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A substantial masterpiece of diamond and braided cables, Holden has a decorative slipped-stitch edging and is polished off with a wide rib at each end. Worked in Aran weight Osprey for extra warmth, this wrap will serve you well into the deeper cold season. A warm, oversized turtleneck can be such a comfort on sunless days, and this one is no exception.

Worked in chunky wool Puffin, Rainier is roomy in the body, balanced out by fitted sleeves, and broken rib adornments at hem, cuff and turtleneck, which is turned in and stitched down on the inside. Spruce is worked with bands of slip stitch, our favorite way to add a quick color pattern to a piece of knitting.

Carry one color at a time—no floats, no uneven tension. So many color possibilities! Worked in three colors of sportweight Chickadee, the graphic, frost-like motifs on this essential beanie would look fantastic in any combination—blue or otherwise. Wear it as a long loop or wrap it twice for extra warmth. The body of this pullover is worked from center front to center back, creating exposed seams as a decorative detail.

A warm, wooly pullover, Gabrielle is a winterized update of a fan favorite, the Deschain Tee in linen Kestrel. This cold-weather sweater is written for a new gauge in Osprey with updated sizing and construction, additional body and sleeve length for warmth, and short rows to gently shape the back. And, of course, that gorgeous lace motif! Luxuriously soft, Jadis is all about comfort. A pretty lace motif framed by garter stitch at edges and border, this triangular shawl is the kind of project to reach for when you want something simple yet really special to enjoy working on, stitch by glorious stitch.

Sophisticated shaping and clean lines make for an incredibly comfortable and flattering sweater, knitted flat from the bottom up and seamed. Knitted in the round from the bottom up, this comfortably oversized pullover in Aran weight Osprey pays homage to a beloved, well-worn favorite. Nothing beats a sleeveless layer that sits comfortably beneath a jacket with slim sleeves.

Knitted in fingering-weight wool Finch from the bottom up, with raglan, round-yoke, and short-row shaping to encircle the shoulders. Tiger Flower. Tiger Flower is an engaging knit with masterful play of color. Interlocking colors create a serrated gradient effect in four colors of Puffin. Quick to work up and versatile in length—written for a short cowl or long loop—this pretty neckwarmer is a fun way to experiment with color combinations.

Knit one in every necessary color you can think of. Brioche fanatic Bristol Ivy does it again with Burke, a brioche-rich landscape of lines and patterns in Lark. Drape, movement, and subtle details make Dalton the perfect lightweight sweater. Knitted in sport weight Chickadee from the bottom up, this pullover has plenty of ease and tiny details that make it special. Twisted stitches race down the center front, hem, and cuffs, and a little patch of ribbing at high center back echoes that irresistible sti Wrap up in Rilla, designed by Bristol Ivy.

An updated take on the poncho, Tolland is lightweight in Lark, with simple lines of contrasting color to accent the form. Worked sideways from left front side and around to the back, then joined, with a cowl neck for extra coziness, Tolland is effortless to knit and to wear. Cables and chunky textures make this wooly pullover a perfect choice in Lark.

Luxurious DK merino Phoebe is the perfect yarn of choice for a knit like Kepler. Pretty embellishments at the sleeve cuffs echo the front panels and provide a subtle, special detail on this pretty sweater. This sleeveless shell by Elizabeth Smith is tastefully versatile, featuring a removable cowl worked separately from the body that can be worn only when needed. Wrap up in this cozy crescent shawl in Aran weight Osprey. Vindaloo is worked in simple stockinette from the top down, and its pretty lace and cable applied trim is worked side to side.

Buffalo River. This sweet pullover by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is a classic. Inspired by a bulky-weight knitted brioche cowl, Kristen TenDyke envisioned her crocheted version utilizing clever back loop stitches in Aran weight wool Osprey. Simple on its face, this clever little piece is worked from center out to top and bottom edges with its twisted Mobius construction.

Lightweight, warm, and perfect for in-between times of the year, this pretty v-neck pullover is worked from the top down, with short-row set-in sleeves, subtle waist shaping, and just the right amount of ease all around. Clusters of lace stitches in sport weight Chickadee result in a rustic, yet graceful triangle, worked from the neck edge down through its elegant dropped lace border.

Lithia Springs. Its asymmetric boomerang shape is formed with y-stitches to create a lacy, delicate fabric, beautifully framed by a pointed edging. The beret is a timeless accessory, and its shape an excellent canvas for pretty stitch patterns. Mirrored leaves nestle into the center top of this adorable beret, worked from brim to crown.

Knitted from the bottom up in one piece to the yoke, then divided to work to the shoulder, Savoy features short-row shaping and front bands extend to join at the back neck, forming a collar. Beatrice Perron Dahlen created a cabled masterpiece with Whimbrel. Bird-like cables take flight across the main body of this crescent-shaped shawl, transitioning into the plaited cable border, topped off with simple garter stitch. Beryl sparkles in plump Chickadee. The versatile shape of elongated triangles means you can wear it as a shawl, a scarf, or however you please.

