abigail phelp, ann regis, artyarns, bergere de france, berroco, blue sky alpacas, brown sheep company, cascade yarns, classic elite yarns, courtney cedarholm, debbie bliss, deborah newton, faina goberstein, fairmount fibres, fibra natura, fibre co., filatura di crosa, grignasco knits, imperial yarn, jacqueline van dillen, jade sapphire exotic fibres, jeannie chin, kelbourne woolens, knit one crochet too, koigu wool designs, kolláge yarns, kristina mcgowan, laura zukaite, lorna's laces, mango moon, manos del uruguay, margeau soboti, mari lynn patrick, Marie Wallin, mary beth temple, melissa leapman, pat olksi, patty lyon, plymouth yarn company, prism, Rowan, rowan yarns, schulana, shiri mor, skacel collection, tahki stacy charles, tanya taylor, theresa schabes, trendsetter yarns, universal yarns, wei wilkins, yoko hatta, zealana
Vogueknitting magazine Spring/Summer is on the bookshelf and here is a little review of this magazine.
This time the Vogueknitting magazine is showing 28 crisp, cool, fun and fresh knitting designs. Featuring
- The Jet Set – The chick excursionists’ style secret: Mesh knits can travel anywhere in classic black or white, sheer magic.
- designing Woman: Tanya Tayler, new on the 70th Avenue scene
- smooth Operator – Eyelet for style
- Colour-Block Punch! – A colourful cocktail
- Cool comfort – Haute hoodies comfort and chic.
The Jet Set
Stripes of double-stranded stockinette stitch alternate with single-stranded mesh in Patty Lyon’s scoop-neck pullover. The sleeve caps are shaped with increases and finished with sewn-in stockinette stitch panels. Waist shaping and shaped lower edges create a flattering silhouette. It’s knit in Summer Breeze (50% linen, 45% cotton, 5% polyamide) , a textured linen blend from Mango Moon.
Abigail Phelp’s cap-sleeve tee, worked from the top down in Cotton DK (100% cotton) from Debbie Bliss/KFI, is knit flat to the bottom to the eyelet-dotted V-neck, then joined in the round and worked to the lower edge. The borders of the V-shaped stockinette stitch bodice curve around to crown the mesh back. Bust darts, shaped using short rows, allow a streamlined fit. The separate cowl echoes the mesh pattern.
Margeau Soboti puts a bold spin on her sporty short-sleeve raglan tee with a diagonal mesh pattern that forms a striking chevron on the front and back. Hemmed at the lower edges, the body and stockinette stitch sleeves are worked from the lower edge up in Blue Sky Alpacas’ smooth Skinny Cotton (100% organic cotton). It’s finished with a ribbed crew-neck collar.
Outsize eyelet diamonds, offset by a V-neckline, dot the body and half-length set-in sleeves of Theresa Schabes’s fitted cropped card. Lending an athletic air – an essential trend for Spring 2014 – the boldly contrasting ribbed neckband is picked up and knit after the sweater is assembled. Knit One, Crochet Too’s Babyboo (45% bamboo, 55% nylon) offers subtle sheen.
An essential piece in any casual sophisticated’s wardrobe, Kristina McGowan’s fine mesh pullover is knit flat from the scoop-neck collar down. After the yoke is complete, the piece is separated for the sleeves, front and back. Deep ribbed cuffs punctuate the blouson sleeves. It shimmers in Seda-Mar (88% silk, 12% nylon) a crisp silk blend from Schulana/Skacel Collection.
Light and airy lace hugs every curve in Mary Beth Temple’s midi-length tank-style sundress. Knit in Cascade Yarns’ slinky Heritage Silk (85% merino superwash wool
15% mulberry silk), separate panels of varied patterns, selected to both contrast and complement one another, are edged with a row of single crochet and later joined. They’re cleverly arranged so that the patchwork pattern is echoed on the back.
A drop-shoulder shape provides a dramatically draped backdrop for the allover staggered cable pattern on Jacqueline van Dillen’s duster. It’s knit in four identical pieces that are seamed at the center back and sides; ribbing forms the edges and back center panel. Flax (100% linen) from Fibra Natura/Universal Yarn creates a defined yet diaphanous fabric.
Ann Regi’s mesh bomber-inspired jacket is knit flat in one piece to the armholes using Schachenmayr Original’s soft Cotton Time (100% cotton). After the ribbed bottom band is complete, stitches are cast on to form the front bands, which continue around the neck to form the collar. Modified drop shoulder, onset pockets and a zipper closure complete the casual look.
designing Woman – Tanya Taylor
Equal pars sweetness and moxie, Tanya Taylor’s crew-neck pullover offsets bold intarsia stripes with subtle diagonal texture patterning. The striped ribbed collar and set-in sleeve cuffs echo the motif. It’s knit in three shades of sleek Merinogold (100% virgin wool merino extrafine, machine washable) from Grignasco Knits/Plymouth Yarn Company.
Chill out in Wei Wilkins’s wave lace scarf: it’s knit in a simple repeating pattern of decreases and yarn overs to create splashy waves of eyelets. Serena (60% baby alpaca, 40% pima cotton), a blend of cotton and alpaca from Manos del Uruguay/Fairmount Fibres, crafts a breathable fabric with a soft halo.
Melissa Leapman’s streamlined tunic puts the focus on the graceful wing lace pattern, which creates an overall lengthening effect. The sleeves are shaped with cast-on stitches and edged with a narrow border of garter stitch, which also edges the wide scoop neck and gently scalloped lower hem. It gleams in Artyarns’ glossy Regal Silk (100% silk).
