The patterns that have caught my eye this week have played around with texture. I’ve been fascinated by colour and stranded knitting lately, but texture has always been my catnip. Here are some designs which are doing good things with texture, from a little taste to allover patterning.
Olive Sweater by Jemima Bicknell:
This sweater is from the book, Art Deco Knits: Creating a hand-knit wardrobe inspired by the 1920s – 1930s by Jemima Bicknell. I love Art Deco, in architecture, in jewellery, and in fashion. The cables on this pullover are just fantastic. Set against the simple shape of the sweater, they pop! It reminds me in equal parts of a beautiful art deco building I lived near in Potsdam, and of The Jetsons, a “futuristic” animated TV show from my youth. (Now I’ve dated myself.) I think this has a cute, vintage feel to it.
Shifting Sands Pullover by Norah Gaughan
I’m not surprised by this design making the list, since Norah Gaughan is the queen of texture. The shape of this one is very simple; in fact it is rather shapeless and boxy (which happens to be big news in the knitting world right now). But the asymetrical cables are mesmerising, as they shift and flow across the space. If you’ve ever been in shifting sand, you can definitely see how this pullover got its name.
Nisaba by Asja Janeczek:
This cowl pattern has a rich, luscious texture. It is named after the Sumerian goddess of grain and harvest and was inspired by memories of traipsing through grain fields. This first attracted my attention with its gorgeous juxtaposition between the three dimensional, undulating cable patterns and the flat sections worked in garter stitch with short row shaping. Having a daughter who studies ancient Sumerian, the name kept my attention focused.
Firenze by Irina Anikeeva
This simple pullover with a great cabled yoke jumped out at me. I love that it is in sportweight rather than worsted, and looks both sophisticated and casual. I think this could be dressed up or down, and would look great in neutrals or jewel tones. (I am thinking about a rich yellow-gold.) It’s knit top-down with the increases ingeniously incorporated into the cables. This would be a quick and satisfying knit.
The Beauceron by Designs by Delz
I am always on the lookout for great menswear. This is only the second pattern published (on Ravelry) by Vincent, the designer behind Designs by Delz. I will definitely be keeping an eye on his work. One might think that I am squeaking by here on the “texture” label, but in fact the colourwork on the yoke of this pullover combines slip stitches and purls, resulting in a beautiful subtle texture that highlights the lovely colourwork. While I classified this as menswear, it is a great unisex piece; see the pattern page for an example worn by a woman.
I’m still chugging along on the Falkenburg jacket – sleeves in seed stitch with size 2 needles take a very long time to knit. I have about 6 inches of the second sleeve still to go. Have a good weekend and don’t forget to add some texture to your next order!
(By the way, this is my 400th post! Who would have guessed I would still be doing this?)