Ethereal Reiko makes use of laceweight Piper to create an airy, softly fuzzy piece of undulating lace leaves. The pretty motifs flow from one corner out to the opposite side edge, shaped into scallops using German short rows—all with the result of delicate and graceful warmth. Simple garter stitch is knitted from bottom tip to top border, and romantic lace border picked up and worked down. Knitted flat from the bottom up in easy garter stitch, with a v-neck and split hem, the Auger tank is a fresh take on a cool summer classic.

Cast on and cast away in this stripes-happy number designed by Pam Allen. A loose, cropped fit, three-quarter sleeves, and those delicate stripes make this bottom-up knit an easy summer hit. Ribbed trims and a crew neck keep things classic. Worked from the bottom up in the round with waist shaping, a flattering square neck and shaped shoulder straps, Etta is a pretty summer top that proves a little goes a long way.

Knitted from the bottom up in the round, with a straight body and sloped drop-shoulder shaping. Annex is a shapely masterpiece, featuring lace and dropped stitch flourishes, plus godets at the hip. Norah takes the knitter on a multidirectional adventure in this oversized, boxy cardigan. Working from the top down, the body begins with a center column from which the back yoke is picked up and worked outward, to the sleeves. This piece is a hybrid, combining circular and flat construction techniques to achieve the finished garment—an enjoyab In true Norah Gaughan fashion, Arris is a geometric, reversible wonder that looks more complex to knit than it really is.

Pretty Bower is deliciously clever to knit. Beginning at the bottom edge of the front pieces, this cardigan is worked up, over the shoulders, and down to the bottom edge of the back, with only the sides to seam. A simple length of i-cord adds stability to the open back neck, and leaf motifs grace the cardigan fronts. This pretty origami-like piece is an excellent example of how versatile the humble rectangle can be.

Short rows are used to shape the ribbed border, and Framework includes an Convert it to a pullover by simply seaming up the sides; Norah also suggests working more rows on the cuffs if you desire longer, fitted sleeves. We love pie Worked flat, center front to center front, its fronts and back are divided to work wide circular openings for the armholes. From there, sleeve stitches are picked up and worked in concentric c Instructions for how to create the fringe are included, along with a tutorial on how to make yarn-overs when working from knit stitch to knit stitch, purl to purl, knit to purl, and so on.

Wear it as an oversized kerchief or a shoulder-warming shawl—in Sparrow linen this is a versatile accessory meant for any occasion. Shaped shoulders follow the body and form short sleeves, and the deep v-neck on the front piece is echoed on the back piece with pretty eyelet diagonals. A simple offset textural panel brings it all together. Worked from the bottom up in the round, with a stepped hem, raw edges, and plenty of room to breathe at the arm openings. Worked seamlessly from the top down, Cullum begins with shoulders shaped with short rows before joining to work in the round for the body.

The chained ribbon structure of our Kestrel linen creates striking textured lace, the focal point of Deschain by Leila Raabe. Designed with plenty of ease for a relaxed fit, this cropped boxy pullover is worked flat and then seamed, with slim sleeves picked up and worked in the round down to the cuff. Dropped stitches update the classic shale l Knitted in Sparrow from the bottom up with dolman shaping, this seamed pullover is roomy, with a wide, graceful neck opening, slim three-quarter sleeves, and shaped drop-shoulders for a simple but structured silhouette that looks elegant over a camisol When cooler spring days call for sleeves, Gillespie by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is the perfect top to reach for.

Worked in the round from the top down, with a square neckline, raglan shaping and an a-line silhouette, this simple beauty is both flattering and a delight to knit. Worked in Sparrow from the bottom up in the round, the beauty of this piece lies in its understated details, with smooth stockinette stitches, a-line shaping, and subtle side slit pockets—all with a drape that is unparalleled in any other fiber.

Featuring garter stitch and sweet lace details at the back panel and open fronts, this a-line sweater is worked from seamlessly from the bottom up. Bare those sun-worshipping shoulders in Ripley, designed by Leah B. This racer-back tank is knitted in the round from the bottom up in Kestrel linen, shaped with side and back darts, and embellished with a beautiful vine lace detail at the back.

For those seeking a true summer knit, this beauty is for you. Sweet linen basics like Snell are a must for summer knitting. Leah B. Beautiful use of diminishing triangle motifs makes this hat by Olga Rych stand out. Knitted in two colors of Owl, with a versatile beanie fit and lively pompom, Apex is a fresh take on the classic colorwork hat. Knitted in the round from the bottom up, with slight a-line shaping, this long-sleeved pullover is kept simple with stockinette sleeves, minimal trims at neck, hem, and cuffs, and graceful drop-shoulder shaping. Emma Shrug. Knitted in from the bottom up in pieces that are seamed together, this sweater uses the crochet method, which makes seaming in a laceweight yarn like Piper easy as pie.

Haiku Crochet Shawl. Three-quarter sleeves, a-line shaping and back darts complete the comfortable, easy style of this pretty all-seasons sweater. Seven Layer Cake. Sweet mittens with an allover cable motif pointing inward toward each thumb. An elegant accessory that fits well in the thumb and cuffs, while leaving a little room in the top of hand to trap warm air in those chilly temperatures. Subtle allover cables grace the body of this lightweight pullover by Bristol Ivy. Sportweight Chickadee sings in pretty Abree, designed by Hanna Maciejewska. This generous crescent shawl is worked from the top down in reverse stockinette, with eyelets and twisted stitches forming its lace border, and a simple picot edging to polish it off.

Clinton Hill. Inspired by wrought iron gates in the Brooklyn neighborhood in which designer Angela Tong lived, this subtly textured cowl worked in 2 skeins of Osprey is just the right size for slipping on and keeping your neck cuddly and warm. Fog Harbour. Irresistible repeating lace motifs reminiscent of ginkgo leaves adorn this stunning wrap designed by Caarin Fleischmann, a bold, oversized statement scarf knitted in Aran-weight Osprey—absolutely perfect for snuggling up in.

Pretty Jody by designer Barbara Collins is a long cowl worked in three colors of sport weight Chickadee, featuring slip-stitch check patterning with a textural result. Meant to be worn as either a single long loop or double up around the neck for extra warmth, this is a versatile project that would be perfect for experimenting with different co Kate Cowl. Bold color-blocking with a simple contrast stripe elevates this cowl from essential garter stitch to essential style.

Liz Cowl. The best ideas sometimes come unintentionally, as is the case with the textured stripes in Barbara Collins Liz cowl. Worked in five colors of Chickadee, this piece features a pretty 2-row stripe sequence that uses clever slipped stitches to create an interesting mix of colors in textured fabric. Lou Scarf. Blocks of each color intermix with the next to blend the color changes into a soft and airy wrap for your shoulders. This elongated triangle is knitted from the center neck down, with simple ribbing that flows into its mirrored lace border.

This generously-sized wrap features an interesting construction that begins with one striped pattern worked in short rows to form a triangle, then another striped pattern is work on a long diagonal, formi Simple cable patterns are such a pleasure to knit. This long cowl will knit up surprisingly fast as you get into the gentle rhythm, working a cable row every 4 rows.

Wear it breezy and long or wrap it twice so cables can be close to your neck and face! This cowl is a super-plush and quick knit in Aran-weight Osprey. Lucy Hats. This pattern includes two hat variations: A beanie, shown in pretty Belize, and a beret, shown in Malbec—yours to choose between. Both are soft and warm and a welcome way in which to face the onslaught of the cold season.

Worked in four colors of chunky-weight wool Puffin, this sweater is worked seamlessly from the bottom up in the round, utilizing steeks to divide the front halves of the body. A perfect choice for first-time steek cutters and seasoned colorwork aficion These adorable mittens by Melissa LaBarre can be whipped up in a weekend afternoon. Simple, satisfying, and universally stylish. When the weather calls for warmth, this is the pullover that delivers. Thick and soft in two colors of chunky-weight Puffin, fastened by two toggles at the chest, and worked in garter stitch, this neck down raglan is warmth personified, and the very thing for those days where you question whether you need a Mitts and colorwork go hand in hand.

Take it easy. Cecily Glowik MacDonald is known for her beautifully simple design with sweet details, like those in Ossipee: With garter stitch balanced by simple asymmetrical lace panels at each end, this scrumptious wrap worked in Osprey is substantial and comforting to make. Petra Cardigan. Like the original pullover, the Petra cardigan is a charmer: All simple stitches, easy construction, and effortless style. Sunday River. Put your feet up with these luxurious slipper socks in mesmerizing, ultra-fine merino Phoebe. Designed by Bristol Ivy, these socks feature twisted stitch texture, arch shaping, and a traditional heel flap—easy like a Sunday River morning.

Make it your own by choosing bold contrasting shades for the brim and crown stripes, or keep it subtle with muted tone-on-tone colors. We love the soft, mouthwatering colors Melissa chose for the hat photographed. Bristol Ivy takes the Icelandic pullover in an innovative direction with a textured pattern in place of more traditional colorwork. With reverse stockinette stitch balancing the knit-purl textures in the yoke, this seamless bottom-up sweater, worked in the round, is one for the ages. This seamless sweater is worked from the bottom up in five colors of worsted weight Lark.

