Oh pretty-shiny! The latest issue of Knitty came out a week or so ago, and as usual there are far too many lovely patterns for me to ever actually knit. For the duration of this post, I will suspend disbelief and indulge in a fantasy queue. If I had unlimited time and money, what would I knit, and with what yarn?
This is a pretty little swingy cardigan knit side-to-side in garter stitch with short rows for shaping. I love the belled half-length sleeves. It seems like the perfect throw-on cardi, and good “mindless” knitting too. To help it stand up daily use, I’d use a superwash yarn. I think it would show off variegated colorways nicely, so perhaps some Happy Feet DK? Colorway #59, “Gems,” is awfully pretty.
I’m drawn to this more for the interesting modified intarsia technique than anything else. I think I’d be happiest with some gorgeous fall colors, even though this is the “spring” knitty. My favorite go-to lace yarn is Alpaca Cloud, but Knit Picks hasn’t released their 2011 colorways yet, so right now it’s slim pickings. I think I MIGHT make this wrap out of Palette … which would certainly provide a multitude of colors to choose from!
Main Color: Camel Heather
Leaves: Merlot Heather, Salsa Heather, Kumquat Heather, Autumn Heather,
I love complex cabled and/or lacy socks, and I also love crazy sock colorways. It’s been a hard lesson, but I have learned over the last half-dozen years that these two loves rarely mix well. For intricate socks like “Susanna” I will have to stay true to the design and choose a plain colorway that allows the pattern to come to the forefront. Even a tonal colorway would be too much, but I think I could get away with a heathered color like Basalt Heather (Stroll).
This sock, in contrast, can totally handle a tonal colorway. I love the big jive-y lines and bold pattern. Since I am in love with Knit Picks Stroll Tonal, I’d pick up some Deep Waters and make this socks in a jiffy.