January 26, 2016

An Interview with Deb Newton

An Interview with Deborah Newton


When Deborah Newton received the request from Imperial Yarns to create a spring collection, she knew she loved our yarns and wanted to create a strong proposal. Designing, for Deborah, begins with sketches and swatches, plenty of swatches (which you can see below).

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Deborah has been designing for many years, but remains humble about her goals. She wants to please her clients and design what’s best for them and their yarns. Her collection for us showcases yarns from our bulky to sport weight in texture patterns full of lace and cables. Deborah believes a spring wardrobe doesn’t have to leave out wool. Spring is a transitional (and for many climates, transitory) season that requires everything from a light sweater to a heavy coat.


Garments in the collection include sweaters and accessories. Sweaters like the Open Back Lace Pullover show off Deborah’s design engineering and creativity. The open back is sexy and understated at the same time, showing off the wearer’s shoulder blades. And patterns like the Aspen set and the Rosebud set give knitters not just two patterns in one (a hat and a scarf) but several variations on a theme as well. The Rosebud scarf can be knit as a skinny long traditional scarf or a wide wrap with only a slight increase in yardage.

When asked about her favorite thing to design, Deborah says she loves pleasing the clients most and designing them on-trend garments that showcase their yarns beautifully. Her collection for us does just that.