Equally chic atop a pencil skirt or straight-leg cropped trousers, Marie Wallin’s V-neck tee gets a jaunty jolt from its Breton stripes. The cap sleeves are formed from increases at either side of the body; the sleeves and collar are finished with narrow garter stitch border. Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze (70% super kid mohair, 30% silk) adds texture to the allover dainty lace pattern.
Above: Faina Goberstein’s exquisite lace scarf alternates columns of pretty fan lace and fagoting; slipping the first stitch of every row create a clean selvage edge. Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres’ Sylph (58% cashmere, 42% linen), lends structure and softness to every stitch.
Below: Increases create the “bloom” effect on Faina Goberstein’s floral lace scarf, worked in two halves from stitches picked up at the straight side of each garter lace edging and then grafted at the center. It’s knit in gently heather Meadow (40% merino, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen) from the Fibre Co./Kelbourne Woolens.
To create the airy floats in her butterfly lace scarf, Wei Wilkins gathers several rows of multiple yarn overs with a single center stitch before casting on stitches to replenish each filed of stockinette. Zealana’s Kiwi Lace Weight (40% fine New Zealand merino, 30% organic cotton, 30% brushtail possum) offers a casual matte finish and dry hand.
Shiri Mor keeps it simple on the front of her sleeveless top, knit in Berroco’s lightweight Weekend Chunky (75% acrylic, 25% cotton), with fully fashioned shaping, ribbed edgings and a roll-neck collar. The pièce de résistance – an open back that showcases a network of dramatic openwork macramé – is finished with sleek fringe, a tree straight off the Spring runways.
Slanted intarsia colourblocks and side shaping sculpt the contoured silhouette of Mari Lynn Patricks’s sheath dress, worked in both k1, p1 and k2, p1 ribs for a close fit. The skirt features an angled front pleat; a rolled edge defines the drop waist. It’s finished with a single-button back keyhole. Brilla (58% viscose, 42% cotton), a slinky cotton blend from Filatura di Crosa/Tahki Stacy Charles, offers texture and subtle glimmer.
Courtney Cedarholm’s figure-hugging crew-neck pullover flaunts a block of consonant colour at the joke; lines of eyelets flank the raglan armhole seams. Dolcino (75% acrylic, 25% nylon), a woven ribbon from Trendsetter Yarns, is knit at a medium gauge to create a comfortably cushiony, elastic fabric.
A carefree day deserves a casually chic knit. Laura Zukaite’s high/low-hem tee is framed by intarsia panels, creating a slimming effect. A pop of contrasting colour adds interest to the drop-shoulder cap sleeves – worked separately and finished with a fold-under hem – and ribbed, relaxed crew neck. It’s knit in drapey hand-dyed Tencel Tape (100% tencel) from Prism.
The caftan is the epitome of elegant comfort. Pat Olski’s modern take is equally at home on the beach and at the marketplace. Knit in three colours of silken Pearl from Lorna’s Laces, it’s worked intarsia-style in various lacy patterns divided by stockinette stitch panels. Seed-stitch outer borders add smoothness and structure.
Mari Lynn Patrick’s sculptural shell is knit with two strands of Kolláge Yarns’ Milky Whey (50% milk, 50% soy) held double for added body. The front forms a contoured shape, stitches for the back panels are later picked put from either side and worked to the center back. The perforated center back seam – inverted at the middle back – creates and enhances the keyhole and lower vent.
The textured fabric of Jeannie Chin’s patchwork pullover drapes just so in Brown Sheep Company’s Cotton Fleece (80% cool cotton, 20% resilient wool). Each stitch pattern – bamboo, trinity, spine and granite relief – is worked in one of the four colours, throughout the intarsia body and striped sleeves. The wide crew neck and modified drop shoulders effect a sweatshirt shape. Twisted rib defines the collar, cuffs and vented hem.
Deborah Newton riffs on stripes and symmetry in her hooded pullover, pleasantly textured in Classic Elite Yarns’ Soft Linen (35% linen, 35% wool, 30% baby alpaca). The half-length sleeves and voluminous hood are worked side to side and shaped using short rows; the hood’s lower corners extend to form the Henley-style neckline. Vents at the elbows and lower hems allow a comfortable fit. The garter stitch trims are mitered at the corners.
Panels of intricate openwork cables, flanked by fields of spine stitch at the yoke and hood, take center stage on Jacqueline van Dillen’s hooded raglan pullover. The front is worked in dual layers for the large kangaroo pocket and backing. Doubled stockinette stitch serves as trim for the V-neck and as a drawstring casing for the hood. It’s knit in Koigu Wool Designs’ soft Kersti Merino Crêpe (100% merino wool).
Double-yarn-over eyelets form the meshy material of Melissa Leapman’s zip front hooded vest, which knits up quickly in Anna (70% imperial wool, 30% U.S. cotton) from Imperial Yarn. After the shaped shoulders have been seamed, stitches for the hood are picked up around the neckline; once complete, the work is folded in half and grafted together. Garter stitch edgings complement the cushy texture of the body.
Eyelets dot this sleek, simple hooded button-front vest from Yoko Hatta. The hood is picked up and knit and shaped with double increases at the nape and double decreases at the crown. The wide armholes and outer edges are trimmed in garter stitch. Gentle shaping effects an A-line silhouette. It’s knit in Bergereine (50% combed wool, 50% cotton), an intriguingly textured cotton/wool blend from Bergère der France.