What’s New on Ravelry?

Hi there, blog readers. Oleya here. When I’m not hard at work filling web orders, I am wondering about what new and exciting patterns are out there. And I’d love to share what I’ve been looking at with all of you! From now on, I’ll be blogging about my favorite new pattens every other Monday.

So what am I thinking about? I’m thinking about the summer. Even though it’s not quite warm yet in Portland, I’ve been thinking about warm weather knits for those few weeks when it’s actually nice in Portland. I’ve also included a couple of patterns suitable for cool nights and aggressively air conditioned buildings.

First: You may have seen it on this blog already, but I just finished knitting a Stripe Study Shawl, and I was really obsessed with knitting it.

Quite a few others are, too, seeing as how Ravelry says there are 677 projects (as of this writing!). I chose two of my favorite colors of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light for my shawl. I could see others being made in The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos, or (my own personal tonal favorite) Shibui Staccato in Dijon, and Shibui Sock in Honey.
I’m not usually a fan of garter stitch (I’m quite partial to the look of stockinette), but the bold graphic stripes drew me in, and the fact that I didn’t have to purl meant that it would be a speedier knit than usual. How could I not cast on for one?

The knitting was simple and mindless, but not boring, with frequent color changes and changes in row length due to the short rows. Now that I’m done with this one, I’m already thinking about my next! I have plans to make a tonal one out of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Charcoal and Smokestack. I’ll keep you posted.

Recently, I’ve become very curious about knitting (and wearing) non woolen fibers in the summer, and Sparrow might be just the thing for me to try.

Sparrow is from the Spring/Summer issue of Twist Collective. Knit in a fingering weight 100% linen yarn, it’s a fine pairing of cool and classy. I love the shaping methods: (double decreases and eyelets – how cute!), and the cute buttons down the back. I’m thinking about using Habu Textiles Natural Linen in Grey. I might double it or work it together with Habu Textiles Tsumugi Silk Fine in color 10.

My other summer knit crush is a tank called Make up Your Mind from the Spring/Summer edition of Knitty.

This racerback tank is a great layering piece, and knit in a fingering weight cotton, is light and cool. Another great thing about this pattern is that the stitch pattern changes every couple of inches, so it keeps things interesting. It would be great in Rowan Panama, or Isager Bomuld doubled.
Finally, I’d like to talk about Jared Flood’s new cowl pattern, Setzer.

No matter what the season, my neck is always cold in the early mornings and at night, and this classic cowl looks like just the thing to slip over my neck before I go out. I really love simple knits, and what can get more simple than alternating bands of welted stockinette and garter stitch? Jared Flood has made this simple pattern more intriguing with a short rowed section of diagonal bands in the center. It’s just what I like in a pattern – mindless knitting for the majority of it, with a few sections that keep my focus throughout so it doesn’t become boring. I can’t help but wonder what it would look like in The Sanguine Gryphon’s Codex.
Well, that’s it for now. Please let me know if there are any new patterns that have caught your eye that I must see! Happy knitting!

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May 30, 2011 by Oleya
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