New Favorites: Banded ribs

New Favorites: Banded ribs

I don’t know if this interrupted-ribbing stitch pattern has a commonly accepted name (if it does, fill me in! and is it ribbing or brioche?) but I fell in love with it upon first seeing Helga Isager’s Pine/Marie Cardigan (top photo) from a few years ago, and now again upon encountering Anker’s Sweater (“My Size”) (bottom photo) by PetiteKnitDK. Both are seamless, circular-yoke sweaters — a perfect marriage of construction and stitch pattern. PKDK’s pullover has it contained to the yoke, and I’m a sucker for a yoke sweater that’s done with texture rather than colorwork. But there’s also something I find entrancing about its allover puckered glory on Isager’s cardigan. I could look at that photo all day long.


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Bits to borrow

New Favorites: Bits to borrow

New Favorites: Bits to borrow

You know that feeling when you see a stitch pattern and your fingers start twitching with the urge to knit it? But sometimes it’s on a garment or accessory that doesn’t quite suit you. So what’s a knitter to do?

TOP: Salt by Sylvia McFadden
I’m obsessed with stitch patterns like this one — especially this one — but not much of a shawl wearer (or knitter), so here I am pondering borrowing it for a little hat or somesuch.

BOTTOM: Split Stone by Clare Mountain
I really love what’s happening on the lower part of this sweater — I’m just not personally a fan of drop-shoulder sweaters. So I can’t help daydreaming about knitting this one from hem to underarm and then just changing what happens from there up.

(In both cases, obviously, I would buy the pattern!)


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Marmor

New Favorites: Marmor

New Favorites: Marmor

This might sound funny but I’ve always wanted a garter-stitch sweater. It’s one of those things that is forever rolling around in the back of my mind. Just about every time there’s some yarn I’m planning to knit with and trying to figure out what, I ask myself “Is this the garter-stitch sweater?” Part of the reason it’s never happened is I can’t decide whether I want it to be a pullover or a cardigan. But this new cardigan pattern, Marmor by Regina Moessmer, could maybe be the thing to scratch that itch. Like all things truly beautiful, it’s super super simple, but “God is in the details.”


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: The Twigs

New Favorites: The Twigs

New Favorites: The Twigs

One of the most interesting pattern designers to come along the last few years is Junko Okamoto, whose first pattern Child and Mam was fascinatingly unusual. She repeatedly combines volume and colorwork in a truly unique way, but her most recent pattern, The Twigs, is the one I can’t get out of my mind. I’ve been saying for a longtime that someday I will knit an allover colorwork sweater, and this one is a definite contender …


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Adrian

New Favorites: Adrian

New Favorites: Adrian

Easily one of my favorite knitting patterns I’ve seen lately is a lovely little cable hat called The Adrian, by Armenuhi Khachatryan, so I was really excited when it showed up in the starting brackets for MDK March Mayhem and sad it didn’t make it any farther in the competition. I just think it’s so striking and unusual how the cables are deployed here, and if you sit and follow the path of those cables with your eyeballs, your fingers will start twitching with the urge to knit them. Irresistible, this one.


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: from The Artisan


New Favorites: from The Artisan

New Favorites: from The Artisan

You guys know how much I’ve loved some of Helga Isager’s past collections (2012, 2013, 2014), and when the images from her new book, The Artisan, started showing up on the Internet, I knew I was not only going to be saving a ton of them at Ravelry for later, but that I would want to stock this one in the shop. It arrived last night (the English version) and I swear I almost slept with it under my pillow, hoping I could wake up inside of it. The whole thing is incredible, but my top picks are:

TOP: Pearls – an allover diagonal-stitch pullover

BOTTOM LEFT: Birch – a cozy slouchy cocoon cardigan

BOTTOM RIGHT: Twine – a fuzzy little cabled turtleneck

You can see the whole pattern set at Ravelry and pick up a copy of the book at Fringe Supply Co.!

p.s. If you’ve had your eye on the black Field Bag, please be aware it’s now in limited supply, so get it while they last!


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Chevron hats

New Favorites: Chevron hats

New Favorites: Chevron hats

I’ve heard from so many of you that you’d love to knit the Channel cardigan but aren’t sure about taking on the scale of the project. And then there’s me (and others), having worked that lovely stitch pattern and missing it. So for all of us, here are some recent hat patterns with differently enticing chevron stitches to entertain us:

TOP: Braddock by Christina Danaee

MIDDLE: Quill by Andrea Mowry (in the current issue of Taproot)

BOTTOM: Prism by Emily Greene


PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Texture by the yard