Happy Thursday everyone! If you’re in PDX I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day, it’s really looking like Spring!
If you’ve been keeping up with the recent current events, i.e. the Olympics and Fall 2010 Fashion Week you may have noticed the same trend we have, a resurgence of Fair Isle and cozy knitwear! Sara has blogged a bit about it when she featured the Peruvian Alpine Skiing Team uniform and we’ve all been very excited to see it! With all this wonderful sunshine lately I’ve been trying to get into a Spring feeling and so far it’s really not working out. Really, how could it with amazing patterns like this one by Helena Bristow based on the official US Olympic Hat designed by Ralph Lauren available (for free!) on Ravelry:
Love the moose motif! This little beauty is done with a worsted weight yarn so it would go super fast, I think because color is such an important part of this I’d stick with Cascade 220 Superwash (sadly not on our website, but available in the store) to get really clear reds and blues. Keeping in the Fair Isle spirit, one of my (and everyone else’s it seems!) favorite pieces from this years Olympics was this great sweater for the Canadian Olympic team by the Hudson Bay Company:
I haven’t stumbled upon a pattern based on this one yet (big surprise, right?) but I hope its on the way. Until then I suppose I’ll have to be satisfied with this pattern for coordinating mittens.
EDIT: Shortly after finishing this blog, on a whim I decided to take another look. This isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but its pretty great. I’m not sure how I ended up at Canadian Living Magazine, but they had a beautiful pattern available for free by Paton’s Design Studio for His and Her’s Reindeer Sweaters!
Whoever was coming up with concepts for these Olympic looks was obviously on the right track as this knitwear and Fair Isle trend was present all over this years Autumn/Winter runways. In my opinion the D&G show at Milan Fashion Week was by far the stand out for this trend. Here are a few of my favorite looks:
The pattern calls for bulky yarn so Rowan’s Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky would be a gorgeous choice.
If you’re looking for something a little more tailored, British designer Lou Dalton showed a more traditional approach at London’s Fashion Week:
As far as knitwear goes, Fair Isle wasn’t the only trend to be see on the runways. Everyone from Michael Kors to Lacoste to Pringle of Scotland were showing knits:
And one of these babys. This pattern, Julia’s Cabled Headband is a free Ravelry download by Paulina Chin. My search found that there are quite a few cabled headband patterns on Ravelry so if you like the look, there is a lot to choose from!
Before this post gets too out of hand (I really could go on for days!) I probably should get back to shipping. I hope everyone gets to enjoy the sun today (hope it stays through the weekend!), as always check back next week for another edition of Fashionknitsta. Until then, stay chic blogfans!