Winter 2019 Design Edit

Waiting for fall and winter to come to the southeast requires a lot of patience. The temps are slowly starting to cool now that we’re entering November. Any day now we will be able to turn the fireplace on, drink chai lattes and hot cocoa, and wear all of the hand knits. As I eagerly awaits those colder days, I’m planning the rest of my fall and winter knits. Read below to see some teasers of patterns coming your way, and what designs will be on my needles these next few months.

Coming in November

(From left to right: Sencillo, Ojete, Onda)

Sencillo: An easy v-neck pullover featuring drop shoulders and a fun side slit, this project has something for every level of knitter. Use the sample yarn, Knit Picks Cotlin, for a budget friendly sweater (only $28 - $56 depending on your size requirements).

Ojete: Have fun choosing colors for the fun lace and garter stitch stripes on an otherwise straight-forward cardigan. The easy fit and set-in sleeves makes this a flattering layer to wear throughout the fall season. Knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, this lightweight cardigan will keep you warm without feeling the bulk.

Onda: Elevate a plain cardigan with a deep lace hem at the body and sleeve cuffs. The lace accent on the neckline lends just enough knitterly interest for more advanced knitters. Knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina, this adds a touch of luxury to your handknit wardrobe.

Design Edit: What’s Coming this Winter

 
 

While I finish the pattern writing for Ojete and Onda, I’ve cast on for the next suite of designs that will be coming out in January and February. For January I am favoring thick knits in cozy fibers for the coldest days and nights of the season.

Boulder is a drop shoulder pullover knit in garter stitch with deep sections of 2x2 ribbing at the hem, sleeve cuffs, and cowl neck. Knit in O-Wool’s O-Wash Chunky, this classic garment will be a closet staple and last forever. I’ve chosen the color Brown Bear as the perfect compliment to light and dark jeans alike.

 
 

Avalon is also a drop shoulder pullover, but unlike Boulder it is knit in Stockinette stitch with 1x1 ribbed hems for the body and sleeve cuffs. The easy mock neck knit in supple alpaca will be a treat next to your skin during these cold months. Knit with Blue Sky Fibers Alpaca Extra, it’s a quick knit so you can go from swatch to wearing it by the fire in no time.

 
 

Last but not least, Pebble is a great project to practice your ribbing skills. Knit entirely in 2x2 rib from the bottom up, this is the perfect travel project. By using stitch markers you’ll be able to mark the beginning of the side slit and start of the drop shoulders. A pattern for January // February would be incomplete without a cozy cowl neck, so I’ve added one to Pebble knit in, you guessed it, 2x2 rib. I selected Purl Soho’s Good Wool for a few reasons:

  • It was in my stash

  • It’s affordable at $12 a skein (the project will cost between $48 and $96 depending on your size)

  • It has amazing stitch definition (this will be a big plus with the 2x2 ribbing

I’d love to hear from you: which of these upcoming designs are you most excited to see? And what do you have on your needles for this winter season?