cool textures

I’m sorry I’m a little late on today’s post, but I was hit with insomnia last night and I’m really dragging today. hopefully I’ll actually make sense!
while chapter one is all about shaping and contrasts, chapter two plays with textures using stitch patterns.

pilatus hat sm.jpg
designed by erika seelinger

the herringbone and chevron patterns in the pilatus hat and scarf set are set off by the use of two different yarns, grace wool and silk and a merino wool. the sheen of the silk really highlights the “crags” of the pattern.


designed by zoe valette

the crosshatch top is knit with one of my favorite yarns, sublime cashmere merino silk dk. I love it as is, but I see this as another one of those pieces that you can really make your own. things I’m picturing: changing the length, moving the center stitch pattern higher up, and knitting the sleeves in a different style.


designed by kate sonnick

a fun layering piece that should be quick to knit, bubble bath is knit with kidsilk haze and large needles. I love the little flutter sleeves. it has just enough smocking to make it interesting, but not too much to drive you batty.

designed by stephanie pulford

ice queen is form-fitting, slimming, and luxurious. it’s knit with jo sharp alpaca silk georgette and features ribbing combined with a diagonal motif and an unexpected sleeve cutout. a total aside, this model kills me!


designed by connie chang chinchio

I would love to see this “corset” over a silk blouse. the slipped stitches add structure and there’s elastic thread woven through the ribbing to keep everything in place.

my design

I totally have to come clean and tell you why I named this hugo’s sweater. during stef’s first pregnancy, she swore up and down she was going to have a boy so we called the baby “hugo” (you’d have to ask her why!). of course, hugo turned out to be mazie (I won that bet) but I think she can still rock this sweater when she’s a little older. it’s a raglan (my little ode to stef) with both seed stitch and garter stitch on the yoke. I used pear tree 12 ply and 6mm needles for a quick and cozy knit. I still remember knitting knit it while I was in california a couple of summers ago, those big needles came in handy.

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  • Amanda October 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    These just keep getting better and better!

  • Allyson October 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I love that tube top! That stitch pattern is so pretty.

  • danielle October 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Whoa. I really like Ice Queen, and I’m not a ribbing person; those diagonals are just wicked.

  • Amanda Elizabeth October 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    it looks ammmmmazing! That hat looks so cozy!

  • Stephanie October 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I think I’m going to have to make the corset. You’re right about putting it over a shirt – it would look fun and hip (and you know I need help with the hip part).

  • jenna October 23, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Beyond beautiful. All of it. Congratulations!!

  • Little Miss S. October 25, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I want to knit the herringbone hat for my dad right away. Great job.