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?