachel Anderson
has offered to custom knit one generous supporter a sweater from her design for Midwestern Knits. This is the Neengay Sweater and she will make one just for you. [$1000 level]

Nerd Girls Yarns has generously offered some rare yarns! See corresponding rewards for all the details on these beauties.

We have felted slipper kits from French Press Knits! [$40 level]

Risks and challenges

We’ve never done this before! Holla Knits, Allyson Dykhuizen’s online magazine, is in it’s 3rd year and has given her the confidence to be able to edit a whole collection, but this will be her first book. Carina Spencer is a prolific designer but also has never before published a book. As resourceful women with years of experience in the fiber arts industry, we are confident that we have what it takes to put this collection together for you. The money from this campaign is to pay our designers, tech editors, graphic designers, and for the initial printing. We believe in this project and know that if you put your trust in us we will not let you down!

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    A pattern of your choice from Midwestern Knits designers Allyson Dykhuizen, Carina Spencer, Ann Weaver, Emily Ringelman, Hope Vickman, Laura Ricketts, Jennifer Beaumont, Stranded Necklace, Watercolor Tee from Adrienne Larsen

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    Midwestern Knits preorder. Get copy of book mailed and digital copy delivered upon release. You'll also get early delivery of Carina and Allyson’s contributions to the collection on May 1st, 3 months before the mid-August release!

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    A copy of Sara Gresbach's ebook Happy Trails, which you can find here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/happy-trails. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A copy of Sara Gresbach's ebook Paper Lanterns, which you can find here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/paper-lanterns-collection. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Ann Weaver’s Cityscapes ebook, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Ann Weaver’s The Container Ships ebook, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Laura Rickett’s Beauties from the Far North: Swedish Sámi Mittens ebook, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A signed copy of Allyson Dykhuizen’s Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits book, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A 4oz skein of your choice from Knits in Class, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A Holla Knits pattern collection of your choice (any of the 10 previously released 5-6 pattern collection from Spring/Summer 2012 - Fall/Winter 2014). Find them all at HollaKnits.com! Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Hand Warmers kit including yarn, pattern, and project bag (see pic!). Colors available are light green, white, black, blue, orange, and grey. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A copy of Sara Gresbach's ebook Brew City Knits, which you can find here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/brew-city-knits. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A future ebook collection of 6 designs from Sara Gresbach to be published in October 2014. A misery for now but sure to be amazing! Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Two skeins of Lorna’s Laces Masham Worsted in Buffalo Grove, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A signed copy of Ann Weaver's Craft Work Knit book, Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A signed copy of Ann Weaver's White Whale Vol. I, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A signed copy of Ann Weaver's White Whale Vol. II, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    One of a kind skein that cannot be repeated from Nerd Girl Yarns! The colorway name is Nemesis and the yarn is Oh Snap 4-ply sock yarn, 75% superwash BFL wool 25% nylon 460 yards/100g, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Felted Slipper Kit from Melynda Bernardi, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Breckenridge Cowl Kit from Melynda Bernardi, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A 2015 subscription to Holla Knits, and online magazine focused on fashion forward and challenging knitwear design, edited by Allyson Dykhuizen, and Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    From designer Laura Rickett’s: a future mitten pattern will be named after a person of your choice! And Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #1 (green and plum) - see photo.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #2 (hickory and tarte) - see photo.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #3 (graphite and nutmeg) - see photo.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #4 (nutmeg and tarte) - see photo.

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    Hello Sailor Knot Necklace kit including white yarn, laminated pattern, jewelry hardware, and project bag (See pic!). Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Hello Sailor Knot Necklace kit including navy blue yarn, laminated pattern, jewelry hardware, and project bag (See pic!). Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #5 (graphite and hickory) - see photo.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #6 (tarte and graphite) - see photo.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #7 (tarte and nutmeg) - see photo.

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    Lucy Hat Kit from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color combination #8 (early light and soul) - see photo.

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    A 232 skein (100oz) skein of Front Porch Fibers merino, silk, and alpaca blend DK weight single ply yarn in "Hibiscus" is a semi-solid pale red/ bright pink. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Tupelo Slouch kit! Get a copy of Sara Gresbach's Tupelo Slouch and a skein of Malabrigo Worsted in Chapel Stone. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A mystery skein of Indigodragonfly Yarn in your choice of sock or lace weight. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    A skein of Kim Dyes Yarn rainbow gradient dyed superwash merino worsted yarn (181 yards/3.5 oz skein). Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Twin Cities Anklet Socks kit including yarn, laminated pattern, and project bag (see pic!). Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    One skein of Red Barn Yarns Mink yarn, along with the one skeins shaw pattern the Flamenco Shawl by Therese Chynoweth. Midwestern Knits preorder.

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    Zuzu's Petals Kit (worsted weight) from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color #1 (happy forest green) - see photo.

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    Zuzu's Petals Kit (worsted weight) from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color #2 (spring tickle green) - see photo.

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    Zuzu's Petals Kit (worsted weight) from Carina Spencer and Midwestern Knits preorder. Color #3 (dragonfly blue) - see photo.

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