Classic and Contemporary Knitting Patterns

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Yorkville Wrap

I see so many great patterns; my knitting queue could probably reach across the country, but that doesn’t stop me from adding to it at least once a week. I’m going to have to bump some things so the Yorkville Wrap, at right, can fit in somewhere near the top.

This oversized wrap is a V-shaped shawl, but bigger, with lace wings. Designer Sachiko Burgin used Rowan Felted Weed Aran and size 10 US needles, so I could actually be wearing this wrap by November. And I think I have some of that yarn in my stash. I only have about six projects in progress, so what’s one more?

The Yorkville Wrap is in the winter 2015 issue of Knitscene, hot off the presses. There are some instant classics in this issue; here’s editor Amy Palmer to tell you all about it.

The Intersection of Classic and Contemporary

The idea of “essential” is both fluid and not. There are technically only three essentials in life—food and water, shelter, and clothing—yet we all have things that we feel we just can’t live without. Pulling together a collection of “essential winter knitwear” is likewise hard to pin down. The obvious: outerwear and accessories. But the particulars—that’s where life and knitting both get interesting.

I asked designers to send in their own ideas of essential winter knitwear and received some outstanding submissions.

Winter knitting patterns

From top right: Snowfall Sweater, Red Loop Pullover, Deep Woods Toque, Quetzal Cowl, Casa Loma Jacket, Bay-and-Gable Tunic

The collection in these pages represents my ideal of Knitscene’s winter essentials. From close-fitting layers to more flowing tops in the outerwear story to both classic and experimental takes on accessories, these pieces bridge traditional ideas of knitwear (see Meghan Babin’s Red Loop Pullover or Jesie Ostermiller’s Snowfall Sweater) with more contemporary ideas of fashion and form (such as Bristol Ivy’s Chamei Pullover or Jen Lucas’s Qeutzal Cowl) into twenty-one knitting patterns that are both modern and timeless.

Knit Sweater Pattern

Hipsemantic Sweater

Twin sisters Sachiko and Kiyomi Burgin, frequently featured in the pages of Knitscene and knit.purl, caught my attention because they inherently marry these ideas of classic and contemporary in all of their patterns. Their six-piece designer collection is no exception: for example, Kiyomi updates the familiar stranded-colorwork hat with the Deep Woods Toque (order the kit!), while Sachiko combines comfortable texture with clever, modern details in her Bay-and-Gable Tunic.

This intersection of classic and contemporary is where I feel most at home as a knitter, and I suspect a lot of you feel comfortable there, too. As long as knitting remains an essential part of our lives, the traditional forms will never go away, but I for one am excited to see how they continue to inform new ideas and new movements in our little corner of the world.

Color knitting pattern

Fire Isle Sweater

—Amy Palmer, Editor, Knitscene

I told you there were some classics here. Another favorite is Amy Gunderson’s Fire Isle Sweater, at right. That colorwork pattern on the background of diamonds is so pretty and unique. And the Hipsemantic Sweater by Julia Farwell-Clay, above left, is a stunning combination of rib columns, garter ridges, and stockinette stitch on a familiar crew-neck construction.

Pre-order your copy of Knitscene Winter 2015, or download the digital version now! You’ll want to cast on one of these beautiful projects immediately.


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P.S. Last night I worked on my Vera Cardigan, which is our current knit-along. Leave a comment below and tell me what’s on your needles!

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