Pattern Previews for Laine 15
Laine 15 features twelve patterns by an international group of designers: Jenny Ansah, Jennifer Brou, Weichien Chan (also known as the Petite Knitter), Štěpánka Drchalová, Meiju K-P, Bernice Lim (also known as Yamagara), Hanna Maciejewska, Terri Maue, Olga Putano, Florence Spurling and Yiğitcan Vatansever.
Jenny Ansah – Niitty
The name Niitty means “meadow” in Finnish, and the pattern was inspired by the flowers in a meadow. The cardigan has pattern detailing on the lower body and on the sleeves. The body and sleeves are worked separately and then joined for the yoke. The yoke has V-neck shaping and raglan decreases. The button band is worked separately and sewn or crocheted to the body piece.
On Stage – Short Stories by Nature’s Luxury
Jennifer Brou – Autumn Forager
Autumn Forager is a top-down circular yoke pullover where texture is the main attraction. Stripes of slipped-stitch mock ribbing alternate with stripes of ruching for a highly textural effect. The sweater was inspired by autumn, one of Jennifer Brou’s favourite seasons. The forms of pine needles and mushroom gills are replicated in a slipped-stitch mock rib pattern. A fitted hem and cuffs accentuate the extra volume in the body and sleeves. This pattern has enough texture and variety to be engaging while enough repetition to be meditative.
Road to China Light by The Fibre Company
Weichien Chan – Hiemalis
Hiemalis is a unisex jumper with a boxy fit. It is knitted top-down and in the round. Hiemalis was inspired by the intense arctic winter sunsets: the colours represent the snow, the sun, the skies and the aurora that dances when the sun sets. The pattern offers multiple ways to customise. This sample is the cropped version with bracelet-length sleeves and no short rows at the chest.
A Pure and Simple Wool by Lanivendole
Štěpánka Drchalová – Briza
“Bříza” means “birch” in Czech, Štěpánka Drchalová’s native language. Her
Briza socks reminded her of a birch grove in autumn. The stitch pattern looks very sculptural because of the colourwork with purling every other row, but also delicate because of the colours chosen. The construction of the socks
is a classic top-down with a gusset and heel flap.
Meiju K-P – Hento
Hento – “delicate” in Finnish – is a simple, slightly oversized and light brioche pullover, the perfect all-rounder for your wardrobe. Hento is worked from the top down, first flat and then in the round. At the end, the stitches for the neck ribbing are picked up from the neckline. The sleeves are oversized, so there is room for layers. Meiju K-P wanted the sweater to embody the feeling of safety: it is like a
blanket you can wrap around yourself. The sweater is knitted with two strands of yarn held together.
Merino & Soft Silk Mohair by Knitting for Olive
Bernice Lim – Ginger
The Ginger sweater is a combination of interesting construction, cosy shape and fun stitch patterns. Designer Bernice Lim found the warm colour to be a comfort during fall and winter. Ginger is knitted sideways, from cuff to cuff. The cable pattern flows symmetrically along the sleeves and splits for the neckline. The pattern works beautifully with a heathered and light woolly yarn. Dolman shaping along the underarms gives the sweater comfortable ease.
Masham Mayhem DK by Ginger Twist Studio
Hanna Maciejewska – Crossing Pathways
Crossing Pathways is a re-laxed, boxy sweater worked from the top down. It is modern in shape and uses a fun, zigzagging stitch pattern. The sweater is slightly cropped, with three-quarter-length sleeves. One of the features that make this pattern unique is the wide boat neck. The neckline is shaped so it won't constantly ride up your neck, as boat necks often like to do. Crossing Pathways is knitted with sport-weight yarn, which makes the knitting quite speedy.
Vovó by Rosa Pomar
Terri Maue – Faerie Dreams
Faerie Dreams is a light cardigan that can be worn open over a dress or closed to smarten up your jeans. The pattern takes a vintage theme – a traditional lacy cardigan – and gives it a modern twist. The body is worked in one piece flat until the armholes, and the fronts and back are then worked separately and joined together at the shoulders. The lace motif dates from the early 19th century. Each lacy diamond repeat rises out of an interesting rib and cable twist in the lower hem.
Cashmerino and Mohair Silk by La Bien Aimée
Olga Putano – Adventitious
Adventitious is a roomy, drop-shoulder top with lacy cabled details. Olga Putano’s inspiration came from a vision of a happy soul dancing through a forest: tree roots covering the forest floors like natural limbs reaching out to embrace the scene. This cropped top is knitted from the bottom up, first in the round and then split for front and back at the armhole opening. The pattern has an easy-to-memorise chart throughout the body, so it is quite a relaxing knit.
Baby Yak Lace by mYak
Florence Spurling – Seren
The Seren hat and shawl were inspired by hand-crafted quilts. They are fun and engaging to knit and fit into a modern wardrobe. The Ohio Star – a quilt block made with squares and triangles – served as Florence’s starting point, which she interpreted through intarsia and stranded knitting motifs. For the hat, the design combines geometric motifs with textured slipped stitches that emulate hand embroidery. The shawl has bands of stranded colourwork that feature patterns that compliment the central intarsia motif.
Fingering Weight Merino by Kokon
Yiğitcan Vatansever – Noxolis
The Noxolis scarf is worked in two-colour brioche and looks stunning on both sides. This pattern is all about the beautiful, gradient colours, from the warmest orange to the coolest blue. Each colour starts in the background and then becomes dominant on the right side with a zig-zagging pattern. The edges of
the scarf are finished with an i-cord edging.
Harvest Fingering by Urth Yarns