Last week was the first in this series, here is board number 2.
This week we feature really simple styles in interesting yarns – that’s the thing with great yarns – you don’t have to over-egg the pudding (as we say here in the UK!) and these three pieces really illustrate that theory. The yellow sweater in particular is simple with a subtle piece of design on the sleeve head, not a raglan but not a set in sleeve either… clever. These tweedy yarns work really well for men too.
Our swatch is in a lovely shade of grey – Donegal Tweed Aran by Debbie Bliss. It’s great to knit and requires little or no fancy stitch work to look fabulous. Note also with the three styles we have featured the interesting proportions – slightly longer sleeves and deeper sleeve trims – these give a modern edge to the styles.
Monday Mood – Tweed and Flecked 2
Last week was the first in this series, here is board number 2.
Friday Favourite 5
This is a little bit special – a reworking of the traditional Icelandic yoke sweater. This piece is by Tom Ford and although the style is not radical it’s the colours that give it a point of difference – for a man’s sweater they are fab, the pinks are quite dusty rather than sugary. We are not sure what the yarn is but would hazard a guess at top end luxury cashmere (that’s Wendy’s guess, Belinda thinks it’s more of an aran-weight merino). The colour combination is just the right side of masculine, shown here with tailored trousers but would look equally great with a pair of skinny jeans and trainers. As we say each week… enjoy.
Yes, yes – yesterday we were talking about desperately needing Spring to, well, spring, and today we’re on about Midwinter.
But this Midwinter is special. Last year we sent a few designs off to Quince & Co’s call for their latest scarf book, all of them inspired by Midwinter Pottery and this is the one they chose:
and this is how it looked when we’d got it all knitted up in the delightful Quince & Co Osprey:
Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t the photography gorgeous? We love Quince & Co! They have been a delight to work with. Some more pics for you:
As you can see from those last two pics, it’s a long scarf, perfect for wrapping (although you could knit it shorter). And it has quite large pompoms as finishing touches (but that’s not really a surprise, is it?). It might look like a complicated colourwork pattern but in fact it’s worked in 2-row stripes with slip stitches, so it’s easy peasy to knit. The yarn is a dream – a dream – to knit with and comes in 49 fabulous colours. The sample was knitted up in the monotone colourway using Egret, Kumlien’s Gull and Crow but how nice would it be to add in a bright pop of colour (like Wendy’s drawing)? – you could substitute Sorbet or Nasturtium or Belize in for the Kumlien’s Gull for a few centimetres at each end.
Full details (including how to buy) here and here on Ravelry, although I think you might have to wait until America is up and working before you can actually buy. I’ll add in links to the Quince & Co website as soon as they’re up*. There are 13 other designs in the ebook from great designers, but we think ours is best! (Well, it is the only one with pompoms, so it’s a no-brainer really, isn’t it?)
OK, so here are the links to buy from Quince & Co. Here for the lookbook for the whole collection (you can see Wendy and me trying very hard to look sensible / not gormless in our designer bio there), here for the ebook of the whole collection or here to just buy our Midwinter pattern.
As many of you know we have been playing with needle felting techniques and this is something we designed a couple of weeks ago. It has a fresh spring-like quality to it (something we all need desperately, we think) and looks great on a cute plain stocking stitch sweater. The red spots are worked with a woollen fabric cut into circles which we’ve needle felted, then gently removed the fabric from the knitting leaving only secured fibres behind – it gives this fab, sort of ghost-like speckled effect. The yellow and blue ones spots are done our usual way with spirals of yarn worked on the wrong side and punched through to create these soft spots.
Monday Mood –
We are feeling for the tweedy, flecked yarns and knits at the moment. There seems to be a lot about and not just for country weekend wear but modern cutting edge knits. In terms of yarn we particularly like Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran by Debbie Bliss, it comes in such great shades (see Pebble and Charcoal – you know us!!) and is a dream to knit. We have swatches in this yarn featured on a couple of Monday Moods next in this series.
