Knit the Look: Preetma Singh’s rollneck sweater

Knit the Look: Preetma Singh's rollneck sweater

I can never see a rollneck sweater and not think of the J.Crew classic from my youth, which I coveted for all the years they kept it in the catalog and never got to have. Seeing this version on fashion editor/drummer Preetma Singh makes me want one all over again. As did the Purl Soho Pullover pattern when it was released last year. Preetma’s has ribbed cuffs, which I love and would be a no-brainer of a mod, and a punkified hem. I personally would skip that part, but you could easily emulate it with a crochet chain. Knit it in Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist Heather in the lightly mottled Ash Gray. Or — if you’re comfortable adapting a pattern to a different gauge — you could get a chunkier and more marled look like Preetma’s by holding together two strands of a fingering-weight yarn, one in light grey and the other an even lighter grey.

See Vanessa’s post for more of Preetma’s look.

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PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Danielle Bernstein’s cable beanie

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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

Knit the Look: Danielle Bernstein’s cable beanie

Knit the Look: Danielle Bernstein's cable beanie

I love that We Wore What blogger Danielle Bernstein happens to be wearing a pin-striped coat with this little oatmeal-colored cable beanie. The overall androgyny of her look makes it that much more perfect that the best pattern I know for matching the hat happens to be a Jared Flood pattern from BT Men called Eno, which of course is perfectly unisex. To make it just like Danielle’s, use Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Woodsmoke and knit the ribbing to four inches, for a nice fold-up brim, before switching to the cable pattern. (If you’re one of the many knitters out there who has yet to discover the pure simple joy of cabling, this would be a great place to start.)

For more of Danielle’s outfit, see Vanessa’s original post.

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PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Marie Piovesan’s luscious scarf

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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

Knit the Look: Marie Piovesan’s luscious scarf

Knit the Look: Marie Piovesan's luscious scarf

How simply gorgeous is this black ribbed scarf seen on French model Marie Piovesan? So luscious looking, and the epitome of French elegance. You could knit your own by just casting on and working in 1×1 rib for as long as you like, but to get that extra squishy cushiness, brioche would be the way to go, and Stephen West has a free pattern that’s just the thing: Ferocious Briocheous it’s called. It’s written with color changes and seamed into a mobius cowl, but you could knit all in black and seam or not. For the luxe look of Marie’s scarf, try knitting it with Purl Soho’s Line Weight in Soft Black or Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering in Obsidian.

See Vanessa’s original post for more pics of the scarf, the coat and the incredible hair.

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PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Mariska van der Zee’s EZ pullover

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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

Knit the Look: Mariska van der Zee’s EZ pullover

Knit the Look: Mariska's van der Zee's EZ pullover

Stretching the Knit the Look boundaries a little bit, I want to talk about this head shot of model Mariska van der Zee — or, more specifically, her sweater. Between the hair fiends, the fashion fiends and the knitting fiends, this photo was flying around Pinterest a few months ago, just about the time a big chunky sweater was beginning to be unthinkable. I don’t know who manufactured Mariska’s sweater, but the instant I saw it all I could think was how easy it would be to replicate. It’s Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Hurry-Up Last-Minute Sweater — a classic EZ recipe from her Knitter’s Almanac (what do you mean you don’t have it?!) — knitted in super bulky. It would be delicious in Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino or Blue Sky Alpacas’ Bulky.

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PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Vasilisa Pavlova’s waffle sweater

Knit the Look: Vasilisa Pavlova’s waffle sweater

Knit the Look: Vasilisa Pavlova's waffle sweater

Knit the Look is hard in the summer, but we’re all ready to dream about “transitional looks” right about now, am I right? I love the simplicity of this outfit on Vasilisa Pavlova: a beautifully proportioned waffle-stitch sweater in ivory paired with a black mini. (For me, that would be shorts.) Tahki Stacy Charles has a free pattern that’s a good starting point here, the Biella Pullover. To make it look like Vasilisa’s, knit a size with 6 or 8 inches of positive ease. For the body, start with 6 or 7 inches of ribbing, then skip the waist shaping and knit another 7 or 8 inches in the waffle pattern (depending on how long you want the body of your sweater to be — the slightly short length is key here). Same thing for the sleeves — knit a nice long ribbed cuff before starting in on the waffle work. Wear with everything you own.

For the rest of the outfit, see Vanessa’s original post.

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PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Or, make that crochet?

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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission

 

Knit the Look: Or, make that crochet?

Knit the Look: Crocheted wrap with fringe

Crochet the Look? I love the pretty fringed wrap on this unidentified model after the latest Margaret Howell show — especially right now, since it’s the perfect seasonal transition piece. As is often the case, the details are hard to discern from Vanessa’s street-style photo, but it sure looks like crochet to me, so I called on Cal Patch for a consult. Cal agrees, and had the same thought as me: that it might very well be a triangular shawl with fringe along the two sides, wrapped in scarf-like fashion. Maybe even as simple as a big half-granny square, with fringe added. Another great option would be Cal’s Wingfeathers Shawl pattern, crocheted in a worsted or heavier yarn. If you prefer a rectangular scarf, you could also follow the Purl Bee’s Granny Stripe Blanket instructions and just change the dimensions to a wrap-sized (rather than bed-sized) rectangle, then add fringe along one long edge. Wrap and go. Whichever you choose, it would be lovely in the Purl Soho Worsted Twist in that Heirloom White I love so much.

See Vanessa’s post for an additional view.

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PREVIOUSLY in Knit the Look: Marte Mei Van Haaster’s perfect grey pullover

Knit the Look: Marte Mei Van Haaster’s perfect grey pullover

How to knit Marte Mei Van Haaster's perfect grey pullover

I’ve been obsessing over this photo of Marte Mei Van Haaster for the past few months. Her skin, the braid, the leather and shearling, the polka dots, and that delicious grey sweater holding it all together. Knitting the sweater is a no-brainer. You could totally improvise it as a top-down raglan — just start with a smallish number of neck stitches, and when you go back to knit your ribbing, knit a few more rounds than you would for a standard crewneck. Or, if you’d prefer to work from a pattern and/or don’t want any raglan seams, which this sweater appears not to have, you could use Jared Flood’s round-yoked Grettir, skip the colorwork and knit a mini-mock neck instead of the full turtleneck. So that part’s easy. The real question here is the yarn! At the trade show last month, Shibui had a new sample of Julie Weisenberger’s Veronika that was knitted with one strand of Pebble held with one strand of Silk Cloud and it was heavenly. Could be the perfect light, airy, halo-y fabric for this, and seems like it would knit up nicely at Grettir’s gauge.

See Vanessa’s post for more of Marte’s outfit.

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Street style photo © Vanessa Jackman; used with permission