The new Twist Collective came out last week, the new Knitty came out shortly before and the new Interweave Knits will be out in the UK soon (if not already). I love autumn knits, and there are some lovely new additions to my queue from these three publications. Here are my favourites.
From Twist Collective, I adore Hawthorne, a narrow shaped shawlette that is perfect for the fall. The construction looks interesting and I can already think of three skeins of yarn in my stash I could use for it.
The delightfully named Ms Clarke, though definitely more complex with all that beading, would be an excellent alterative, particularly as the sample is shown in a variegated yarn — and works in that variegated yarn to boot.
Although more delicate than either of the first two (and harder to take a decent picture of), the Hoarfrost Moebius is unbelievably gorgeous. I think I’d be a bit nervous about actually knitting it up in a fine laceweight, but that gossamer lightness is so appealing!
The last accessory I love, love, love are the Mystery and Manners Mittens. They’re so cute!! I love the colourwork, I love the pattern, I think the peacock motif is beautiful… Sigh. These will be the first mittens I cast on as soon as I (get started on and) finish the Autumn Leaves pattern the lovely Arianna gifted me.
While there are heaps of gorgeous cardigan and sweater patterns to choose from, there are two that I cannot stop thinking about. The Leyfi Pullover is exactly the sort of jumper I would wear. It’s long and comfy, it has an interesting neckline, it’s got that little bit of shaping that tips it just the right side of feminine. I think I would want to make it a borderline tunic, but it’s lovely just as it is.
However, my very favourite of all the patterns in all the knit mags is Cityscape. Oh my lordy, I <3 this cardi. I love it. I want it. I would wear it with everything and take the very best care of it possible, PLEASE can I knit it? PUH-LEASE?! It ticks all the boxes I can think of: super cute shape, a perfect accent piece, just the right amount of whimsy… Laura Chau is a genius of genius proportions.
The only thing I would do at all differently is to pull the cuffs in a little bit more, like the Coraline cuffs, so they’re a bit more defined, and maybe take the neckline a little higher. But that’s it.
Speaking of Coraline, I bought that pattern the other day. I’ve a bundle of Malabrigo sock waiting to be swatched for it. But I’m not going to begin until I finish my Bridie cardigan. I really have to thank Ann Hanson for kick-starting my love of Bridie. My parents got me a spot in her Finishing Series class at Knit Nation and we were instructed to bring something that needed finishing. Bridie has needed finishing for about two years, so I took her in. I’m so glad I did! I’ll be posting part 2 of the Knit Nation report soon, which will hopefully feature pics of my very nearly finished Bridie, all thanks to Ann.