We think the pieces featured here demonstrate a mix of modernity and tradition that can be achieved using tweedy yards. We really like the Aran Sweater in the large picture on the left.
Other great tweed yarns are Debbie Bliss’ Milano (another aran weight) and Winter Garden (chunky).
Rowan also do a great Felted Tweed Aran and Colourspun is also interesting.
Lastly we also love Vivacious, a DK yarn by Fyberspates (worked in stripes and colourblocking it’s fab).
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We thought we would bring a bit of colour to the Friday Favourite this week with this fab intarsia sweater reminiscent of the 80′s giant picture knits.
It’s by Antonio Marras, who is always so great with shape, colour and pattern and this sweater has it all! It’s a couple of years old now but has always been one of our favourite knits. The bracelet length sleeves give the piece a really modern twist. We’re not sure what it’s knitted in but it’s not hard to guess there is a touch of angora in there.
Monday Mood – Pinstripe Felt
This morning’s Monday Mood may be a little brief as we have just spent the weekend at Unravel and are feeling a little jaded (in a good way!). We have to say we had a great time and huge ‘thank you!’ to everyone who came by to say hello, chat and buy something, it was really lovely meeting you all.
This week’s mood is a stand alone, after our mohair fluff-fest we are easing ourselves off fluff gradually with a felt theme this week. The swatch featured is in a charcoal grey four ply yarn, knitted to replicate a kind of pin stripe fabric, with faint stripes of ivory yarn. The stripes are worked horizontally, then the fabric is flipped once felted (horizontal stripes are easier than intarsia vertical ones!!)…It would be great for a jacket or blanket for those of on the minimal side!
The texture has been added pre-washing with tiny tassels, once the fabric has been felted it creates this matted effect (which we like), but it looks equally good without.
The swatch would also work as a boxy tunic shape as featured here, especially the centre shape. Maybe not the one with long sleeves at the bottom – we just loved the picture! You can leave all the edges raw if you desire as the stitches are going nowhere…
Friday Favourite 3
This is a real beauty – it’s by designer Derek Lam. It’s a master class in how to design a chunky aran. We think that some of the cabling has been knitted in the garment, then some of the stitches seem to have been carried across the front of the surface and rejoined further up the garment – clever.
We love the way the cable has distorted the front of the sweater with subtle shape exaggeration- note the slightly longer sleeves, it makes all the difference and a fab colour to boot.
Monday Mood – Mohair 5
The last in our mohair series is a tribute to the Rock and knit fusion!! Never has knit been so edgy as during the punk years thanks to Westwood and McLaren who sold distressed mohair sweaters in their shop Seditionaries on Kings Road. I wouldn’t mind betting many cool punks got their lovely Grannies knitting versions of the original…that’s when I started knitting – mohair on large knitting needles was the best start to knitting garments for an impatient teenager!
Well here is the wonderful one and only Johnny Rotten sporting mohair and I think this sweater I designed below would be perfect for him, even today. I have used my needle felt gadget once again to embellish animal print onto a block colour and stripe mohair base fabric. Never thought Punk Rock would be used in the same paragraph as needle felting but there you go!! That’s True Brit knits for you!
The swatch has been brushed first, then needle felted using a chunky black yarn to create the animal markings. The fabric would also work well as a cardigan or as a child’s garment. The illustration has been drawn using a mix of collage, coloured pencil and marker pens – I had fun doing it… the Fluff Fest of Mohair Moods is going out with a flourish.
Friday Favourite 2…
Well, we are champing at the bit to show you some of our favourite sweaters. This one is a machine knit we think (Belinda is sure it is). We love the look of it – such a great shape, in a multi-coloured tuck stitch. It’s by Toast and its called the Tess Sweater and a cotton polyamide yarn. We want one!
Funny, we knitted this swatch about 18 months ago in Yeoman DK cotton and designed this sweater which we have yet to convert into a pattern. It’s not as heavy as the Toast one, but we like it.
We also have a textured wool and mohair sweater, same stitch pattern but very different look – the Garterhouse: