It’s been a long time since I’ve written a Pattern Radar post. Mostly this is because the last stages of finishing the MBA exhausted me and I’ve been recovering slowly. The second, and perhaps related, issue is that I have a bit of knitting burn-out. This means that patterns just aren’t reaching out to grab me – there seem to be too many patterns coming out all of the time, and my knitting mojo is low (see my post on Pattern Bombardment Syndrome here).
That is not to say that there have not been some lovely patterns out lately. Here is my selection of the ones which really caught my eye. We will start with publications, both books and knitting magazines. The one which blew me away is Kyle Kunnecke’s Urban Knit Collection. I don’t believe it has been released yet in print, though Kyle has put up all of the pattern pages on Ravelry in order to whet our appetites. I pre-ordered the book instantly; something I rarely do these days. There are so many great patterns that it is hard to choose, but my favorite of the collection is Savoy. Here are front and back views. This one is definitely on my to-do list.
I think that Kyle is an incredibly inventive designer. Here is another one from this collection, the men’s pullover Brandt, which is knit in one of my favorite yarns, Rowan Felted Tweed:
Kate Davies also published her book on Haps. As usual, I like Kate’s writing and historical research as much as the patterns. In this book, unlike her earlier ones, she has collaborated with a number of designers. My favorite is the Nut-Hap, designed by Jen Arnall-Culliford; I think it is a really clever design:
The Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2016 edition came out a few weeks ago, and I really loved two of the patterns. First, the #3 Mock Turtleneck Shell by Melissa Leapman. What is not to like about this? I would make it in red – really rich red.
The #22 Hooded Cable Vest by Yoko Hatta also appeals. This has really classy lines but still a touch of fun. I can imagine wearing this all the time:
I used to have a subscription to Interweave Knits, but for a long time it went downhill (so I thought) and I cancelled my subscription. Lately, it seems to be getting stronger. I tried to pick just one favorite from this edition, but couldn’t do it, so will show you two. I am always interested in men’s patterns, and I have been searching for good men’s vest patterns (more on this in a later post), so I was extremely pleased to see the Fall River Vest by Mary Jane Mucklestone. I love it!
I have featured Linda Marveng in a previous Pattern Radar post. She continues to churn out some impressive patterns. Her contribution to Interweave Knits is a very chic piece, the Kathe Cardigan. I like it more every time I look at it.
(I was planning on also featuring another Linda Marveng design, a gorgeous reversible tunic called Hel, but just realised that it is still being test knit and hasn’t been released yet. This means that there is lots of good stuff still to come from Linda’s desk, so stay tuned.)
I had never heard of Gudrun Georges when I saw her design, the Amy Polo. I will certainly put her on radar now. I love this sport-weight polo, which is both classic and cute and has great details:
I have been noticing many beautiful Nordic designs and designers lately. I was struck by the design, Superfritt etter Fana by Sidsel J. Høivik. This pattern is apparently available in kit form from her website. I was not familiar with Sidsel’s work, but will keep an eye on her. Oslo seems to be a very happening place for knitting design.
This seems like a very short Pattern Radar post to me. I think once my knitting mojo comes back full force, and the fall sets in, I will once again get overwhelmed by new patterns. In the meantime, these gorgeous designs are enough to keep your needles busy for a long time.