This sturdy triangular shawl from Bristol Ivy gives a nod to both knitting and quilting traditions with a half-star motif formed in garter stitch against a stockinette stitch background—knitted in Chickadee, this is an easy and relaxing knit, and a reliable wrap to have on hand as the temperatures fall. Understated textural details combine to create a gorgeous eye-catcher in Gretel, by Pam Allen. Pair neutrals together, or combine a neutral tone with a pop of color for a high-contrast cozy sweater. This raglan pullover is worked in the round beginning at the neck, with stitches for the h Clean, playful simplicity with vintage appeal wins the day in Lotte, a raglan cardigan by Pam Allen.

Worked flat from the bottom up and joined at the raglan yoke, with gentle waist shaping and a touch of embroidery at the yoke and cuffs—small details like these make this buttoned cardigan in Osprey really special. Knitted in three colors of worsted-weight Lark, these classic beauties will keep your head and hands warm on the chilliest of outings. Wave after wave of colorwork stitches in three colors of Chickadee fill the body of this gorgeous pullover designed by Dianna Walla.

Body and three-quarter-length sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up and joined at the yoke to shape the raglan lines. A fresh and modern take on the traditional colorwork pullover!

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Breaking Waves. The roar of surf against shore. Flutter by, butterfly. This floaty, half-circle shawl in our fingering weight Finch wool is a perfect example of understated embellishment. Wind winding over a wooded hill. Palm fronds stirring in the breeze. String Along Toys. Susan B. Anderson, a knitting name synonymous with sweet, adorable stitched creations, brings us a trio of storybook friends in String Along Toys.

Worked in Lark, frogs, mice, and monkeys can be worked with loops for hands or feet so they can be linked together with their buddies. Open cardigans like Andromeda are a breeze—to knit and wear. Swingy, button-less fronts, back dart shaping, and simple garter and stockinette stitches in lightweight Tern provide all the pleasing details in this pretty design by Pam Allen.

Summer begs for basics, and Atlee delivers. Sweetly feminine with all the right details, Caiterly is adorned with delicate cables against reverse stockinette. Wrap up in this gorgeous triangular shawl in Tern designed by Isabell Kraemer. Sized for any season, this is substantial, but quite lightweight shawl.

Subtle lines are used to great effect in this long-sleeved v-neck pullover by Isabell Kraemer. Knitted in Tern from the top down with raglan shaping, the sweater begins flat for working the v-neck and from there, in the round to the hem. Garter stitch cuff and hems finish off this simple and classic beauty. The color-blocking possibilities and personalizations on this one are endless. Simple meets modern in this Tern pullover designed by Pam Allen.

Worked from the bottom up, Leda has all the makings of a great sweater: Shapely garter stitch hems and deep cuffs, pockets, short-row shaping at the shoulders for a flattering fit, and an easy, open neckline. Sophisticated stripes sing in Sidra, designed by Isabell Kraemer. This top-down beauty features a raglan yoke, rounded hem shaped by short rows, and in-the-round construction for both body and sleeves.

Worked in three colors of Tern, the color placement on this piece lends a fresh update to the classic striped pullover. The Sully blanket by Leila Raabe features simple stripes in four colors with a subtle seed-stitch detail between them. A garter stitch border is picked up to polish off the edges. Go for bold as shown, or take a tone-on-tone approach. The Telly blanket by Dawn Catanzaro takes a diagonal approach to garter stitch stripes in three colors, working from corner to corner to create a pleasing shift from hue to hue.

Simple and so addictive to knit—the hardest part of this project is narrowing down the choices for your own perfect color combo. The fit is easy, comfortable, carefree. Cool and comfortable, these classic striped pillows in Sparrow linen will spruce up any corner dedicated to relaxing back and enjoying the day. The ubiquitous brick textures in Portland, Maine, were the inspiration for this lightweight shawl in Finch by Leila Raabe.

Knitted sideways on the bias, beginning at one side point and widening to the opposite side, the simple textured border takes half its stitches from the wide edge of the final row and picks up along the side of the rows to Paper Bird. Take flight in this graceful, wing-like shawl knitted in Tern. Delicate and light, Serena is the perfect accessory for chilly nights.

Worked in weightless Piper, this bias-knitted triangular shawl has an asymmetric shape with subtly textured details and an elegant horseshoe lace and picot-edged border. Shimmering Sea. Taking cues from ever-changing sunlit seascapes, Katrine Birkenwasser worked up this design with two strands of Piper, changing colors one strand at a time for a subtle, shifting marled effect over this short-row shaped, asymmetrical tr How about an essential summer shawl?

Increasing on one side while decreasing away the other makes this one an easy, relaxing knit. With its collarbone-baring square neckline and cleverly constructed peplum, this elegant top-down pullover in Kestrel turns a basic garter-stitch sweater into something fresh and unique for all seasons. Worked in Piper and polished off with a perfectly simple pointed lace border, this airy triangle can be worn all manner of ways—as a shawl, or wrapped about the neck as a scarf or kerchief. Grand Isle. Inspired by a vintage crochet afghan, Ashlyn Holmes designed a classic cowl in Tern for a polished look with a relaxed, lightweight feel.

