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friday favorites

sometimes I wish that the knitting community followed a release schedule like the music or movie industries. let’s pick one day of the week where all of that week’s patterns are released. but if I’m being honest, I’m totally full of it, because I love looking through new designs every day. there are just so many! can we slow down a bit?

here are some of my favorites from this week. 

© softsweater

© softsweater

waiting for rain by Sylvia Bo Bilvia

as soon as I saw this shawl on instagram I knew it had to go on my needles. garter stitch, short rows, and lace! it’s so ingenious. I couldn’t get this out of my head so I’ll be casting on this weekend with some plucky knitter snug fingering in the color charlotte (seen in the top photo). there’s a kal this month on instagram and ravelry, so that should be fun.

© Trin Annelie

© Trin Annelie

© Eunny Jang

© Eunny Jang

I obviously have colorwork in the brain and I’ve been looking through my stash trying to decide on final colors for my riddari and getting mentally ready for the knitter’s dude. until then, one of these hats needs to jump on my needles. top hat, winter’s fern by Trin Annelie. bottom hat, triangle hat one by Eunny Jang. I think I have enough single skeins and scraps for both of these. two other hats that were released earlier and you should check out: the oonski! hat and the blink toque.

© olgajazzy

© olgajazzy

look, a 2 spi sweater isn’t in my future anytime soon. I don’t have the yarn, the body, or the heat tolerance. BUT I do love the details that Olga includes in her patterns. the construction of nuku is intriguing to me, “Then body and sleeves are joined to work in the round and the yoke is worked with seamless set-in sleeves.” I’ve done top-down set-in sleeves, which are a bit of a pain if you ask me. I rather just seam, but Olga’s idea sounds like it would be really fun to knit. maybe she’ll release a similar construction at a smaller gauge?

© Andrea Rangel

© Andrea Rangel

this one is a bit of a cheat. Andrea’s Sounds of Life pattern was just released this week, but I got the chance to test knit it last month. things I love about this cardigan: the stand up collar, those pockets!!, and the spot on fit. I think this is one of those basic sweaters we all need in our wardrobe. the collar gives it a little flair, but the fit and fabric make it an every day workhorse. I used the same yarn as Andrea, Cestari Traditional collection 2-ply worsted, in the light/dark marl, and it’s like wearing the warmest hug.

cestari_cardigan_750

can I just say I really appreciate the old timey yarn skeins? you mean I can knit right away without breaking out the swift and ball winder? the yarn has a lovely woolly, lanoly feel. it softens up even more after washing, not that the yarn is rough to begin with. it just isn’t the super buttery merino so many of us have grown accustomed to. this sweater has already become a staple and there isn’t too much pilling yet, so I’m ridiculously happy about that.

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  • Duni February 7, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Ooh- that sweater is gorgeous. I’m really intrigued by the marled color ways. And thanks for the hat links. I put the oonski! on my queue right away. A release schedule for patterns would be great, if only so I could make sure to see them all. I haven’t seen any of these patterns before, so I’m glad you posted.

    • bitterpurl February 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      oh awesome! I’m glad I shared the links then. I’ll have to keep a look out for new patterns every week or two ; )

      and thank you! That sweater is so simple but so gratifying.

      I need to pick out colors for my oonski! still!

  • Stephanie February 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    It’s probably best I don’t stay current on the new releases. I can’t keep up with the things I want to knit, and I certainly don’t need to add more to the list! I have been thinking about a colorwork hat, but might do a cowl instead… choices, choices.