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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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Market bags

New Favorites: Market bags

New Favorites: Market bags

Every year around this time, I have the thought that perhaps it would be fun to knit a little market bag, and I go have a look at all the ones I’ve bookmarked over the past few years. Every year, I decide these two by Pam Allen are the cream of the crop: the Dejeuner Bag up top — my very favorite — and the Rue Mouffetard. This year I actually have a skein of linen in want of a purpose (left over from grandma’s shawl) but the bags are so pretty in that natural Sparrow I can’t imagine doing anything else.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Paloma

New Favorites: Paloma

New Favorites: Paloma

Whether it’s the fact that it’s been so long (almost two months!) since I had a sweater on my needles, or even just talking about October, or the fact that it is FREEZING in our new space, I find myself longing to cast on a really big, really cozy sweater. This is an old favorite — on my to-knit list since the day it released last spring — but it’s top of mind at the moment: Thea Colman’s Paloma cardigan, pictured above. Chunky, beautifully textured, long and snuggly, I’m craving it intensely right now. I even love it in that pale pink!

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Tanks!

New Favorites: Tanks!

New Favorites: Tank sweater knitting patterns

It always amazes me how many ways people dream up to knit a little tank sweater, but these super simple versions are the ones I want right now:

TOP: Aster by Dawn Catanzaro is designed for Quince’s awesome aran-weight linen Kestrel (which I made my striped tank from last year), while …

BOTTOM: Farrah by Wool and the Gang is designed for their Shiny Happy Cotton

Perfect summer staples, knitted up in no time!

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: from Plucky’s Spring Forward collection