I’ve been hard at work scouring the web and Ravelry for my favorite new patterns over the past two weeks. While I battle my seemingly endless WIP basket, I can’t help but daydream about casting on for something new. Here’s what I have for you this week:
I’m always excited when I hear the newest edition of The Knitter is out. I love The Knitter for its fascinating articles and charming patterns. This month’s issue was no exception, as The Jan Sweater caught my eye. I love vintage (and vintage-inspired) patterns, but often I am unsure about sizing and the way it will work with the yarn I have in my stash. This one has been revised by Susan Crawford, and uses sizing I’m familiar with and a modern yarn. It’s so hard for me to decide what yarn I’d want to use for it (it uses a fingering weight), but Madelinetosh sock in one of the semi-solids or Sanguine Gryhon Eidos would be good candidates. Yum!
Sometime last week, I was browsing Ravelry for patterns that used fingering weight silk/wool blends, and happened upon Nova from the Spring Issue of Petite Purls. While it’s not a totally new pattern, it is a cute pattern that can pretty much be worn year round by kids from toddler to age 10. I love the stripes and buttoned flap – this tunic is totally cute! I think the hardest thing about this pattern is what color stripes to choose. Here are some combos I came up with in Shibui Staccato:
Suit + Ivory
Fjord + Brass
Poppy + Raspberry
Sothia, by Robin Ulrich
As if I don’t have enough fingering weight shawls in my wardrobe already, I couldn’t help but add Sothia to my queue. I love the three distinct sections: stripes, eyelets, and ruffles. It seems so light and delicate, but it’s also a pretty substantial shawl, with the final dimensions measuring 60″ wide x 20″ height. Instead of going for the usual superwash sock yarn route, I might opt for Isager Alpaca 2.
284 & 55, perhaps?
Josefin, by Elin Berglund
Finally, I am very eager to knit Josefin, a much anticipated pattern from Elin Berglund. This simple stockinette pullover is elegantly edged with eyelet hems, neck, and cuffs. Not only is the pattern cute, but it includes 14 different sizes from 30″ to 56″. I appreciate the work that goes into including the large range of sizes. More patterns should do this, in my opinion, since we come in so many shapes and sizes. Hopefully other garment designers will take note! Designed in Madelinetosh Pashmina, it will look good and feel great to wear!
Well, that is all the pattern news I have for you here. I hope I have left you inspired. Check back in two weeks for the next installment. And as always, please share your latest pattern obsessions with me – I’d love to hear about them. Until next time!