New Favorites: from Interweave Knits Fall ’15

New Favorites: from Interweave Knits Fall '15

Fall magazines are starting to drop! The Interweave Knits Fall preview is out, and it looks like a bit of a gem. My favorites happen to be three sweater patterns that are all about their yokes:

TOP: Agrotera Pullover by Amanda Bell has a slightly Art Nouveau-ish lace pattern around a circular yoke

MIDDLE: St. Helier Pullover by Mary Anne Benedetto is a perfectly lovely little gansey (I personally would skip the lace shirttail action)

BOTTOM: Tucker Sweater by Amanda Scheuzger is another circular yoke, this time with an encircling cable motif

The other one I’m smitten with is Yellow Gold Pullover by Linda Marveng. I don’t love the proportions of it, but I’m intrigued by the combination of the horizontal stripes with those absolutely jaw-dropping chain-link cables.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: the WATG x Raeburn beanies

New Favorites: the WATG x Raeburn beanies

New Favorites: the WATG x Raeburn beanies

I love a pleasant surprise. As previously noted when the collection first walked the runway, I really like the pieces Wool and the Gang designed for Christopher Raeburn’s Fall 2015 show. My favorite was the giant beanie, especially for the way the mixed yarns mimicked that incredible bouclé tweed fabric used for the coat it was worn with. Well, the knit kits have just hit the WATG website, and what I missed when looking at those photos before (or have long since forgotten about) was the solid black version. Seeing it yesterday in white, up top, gave me a whole new appreciation for this hat. But even more than that, I LOVE the way it looks folded up (like, you know), as opposed to the way it was worn on the runway. So now I’m coveting it in white, black and the runway-multi version. It’s not sold as an individual pattern (at least at this time) but the solid kit is called Abyss and the multi-hued version is Atlantis.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: from Rowan 58

New Favorites: from Rowan 58

New Favorites: from Rowan 58

There’s one thing and only one thing I love about July — that moment where I can feel the sands almost imperceptibly shifting. We’re far from the floodgates of Fall, but the trickle of comfy-cozy sweater patterns is beginning to begin, with Rowan 58 as a whopping example. This volume of the illustrious British mag-book contains 35 sweater patterns and 5 accessories, but these are the ones I’d buy it for—

TOP: Glacier by Martin Storey — I’m slightly dubious about the neck shaping, but those chain-link cables are to die for

MIDDLE: Alderney Cardigan by Martin Storey — perfectly proportioned and I’m surprisingly into the giant leaf pattern; I want it in black and navy!

BOTTOM LEFT: Anglesey by Marie Wallin — another for the long list of classic stranded Wallin jumpers

BOTTOM RIGHT: Colonsay by Lisa Richardson — boxy plaid jacket that is just plain cool

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Grille

New Favorites: Grille

New Favorites: Grille by Bonnie Sennott

As you likely heard, the ninth edition of Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People hit the airwaves yesterday — a collection containing seven lace shawl patterns and seven sweater patterns. Were I a lace shawl person, I’d be casting on Loden ASAP. But I’m a sweater person, and the one here that makes my heart go pitty-pat is Grille by Bonnie Sennott. My love of the sweater vest is well-documented, as is my affinity for textural knit-purl patterns. So this oversized, sleeveless, crewneck number has my name written all over it.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Fair-weather friends

New Favorites: Fair-weather friends

New Favorites: Fair-weather friends

Summer has arrived in full force, after a really lovely and long Spring and pre-Summer, as I’ve been calling it. Which means the air conditioners of Nashville are all officially on full blast, my sinuses are on the fritz (TMI, I know), and all I can think about is how to keep my neck warm. These pale beauties are both calling out to me:

TOP: The Purl Bee’s Crosshatch Cowl is as spare and simple as it gets — and would make the perfect constant companion (free pattern)

BOTTOM: The Bonnie Banks Shawl has flirted with me twice in my inbox — first in a link from a Clara Parkes email about the yarn, then in an email from the designer, Beatrice Perron Dahlen, who had kindly sent me the pattern after I’d favorited it at Ravelry. I’ve sworn off shawl knitting, of course, but this one is mighty tempting.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Crochet temptations

New Favorites: Crochet temptations

New Favorites: Crochet temptations

Ah, summer — that time of year where I swear I’m going to crochet something and then never do. What am I fantasizing about this time?

TOP: The Purl Bee’s Big Stitch Rug, on my list for ages (free pattern)

BOTTOM LEFT: Wool and the Gang’s new Carrie On Tote kit, so great with that leather strap

BOTTOM RIGHT: Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Asticou Terrace granny triangle, so simple (free pattern)

Kate and Courtney, over at Kelbourne Woolens, are planning another Crochet Summer campaign. Maybe a little hashtag FOMO will get to me to finally commit. Watch their blog for details.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Faroese colorwork

New Favorites: Faroese colorwork

New Favorites: Faroese colorwork

I’ve got a major Nordic knitting fixation going on at the moment (more on that to come) and last night I fell down a little rabbit hole marked The Island Wool Company. Among other things, they distribute Navia yarns and patterns from the Faroe Islands, between Shetland and Iceland. Faroese colorwork always reminds me of all the beautiful tile around the world, and I love tile. So while there’s more to Faroese knitting (and the Navia collection) than colorwork, these are the designs that are making my heart race at the moment:

TOP LEFT: the Faroese Star cardigan

TOP RIGHT: the 3 Border Jumper

BOTTOM LEFT: the Reflections Jumper

BOTTOM RIGHT: the Star Slippers

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