Yarn Pairings for Laine Issue 16
The latest issue of Laine Magazine is always hotly anticipated and with good reason. The Laine team have an amazing skill at bringing together a selection of talented designers and producing a cohesive collection of patterns. All packaged within the cover of a beautifully designed magazine. This post I will take a look at the designs for the upcoming Issue 16 and suggest some yarn pairings. You can pre order Issue 16 here.
Issue 16 features 11 Knitting patterns by 10 designers: Fiona Alice, Rachel Brockman, Dee Hardwicke, Thien-Kieu Lam, Lotta H Löthgren, Rosa Pomar, Yan Qian, Eri Shimizu, Anna Strandberg and Orlane Sucche. All photographed around Laine's beloved capital city of Helsinki in Finland. Inside are 5 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 shawls, 1 waistcoat and 1 pair of socks. They all epitomise winter cosiness, making you just want to curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book (and of course your knitting).
Badana by Rosa Pomar. This oversized cardigan is like a hug. A relaxed shape that is easy to wear and looks elegant in a comfy way. Worked from the top down using Julie Weisenberger’s method, creating a well shaped shoulder. Sleeves are worked in the round from the body. Knit by holding a strand of mohair with an aran weight yarn I would be tempted to knit this in just Hillesvåg Blåne on its own. It wouldn't be quite as fluffy but this yarn does have a slight halo after blocking.
Braided Moss Socks by Lotta H Löthgren. Textured and cabled socks are a must for any sock knitters collection. Also these are DK so quicker to knit and warmer to wear. Knitted top down in moss stitch and cables, finished with a peasant/afterthought heel. Knit in a DK I would try this in two strands held together of the Fibre Co Amble or a reliable favourite on its own Socks Yeah DK.
Braided Moss Sweater by Lotta H Löthgren. If you like the socks then why not the matching jumper! Featuring the moss and cable stitches of the socks. Knit seamlessly from the top down with a bold panel of texture on the front and back. The rest is just simple stocking stitch. I would try this in the &Make DK a heathered blend of wool, alpaca and linen.
Cameo by Orlane Sucche. I love buttoned vest tops like these, they look really nice over a shirt either open or closed. This one is alive with detail. Cables and textured stitches make this an interesting knit. Worked bottom up in one piece and then divided for the front and back and finished by picking up for the ribbing. The natural undyed shades of Garthenor Number 3 are calling out to me for this.
Maplewood by Fiona Alice. Texture, texture texture! This jumper features a characterful bouclé yarn paired with a smoother one. Worked from the top down with raglan increases. I love the slipped stitch detail that runs from the neckline to the hem, it really highlights the contrast in texture. Also the deep split hem is a nice touch. I would pair &Make Aran and the Fibre Co Cirro. You might need to hold two strands of Cirro together to get a similar destiny in the fluffy sections. Alternatively I think Hillesvåg Blåne would be a good choice if you didn't want it so fluffy.
Nuage by Yan Qian. This relaxed jumper is knit seamlessly from the top down. Zig-zag lace adds a bit of detail to the slightly puffy sleeves. There is a quirky finish around the neckline with a ruffled edge. Im thinking a combination of Stranded Dyeworks BFL Nylon Fingering and Black Elephant Suri Cloud would be dreamy.
Reverie by Dee Hardwicke. Dee creates magic with her colourwork designs. This throw or large wrap is a masterwork of intarsia and stranded colourwork. Knit in blocks that are then sewn together, this is a project that will take some concentrating but the end results are worth it. My go to for anything colourwork is Hillesvåg Tinde.
Soe by Anna Strandberg. This warm top down jumper has a pleasing and elaborate looking cable that runs from the neck right down into the cuff ribbing. I like the contrast between the stocking stitch in the body and the reverse stocking stitch on the sleeves. It's a simple twist in texture but gives the cables a great base to really pop from. Just because I am desperate to knit a cable jumper in it I would choose &Make Aran.
Solitaire by Rachel Brockman. I particularly like the deep split hem that forms the bottom of this jumper. Its an elegant detail and makes the shape flow. The textured panels are knit first from the bottom up and then joined to work in the round. I would choose the comfy Fibre Co Cumbria.
Yuki No Hi No by Eri Shimizu. Even though this top is light it still looks very cosy. Worked seamlessly from the top down and with raglan increases. There are various ways to customise to make it cropped or more like a longer jacket. For fluffy lightness it has to be the Fibre Co Cirro.
Yumi by Thien-Kieu Lam. This asymmetrical triangular shaw features an all over graphic texture of twisted stitches. Knit in one piece, casting on and increasing to the widest end. The Fibre Co Cumbria would give you clear stitches and be nice to wear.