Reader Favorites from Love of Knitting Fall 2017
It’s time for back to school with Love of Knitting—stitchery school, that is! Love of Knitting Fall 2017 is full of techniques and stitch patterns to expand your knitting repertoire. There’s so much to learn that it’s hard to know where to start!
We looked to Ravelry to find your favorite knitting projects from the issue so far, and it’s clear you’re ready for fall knitting. Your faves include lots of cozy cardigans and accessories perfect for the classroom, the office, or any occasion. Which will you cast on first? I’m personally leaning toward the Guernsey Shawl, which is perfect for changing seasons and cuddle time on the couch. Bring on autumn with Love of Knitting!
Ashwood Hoodie by Jenny Williams
Ash leaves adorn the sleeves, fronts, and hood of this cardigan. Sew in a zipper for warmth on windy days. The ash tree gets its common name from the Old English word for spear (aesc), and English folklore includes many stories about such trees.
Difficulty: Intermediate. Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK (55% merino wool, 25% superfine alpaca, 20% Donegal tweed): #24539 desert sage, 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) balls. Yarn distributed by Crafts Americana. Construction: This cardigan is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed.
Guernsey Shawl by Mone Dräger
Traditional knitting motifs borrowed from the Isle of Guernsey run across this generously sized triangle shawl. Knitters in Guernsey decorated close-fitting fishermen’s sweaters (known as ganseys or jerseys) with similar knit and purl motifs.
Difficulty: Easy. Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted (100% wool): #SW60 sandy beach, 6 balls. Construction: This shawl is worked back and forth in rows from the top down.
Tweed Water Vest by Irina Anikeeva
Cables undulate down the front of this vest like ripples in a river. The Fibre Co.’s Acadia yarn, a blend of merino wool, silk, and alpaca, adds a subtle tweed effect.
Difficulty: Intermediate. Yarn: The Fibre Co. Acadia (60% wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk): sea lavender, 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins. Yarn distributed by Kelbourne Woolens. Construction: This vest is worked in the round from the lower edge to the underarm, then the front and back are worked separately back and forth.
Nottingham Lace Cardigan by Rebecca Blair
A wide lace border adorns the bottom of this square-necked cardigan, creating a balanced look that flatters many body types. With this sweater, you can travel back to preindustrial times by knitting the lace border; during the Industrial Revolution, inexpensive machine-made lace from Nottingham adorned clothing and homes all across England.
Difficulty: Intermediate. Yarn: Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk): #08 summer plum, 8 (10, 10, 11, 12, 13) balls. Yarn distributed by WEBS. Construction: The body of this cardigan is worked in one piece to the underarm, then divided for working the fronts and back separately. The sleeves are worked flat and seamed.
Bloomsbury Mitts by Uma Padu
Ribbing forms herringbones along the length of these unisex mitts. They’re warm enough to wear in a chilly garret, yet sophisticated enough for a stroll down a London street. Plus, you’ll learn a fascinating ribbing technique!
Difficulty: Expert. Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Gloria (100% merino superwash wool): #G2270 oso pardo, 1 skein. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers. Construction: These mitts are worked in the round from the cuff up; both mitts are identical and can be worn on either hand.
Let us know in the comments: which project from Love of Knitting Fall 2017 is your favorite?
Yours in Stitches,
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