Textures. Full stop. – 3 Gorgeous textured knitting patterns

I have a confession to make. Knitting (and I like to think it wasn’t age…) has considerably changed my taste in, well, knitwear. In general, I’ve been known for wearing bold colours, like, all the time, as well as for consciously avoiding plain white, grey, and especially black. Man, I used to hate black with a passion – this, after going through a brief period of wearing nothing else but black during my teenage years.

I remember when I picked up the needles a few years ago, my ultimate goal was to be able to knit those funky colourwork patterns. Then one day I decided to have a go at a cable cardigan: Aidez, a free pattern created by Cirilia Rose for Berroco. Although I quite liked the cardigan, I think the main reason I wanted to knit it was to try my hands at all those fancy looking cable stitches; plus the pattern was free.

Now, that was over two years ago, and by now 1) I’ve learnt to appreciate both the practicality and the beauty of more subdued and natural colours. Beige and the different shades of grey are so easy to wear with literally anything. I’m still not convinced about plain black though. 2) I’ve become completely addicted to the different textures one can create with knit fabric. They are both gorgeous and exciting. I guess, I will in no way go for plain and simple. Even if the colours are subdued, there has to be something “special” or “different” about my clothes. I don’t think I’ll be knitting plain stockinette sweaters anytime soon – and not that there’s anything wrong with them.

In accordance with the above, it was no wonder I wanted my top-down knitalong sweater to have an all-over stitch pattern on the body. But it goes without saying that I’m no professional designer. Mental note: I really really have to invest in a few good stitch dictionaries – recommendations welcome.

All this prelude was necessary to create enough “suspense” before I show you my newest finds: three patterns that so blow me away. All three of them were written for Woolfolk’s new yarn quality, TOV, and two are in fact found in the TOV Collection (on Ravelry)The whole collection is exceptional, but these days I mostly seem to be into repetitive geometrical stuff, so my absolute favourites are Bue by Nele Redweik and Rille by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

Bue is a cool vest/sleeveless sweater that I can see myself layering over blouses and thinner long sleeve tops. I don’t think I ever wore anything like this, but I have to say I quite like the idea. But the main thing is the cable pattern. Isn’t it just so dreamy-flowy and mesmerizing? I might prefer the west in a more drapy and slightly more fluffy-cuddly yarn though.

bue-in-colour

Photo credit: Woolfolk

Rille is the simplest of beanies that in a way reminds me of Gudrun Johnston’s Hermaness Worsted. It seems to have a similar wave pattern, without the lacey bit. I have absolutely loved knitting the Hermaness, and I really like the clean and simple wave stitch in Rille.

rille-hat

The third design I’m absolutely in love with is the Open Waters cowl by Melanie Berg, which was incidentally also created for the TOV yarn. Just how cool is it? The pattern is published in No.2 of the Making magazine, which I hope will make its way to one of the shops here in Wellington.

openwater-cowl

Photo credit: Melanie Berg


P.S.: I thought I’d add some árbore·do·fogo shop news here. I’ve been busy working on new designs as well as taking photos, posting on Instagram and developing some sort of a work routine. With respect to last time, now I have three new items in the shop: the Mighty Fox necklace, the Banana Love necklace and a new colour version of Golden Star. Click through to have a look if you fancy.

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Wool ramblings: Capsule by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

I don’t know whether this happens to anyone else, but me, when I set my eyes (or rather, my needles) on something by a given designer, I keep bumping into their work as if by accident. Last week I wrote about my idea of using the yarn in my stash destined for the Reversible Rivulet scarf to knit the Coda sweater instead.

Well, only a few days later, when browsing through Google Now recommendations during my commute, I came across a story about Brooklyn Tweed releasing a knitting book collection called Capsule. By coincidence the very first volume of the collection is contains precisely designs by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, the author of the Coda sweater. Considering this a “sign”, I went on to leaf through the lookbook advertising the publication.

I find Olga’s designs really cool in that they all seem to have something unusual and exciting: knit pattern, construction, shape, texture… This kind of makes me feel drawn to them – as I guess other knitters too. I’m too curious to not to want to try out for example the hexagonal construction of Cusp. At the same time, both the Tetrapods scarf and the Jujika cawl seem more wearable and more easy to undertake projects. Nevertheless, for me at least, the Ebb dress looks like a must have garment, something that if I once put it on, would never want to take off… if only it wasn’t a project that would potentially take forever to complete in endless stockinette…

I guess it’s good I already have enough on my needles to deal with 😉

Capsule Collage

Left-right, top-buttom: Cusp, Tetrapods, Jujika, Ebb. Photos by BT

 

 

Planning, planning… Coda sweater?

One thing knitting teaches you is to value and plan your wardrobe. With the time and effort it takes to finish a garment, after the initial mindless buying of yarn on a whim, thinking to knit all that’s out there, you end up learning to be more thoughtful.

Last week I told you about me owning yarn to knit the Reversible Rivulet Scarf, but finding that I am not much of a scarf person after all. So, I’ve been browsing and browsing patterns in search of a sweater to make instead. My problem however was not only that of finding one sweater but that of finding THE sweater for which I would have enough yarn too.

The yarn in my stash is a finger weight alpaca, which I was thinking of holding it double for the scarf, so the yardage would have been pretty much enough for anything asking for this yarn weight. However, I’m already knitting my Carpino using the same yarn quality, and, to be honest, I don’t think I can bear to knit another sweater with such a thin yarn so soon. I need something quicker. But for that the available yardage seemed tricky.

That’s when Ravelry comes into play! I’m forever grateful to its creators knowing just exactly what a knitter needs. Search for a cable sweater, set required yardage and there you go! The options were sort of scarce, but I fell in love with this one: the Coda sweater by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

Codacollage

I’m always short of pullovers to wear with skirts and this springy item seems airy enough to support the harsh lime green colour yarn I have. Right now it seems like the perfect plan. This Monday hasn’t been for nothing after all…