We received the new issue of Knitscene today, so of course we immediately had to check it out!
Each issue features an exclusive pattern collection from a different designer – this time there are four designs from Debbie O’Neill, starting with the lacy Belvedere Cardigan in Spud & Chloe Sweater and the cabled Paperboy cardigan – we think this would look amazing in Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool!
Following these two great layering pieces are the adorable Piccadill Pullover (try it in Spud & Chloe Sweater or Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton – the shoulder construction will make this an interesting knit) and the Bas-Relief Socks, featuring twisted stitches and lace techniques. Pick a semi-solid sock yarn from your favorite hand dyer for these – you know we have plenty!
Next, “Go Farther Afield – With Knits That Take Unusual Turns”, starting with the Eternalism Vest – this is a great transitional piece as we slowly move toward warmer weather. We think this would look great in tweedy Berroco Campus or heathery Cascade 128.
The Magnanimity Cardi by popular designer Veera Välimäki has magnanimous pockets indeed, perfect for chilly hands! Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL is our pick for creating a gorgeous tweedy look that won’t weigh you down.
The Papeline Pullover features a little pop of color at the hems, a flattering cowl collar, and inventive centered decreases. Berroco Weekend would be a great easy care choice to make this sweater evcn more wearable! The Ikebana Pullover vest is constructed by joining two cabled panels to create a kimono-styled piece that’s perfect to wear over a crisp button-down shirt on cool spring days. Did we mention it’s knitted in O~Wool Balance, one of our favorite eco-friendly yarns that we’re bringing back for spring?
We were really excited to see the Chiton Pullover featured on the cover of this issue because we think this would be stunning in Viola Silky DK. The drapey silk and merino blend is a perfect choice for this Melissa Wehrle design. You’ll only need three skeins for the smallest size and five for the largest, so treat yourself to this gorgeous hand dyed yarn!
The Rayonnant Pullover is a top-down raglan with a pretty lace-detailed yoke – try this in the new Berroco Linsey cotton and linen blend that will be arriving soon.
Next up are four colorful designs that let you try Fair Isle colorwork without the need for steeks!
The Scandinavian folk art inspired Kenning Mitts will keep your hands toasty – try Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby for a soft machine washable option. The Mette-Marif Pullover has a clever faux placket detail and would look great over a long sleeved t-shirt, worked up in machine washable Vintage DK. The Solveig Yoke updates the traditional Fair Isle yoke pullover with flattering waist shaping and a pretty cowl collar. Go bright in Ella Rae Classics Superwash or classic in SHELTER from Brooklyn Tweed.
Make the sweet Setesdal Love Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn in The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, a luscious alpaca, silk, and bamboo blend – the perfect Valentine!
A great selection of accessories is next! The ruffly Tuxedo Bag in Berroco Blackstone Tweed features charming menswear detailing. Courtney Kelley’s Bahía Shawl will snuggle you in cozy warmth – we love Pear Tree Supersoft Merino for this. Yum! You’ll feel daring (and warm!) in Daring Red Boot Socks – dare to pick your favorite color of Miss Babs Yummy Sport & Sock. The beaded Folk Flowers Shawl calls for a traditional wool like Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool Fingering, the Rosemary Street Cowl demands luxury like Pashmina from Madelinetosh, and the Bergamot Shawl would be elegant in Neighborhood Fiber Company Pagoda Lace or Madelinetosh Prairie.
The Mercury Cowl takes less than 200 yards of worsted weight yarn – a perfect reason to try a skein of gorgeous hand dyed Fiberphile Super Squish Worsted! Top a pretty party dress with the Camellia Shrug – we think the luxurious alpaca, silk, and merino blend of Louisa Harding Willow Tweed in soft spring colors is the perfect choice!
Feeling patterned out? Pause for a moment to read the excellent article on modifying raglan sleeves to get the perfect fit. But wait, there’s more!
Wrap things up with four belted sweaters! The Bälte Cardigan has fresh details that update its classic tweed look – we can’t wait for O~Wool Balance Chunky to arrive so we can try it out in this pattern! Pretty cabled Gürtel Cardigan would be soft and sweet in Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK. The lacy Correa Cardigan has a cute peaked hood and three-quarter length sleeves that make it a great spring topper – make it extra snuggly in Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran. Finally, the Bandha Hoodie is super versatile – you can also wear the removable hood as a cowl or not at all. Make it in machine washable eco-friendly Berroco Remix for a go-to weekend sweater you can wear well into summer!