A Typeface for Knitters
You gotta see this. This will blow your mind.
It is the first type family inspired by and made for hand knitting, and it’s called Knit Grotesk. Feast your eyes upon it here.
Knit Grotesk is an actual, real-live typeface—that you can knit. I downloaded the free trial package, and Ann—it’s so beautiful. I want to drop everything and knit these crisp, clean slip-stitch letters, with their striking striped background. It has three weights! I can envision so many beautiful text-based knits using these letters: from dishcloths to baby blankets to sweaters with monograms and names and sentiments of all kinds. A chart to knit the alphabet blanket pictured in the gallery above is included in the trial package. Exciting update: The chart to knit the alphabet blanket is now available as a free PDF download on Ravelry.com here.
Who designed Knit Grotesk?
The designer of Knit Grotesk is Rüdiger Schlömer, the graphic designer and author of Typographic Knitting: From Pixel to Pattern (Princeton Architectural Press). Franklin Habit wrote about this ground-breaking book here. Since then, I have had a copy, and I peek into it on the regular to marvel at Schlömer’s knitterly inventiveness.
How to knit it?
You can sort of see how Knit Grotesk works, as knitting, just by looking at it. I’d love to see all the letters charted out as knitting patterns, though, since my mind is so used to that stitch-by-stitch format. The letter A of the typeface that would become Knit Grotesk is charted out on the Knit Grotesk website, so that’s a start.
Uh-oh. I feel myself sliding down the slippery slope of a new passion. The letter A is big fun to knit.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll get out the graph paper and dive into the whole alphabet!
Exciting update: No graph paper required! Rüdiger Schlömer kindly has made the chart for all the letters available as a free PDF download on Ravelry.com here. Brb I am knitting a blanket, y’all!
Congrats to Rüdiger Schlömer on achieving this momentous first in two worlds: knitting and typography. I can’t wait to see what’s next.