Knitting Patterns: Graceful, Ethereal Beauty
Sometimes knitting patterns evoke a feeling, a favorite memory, a style you love. Our new Barre Collection is inspired by ballet, which I absolutely love.
My favorite dancer is Mikhail Baryshnikov (unoriginal, but true). I fell in love with him in the 70s, in the movie, The Turning Point—anyone remember that one? I went down a YouTube rabbit hole a few days ago, looking at videos of Mikhail in his prime, dancing Don Quixote, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. It was enchanting; I highly recommend it!
I was so happy to see the knitting patterns in the Barre Collection. There’s an ethereal style to ballet “fashion,” and we wanted to bring it to knitwear. It’s such a graceful look.
One of the knitting patterns we’ve included in the Barre Collection is Linda Margveng’s beautiful Irina Pullover, shown at right. Designed in honor of Russian ballerina Irina Baronova, its elegant cables stopped me in my tracks. I just love it.
Irina was born in 1919 in Saint Petersburg. Her family escaped the Russian Revolution by crossing into Romania. Irina’s mother was a ballet enthusiast and found a teacher for her when she was seven. She excelled and was discovered by George Ballanchine in the 1930s and became a star in the famous Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She retired at 27 and married Cecil Tennant. She is also the mother of the actress Victoria Tennant.
The Irina Pullover is knit with a strand of Rowan Felted Tweed and Rowan Kidsilk Haze held together, making a beautiful fabric. The softness is amazing, and the drape is beautiful. Just like Irina herself.
There are four more gorgeous knits in this collection; check them out:
Sara Soloman’s Phryne Beret is an homage to the character Miss Fischer, the wonderful, stylish Australian detective. We thought this collection needed a hat, and this beret fits in beautifully.
The Julie Pullover, when knit in a lovely creamy white, is a graceful addition to any wardrobe. The flowing cables just add to the look; these are stockinette cables on a stockinette background. Very pretty and subtly textural.
Corrina Ferguson paired stockinette and seed stitch in her Ingrid Pullover to make a gorgeous and unique ribbing pattern, and I love the seed stitch collar. Wear this with a ballet-style skirt, and you’re ready for a fun night on the town.
And last, but certainly not least, is the Veronica Vest by Joann Rogers. A faux fur collar is the star of this cozy vest. The yarn for the collar is Berroco Marmot, which is really soft and easy to knit with. This is not the faux fur of years past. You’ll love it. And the Veronica Vest is equally gorgeous with jeans or a pretty dress, as shown in the photo above. I love that look.
Get the Barre Collection and add a little ballerina style to your wardrobe!
P.S. What do you think of ballet style? Leave a comment below and let me know!