The knit.wear Premiere issue is flying off the shelves at fibre space, and we’re here to help you plan some projects out of it. Boasting “simple handknits for the thoughtful knitter,” this new magazine has garments for everyone – just browse through its pages, and you’ll be inspired.
First, the obvious. The cover project, the Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables by Erica Patberg, is amazing. Not only has the designer given you a chance to show off your cabling skills, but she’s added shaping to the garment so that it shows off your figure, too. All too often, capes and ponchos make the wearer look, well, a little slouchy. Not this one – you can wear it with your little black dress to a holiday party, or even use it to dress up a pair of blue jeans.
Knit this one in Berroco Peruvia Quick or Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed. Plus, knit in a thick gauge, it’s a speedy and rewarding knit. After you knit one, you might want to knit another – but we encourage you only to give it to a really important gift recipient, like your best friend or your mother. It’s too pretty to go to just anyone.
If you’re looking for something to keep you warm a bit earlier in the season, the Mistake Stitch Moebius is a fun and easy opportunity. Again, it’s knit in a thick gauge, and we suggest you try Berroco Sundae for this pattern. The different strands of color in the yarn will really pop in the mistake stitch pattern.
Another great option, for those who like solid colors, is Spud & Chloe Outer – available in so many colors! This cowl would be a great gift, as well – quick to knit and impressive-looking. We bet that you could make one in Sundae and one in Outer and they’d look different enough to be given to more than one person on your list. Hey, it’s worth a shot, right?
If you’re more of a traditionalist, you’ll want to make the classic Osprey Hooded Cardigan by Pam Allen. The pebble rib that Pam uses in this cardigan gives the fabric a squishy texture, while the clean lines of the design keep the finished product sleek. This could easily become your go-to garment as the weather gets colder and you want something with which to layer.
The pattern will look amazing in the new Swan’s Island yarn we just got in, or in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes, which offer a rainbow of colors to choose from. Or, if you want a machine washable option, try Ella Rae Classic Chunky Superwash – another yarn that comes in a host of colors. Consider choosing a shade that matches your eyes to make them stand out, or a darker shade of your favorite color for easy outfit prep.
If you’re looking for a sweater that will really turn heads, try Stefanie Japel’s gorgeous Off-Rib Cardigan. Stefanie has taught several design workshops here in space, and we know first-hand that she makes designing look simple. Her patterns are easy to follow and fun to wear. The photo of this one alone is making us drool – and that’s before you add, say, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Worsted or Dragonfly Fibers Blue Faced Worsted.
Come on down to space and choose some yarn to make these babies your own! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.