Take a little bit of knitting ennui, add a smidgeon of pattern over-abundance, and stir it up with a handful of work-induced stress: what do you get? Pattern indifference. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited by new patterns. But now that is starting to change. Maybe because the days are getting longer, maybe because I’ve got some knitting mojo back, and maybe because there are a lot of cool designs popping up. Whatever the reason, it’s time for a Pattern Radar post.
1. Strathendrick by Kate Davies
I love this new design from Kate Davies. She says: “The landscape which surrounds my home provided perfect inspiration for something I’ve long wanted to design – a statement allover sweater in which vintage colourwork combines with a contemporary look and shape.” I think she nailed it: this is a fantastic pullover – I love the colours, the shape, the juxtaposition of vintage and contemporary, and the fluid drape. I also love that Kate models her own stuff. I love the gorgeous photos her husband, Tom, takes. I love the design ethic and the love of nature in their stuff. There is 20″ of ease in this sweater. That’s a lot of ease, and a lot of stranded knitting, but it’s got my fingers twitching despite that.
2. Inkwell by Alice Caetano
I have a thing for black and white geometric patterns. This goes all the way back to the 1970s, when I would wear black and white geometric sweaters with mini skirts and my favorite white go-go boots. (Doug reminds me that I was still wearing this look when he met me in the 1980s.) I don’t think I’ll ever go back to that style, but I would wear Inkwell in a minute with a black pencil skirt or a pair of jeans. This design is from the Winter 2018 edition of amirisu – the whole edition is a glorious tribute to black and white geometry. I love the details on this one, in particular the way the central patterned section on the front is angled downwards towards the middle, creating a very flattering line for those of us who are no longer wearing mini skirts and go-go boots.
3. Trembling by Anna Maltz
This design just went live on Ravelry today. It is from Anna Maltz’ new book, Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting. This is a very cool pattern, and the longer you contemplate it, the cooler it gets. Not only because of the way she is creating interesting riffs on marl (in which two different colour yarns are knit together), but also because of the fantastic, and nearly imperceptible shaping in the yoke. I love this! (Admission: I don’t even like marl very much. This might make me change my mind.)
4. Cahal by Linda Marveng
Linda is on a roll these days. She keeps knocking out great patterns. What I love about this one is how much she has accomplished with some texture and some rectangles. She has combined them into a truly fascinating and eye-catching shape. I love the piece around the neck, from both front and back. I love the visible seaming which really draws the eye to this feature. I like the way it drapes over the shoulder, too, creating a drop shoulder which is not a dropped shoulder, if you see what I mean. This pattern has only been released in Norwegian so far, but the English-language pattern is on its way, so clear the knitting decks!
5. meander by Lori Versaci
I guess I have Lori Versaci on my mind these days, as I have just this week cast on one of her designs. This cardigan is fantastically lush. Click on the link and look at the close-ups; it really is beautiful, and cozy, and soft, and lofty – you can tell just by looking. The sample cardigan is knit in Woolfolk Tov, a very lush yarn. I looked it up and it would cost me £345 ($480) to knit this in Tov in my size – that is a lot of dough – but oh how tempting! I think I would wear this all the time if I had it! I would have to fight off my daughters for it. This one is going on my wish list and in the meantime I will be keeping an eye out for a possible yarn substitution.
6. 1704-12b Elvira bukse by Viking of Norway
Pattern Radar is for patterns which catch my eye, and this one certainly has done that! I love these intricately patterned leggings. If I were more skilled at stranded knitting, these would be on my needles right now! (They would, however, not end up on my butt, but would rather end up on Emma’s – she could really rock these!) These would require both knitting skill (and the ability to follow a Norwegian pattern) and a bit of style fearlessness to wear, but I think they are fabulous. Apres-ski, anyone?
A great pattern collection, Kelly! By coincidence, I have been eyeing up Meander today – I plan to knit something for my mother’s 70th birthday later this year and I know she would love this. But you have distracted me with the Cahal pattern – that looks great too. Which to choose… perhaps both?! 🙂
Perhaps both? I believe that the Cahal pattern won’t be published in English for a few months, which might mean you can knit Meander for your mom, and then Cahal for yourself!
Perfect – better get to it! 🙂
I am so happy that you think Cahal looks great! Thank you! Kelly is right, the pattern has not been published yet. It is in a queue for test knitting and will be released around Mid May. Both sounds great to me 😉
I’m on it…! And I look forward to Cahal reaching the top of what must be a very busy pile – good luck with it all! 🙂
The Maltz marlisle design would look great in black and white, you know. As for the Versaci design, I’d be reluctant to make it in Tov. Price aside, that stuff is so ultra-merino soft that I don’t see how it could wear well. It could work for a cowl or such, but I’d look for a different yarn for the cardigan.
I am in agreement about the Tov. I have become less enamored of super soft merino wools – it’s not worth the pills!
I am so honoured to be on your pattern radar, Kelly! Thank you so much for your complements!
Hi Linda! Once again, you’ve put out a great design. Interesting, too, which means more fun to knit. I am seriously contemplating making this one for me; I’m looking forward to the pattern release.
Hi Kelly! I am so thrilled you think so! Yes, I agree 🙂 Oh, that would be marvellous! Thank you so much!
I’m obsessed with Inkwell. I love Alice’s style of design and I’m currently test knitting a pattern for spring for her right now. I just love how knitting designers come up with this stuff!
How cool to be testing for Alice. I love her Diesis pattern, too. I will be watching your blog for a progress report!
wow – those are pretty amazing, each in it’s own way. those leggings! They would look great on my niece. 🙂
They are fantastic, aren’t they? I’m not sure I would have the patience to knit them, but wow!
Linda Marveng’s game is really on point. I have never knit her patterns, but favourited (apparently that’s not a word, but Ravspeak counts?) many of them.
Kate Davies’ Strathendrick is a masterpiece! I’d love to get my hands on her wool.
I can see a pair of fair isle leggings in my future. They are on my bucket-list. Now if I could finish a simple 2×2 rib beanie that’s been on the needles since Christmas, I’d feel so much more accomplished.
I am so happy to hear it! Thank you so much!
Hi Ann! I think you should knit Strathendrick! It really is fabulous, isn’t it? I am just starting to get some knitting mojo again. I hope it sticks around.