Tag Archives: Stellaria

new twist collective, spring 2012

18 Apr

How much do I love the shawls in the latest Twist Collective? More than I have words for. But I’ll give it a go.

Janel Laidman’s Elysium is just so, so gorgeous. This shawl is just so unusual, so unlike all the other shawl patterns out there at the moment. I love how round and dextrous the pattern is.  It’s really not like anything I would normally go for, but I find myself increasingly drawn to it (and seeing as I dreamt I was knitting it last night, I feel it might have to be the next project I cast on.)

Susanna IC’s Stellaria is really lovely, too. I love her classic crescent shaping and while I generally am not hot on garter stitch, she works it so that you can wear your shawls front or back, up or down and they always look good.

Although I can’t imagine ever managing to complete one, Kerry Milani’s Paon is breathtaking. She immediately gets a Genius stamp. The pattern is pretty and delicate, the shaping is exquisite and the sheer size is extraordinary. Compared to it, Brenda Patipa’s Satsuma is just a mere slip of a thing, but I really like how directional the lace is. Very different to the other shawls here, but pretty in an almost Metropolis way.

Apart from the shawls, Robin Melanson’s Sylvatica and Amy Christoffers’s Lanata are two tops I can really see myself wearing.

Usually I like my knits to be heavy on the cables, but both of these tops make good use of lace in a primarily unobtrusive way. I’ve got the Acer Cardigan lined up, but I’m starting to think Lanata might come first. Regardless, I want to have Sylvatica ready for the first day of school.

What are your favourites? Are you aching to test drive the soles on Lingonberry? Let me know in the comments!

(All pictures by Jane Heller, slurped from Ravelry.)

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