Today seems like a good day for another Pattern Radar post. The sun is shining here in my little corner of England, and everyone is smiling. I had planned to head into London today to go yarn shopping, but the sunshine changed my mind and instead I am sitting in my back garden soaking up the sun. Writing this post is my alternative to buying yarn. (Much cheaper, too!)
Here are six new-ish patterns that have caught my eye.
Twill and Plain by Marzena Kołaczek
Marzena writes a beautiful blog. It is in Polish, but never let a little language problem stop you from enjoying an excellent knitting blog! You can be content with the photos, or use Google translate, or even try to learn a new language through knitting. Her photos are gorgeous, she has a great sense of style, and is a talented knitter. I just love this sweater. It is so subtle, and the juxtaposition of the twill and the stockinette is very classic and chic. I also love the neckline; it has just the right proportions.
Mint Leaves by Joji Locatelli
This one made me do a double take. It really deseves a second and a third look. I love my Neon cardigan, blogged here, designed by Joji, and I have long wanted to try another of her patterns. I love the geometry of this one. It manages to look both casual and tailored. You can’t see it in this photo, but the patterning is on front and back and it cascades to the sides in a very beautiful and organic way. I usually don’t like bobbles or reverse stockinette very much, but this sweater may make me re-think.
Rocket’s Cardigan of the Galaxy by Mary Annarella
First of all, how can you not like a cardigan named after Rocket, my favorite of the Guardians of the Galaxy? In fact, the whole idea of this series is genius: Cardigans of the Galaxy, each design inspired by one of the characters. And she calls them Guardigans! I am so there. Why is this one Rocket? Mary says: “He gets a top-down cardi that’s the color of money (golden green!) with a diamond lace-and-cable motif that weaves in and out of a broken rib pattern. And hey, who isn’t a little broken?” Of course no cute gimmik will get me to like a cardigan that doesn’t have good design. This one does, and I trust Mary to deliver on all of the details and fit that make up a great cardigan.
Kilim by Vithard Villumsen
Love! I love this design which has fantastic, chunky colourwork, and strikes both traditional and modern notes. To me, it combines the colours of Turkish pottery with the fabrics and motifs of Kilim tapestries. This design was published last year but has only recently come to my attention. I have never heard of this designer before but he has definitely caught my eye with this piece, and I will be watching him to see what he comes up with next.
Hawley by Julie Hoover
Julie Hoover is the queen of simple, understated, but absolutely chic design. I drool over all of her patterns, which manage to look both fashionable and totally comfortable. This one, with its beautiful rippling cables and great proportions, is very appealing indeed. It is a grown-up and luxurious version of the standard cabled pullover. I love the line of the shoulder and armscythe, the long ribbing at the hips, and the fantastic way the ribbing transitions into the cables.
Yoshino Cherry Blossom Hat by Susan Rainey
Today is the first day that feels like spring, and all of the cherry trees in our neighbourhood have just burst into bloom. Cherry blossoms are such a short-lived luxury; what could be better than a cherry blossom hat? This hat has delicate pink beads for the blossoms and looks just like the branches of a cherry tree against the brilliant blue sky. It is designed by Susan Rainey, one half of the fabulous blog-writing duo, The Rainey Sisters! I have been reading their knitting blog for over ten years, since before I even heard of Ravelry.
I hope that you enjoy these patterns. I am going to stop writing now and start being lazy!