Hi Everyone, Deanna here! Laine 7 is due to be released this Friday and we’re super excited about this issue which provides even further proof that colourwork is hot right now. Choosing yarn and colours for a project is one of my favourite parts of knitting and owning a yarn store, so I’m going to run through my favourite patterns in this issue and share my picks! The pattern previews are on Ravelry right now, giving you all week to plot your next knitting adventure before the magazine becomes available this Friday February 15th.
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All of the designs can be viewed on Ravelry here.
Here we go! In no particular order… except for the fact that I’m putting my favourite first…
By: Kristin Drysdale
If you’ve been joining us on the Pascal Cardian KAL, this would be a gorgeous next step in your steeking journey. I love this all over colourwork cardigan so much. Simple and beautiful.
For a soft and dreamy look with a bit of rustic flair, Brooklyn Tweed Loft would be my choice, and the potential colour palettes are endless! For a more bold graphic look with jewel tones, and a softer hand with a subtle halo, try The Fibre Co’s Cumbria Fingering.
By: Natasja Hornby
This is shaping up to be the most popular pattern in this issue, and deservedly so! The Calla Lily motifs nestled amongst minimalist lace and soft texture stitches are so lovely. I would knit this is mYak’s Baby Yak Medium which has a rounded 3 ply structure which will make the textures pop. It also has the softness of alpaca but without any of the heavyness, it’s light like cashmere. Speaking of Cashmere… June Cashmere DK would also be an stunning choice for this heirloom shawl. Both yarns also have zero depigmentation, and the subtle brown hues that peak through the natural dyes give them both beautiful depth and dimension.
By: Carol Feller
The throwback colourwork motif and casual drop sleeve make this the perfect cozy pullover to wear with your favourite pair of jeans. I would knit this in the Fibre Co. Lore to stay true to that vintagey look. Lore’s gauge works here, but you may have to size up to a 4mm needle. The complex heathers of Lore will make picking colours so much fun.
By: Dami Hunter
You know I am a sucker for mosaic colourwork. For those of you who find stranded colourwork tedius, mosaic is the answer. You work one colour at a time using slipped stitches to create the graphic pattern. I love that this cowl is knit in the round making it completed double sided, hiding all of the “business” on the inside and grafted for a seamless finish. Because gauge isn’t super critical here, the field is wide open for yarn choices. The #1 concern when you are doing mosaic is contrast. The most successful mosaics use high contrast colours, and we have to be super careful when choosing variegated or colour washed yarns. For amazing stitch definition and a vast colour palette, Brooklyn Tweed Peerie would be hard to beat. For something a little more fun and offbeat, I’d be tempted to use Mad Tosh Merino Light in Neon Peach and Pebble.
By: Fiber Tales
This little number I find intriguing mainly because of the sideways construction and the caliper cable detail on the sleeves which is pretty darn cool. For a smooth, defined and minimalistic look I would recommend Brooklyn Tweed Arbor. If you are craving something more soft and luxurious, with some drape, but still the structure of wool and a bit of rustic character, try The Fibre Co. Acadia. We will be introducing Acadia to our lineup in a couple of weeks, and I’m certain you’re going to fall in love with it.