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