I know I don’t have to tell you how happy I am that the annual July seepage of Fall patterns has begun. In a rare deluge, Swans Island published an incredible number of patterns this month, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to see them all collected together. Don’t worry, though — I’ve mined their complete archive in search of the latest additions and will be doling them out for some time! But what better way to ease into the season than to start working on a cable scarf? They’ve presented us with three options:
TOP: At the small end of the scale is the Woodlands Scarf by Talitha Kuomi, narrow and unisex, with symmetrical stacks of thin wishbone cables running up the center
MIDDLE: Clocking in at mid-scale wrap proportions is the Algonquin Wrap by Michele Rose Orne, with a mix of open diamonds and dense braids
BOTTOM: And then there’s the large-scale Fireside Wrap by Leah Coccari-Swift, with its big doughy cables
Thanks so much for reading this week, everyone, and for all the enthusiasm about the upcoming Fringe and Friends Knitalong! I know I’ll be spending a chunk of time this weekend starting to sort out what I want to knit, and I hope you will too! Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it’s a good one …
And if you need anything from Fringe Supply Co., we’re here for you!
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Retro cable bliss
Now that the 4th of July is behind us, it’s safe to start dreaming about Fall — which will be here in a heartbeat, people. I know I’m not the only one mired in reveries, because my Instagram feed is suddenly full of fall feelings. And you know more than anything, I’m dreaming of cable sweaters. I ran across this new pattern by Debbie Bliss last night, with the melodic and inventive name of Cropped Cable Sweater, and fell instantly in want. I love how evocative it is of all those vintage cable pullovers trapped in my stack of old pattern booklets, but I imagine this one would be merciful enough to include a proper chart! I’m already mentally scanning my stash for yarn candidates and imagining amusing outfits …
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Kveta
Ok, in all honesty, I chuckle a lot about the number of garter-stitch shawl patterns that get published in any given month. And yet today I’m favoriting Kveta by Amy Christoffers, one of the simplest garter-stitch shawls I’ve ever seen! But often the simplest things really are the most appealing. You can guess that in my mind this is not the technicolor dream shawl pictured but the same thing in a nice quiet neutral — or at least a solid. There’s something I like about the scale of it on this girl, but what’s reeling me in is the notion of the low-fuss, drop-stitch fringe method. I just really want to do that. And using 2 skeins of worsted/aran weight yarn, just imagine how many options there must be in my stash.
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Andean-inspired hats
It’s making me laugh how hilariously out-of-season this is, but with the sopping wet blaze of summer upon us, all I can do is dream of Fall. It’s NEXT, y’all — it’s coming! In the Early Fall 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting, there’s a whole collection of Andean-style hat patterns, aka chullos, and what better to fuel Fall dreams? I find chullos completely mesmerizing, and have repeatedly lingered over the Purl Soho collection of finished ones (now on sale, even!) trying to figure out if I would ever actually wear one or just hang it on the wall. And I have no idea which of the Vogue patterns might be more or less authentic than any of the others, but these are the two I’m smitten with (despite the headache-inducing red background) —
TOP: #18 Textured Chullo Hat by Laura Zukaite with all its amazing texture and tassels (the Andean tassels are everything to me)
BOTTOM: #14 Andean Chullo Hat by Deborah Newton with its great patchwork of colorwork motifs; I’d love to see this one in black and natural
In shop news, we’ve restocked a few missing bestsellers lately: The repair hooks, the rosewood crochet hooks and the Twig & Horn blocking soap bars are all currently available in all materials, sizes and scents! And we’re down to the last handful of Sheepmoji totes, just sayin’.
Thanks for all the great input this week, everyone — stay cool this weekend and I’ll see you back here next week!
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Crochet shawls
There was a whole lot of crochet going on around me on my trip last weekend, further stoking my urge to crochet right now. I’m holding steady on my no-shawl-knitting vow, but I wonder if the long rows would bother me as much with crochet, given the difference in how they’re worked? So I keep going back to these two beauties from Quince and Co’s recent crochet collection (all of it extremely lovely):
TOP: Celia by Sara Kay Hartmann is a mesh triangle with zigzag border that reminds me of bunting
BOTTOM: Leilani by Julie Blagojevich has a subtly swooping allover texture
(Note to Cal: One of these days, I’m taking you up on your offer of assistance is getting past granny squares!)
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: WATG knitted denim jammies
The big news out of Wool and the Gang this week is that they’ve got a new yarn called Billie Jean, upcycled from the copious denim scraps of the blue jean business into an intrinsically blue cotton yarn (a recycling process that involves no further chemicals or dyes). They’re not the first to launch a recycled denim yarn, but the more the merrier, I say — cheers to anyone doing anything about fashion-industry waste, especially making glorious looking yarn out of it! So for those of us wanting to use eco-conscious yarns, this is another fantastic option. And of course they’ve done patterns to go with it. I’m instantly smitten with this little duo and dreaming of lounging around the house in them:
TOP: Crazy Feeling Sweater is a slouchy pullover with a funky split hem and wide sleeves that’s as casual as it gets
BOTTOMS: (ha! see what I did there?) Heartbreaker Shorts are the ultimate loungewear, and with that little rolled stockinette edge they’re like a pair of Daisy Dukes for the knitting crowd
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Julie Hoover’s insta-classic pullovers
I need to find a good way to update my Pullovers for first-timers post from time to time. Because, for instance — in addition to being super appealing to anyone who loves to knit and loves a good go-everywhere pullover — Julie Hoover’s two new patterns are both great first-sweater candidates. One of the bottom-up seamed raglan variety, and one in the drop-shoulder group. And both being Julie patterns, they’re guaranteed to be not only well-written but to teach you the best way to do things, even if you’re not new to sweater knitting. But if you’re an advanced beginner, comfortable working simple stitch patterns and decreases, and looking for a first sweater to build your skills and your wardrobe around, definitely take a look at these.
TOP: Martine is written for DK-weight cotton knitted on US8 needles with a lovely allover textured stitch pattern and gently arced raglan seams
BOTTOM: Wintour is written for two different strands of fingering held together on US6 needles (I’ve felt this fabric and it’s to-die-for), drop-shouldered and split-hemmed, with the sleeves worked downward from stitches picked up around the armholes
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: the tanks of Pom Pom