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Moon and Turtle

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Knitting Patterns with Variations

by Kiyomi & Sachiko Burgin

Meet your new go-to designers for elevated basics! Twin sisters Kiyomi and Sachiko are masters of wearable designs for city life that revel in glorious, understated wooliness. Moon and Turtle features a collection of garments and accessories, which are an astute nod towards the shared similarities and differences between twins.

Published by Pom Pom Press, Moon and Turtle is Kiyomi and Sachiko’s first collaborative collection. This talent duo infuses unique and contemporary design details with classic knitwear styles. Moon and Turtle contain nine knit designs (4 garments, 5 accessories) that showcase an edgy urban aesthetic, reflecting the twins’ life in Toronto / Tkaronto, Canada.

Much like Kiyomi and Sachiko themselves, Moon and Turtle is truly synergic. The duality associated with identical twins is thoughtfully and intelligently embedded into every aspect of the book. From the designs to the authors’ musings to the book's title, there’s a quiet harmony in the idea that two things or people can be visually similar and appreciably distinct.

The patterns are gender-neutral, graded up to a 62” chest, and contain body and sleeve length adjustments in the hope that many knitters can enjoy this book for years to come. Playful colourwork, paired with simply constructed garments, means that Moon and Turtle is a fabulous step up from pattern books such as Ready Set Raglan and Take Heart. Kiyomi and Sachiko’s sisterly affection for one another is clear and shines through their words and designs!