Sometimes the tiny details of new designs get lost in the flurry of the "oh, a new pattern" frenzy. The projects in this collection all have some very special (but not too difficult) stitch details that set each garment and accessory apart from the crowd. In this post, we want to show off the beautiful interplay of colors and textures from the designs in our Winter 2021 pattern collection, so buckle up and enjoy the close-ups!
Bosque Wrap by Beatriz Rubio
The Bosque Wrap is an elegant bias wrap, with playful stripes and a surprisingly easy leafy lace. “Bosque” is the Portuguese word for woods.
The pattern requires two yarns of different weights for the delicate lace effect, the main color in fingering weight and the contrasting color in lace weight. Beatriz has paired soft Caroline in Together with airy Moonglow in Aubergine for the leaf-patterned lace.
The Bosque Wrap pattern is available on Ravelry and Payhip.
Bromelia Stole by Irina Anikeeva
This snuggly accessory is made in two pieces worked center out from a provisional cast on. It features buttery-soft garter stitch, edged with a pretty diamond leaf pattern resembling tropical flowers—simple and meditative to work and ridiculously cozy.
Cynefin Shawl by Meredith Trzebiatowski
The Cynefin Shawl is a great statement piece for your chilly-weather wardrobe. With great drape and fantastic texture, this triangular shawl will keep you fashionably warm. Worked combining traditional and special stitches, Cynefin is a two-colored shawl, and would work best with a variegated yarn and its complement. Our sample was crocheted in Yowza in Blue Savannah and Lilacs.
Deer Park Pullover by Veronica Parsons
Cable and lace panels form columns of diamonds and twists up the front and back of this cropped, oversized pullover. Simple shaping and a drop-shoulder construction give the Deer Park Pullover a casual shape, while the front and back panels let you flex your knitting muscles with fun textures.
Long Distance Love by Helen Cosgrove-Davies
Helen writes, "My sister moved to Canada in March 2020. She and her wife had been planning the move for over a year and expected it to be a difficult transition, but no one expected what has happened this year. I wanted to send an extra special gift so that she would know how much she is loved, even if we do have to express our love over a long distance at the moment."
While this shawl is quite lightweight, the mohair means it will also be very warm, providing a hug from afar. The center is a simple lace pattern with rest rows; the border is worked with lace on both right and wrong side rows to add the perfect finishing touch.
Stellatum Cowl by Faina Goberstein
Little starry flowers called Stellatum come to mind when you see this slip-stitch pattern. The simple I-cord edgings add a lovely frame to the stitchwork, and with two high contrast colors, this cowl sings. It looks like a lot of work, but this is just slip-stitch colorwork with only one color worked per round. Choose your own color combination that is either gentle or vibrant but with enough contrast to pop when put together. Our sample was knit in two colors of Yowza Minis, Cranberry and Quicksilver. The pattern is available on Ravelry.
UltiFlex by Jennifer Dassau
Worked from end-to-end using any amount of yarn, UltiFlex offers ultimate flexibility in yarn choice and yardage, endless knit-ability in garter, and a fun drop-stitch pattern. Suitable for any base and one to an infinite number of skeins, the garter stitch main body begins with a few stitches and increases every right side row until half the total amount of yardage has been used, then decreases back to a few stitches again. At the same time, the wide decorative edge is worked in a simple garter-based 8-row repeat with multiple yarn overs that are dropped on the next row to create the wavy open pattern. Super fun and super simple, UltiFlex suits every knitter and is infinitely customizable.
We've had two samples made to show off the flexibility of this pattern, one in Keira in the Corset colorway, the other in Yowza in the Soundscape colorway (pictured here). The pattern is available on Ravelry.
Windows Wrap by Michael Harrigan
Michael writes, "Before Covid-19 kept us all at home, I was lucky enough to be able to travel extensively and frequently, finding inspiration for my designs. Ancient towns and their buildings have been a source for patterns, including this one, which features repeating rows of windows."
Two slip stitch patterns and a garter eyelet stitch pattern form the design, creating an interesting play of color with textural changes. It is a relatively easy knit. It's shown here in Caroline in Slate and Underbrush, and the pattern is available on Ravelry and LoveCrafts.