New Favorites: Julie Hoover’s latest gems

julie hoover knitting patterns becot garance driftwood doux

You know how everyone’s always asking what one book you’d want if stranded on a desert island? Or what you’d choose for your last meal? Well, what if you could only knit from one designer’s patterns for the rest of your days. If someone asked me that, the words “Julie Hoover” would probably be out of my mouth before the question was finished. I’ve had my eye on her for awhile — ever since dropping 9 bucks for a hard copy of Chaleur when I was at Knit Purl last winter — but lately she’s really been hitting it out of the park, releasing one gorgeous pattern after another. Her designs are understated, which of course I love, but the shapes, textures and attention to detail are superior. In a marketplace full of fussy, overworked stuff, she’s creating patterns for seriously wearable clothes and accessories that will stand the test of time — from a beautifully shaped pullover to that perfect slouchy Saturday turtleneck. Great, great stuff.

1. Bécot hat (in mink and cashmere!)

2. Garance pullover

3. Driftwood turtleneck (from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2012)

4. Doux scarf

22 thoughts on “New Favorites: Julie Hoover’s latest gems

  1. Thanks so much for bringing this designer to my attention. I love the pullover- I think it might be time to task myself with something like this x

  2. Garance could be a good first sweater, by the way, for those wondering. It’s knit in the round from the bottom up, all stockinette and ribbing, with what might be a fun new skill for you at the neckline. Not sure I’d recommend holding silk and mohair double (the recommended yarns) to someone who isn’t a really confident knitter who can read their work, but A) if you’re comfortable with your stitches and knitting with two yarns, go for it, or B) substitute a heavy-worsted or aran yarn instead, and just make sure you’re matching her gauge so the fit will be right.

  3. All of these are so good! I’ve always been drawn to very rustic looking yarns, which when paired with these very sleek yet wearable designs (should) keep me just this side of hippie farmgirl. I’ll keep you posted on my progress when and if I ever finish one of her designs :) I’m thinking of casting on for Flore over the holidays…now to figure out what yarns!

  4. Julie’s work has been a fave of mine for a long time but I’ll be honest, I haven’t knit any of her patterns yet. The most recent releases will definitely change that. Where’s my desert island?

  5. Loving each and every one of these, Karen. This is my kind of collection. I really wish I could find the Tactile Fiber Arts yarn for that scarf, it’s gorgeous.

  6. Oops, sorry….it was for a scarf pattern for another of Julie Hoover’s patterns. Um. I guess I got lost on her site in between reading your post and commenting on your post. I can’t find the Tussah silk for the Tisse scarf over on her site. Guess I’ll go for the Doux!

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