There’s a LOT to love in Shibui’s FW ’15 collection by Shellie Anderson — this texture-mixed v-neck, that gorgeous scarf, to name but two — but the piece that has me totally wowed is the “simplest” of the bunch: the Trace pullover. At a glance, it’s just a perfectly proportioned, cozy-as-hell pullover, with some appealing ribbed borders for visual interest. A sweater that might be a little bit boring to knit but that you would never want to take off. (I absolutely love the fit of it on this girl.) On closer inspection, though, it’s pretty damn brilliant. The ribbing is picked up along each edge before being seamed together, and whereas the stockinette body is knitted in Baby Alpaca, the ribbing is worked in two entirely different yarns — Cima and Pebble, held double. So rather than the simple contrast of the ribbing and the stockinette, they’re actually different fabrics, with different character and the slightest difference in color, as each of the fibers takes the dye a little bit differently. It’s a total “God is in the details” moment.
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