Hop la Vie. A bouncy, gorgeous yarn like Phoebe deserves to be matched with the perfect bouncy, gorgeous stitch. This one can be worn whichever way you fancy, rib edge up or down. Cool and comfortable is the name of the game with this lightweight linen pullover. For the knitter who likes a challenge, this pieced garment features cabled decreases and asymmetric sleeve cap shaping for a tailored fit at the shoulder and upper arm. A sweeping, open neckline gives the classic striped pullover a modern touch.

Pam Allen designed this hat as an ideal getting-to-know-you project, requiring just one skein of our luscious all-American extra-fine merino DK yarn. Wear it slouchy or fold it over for a soft and warm double-brim beanie. Either way, everyone needs one of these for their Clever details in this pretty number include dart shaping that follows the curve of the back, fronts widening softly from yoke to body to envelope the wearer in comfort, and a smar Adelaide is a sweet, pretty thing.

A delicate lace panel on the front of the body is the centerpiece to this gorgeous raglan pullover.

Aila, designed by Isabell Kraemer, is a pretty tank top with open diamond lace details at the hip. A simple A-line shape makes easy work of this top-down summer piece, knitted in Sparrow linen. Cleverly joined garter-stitch panels on the front and back create a graceful flutter at the bottom edge. Subtle garter stitch trims at neck and armholes complete the simplified beauty of this piece, designed by Pam Allen. Its simple construction of two identical pieces worked flat and joined at center back, then closing the cast-on edges to form the sleeves makes it a refreshingly simple knit.

Geometric stitch patterns provide a pleasing contrast to the soft hand of the fabric that our l Relax in effortless style with Jessamin, an open cardigan designed by Melissa LaBarre. Knitted from the top down in Kestrel linen, Jessamin features a sweetly simple garter mesh lace border in the body and sleeve cuffs, and garter trim at cardigan fronts. Featuring a sweet lace back detail just below the neckline, Pippa sports an easy A-line shape and is knitted in the round from the bottom up, in our Sparrow linen.

Knitted from the bottom up in four pieces, with exposed seams at sides and centers of the front and back, the understated details and shaping of this tank highlights the unique qualities of a chained-ribbon linen yarn lik Worked flat in pieces from the bottom up and seamed, the applied crochet chain technique used for the contrasting color makes simple work of the widely spaced vertical stripes.

Harriet Cardigan. Carrie Bostick Hoge is well known for her soft, understated designs and excellent use of stitch patterns and color. This is clearly evident in the Harriet cardigan, which features a slip-stitch patterned circular yoke in pale neutrals. Harriet is knitted in worsted weight Lark, worked from the bottom up in one piece, with sleeves worked flat an Harriet Cowl. Heidi Hat. A textural delight, the slip-stitch pattern of the Heidi Hat, designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge, is worked in the round from the bottom up, in three colors of sportweight Chickadee.

Heidi Pullover. A single-color stockinette body and sleeves provide the backdrop for the slip-stitch colorwork gracing the top of the sweater. Heidi has a simple, straight body that is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the Structure without fuss: the June pullover, designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, combines a simple, seamless silhouette, a pretty patterned lace hem, and a picked up set-in sleeve, creating a fluid pullover with stability in just the right places.

June is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes, then separated and continued for fr Choose soft colors for a feminine piece, as pictured, take a different tack with bright contrasting pops of color, or go all neutral for a quiet stunner. There are infinite po Knitted flat from the bottom up with fronts wrapping around to meet at back neck, this open-front cardigan features cartridge stitch and a simple, architectural shape.

A cardigan for having at hand to pick up and go, Tegan by Carrie Bostick Hoge is comfort in texture combined with easy knitting. Garter stitch ridges create an interesting welt pattern that flows into the front bands of the body. This pretty sweater is knitted flat from the bottom up in cozy Osprey. Worked flat and joined using a three-needle bind-off, this long and versatile piece can be worn looped once, twice, or even three times around the neck for adj Cables, columns, and lines—these interesting details pop from the garter-stitch background of Cobbleway, a scarf designed by Angela Tong.

In worsted weight Lark, this classic piece is cabled scarf knitting at its finest. That's the photo shoot; doesn't show too well in the web site photos. Corded Cropped Cardi by Fayla Reiss. All I can think of. Cable Yoke Pullover by Norah Gaughan. As always, Norah delivers a solid design in a wide range of sizes.

This is probably the pick of the issue. I'd like to see it hanging normally instead of on a model with her boobs stuck out, but it looks like a solid design. I'd take off the turtleneck and put on long sleeves, but that's entirely personal preference and quite easily done. Very, very nice. Next section,"Tone and Texture; Knit layers add new levels of chic to a winter wardrobe.

