How is it Knitty's 15th anniversary already? Weren't they celebrating the 10th anniversary just the other day??
I've been knitting since December 2004, so I wasn't quite as early an adopter as I like to be for most things... Knitty had already been around for a few years at that point. But it feels so weird to know that I've been knitting for almost 15 years now (and still haven't mastered nupps or attempted steeking).
I'm writing this on the 18th, because I joined Knitty.com's Patreon SPECIFICALLY so I could get early access to patterns. I've already seen people on Twitter posting obliquely about how great the patterns are, so... let's see what I'll want to cast on for!
First up: Pistachio Saffron by Carol Feller
is a stockinette "sweatshirt" sweater. Grey with green stripes. Loose-fitting, knit in the round, with a wide open neck... it feels very Classic Knitty. It's knitted using size 4 and 5 needles (so I'm guessing it's DK weight yarn?) I like the design but feel no burning urge to cast on.Welcome Welcome by Teresa Yoon
is cute! It's the other kind of Classic Knitty - a stylish-but-wacky stripey sweater that features a HUGE intarsia shark. It's knitted in a fluffy alpaca yarn, so it looks airy and cozy at the same time. Between the intarsia and the fitted sleeves, though, this is more of a "I wish someone would knit this for me" than "I want to knit this for someone" sweater. (plus, it's modelled by the designer in the smallest possible size - XS - with 2 inches of positive ease. I'd feel a little more confident about this pattern if I could see it knitted in a larger size, worn by a larger model.) Don't get me wrong - it's a GREAT design, I just don't know if it's one that will necessarily flatter me.
Now we head into cardigan territory, the land of the "almost certainly won't be knit by me". I'm also seeing a lot of patterns inspired by other Knitty patterns... truly a celebration of Knitty, by Knitty!( Cascadilla, A Bit of Funk, Habanero, Glaswegian, and the intriguing Turbulence )
I mistook Turbulence by Nonconformknits
to be a shawl, but the designer's name should have made me realize it was more than meets the eye. It's a cocoon, knitted as a rectangle and seamed, with edges picked up. My first instinct was "naw, I don't do cocoons or kimono-sleeves or any other thing that's big and shapeless", but this is knitted using Wool of the Andes Bulky. I... I have WOTA Bulky. And I'm pretty sure it's available in a Superwash version, too. Must... check... stash...
We depart the world of cardigans to check in with some cowls and skirts.( Alicorn, Hostkappe, Cowichan Waves )
This issue has not one, but TWO knitted skirts! Both of which are adapted from other garments!Booboo by Jeane de Caster
was designed as a sweater and was converted into a skirt. It is knitted in the round and steeked, then stitches are picked up to knit center bands which are then overlapped and sewn together. The resulting skirt is pretty, but that sounds like a lot more work than I wanna do for a knitted skirt.Wilwarinda by Naomi Eckerman
is like a fusion of the Lanesplitter skirt
and Nymphalidea shawl
. I actually knitted the Nymphalidea, so I feel an instant affection for Wilwarinda. Interestingly enough, the garment is not sewn up so you can wear it as a shawl OR a wrap skirt using buttons and/or shawl pins. I'm... I'm really tempted by this one!
And finally, the accessories.( High Voltage and Lesula socks, Dendritic mitts )
Patterns to add to queue -
Yes, even if I have to buy new yarn:
Wilwarinda skirt/shawl (Women's L, 500 yds worsted weight, 440 yds sock-weight ombre - could use the Autumn Day Knitpicks Chroma Fingering that I bought in 2013 to make a second Nymphalidea shawl, but would need a complementary worsted weight color. Might just buy 500 yards of Wool of the Andes Superwash in Coal so I can make this? I think Coal will be a better contrast than Bittersweet. Maybe I should buy a skein of each just to be sure. The new Galerie yarn comes back in stock on the 21st or something, so maybe I'll place an order then?)
Maybe, if I have the right yarn:
Dendritic mitts (worsted weight, maybe the Cascade 220 Superwash in Wasabi? or Knitpicks Swish in that light green color that I was saving for Vineyard mitts?)
Cowichan Waves hat and cowl (bulky, maybe use the White Buffalo yarn)
Turbulence cocoon cardigan (bulky, could use WOTA Bulky Superwash - oh wait, WOTA Bulky Superwash costs something like $8 a skein and I'd need at least 9... maybe I'll go with Mighty Stitch Bulky instead, for 3.49 a ball? Brava Bulky is 1.99 a ball and is apparently a bit bulkier, but it's also 100% acrylic so :/)
Hostkappe cowl (fingering-weight/2 skeins of sock yarn, solid and variegated)
Lesula socks (two contrasting-yet-complementary skeins of sock yarn)