Frothy, drapey, pretty … and very, very simple. Made in laceweight yarn on big needles, the finished cardi should be lightweight and warmer than you’d expect … just the thing for spring. What really sells me on it though is that it reminds me of Annie’s cardi (the ghost in “Being Human”). This one made in into my queue! I think I’ll use something browny-grey?
This elegant geometric shawl evokes formal gardens: box hedges and well-tended rosebushes in measured rows. I think I’d go with green or maybe shocking pink.
I love the subtle shading and simple pattern to show off the beauty of natural wool. Gorgeous. I’d be tempted to use my usual palette of blue/green/purple, but I hope I’d have the strength to stick to the lovely colors provided by the sheep themselves.
Happy Monday! Time to look back at the previous week’s recently added knitting patterns on Ravelry and pick a few favorites.
This sweater is mostly-ribbed, with a bit of cabling towards the top with a big cowl neck. This sweater made it into my (ever-growing) queue, because I think it has potential to look good on many body types. The cabling will draw the eye upwards, and the ribbing will make the body and sleeves accommodating. It’s worked mostly in the round — my favorite! I don’t have a good, simple sweater right now … maybe I should start this one sooner rather than later?
Simple, attractive, fingerless mitts — no fancy colorwork or cables, no girly lace. Yet, with just a few purl rows in a contrasting color, these mitts look great! Endless color possibilities — they could be a real stash-buster for sock yarn. The pattern says they are designed to wear as-is, or over a wrist-brace for carpal tunnel or other RSI issues.
Although I adore this sweater for many reasons — the top-down construction! the button detail on the sleeve! the awesome pleated panel on the back! — I have a sinking feeling that adorable as it is, it just wouldn’ t work with my body type. Alas!
Happy Monday! Time to look back at the previous week’s recently added knitting patterns on Ravelry and pick a few favorites. As many an avid knitter is aware, the Winter 2011 edition of Knitty was released last week. As usual, it is chock-a-block full of great patterns and articles. Rather than have Knitty dominate Ravelry Monday, I will instead devote Wednesday’s post solely to Knitty, and talk about some other patterns today.
This hat charmed me right away: bold design, cute, and clever too. Looks to me like it is a simple rolled-brim bag-top hat with a color change and a bit of intarsia and embroidery. I especially love the bag-tie on the top.
Let me begin by admitting bias — I tech-edited this sweater for Alice, and it was in fact my very first for-pay tech editing job. (Alice and I had swapped tech-editing services in the past.) Although I haven’t actually test-knit the pattern, I am very familiar with the pattern. It is simple/elegant, with a neat twist (literally!) up the front on a reverse-stockinette background.
This feminine cowl makes me think of a steampunk heroine, corseted and bedecked in ruffles and lace, and wielding a big brass laser gun :). It looks like a fun, easy knit and the final product is sure to win compliments.