Looking for a little inspiration as we move in earnest into the cooler months? Knitscene’s newest edition offers a variety of ideas to hold you through the winter. With a feature on designer Emma Welford, a mosaic knitting tutorial, colorful Scandinavian-inspired collection, and a group of future wardrobe staples, the Winter 2014 magazine covers a lot of ground.
Up first Emma Welford’s Gothic Gloves, knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, would make a great gift or quick knit for yourself. The pattern calls for a skein of two colors and were designed to mimic decorative, mixed metal jousting gloves.
The Sienna Mittens add interest to a fairly basic mitten pattern by creating stripes in a marled pattern. Knit in fingering weight, these mittens could be a great use for a gradient kit or collection of Miss Babs Yummy Toes. If you were feeling a little adventurous in the math department, you could bump up to sport weight and use a Pepperberry Cashmere Fun Bundle.
The Lise Armwarmers and Hat provide a third option for colorwork accessories. Knit in sport weight yarn, these would be a great first colorwork projects or quicks gifts for those with a few more color work projects under their belts.
Mosaic knitting is a form of colorwork that uses one color per row with slipped stitches to break up any potential striping. Among the mosaic patterns, the Ravenna Cowl stands out. Knit in DK weight yarn, this cowl would look fantastic in Fiberstory CORE DK or The Fibre Co. Knightsbridge. The larger Tessellating Leaves Scarf calls for Aran weight. It would look great in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky or in the slightly lighterweight but extra fleecy Imperial Stock Ranch Erin.
Rounding out the magazine are sweater patterns with a few great options for keeping busy and warm. The Kolmarden Jacket and the Tongshan Sweater both have a cool easiness to them. The jacket calls for fingering weight yarn held double to create a marled fabric, while the sweater employs color blocking at the sleeve cuffs and shoulders to add interest to an otherwise classic sweater.
Pulling from the Scandinavian-inspired projects, the Thyri Pullover would make a great project for new sweater knitters. The traditional Scandinavian colorwork yoke has been replaced with reverse stockinette, and the sleeves were designed to be long enough to include a thumb hole – perfect for keep warm as winter sneaks in!