Woven Braid Cowl by Vladmir Teriokhin. Several folks over on Ravelry said this would make a great skirt. They were right. As it is, uh, what? She looks like she's got a mini-skirt around her neck. Cropped Top by Vladmir Teriokhin. The mohair! Uses only yards of yarn, so it's a great option for some of those lightweight mohair yarns that we're not sure what to do with.

On the other hand, mohair can make your skin crawl - I can't wear it next to my skin. Personal taste, though. It's a really cute layering piece if you can fit into it. Scoop Neck Top by Susan Haviland. The Gibson Girl styling on this is cracking me up. So very, very not new. This is just a circular tube with some neck shaping. There's not really any allowance made for the arms or shoulders. Here, look at the photo in the magazine: See how the arm holes are horizontal slits in the fabric, with no fitting? The instant you raise your arms in that sweater, it will ride up to just under your boobs, leaving your stomach hanging out.

Not too flattering, and damn cold for winter. Arms would help hold down the shoulders of this thing, but as it is, see how the model's holding it down with her hand on her hip? Section Three, "Natural Woman. Sometimes the simplest juxtaposition of knits and purls creates the most dramatic effects. Welted knits in earth-toned yarns are breathtakingly rough-hewn. Uh huh.


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This section is all by designer John Brinegar. Welted Pullover. Knit cuff to cuff in Baby Alpaca Chunky from Cascade. Other than the Woolly Mammoth Effect you get from fuzzy brown chunky weight yarns, you're gonna have a growth problem. This thing is a square with slightly less than square sleeves. Alpaca has no tensile strength, so it will relax and grow and grow and grow as it is worn. It'll also be damn hot, which would be a good thing, depending. At least 'damn hot' is appropriate for winter. Welted Circle Vest. Magazine, web site, even Vogue So I've gotta ask: WHY?

I'm guessing it drapes strangely. These circular things can be tricky. Welted Cowl. That's what it is. Section next, "Golden Girls; When the occasion calls for the glamour of glimmer, starry designs knit in gorgeous metallics light up the night. More than that? I'm not looking it up, but it hasn't been long. Pleat Collar Jacket by Lidia Karabinech. Wrap Vest by Laura Zukaite.

Hippy vest with no shaping; in the magazine they've got the vest cinched in with some I cord and the model still looks like a post: This'd probably be a hoot, flung over an otherwise plain outfit, but over sequins it looks kinda silly. Plus, I doubt VK is going for humor when they pick their designs.

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I do, but oh yeah; I'm not glamourous. Chevron Wrap by Grace Anna Farrow. There was some concern over this when VK first came out, because the identical design was first published about a year ago in a booklet called "A Fine Line". It was named "Volt". She's getting credit and the pay check. Rest easy. That said, this is a really interesting design, simple to execute yet very striking in appearance. It's also knit in wool, which is appropriate for season and use. Need a wrap? This is a great one. Lace Cowl by Eline Fotedal. Round shawl? Giant collar? I think it would work better treated as a giant collar, attached to a pullover from the same yarn.

As it is, all I can think is you either have to wear it all night or royally screw up your hair, putting it on or taking it off. It's a little jacket thingie. Now, did the designer mean for this to be worn over an evening gown? Because heavy thick knitwear over a light beaded dress looks silly to me.

Plus, if it's cold enough for inch-thick ribbed fabric, isn't it cold enough for long sleeves? Mostly, this is an average knit jacket. Then VK got ahold of it. It really pisses me off when stylists in knitting magazines make knitwear look stupid. They should have the skill to make knitting look like the coolest damn thing in the world. Isn't that the point?

To get us fired up and buying yarn and magazines? Cowl Pullover by Amy Polcyn. Smoldering cashmere. Good to see VK is really exercising the gray matter, coming up with creative ideas. They're so Vogue. The inevitable pink section is also the inevitable scarf section. I don't have much to say about scarves. They are squares of fabric, many with patterns ripped off from Barbara Walker.

Not particularly glamourous, but they are what you make of them. It's probably best I don't know what the designer got paid for these, but most of this is stuff I'd post for free on my blog. Oh wait. I HAVE posted stuff like this for free. Embellished Scarf by Shiri Mor. This is a cute stitch pattern, and fairly original. I like the addition of the flowers and leaves.

This would have made a spectacularly cute sweater; this color yarn, with the flowers and leaves around the yoke. As it is, it's a pretty scarf. Double Leaf Scarf by Jacqueline vanDillen. It's a rectangle of non-reversible Barbara Walker lace. Lace Panel Scarf by Lisa Hoffman. Plain old wool. Ruffle Scarf by Brooke Nico. It has nupps. Seriously though, this one's kinda cute though not earth shattering. Knit with alpaca, so it'd be nice and soft and warm.

