Fashionknitsta Thursday: 4/1/2010

It’s Thursday again, and that means another edition of Fashionknitsta!  I hope everyone is enjoying their April Fool’s Day. I’m a little behind on writing today because it took me a while this morning to switch my keyboard back to English (thanks David, our hilarious IT expert). Those challenges behind me, I’ve got quite a few lovely things to share with you all today.

First, while continuing my hunt for a pattern with potential to achieve that layered look a la the Louis Vuitton F/W 2010 collection (which I’ve been lusting over for the past two weeks), I came across this little beauty:

It isn’t exactly the look I was going for (it’s bit too light and simple), but I really love this pattern. This is the Briar Dress from Kim Hargreaves’ Winter Blooms, a book we unfortunately do not have in stock yet.

At first glance I thought this was pretty cute, but then realized it’s done in Rowan Lima and I was sold. If you’ve felt that yarn, you know why. I talked about Lima a little bit in the last blog and it’s still our current staff obsession. The simplicity of this pattern gives it so much versatility.  I love the neckline and it would be just as beautiful a little shorter as a sweater.

The next thing I have to share today is definitely inspirational and I have to thank designer Julie Weisenberger, of cocoknits, for sharing this with me:

How beautiful is that coat? I have been day dreaming about it since she sent me the link last weekend. This image was originally found on Danish style blog Anywho, I love the stitch pattern and the shawl collar. Classic with a modern edge, this would work as a fabulous transitional piece for spring or fall.

So far the best pattern I’ve come up with for this one is a free pattern from Berroco, the Wishshaw:

The texture is almost right, but my favorite part of that coat is really the collar and the Berroco one falls a bit short in that regard. It would be most amazing if cocoknits came out with a pattern like this, maybe in Shibui Merino Alpaca? That sounds like a project I’d love to do.  Maybe if we ask Julie very nicely?

During the hunt for coat patterns on Ravelry, I came across this gorgeous piece: the Audrey Coat by Cheryl Nelson.

It doesn’t fit at all into what I was looking for, but isn’t it fabulous? I want to see a detail shot, I almost don’t believe this was hand done. Originally done in Blue Sky Alpaca Sport held double, I’d love to make this in Isager Alpaca 2.

The final pattern I have to share today is this adorable cardigan, Lauren by Ann Weaver.

This beautiful sweater is done in Malabrigo Worsted, which I love, but I think the stitch definition in that cable would be absolutely gorgeous in the newer Malabrigo Twist. Such lovely detail, this is definitely a cardigan you could dress up or down.

I’m going to leave you with a clever and fiber-filled commercial just for fun.  Thank you for reading, and I hope everyone has a great weekend. Check back next week for another edition of Fashionknitsta and until then, stay chic blogfans!


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April 01, 2010 by Lindsay
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