Let’s look at the facts: (1) I have no new knitting to show you, and (2) I really, really should be writing a paper for business school right this minute. What does this mean? Well, in the procrastinator’s universe it means that it is time to bring you a new Pattern Radar post! This is where I show you which patterns have caught my eye over the past month or two.
Linda Marveng has been getting lots of notice in knitting circles lately. This popped up on my screen just this week:
This is the Cable Round Sweater. The cables are framed by rib which gives it more shape than a traditional cabled garment, and the cowl is a separate piece which adds flexibility. It is one of four beautiful sweaters that Linda designed for the September edition of Made by Me, a Norwegian-language knitting magazine. The other three are much more tailored and striking, but this one appeals to me. If you don’t read Norwegian, don’t fret; she will release the English-language patterns in the Fall.
I love the bold lines, the graphic pop of black-on-white, and the slightly-oversized coziness of it. I’m particularly fond of the sleeves – those long rows of buttons on rib really grabbed my attention.
A number of years ago, I took a course from Shirley Paden on Sweater Design (at Knit Nation in London). It was a small class, with only a handful of students. One of them was Signe Strømgaard who designs beautiful garments for children. Check out Signe’s work at Strik til Banditter – the designs are amazing; she is doing some of the most creative work in children’s design right now. I really love this new pattern:
This is called Sesse and I think it’s pretty much perfect. Signe has this pattern, along with 10 others, available in English in an e-book which can be purchased on the Ravelry link here.
Jasna Kaludjerovic is a new-to-me designer, who really grabbed my attention this month with this number:
This is the Lilynet dress and matching hat. I absolutely love this retro 60s/70s look. In fact, this dress reminds me very much of a dress my mother knit in the 1960s which I reported on in this blog post. I will definitely be keeping my eye on Jana’s designs.
As you may know, I always keep my eye out for great menswear patterns. The latest one to capture my attention is Tilt, by Lisa Richardson. I love Lisa’s work (though we shall not mention the Richardson-designed wrap-that-never-ends that has been on my needles for a year now).
I love that the incredibly rich colourwork is made by knitting fairisle with just two different yarns, one of them variegated; thus it looks more complicated than it actually is. Doug really likes this one, too, so it has definitely made its way into my queue.
I absolutely should not be looking at patterns for endless long wraps with tons of intricate colourwork (see above reference to unmentionable wrap). I cannot deny being very attracted to this one however:
The photo is atmospheric and only gives a hint of the fabulousness of this Mint Wrap, designed by Marie Wallin and published by Rowan in Windswept: Collection One. Repeat after me: I will resist; I will resist.
However, I may be unable to resist another Marie Wallin pattern, Parsley, from the same publication:
Again, the photo is a bit dark and atmospheric and doesn’t capture all of the colour and beauty of this design. I absolutely adore the contrast of the fairisle patterned bands with the plaid bands, and the unusual, almost jarring, colour choices. Love, love, love!
I have a particular fondness for garments, but sometimes accessories catch my eye. I love this cowl pattern, Fusuma, designed by Kirsten Johnstone:
Kirsten was inspired by Japanese sliding screens and I think she nailed it. I love the spare, stark lines.
Akebia is sweet:
I love Kate Gilbert’s designs, and this one, from the Twist Collective, hits all of the right buttons for me. It is charming and looks so wearable – I can really see myself wearing this one everywhere. And that little peek of vibrant colour at the hems gives it just enough of an edge to keep it from being too sweet, if you know what I mean.
And to end with a bit of fun, here is Big Red:
This super chunky cardigan is designed by Josh Bennett for his Rowan Designer Collection: What do you become at night? The collection is based on a Little Red Riding Hood theme, heavy on the wolf motif. This is knit with Rowan Cocoon held double, which rules it out for me: if I were to wear it I’d end up like the witch in Hansel and Gretel instead (roasted, that is). I love Josh Bennett, who is equally at ease designing classics and over-the-top pieces, and clearly has a sense of fun.
That’s it for Pattern Radar! Even the best procrastination must come to an end.