Entrelac scarf by Rosemary Drysdale. With a plug for Drysdale's upcoming book on entrelac, coming from the VK publishing arm. I know VK dictates this stuff and the designers can either go along or not get paid. But could they dictate something different once in a while?

Next section, "Bold and Beautiful", where allegedly Big Name Designers offer allegedly stylish patterns. Bobble Scarf by Tom Scott. There are two sizes with different widths, I assume to fine-tune the fit?!? If there's a fit? Know what this looks like? Elephant nipples. But combining sudden color changes and stitch patterns can sometimes be a challenge. For this design I decided to focus on texture and form, in a way that the stitches would blend in the colors.

With strong lines and a change in the direction of knitting this blend is achieved quite effortlessly. And the slightly felted structure of Rastita is just what's needed to let all these features shine. Add in the fact that you can work both patterns with only one skein of Rastita and you have a recipe for a ton of knitting fun.

The only question left to answer is what color will you knit these in? I love that the designer chose to knit this up in Estragon. The pale but rich green makes me think of the very first tips of flowers as they push their way up through the soil. A promise of weather to come when things might be a bit dreary. This year we welcomed the first full day of spring with a snow storm, but just a few days before it was warm enough to leave my jacket at home.

Some mornings when out for a walk I need my thick woolen scarf and hat, but the ones I enjoy the most of the brisk but sunny, where I need just a little something to keep the chill off my neck, but not the bulk of a worsted weight scarf. But, I am picky. I like cowls and scarves to look pretty on both sides. This variation of cocoon stitch fits that requirement, and also reminds me that in the late winter and early spring, under the snow and frozen ground, seeds lie cocooned in earth, waiting for things to warm up enough for them to finally break free and grow into the flowers and bushes that line the paths I walk at my local park.

Of course, any of the amazing colors of Finito would work great in this pattern. What color do you think you would choose? When Denise proposed her idea to us I couldn't say yes quickly enough. The idea of a delicate lace shawl combining both Lace and Silkpaca? How is that for luxury? Both of these lace yarns are amazing to crochet with and her choice to combine a variegated with a solid is just brilliant!

And I can just imagine how so very silky soft this piece is. Perfect for either a dressy holiday party or a last minute knitted gift this beautiful new pattern from Sara Kay Hartmann makes the most of a single skein of Caracol. The designer chose to use Cameleon to create A Jewel Cowl which shows off the brilliant color in this exotically structured base. The fringe makes the most of the unique texture that Caracol brings to the party and the super soft merino will feel like a dream around your neck.

Jewel is a fringed shawlette that blends luxurious comfort with Boho style, and knits up at lightning speed. I found all the colors of precious gemstones like ruby, sapphire, emerald, peridot, amethyst, and topaz in this delicious yarn from Malabrigo. This piece would be amazing in any of the colors of Caracol and we cannot wait to see it knit up in every one of them! What color would you choose? The samples were knit up in Aguas for an amazing watery blue sheen. Whether worn in unity or as independent thinkers, Savvy hat and Savvy cowl will win you the final point!

Publishing under the name Knit Eco Chic, Lindsay selects fibers that are good for the earth, the producers, the knitters, and the end wearer in order to spread the word about eco conscious knitting through visually interesting and fun to knit designs. October has brought us a super fun and fast Quickie from the designer Talitha Kuomi. Using only one beautiful skein of Mecha you can knit up reflektor in no time! A little bit of shaping goes a long way to create points at each end and an intriguing point in the middle that takes this from a simple scarf to a fashion accessory statement.

There are two options, one involves you raiding your local jewelry making stash for clip on bits and bobbles to decorate the scarf. Hop over to Ravelry and then pick out your favorite color of Mecha and you could have this stylish new scarf before you know it! That's right, Quickies are back! We are very excited to present the first of many new patterns designed by independent designers to highlight one or two skeins of lucious Malabrigo yarn.

In the works are plans for at least one new pattern a month. The patterns will vary in what base they use and complexity level, small doesn't necessarily mean easy, but don't worry - there is sure to be something for every level of knitter. To kick things off we are pleased to present a new pattern from Heather Zoppetti. When asked to give us a few thoughts about the pattern Heather had this to say:. This pattern was inspired by empty winter trellises awiting spring blooms. The mesh pattern in created in garter stitch and is completely reversible. A simple pattern to memorize, this scarf is a fun and fast knit that looks great in variegated sock yarn.

Maglia features one skein of Malabrigo Sock in the color Rayon Vert. Of course, it is so hard to narrow down color choices so we asked Heather if she had other colors she thought would play well with this pattern. Following up with the statement "Pretty much any of the variegated colors will look awesome. Which brings up a good point. We have heard your feedback and know that you want more patterns that compliment our highly variegated yarns so you can look forward to many more Quickies that do so. Hopefully this beautiful scarf has inspired you to pick up your needles, a special skein of Sock, and get knitting.

