Yarn Pairings for Laine Issue 20
We are eagerly anticipating Laine Magazine's Spring Issue. Issue 20 is titled Waterways and has us dreaming of days by the sea.
Inside are ten knitwear designs including five sweaters, one cardigan, one tee, two shawls and one pair of socks. Featuring work by Rebecca Clow, Lily Kate France, Eliza Hinkes, Susanna Kaartinen, Marzena Kołaczek, Marion Mursic, Joey Poh, Olga Putano, Qing Studio and Thea Vesterby. As well as the regular articles and recipes.
As usual I have taken a look through the issue and paired some of the yarns we stock here at Knit With Attitude to get you started on planning for your next project.
Columns by Thea Vesterby - This jumper is knit seamlessly from the top down and is covered in a simple looking lace repeat. It looks cosy and comfy and very inviting. Large ribbed rolled neckband, drop shoulders and generous sleeves go together to create that cosy vibe. Asking for a sport weight yarn but with a gauge of 22sts on 4mm needles I think the newly arrived Pickles Mjuk Merino could work.
Devana by Marzena Kołaczek. This delicately light looking waistcoat is knit in a fine linen blend for a drapey and airy fabric. Knit from the top down with bands of lace that add to the ethereal quality. I would be tempted to try this in the 100% Linen Växbo Lingarn or if you wanted a touch of wool the Fibre Co Meadow would also be nice.
Heligan by Qing Studio. This mesmerising top makes a feature of cables and the negative space around them. It also has an interesting construction. Worked from the top down in the round with cables that increase in size towards the hem. When completed all the purl stitches between the cables are dropped creating the open mesh fabric. It’s knit from two strands of a mohair lace held together so my first thought is Fyberspates Cumulus but because its two strands together I think the heavier Pickles Soft Fuzz on its own might be a good choice.
In Bloom by Joey Poh. A beautiful pair of toe up socks featuring a row of flowers against a trellis of twisted stitches. A classic sock yarn like Socks Yeah! would be great for these. For the little flower details I would use some stash scraps. But if you are after the exact colour, the small quantities of either Fyberspates Gleem Lace Embroidery Thread or G-uld Embroidery Threads would be perfect.
Jiellâh by Susanna Kaartinen. Worked in one piece to the underarms from the bottom up. Syncopated brioche creates a fun contrast in texture as the purls and knits change along the project. A neat button band is knit on to the body in double knitting to create a finished look. Knit in a 4ply Merino held with a mohair. I'm really being drawn to Woven Beyond Allo Baby held with Fyberspates Cumulus.
Ottilia by Eliza Hinkes. This flowing scarf is knit as two identical pieces to the centre where it is finished with a seamless three needle bind off. It also has a fringe that is cleverly woven through the eyelets at either end. Knit in a worsted weight yarn I would try the cosy Fibre Co Cumbria. You use a 4ply for the fringe so something like the 50g Garthenor Preseli would pair well.
Peppy by Lily Kate France. This intriguing shawl has an interesting construction and is essentially two shawls in one. Two triangles are knit with reverse directions these are then layered and bound together along the straight edge with a three needle I-cord bind off. I'm tempted to go luxury with this one and pick Norne Yarn Singles.
Pladda by Rebecca Clow. This simple but graphic colourwork jumper has very pleasing raglan line where the contrast colour line follows it and branches off. Knit from the top down in the round the sleeves also have nice lines of contrast colour where the decreases happen. It's knit in a fluffy aran weight yarn, I'm wondering if Pickles Soft Fuzz held double might work here.
Sea Salt by Marion Em Knits. This short sleeve hoodie is the perfect layering seaside top. It's knit from the top down starting with the back and then the shoulders and front. The hood is picked up from the neckline and knit at the end. Something cosy but soft is calling to me for this like Fyberspates Vivacious DK.
Tepliy by Olga Putano. I really like textural jumpers like this and this one has a lot of details. A roomy v-neck, split hem and garter stitch panels that break up the texture along the top of the arm and sides. Knit in a plant fibre, alpaca and wool blend it has to be &Make DK.