“Basalt Bands” by Anna Zilboorg is clearly the best pattern in the newest edition of Knitter’s Magazine. I love the flouncy peplum and all-over texture. There’s a thin line of black yarn in between the pleats, which adds a 3-D effect—so clever! I think a Madelinetosh Vintage yarn would work well for this project; this yarn has great stitch definition as well as the subtle mottling of color this sweater pattern demands.
Next up is a scarf pattern called the “Wren Brioche Scarf” by Nathan Taylor. I love brioche designs in general, but I especially love ones that are asymmetrical. This one starts out in straight two-color brioche and evolves into cables little by little until there are all-over cables in the middle of the scarf. The cables then gradually devolve until you’re back again to knitting straight brioche.As an added plus, Nathan uses a new technique for working two-color brioche using both hands and both colors at once so that you can work a row with only one pass instead of two. I’ve read through his directions (with photos) and I think I understand how to do it, but I haven’t actually attempted this technique yet.
Several yarns in the shop would be beautiful for this scarf, but I think my first choice would have to be the Embrace Yarn by Reyna Fibers. This yarn is 100% Tibetan Yak Down —it feels wonderful against skin!
My final pattern for this week is “Winnowing” by Bristol Ivy. This shawl has been out for a while, but it just came to my attention last night at Open Knit Night. It’s a lovely shawl with beautiful drape that doesn’t seem overly complicated. It would work up nicely with Madelinetosh Merino Light or, for a more elegant look, you could choose Malabrigo Mara Yarn, which is also a fingering weight, but is 100% silk. Either fiber choice with this pattern this would make a great summer night cover-up.
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