Make sure to click through to the Ravelry page and check out all of the other photos. Heather has styled this super long scarf in a variety of interesting ways that are sure to inspire you. Such a gorgeous stitch and perfect color combo! Written instructions on how to lessen the jogs formed when changing colours while knitting in the round are included, as well as three different sizes for the hat and two sizes for the mittens. For a long time, I've wanted to highlight particularly beautiful projects from Ravelry users.

In the next year, we're going to be putting up small features that show off some of the most beautiful Malabrigo projects -- lovely photos, lovely knitting, and lovely people! I really enjoyed interviewing so many people in the last year and hope to double our knitting interviews in this year! There is something wonderful about exploring someone's projects, inspirations, and studio spaces, and I want to bring you more of this!

Stay tuned for more surprises and features as we think of them! What can you make with one skein of our newest yarn, Rasta? A Ravelry pattern search revealed some awesome results for the super-bulky, yard skeins of color deliciousness. I picked one of my favorites for this reoccurring blog feature. So grab your biggest needles, your skein of Rasta, and get knitting! Who knows Marian, by Jane Richmond, is a quickie cowl with a lot of style.

Since it's all in seed stitch, you can knit it with any colorway without worrying about pooling or striping. Try it in one of the more vibrant multis, like Arco Iris or Indecita, for something truly original and fun. It requires US size 19 needles, which can be hard to come by, but will be useful in future when you decide you really, really need that Rasta afghan. Click on the picture to go to the Ravelry pattern page! Bough is an elongated triangle shawl, with increases worked at the edges on both sides to form the shape.

The large stitches created by Rasta are a perfect match for the eyelets and directional decreases. In this great neutral color, I find the stitch pattern reminds me of tree branches longing for spring. This shawl is worked from the top down, beginning with a garter tab. Both written and charted instructions are included. Rasta is perfect for quick knits and you will be perfectly snuggly in this beautiful shawl.

The Oil Paint Cowl pattern is now available on Ravelry! It's a cosy cowl with textured colour-play inspired by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. The foreground pattern of brushstrokes is stranded using one colour only, and the background is worked in garter stitch with both colours held together. I was lucky enough to visit an amazing Van Gogh exhibition last year at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the colours, textures, and movement of the paint ended up inspiring this cowl design.

I suggest picking one of your own favourite paintings to help choose your yarn colours! Oil Paint Cowl features:. So head over to your LYS or dive into your Mechita stash and plan on making a couple of these! Inspiration can come from most anywhere, and in this instance it started at the edging. I was and still am in a trefoil phase - it was the subject of a few small personal paintings and other mixed media. The exploration of the symbol led me to swatch the edging stitch pattern fairly quickly. The rest of the shawl basically fell into place as a vehicle for the trefoil-ish edging.

Sometimes, that's just how it goes. These two bases work incredibly well together and produced a shawl that is light and airy. Not only will it travel well and be a great warm weather accessory, but these two fibers blocked like a dream. Use as much or as little of that as you'd like. For your info and if you find it helpful , my finished measurements: approx. Then we asked if she could suggest some other color combinations that she thought would work well together and she was more than happy to oblige! We cannot wait to see what two colors you choose to crochet up in this pattern!

Designer Tania Richter is known for her amazing pieces that use double knitting to produce colorwork. When we gave her two skeins of Arroyo she created a work of art and wrote up the pattern so that you could too! Presenting the Celtic Flame Dragon Cowl. She chose to use the colors Flamma and Black to create this beautifully intricate and swooping depiction of a dragon that will encircle your neck and keep you toasty warm! And with double knitting you get the amazing advantage of your cowl being completely reversible and having a completely different look on the reverse.

Whether you want a black dragon on a bed of fire or a fire dragon rising from the darkness - this cowl has you covered. Of course, you would like to hear directly from the designer:. Only a dragon made from flame-colored wool! The Celtic motif features a Celtic double spiral on the dragon's wing while the dragon's tail twines around its body. We also asked Tania to suggest other color combinations and she suggested the following:.

Off the Cuff Cowl Pattern (Eco Chic Knits Designs Book ) - Lib

Reflecting Pool and Prussia Blue. Vaa and Natural. Volcan and Sandbank. We can't wait to see all of the new Dragons that pop up from this pattern. What colors of Arroyo would you use? Malabrigo Quickie for October This entry was posted on 18th October, by. Malabrigo Quickies are Back Again! This entry was posted on 22nd September, by. Slipt Horizontal in Twist, in Cookie. The Colourist in Rios, Arco Iris. Woodpile in Silky Merino, Queguay. Photo by Zenith Lillie-Eakett. A knitter works the thrummed portion of the earmuff.