Yarn Pairings - Laine Issue 18
The Autumn Issue of Laine is here to whisk you off on a cosy weekend getaway. This issue focuses on the versatility of knitwear as we enter the autumnal season. Great for wearing outdoors or in, perfect for a little adventure.
Inside this Issue there are eleven designs by ten designers that include jumpers, cardigans, hats, shawls and mittens. A perfect selection to prepare you for autumn. Also there are articles, interviews and recipes making Laine not just a pattern book but full of lots interesting things to look at. Designers featured in this issue are: Jenny Ansah, Marcela Chang, Melissa Clulow, Emma Ducher, Jenna Kostet, Ksenia Naidyon, Olga Putano, Tiia Reho, Anna Sjösvärd and Julia Wilkens.
I can't wait to have a look through. Read on for some yarn suggestions to help you plan your next project.
Barberry by Ksenia Naidyon. This gorgeous scarf is rich with cables and textural stitches. Every area has some fun texture and is defiantly a design for cable lovers. I particularly like the cable that sits right at the edge of the scarf, it adds a nice border and a slight scalloped edge. It will take a bit of concentration but the result is definitely worth it. I think Tukuwool DK would look great and give really nice crisp definition to the cables. I'm particular drawn to the Syringa colour.
Helli by Tiia Reho. I love the simplicity of this design. I'm drawn more and more to sleeveless tops, they are so practical and look great worn over a shirt. A combination of textural moss stitch mixed with stocking stitch adds a nice touch. The i-cord finishing at the armholes add a bit of structure and give the shoulders a fitted look which I like. Knit in a combination of a 4ply and a mohair lace I would choose Hillesvåg Sølje especially the Beige 2101 colour paired with Fyberspates Cumulus in Early Grey 927.
Himmeli by Jenna K. The geometric design in this yoked jumper is inspired by hanging straw decorations and it does capture that airy lightness of a mobile suspended. Worked top down with a generous rolled neck. The contrast between the cosy fullness of the ribbing and the delicate lines of colourwork is very pleasing. I'm tempted to knit it in the new Hillesvåg Forgarn. I've not tried the unspun in colourwork before but it would create a really light but warm jumper.
Horsma Beanie by Jenny Ansah. Worked from the brim upwards starting with a good section of twisted rib. I think a large rolled rib on a hat is important as it allows you to style it in multiple ways. Pulled down over your ears for extra warmth or worn up for some stylish flair. Bobbles, twisted stitches and cables are worked up to the crown for full textural wonder. Knit in a sport weight held with a mohair lace, I would be tempted to knit it just in the sport weight to give those cables full chance to shine. John Arborn Yarnadelic would be my choice especially the Harmonium (song for a) colour. If you did want some fluff Fyberspates Cumulus will work well.
Huldra by Anna Sjösvärd. This all over colourwork jumper features the simplest of colourwork motifs, a dot. The dotted pattern makes this easy for a colourwork novice and also gives extra thickness to the fabric. A simple top down raglan shape creating a a wardrobe staple. It also has option for a cropped or regular length version. &Make Aran could be a cosy choice for this. I'm really feeling the Hot Like Me colour.
Orée by Emma Ducher. Cosy roll neck jumpers are looking like they will be an autumn favourite. This simple design has a few interesting features. The back is knit longer than the front creating an elegant shape. Twisted rib stitches add a bit of texture on the reverse stocking stitch body. The twisted stitches are also echoed at the hem where they flow into the ribbing. Knit in a worsted held with a mohair lace I would choose The Fibre Co Cumbria for the main colour shown here in the colour Windermere. For the fluffy section I would choose Black Elephant Suri Cloud because a little bit of speckle would be really cute in this design.
Otoño by Marcela Chang. I'm a big fan of all over colourwork and I think it looks very striking. This one starts from the top increasing into the patterned yoke which then flows over the body and sleeves. Designed for two colours but I love the idea of knitting the stripes in lots of different colours. Knit in a worsted I think Yarnadelic Worsted would look great. Sunflowers in my Garden pictured here paired with Ordinary Joe, lovely.
Preppy by Julia Wilkens. This varsity jacket inspired cardigan has a nice relaxed vibe. It's worked seamlessly from the top down using the intarsia technique while changing colours. Of course you could do it all in one colour but that would defeat the point and it looks really cute with contrast sleeves. It's knit in a bouclé yarn held with a mohair and I would have suggested the lovely Woven Beyond Crimp but this time that is a little thick for this project. I am however tempted to do it in a combination of Black Elephant Wensleydale in the colours Shockwave and Dolce held with Fyberspates Cumulus.
Saunseray by Olga Putano. This drop shoulder jumper showcases an effective use of cables. The cables are worked over the back and front of this jumper in the round from the bottom up. Worked flat from the underarms and joined at the shoulders before the sleeves are added. A nice simple shape that works with all sorts of outfits. Held with two strands of lace together I would use two strand of G-uld No.4, Iv'e picked out Walnut Vn200042g.
Turtle Dove Cardigan by Melissa Clulow. This simple open cardigan makes a feature of its deep raglans and twisted rib edgings. A combination of a woolly yarn and a fluff. The rustic woolly nature of Hillesvåg pairs so nicely with a fluffy yarn that's why I'm reaching for Hillesvåg Sølje again, especially the Mørk Rosa 2114 colour paired with Fyberspates Cumulus in Herbert 933.