New Favorites: Every stitch of the Tov collection

New Favorites: Every stitch of the Tov collection

I mentioned recently that I’d gotten a sneak peek from the set of the shoot for a new collection and that there was a cardigan I was losing sleep over. It turns out the entire collection — the Tov Collection from Woolfolk, for their latest yarn, Tov — is drop-dead ridiculously to-die-for gorgeous. For me, and what makes my heart race, it’s the single best pattern collection I’ve seen in the five years I’ve been doing this.

Here’s the thing: the day the lookbook first snuck into my inbox, I got the vapors. But before making a claim like “best I’ve seen in five years,” I have to stop and check myself. Let’s face it: the photography, the house, the ivory yarn and cables — it pushes every one of my buttons. Was I being swayed by all of that, or are these patterns as good as I initially thought they were? Having looked at it more times now than I care to admit, I can honestly say: Take away the house, make the garments colors I don’t like, whatever — they’re stupendous.

So here are my favorites: All of them! Starting, of course, with the sweaters:

Vidje by Kristin Ford, above, is the cardigan I was on about. This design is a tightrope walk; it could have so easily gone awry, but the bands of texture blocking are beautifully done. I mean, the shift in scale of the honeycomb is so gorgeous I’m hellbent on knitting this thing even though I hate knitting honeycomb! It might take me two years to finish it, but I ain’t lettin’ that stop me.

New Favorites: Every stitch of the Tov collection

Bue by (newcomer?) Nele Redweik might manage to distract me from Vidje for a minute. I’ve been planning to do a pattern for a sleeveless cabled tunic, but now I don’t have to! This is perfection.

New Favorites: Every stitch of the Tov collection

Gevir by Sarah Solomon represents that balance I think we’re always looking for, of a garment that’s striking — what I like to call a trophy knit — but also very practical and wearable. The combination of wide ribs and vertebrae-like cables, the way they’re deployed here, is slimming rather than adding bulk. And it feels extremely fashionable and classic at the same time. Absolutely gorgeous.

New Favorites: Every stitch of the Tov collection

And then there are the accessories:

TOP: Rille by Olga Buraya-Kefelian is just fantastic looking hat — must have

BOTTOM LEFT: Mont by Olga Buraya-Kefelian is a pair of long mitts that are just a good thing done well

BOTTOM RIGHT: Arkade by Antonia Shankland is the weirdest stitch pattern I’ve ever seen, makes no sense to my brain, but I find the dimensionality and pillowiness of it fascinating!

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28 thoughts on “New Favorites: Every stitch of the Tov collection

    • Me too. I’d also need to lose, oh, 100 lbs. so I don’t look like a sheep on two legs. My thought is, as one does with runway fashions, to preserve the essence of the design and color if that’s what you love, and make something fitting that pays homage to the original design.

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  1. If there’s one company that comes out with patterns that always manage to get me excited, it’s Woolfolk. I’ve been obsessed with making the vidje as well, Christmas knitting and three sweaters in progress be damned.

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  2. Gevir is gorgeous! Do you have any suggestions for yarn substitutes that would offer similar softness and stitch definition at a more affordable price point?

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  3. Okay, I was prepared to be casual about this, but holy cow! I totally agree. Simply beautiful. Now to see if I have yarn in my stash (on a bit of a yarn diet despite my admiration of Woolful yarns…) to make one of these.

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  4. When I saw this collection, and the cardigan, I thought it must be the one you’d been losing sleep over. It has your name written all over it.

    I’m in love with Bue even though it doesn’t go with anything that I own. The only thing I don’t like are those slightly flaring sleeves, but maybe something could be done about that.

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  5. I simply love Gevir. It will be perfect for some of my lofty handspun Corridale. BTW, you may want to contact me directly to explain what the old south meant by having the vapors. You made me laugh but you may not choose to use that phrase in the same way. Tee hee.

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  6. Karen, I think I am going to have to stop reading your blog. DRATS!!! When I saw the collection, my teeth fell in my lap and my eyeballs popped out and rolled off somewhere in the dark where I am unable to tell where they are. Good thing I do not need to see to type or knit… but I do to read new patterns. Please send Bloodhounds and soup…

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  7. Lovely designs. I’m also super intrigued by that reversible eyelet cable in the cowl/scarf, and I’m curious how much of how it looks is the interaction of stitch with yarn (they mention the “overtwisted” yarn construction in the pattern description). One way to find out…

    I am disappointed in the very narrow range of sizes for the sweaters, though. I’m finding it increasingly hard to wholeheartedly celebrate pattern collections that aren’t more inclusive.

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  8. I literally gasped when this collection appeared and then immediately bought the three sweater patterns! Planning to try Vidje and Gevir in Cyrano as Tov is super expensive here in the U.K. – and it’s in my stash!

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  9. I love those sweater designs but why no buttons or closures on heavy sweaters? One would be wearing them for warmth but would constantly be pulling them closed. No buttons because people don’t know how to make buttonholes?

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful designs. Alas, not for my part of the country. I am sending the last of my worsted-weight pullovers to my daughters and replacing them with fingering-weight designs, and my worsted-weight cardis are winter coats.

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