Knitting Patterns Designed to Move

Many of the things I’ve knit over the years are decidedly not intended for outdoorsy use. Delicate shawls could easily snag on a hike, and I’m probably not going camping in a sweater made from yarn that cost me beaucoup bucks. I love these things, but I recognize that they are not designed to endure much in the way of outside adventures.

I like to knit while camping/on my way to camping in the summertime. I try to choose patterns that are somewhat straightforward and are also things that I would then be able to wear while out in the mountains. Last year I made two shawls; the year before I was on a hat kick. There’s something about making a thing in a similar setting to where I might be wearing it that I find pretty satisfying. (Hey, remember last year when we were sitting around the campfire and I was working on a hat? Here we are around a different campfire and I’m wearing said hat. May I please have more s’mores makings?)

The designer collection from Knitscene Spring 2016 is by Andrea Rangel, who has a truly awesome aesthetic. She says that she likes design that has a defined purpose, and this often means she makes outdoors-friendly knitwear. Andrea has an active and adventure filled life; she travels a lot, hikes, camps, bikes, and needs her knitted things to be able to keep up!

This is why the four knitting patterns in her collection are made from gorgeously strong yarns that will hold up and wear beautifully over time. The patterns have beautiful lines and bold textures, which working together are flattering and stylish. We shot this story in a natural area in Fort Collins, pretty early in the morning to capture that awesome golden light.

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The Siula Grande Sweater is made from overall loose ribbing, a perfect piece to layer.

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Garter stich and chevrons work together in the Salcantay Cowl.

The Mismi (triangular) Shawl is knit in generously sized lace with a nice contrasting edging.

The Mismi (triangular) Shawl is knit in generously sized lace with a nice contrasting edging.

A double-thick brim will keep you warm with the beautifully spiraled Chachani Hat.

A double-thick brim will keep you warm with the beautifully spiraled Chachani Hat.

I recognize that it’s still winter for many of us, and that camping and hiking outings are not necessarily in the cards for a few months yet. It’s nice to be forward thinking though, and I for one am looking forward to getting out there and having some great adventures this year. Last year I was introduced to so many new places in Colorado, I hope very much to see even more of this great state this year. As road tripping, hiking, camping, and general out-and-about weather heads our way, I hope you’ll take your knitting along with you and knit up some good memories. I highly recommend it!

Yours in yarn, adventures, and of course, s’mores,

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