Nicky Epstein’s Magical Capelet

Nicky Epstein…publishing diva extraordinaire.  The prolific knitter and her designs “push the envelope of embellishment.”  I recently found a copy of Nicky’s Signature Scarves at my local recycled book store and was immediately inspired to knit Yo-Yos scarf on page 76.  Signature Scarves  are felted, lace, floral, constructed, cut, and embellished with sewn-on elements.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend of knitting with Nicky Epstein at Vogue Knitting Destination in Oregon.  My two favorite Nicky books were knitting on the edge and knitting over the edge, until my weekend of discovery.  Each attendee received a complimentary copy of Knitting On Top of the World.  Inside, I spied the  Mongolian Warrior Pullover, which I had recently pinned on Pinterest.  I was thrilled!  Nicky used “the armor used by the hordes of Genghis Khan” for her inspiration.  The Magical Capelet project for the weekend referenced Nicky’s most recent title, Knitting Block By Block.  Four blocks of any stitch pattern and color were transformed into a magical garment.  (For my magical capelet, I knit with Noro’s Kureyon and added a collar)

Listening to Nicky Epstein discuss her own way to create, I began to peel away the many layers of Nicky’s uncomplicated  innovative techniques. In order to appreciate her “over the top” approach, requires patience and a desire to understand her design sense, level of intuition and creativity.