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Fall Knitting

Friday, 16 October, 2009

I am still in the middle of knitting the project that must not be named (aka a new design I can’t share with you yet), but I really miss not blogging on a regular basis so I thought I’d switch gears a bit today and talk about what I’m not knitting.

Fall is such a great time of year to be a knitter, and not just because we get to break out the sweaters and other cozy items packed away for the summer. It seems like September and October usually bring about an explosion of new patterns, and this year is no different. There’s a new Interweave Knits, Knitty, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and Knotions, AND Interweave has introduced a new magazine called Interweave Knits Weekend. Phew! Maybe a better title to this post is Coming Attractions: what you’ll most likely see being knitted up on this blog in the coming months.

Heather Hoodie Vest (Knitscene) – Moment of truth . . . I’ve never knitted cables before. It’s not that they scare me, but more like I don’t want to bother. Hi, I’m lazy.

But the Heather Hoodie Vest might change that. It’s cute, and I bet it knits up super quick since it uses bulky yarn. The pattern calls for Lamb’s Pride Bulky, which no. NO. The first sweater I made used that yarn, and aside from being almost unbearably warm, mohair makes me feel rather stabby. I would rather knit with acrylic than mohair. I’m thinking olive green wool for mine, something on the rustic side. And possibly no hood.

Berry and Bramble Cardigan (Interweave Knits) – There are a couple changes I’ll probably make to the pattern, like adding a button closure instead of a belt, and shortening it a bit so it doesn’t make quite a show of my ba-donka-donk. But I will be keeping the color the same. Dusty purple, I love you.

Girl Friday (Knitty) – OHMYGODILOVETHISPATTERNSOMUCHTHEEND.

It’s slouchy but still kind of fitted because of the ribbing, and the lace is pretty, and it looks super comfortable, and I may have already ran out and bought yarn for it already because I NEED this in my life.

The yarn is chose is Dream in Color Classy in Blue Lagoon, and I’m hoping to cast on for this as soon as the project that must not be named is finished. Which could be a month at the rate I’m going.

Margot (Knitty) – Several years ago I bought a black shirt with a boatneck and three quarter length sleeves at Old Navy, and liked how it looked on me so much that I went back and bought two more of the same shirt but in different colors. Margot is basically the sweater version of that shirt.

Audrey in Unst (Twist Collective) – I really can’t place what it is about this simple little cardigan that I love. Perhaps it is because when I look back at the last 50 or so years I can’t think of a time where Audrey in Unst would have been out of style except the mid 80s through the early 90s, and I think we can probably agree that fashion-wise it would be for the best if we forgot that time ever existed.

My first thought for the yarn was BMFA Socks that Rock Heavyweight, but then I realized I already have the perfect yarn for it: Sundara Fingering Silky Merino, which is a blend of wool and silk. The color is Colbalt over Mediterranean.

So those are my favorite patterns from fall 2009. What patterns are exciting you?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Joanna permalink
    Friday, 16 October, 2009 1:31 pm

    Tell me about it. I’m trying hard not to pay attention to all the pretties so I can finish slogging through my queue. At some point I have a skein of sock yarn that’s earmarked for Multnomah – my little incentive to finish the knits for everyone else! Until then, must.resist.the.urge. šŸ™‚

  2. Kathleen permalink
    Friday, 16 October, 2009 2:29 pm

    O.K. your post just made me add about a bazillion more patterns to my queue on Ravelry! Too many cute patterns to make and not enough time to knit. The Audry In Unst will be perfect for my daughter. Can’t wait to knit it up for her and also can’t wait to see the project which must not be named! You’re too funny!

  3. Mom permalink
    Friday, 16 October, 2009 5:54 pm

    I agree that the berry cardigan would look better w/o the belt. You are using more blue than i ever remember and the shades are wonderful. Bring your projects Sunday so I can see! Love you!

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