There’s no way to say how many times I’ve looked at the photos for a simple but beautifully textured men’s raglan-sweater pattern called Big Alfred’s. It’s one of the countless sweaters I’ve knit in my head, shaping it exactly to my liking. And yet when I saw the pictures of Heidi Kirrmaier’s “Frederika” sweater, I didn’t make the connection. I love it with her wide foldover collar and turned-up cuffs — seemingly small mods that make for a completely different sweater.
If you’re not familiar with Kirrmaier (aka PiPiBird), be sure to check out her amazing range of sweater and accessory patterns. (I’m still trying to figure out whether Boardwalk, which I especially love, would work with my broad shoulders.)
One of the knitters I admire most goes by the name of Meganimal on Ravelry. (You’ve seen her “Droguerie Rip-off” here before.) She does a remarkable job of inventing and modifying designs, especially sweaters. I was blown away by her improvised ivory-aran Cloudbusting cardigan last week, and then on Sunday I saw the photos above, of another cardigan which she has dubbed her Fancy Pants Jacket. This cardigan started from a vest pattern called Estes, and if you click through to her project page, you’ll see her characteristically thorough, methodical and generous notes about what steps she took. In this case, she added sleeves and a hood, lengthened it and added a button band, but she also changed subtle details like the pocket edging and placement.
So inspirational. Not to mention darling.
I really love Kim Hargreaves’ pattern Raspy — a lightly destroyed, collarless raglan sweater for women. But I also love what happened when Jared Flood knitted it in men’s proportions and skipped the raspy bits. I would put on that sweater and never take it off.
(Photo by Jared Flood)
It has never occurred to me to wonder what it would look like if Ray Eames had designed knitwear, but I’m pretty sure this is it. “Handepande” took Gudrun Johnston’s lace shawl pattern, Flukra, knitted it in a heavier (albeit just fingering) weight yarn and replaced the scalloped edges with garter stitch. The denser fabric and clean border really show off that graphic stitch pattern, the result being a shawl that is simultaneously cozier and more modern. I want it.
Photo by handepande