Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week, and less crazy weather than we are here in Portland. We’ve been slacking on the blogging lately, so sorry about that. I’m pretty excited to show you all what I have today, though, so let’s get to it.
A couple months ago, we started carrying a wonderful British magazine, The Knitter. The first couple issues we received started to pique my interest, but then I saw the newest one (Issue #18) and am really on the verge of becoming a hardcore fan. The cover shot is Martin Storey’s new pattern Idube (Zulu for zebra) and it is just gorgeous?
Animal prints have been back in a big way lately and its so rare (and fun!) to see such non-traditional colorwork. I would love to knit this sweater, and thankfully the pattern comes with instructions for using Fair Isle or intarsia techniques. Knit in Rowan Siena, a cotton fingering weight yarn, I could see this being really beautiful in Shibui Sock (maybe Midnight and Honey? Mulberry and Ivory?).
Also in this issue is the pattern for Erika Knight’s Cable Cardigan (one of my favorites) originally published in her book Men’s Knits: A New Direction.
Originally done in (the unfortunately discontinued) Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky, I’d love to see this in Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky or the Debbie Bliss Como. I would definitely recommend checking out The Knitter if you’re interested in these patterns; plus, there is also a great feature on Vintage Knits, as well as an interview with Cookie A.
The next pattern I have to share today is Triangel by Caroline Lang. This lovely (and free!) pattern is a popular one on Ravelry so some of you may have seen it before, but I just love it. Typically super-frilly lace patterns are not my thing, so I really love the more geometric, and substantial look of this one.
This versatile pattern would be great in a lace weight for a spring, or in a bit heavier weight for a more wintery wrap. I’d really love to see it in a few yarns, Malabrigo Lace Baby (really perfect for the Spring version), the Fibre Company’s Road to China Light, Isager Alpaca 2, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Malabrigo Sock…I think you probably get the idea.
The last thing I have to share with you today the Ruffled Crochet Bib Necklace by Stefanie Fail. I’ve posted a necklace similar to this before, but I’m still really into this look.
I found this pattern on Ravelry, but it was originally published on the blog A Common Thread; which is definitely worth checking out if you’re into crafty things! The original was done in a worsted weight, but the photo is of Carro‘s version done in Malabrigo Lace, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here, and I have a ton of shipping to get to, so unfortunately I shall have to cut this a bit short today. I hope everyone has a great weekend ( let’s hope for sun! Or at least no more hail?). Check back next week for another edition of Fashionknitsta. Until then, stay chic, blogfans!