Pattern Previews for Laine 10
Laine 10 features 12 knitwear patterns by an international group of designers: Denise Bayron, Aleks Byrd, Maxim Cyr, Midori Hirose, Julie Hoover, Natasja Hornby, Mieka John, Tif Neilan, Rievive, Veera Välimäki and Sylvia Watts-Cherry. Below, we have gathered information and photos of each design. You can also find them with pattern specs, such as yardage and sizing, on Ravelry.
Denise Bayron – Grounded
Grounded is a modern interpretation of a traditional triangle shawl. Two triangles are knitted from the bottom up and joined at the top using a 3-needle bind-off to create an exposed shoulder seam. The stitches for the collar are later picked up to create a ribbed turtleneck collar. The sections are designed in high-contrast texture and colour blocks. The pullover style requires no pins or gadgets to keep it from shifting. It can be worn alone, under or over a jacket.
Denise: “I called this design Grounded because it is what I aspire to be while living through a global pandemic. 2020 has brought with it so many layers of pain: loss of life, loss of community, and an extra special ache for Black and Indigenous people around the world due to racial injustices. These layers have caused so many of us mental and emotional distress. Grounded is shaped like an arrow pointing toward the earth. Working on this accessory helped me cope when my brain and body felt restless. The strong horizontal line at the shoulders creates little ‘wings’ when worn, an intentional design element that speaks to hope during difficult times. The stitch patterns have significance too. I was inspired to make a zig-zag lace pattern because life during this pandemic is coming at us at different angles and is ever-changing. The double seed stitch, for me, means that life is extra bumpy right now, but we will get through this. I made this design with intention. I hope that working on it will help you to feel grounded too.”
Featured yarn: Grace by Espace Tricot.
Aleks Byrd – Seli
Seli comes in two versions: as a sweater and cardigan. Seli is a seamless cropped top-down raglan featuring embellishment on the cuffs, neckline, hem and sleeves. The cuffs, hem and neckline have corrugated rib and an Estonian knitted braid called Kihnu Vits. The sleeves have descending motifs created using the inlay technique called Roosimine. The cardigan is steeked to create the cardigan opening in the front.
The design is named after a small village called Seli in the coastal region of Tõstamaa in south west Estonia. Seli has a beautiful red wooden church with geometrical white trim patterns that translate beautifully into the knitting inlay technique Roosimine, unique to Tõstamaa.
Featured yarns: Mondim by La Bien Aimée x Rosa Pomar (for cardigan). Tukuwool Fingering by Tukuwool (for sweater).
Maxim Cyr – Snowfield
Snowfield features an oversize motif with an interesting texture thanks to the Suri alpaca. The colourwork is knitted in the round, then both ends are grafted together using the Russian grafting technique. The cowl is reversible: the inside features the same design, but with reversed colours which creates two looks in one.
Featured yarns: Twist DK by Dyed by Delz & Melted Baby Suri by Qing Fibre.
Midori Hirose – Snowy Forest
Snowy Forest is a relaxed, oversized sweater worked from the top down in the round. The pattern comes in cropped and regular length. The sweater is shown in two different versions: one made holding a strand of sport weight yarn and silk mohair together, the other made with one strand of worsted weight yarn. The circle yoke pullover was designed to feature a snowy, frosty cable pattern. It was inspired by the rime ice and snow-covered trees, called snow monsters, found in northern Japan in the winter.
Featured yarns: 100% Lana Merina Autóctona by dLana* (for white version). German Merino Light by Mominoki Yarn & Silk Mohair by Isager (for dark blue version).
Julie Hoover – Skog
Skog is a light-weight, perfectly oversized, turtleneck sweater with minimal use of the colourwork pattern on the sleeves. The silhouette is deceptively simple – there is a lot of subtle shaping happening. The pullover body is worked circularly from the hem to underarms, then divided for front and back and worked flat. The sleeves are worked circularly from cuff to underarm, then the sleeve cap is worked flat to achieve the most flattering fabric. The collar is picked up from bound-off neckline stitches and worked circularly. Finally, the pieces are sewn together using mattress stitch.
Featured yarns: Le Petit Lambswool and Le Petit Silk & Mohair by Biches & Bûches.
Natasja Hornby – Portia
Portia is a big statement shawl with bold, luxurious cables. It is knitted from tip to edge, then finished with a border that is worked perpendicular to the body. Increases are worked on one side only to achieve an asymmetrical triangular shape.
Featured yarns: Tukuwool Fingering by Tukuwool & Silk Divine by Nature’s Luxury.
Mieka John – Breukelen
Breukelen is a fascinating design with lots of details and neat finishing. The sweater is knitted seamlessly from top down with two strands of yarn – a sport weight merino and a lace weight alpaca – held together throughout the pattern. Breukelen features steeked openings for the roomy pocket and a flap knit continuously from the main body. Tuck stitches decorate the foldable collar and cuffs. An i-cord hem adds a nice touch. The dense, warm fabric and folded, high collar keep you warm and cosy throughout the winter.
“This sweater was inspired by each time I traveled between my home in New York and my home in the Netherlands. Each time I squeezed in one more hug. Each time I shuffled through airport security, double checking I picked everything up from the belt. Each time I waited at the gate filled to the brim with bittersweet emotions of leaving one side of me to go towards another. The tuck stitch stripes around the openings bring to mind the painted lines on a runway as a plane gains speed, or the steady repetition of a train track on your way back to the familiar.” Breukelen is a town in the Netherlands where Brooklyn, the New York City home of Mieka, gets its name.
Featured yarns: Ulysse by De Rerum Natura & Indiecita by Filcolana.
Tif Neilan – Ascend
Ascend is a short sleeved (elbow length) worsted weight sweater using a bottom up, drop shoulder construction. The sweater is worked in the round up to the armholes and then split for front and back where it is then worked flat until joined at the shoulders using a modified 3-needle bind-off. A folded mock neck collar completes the design. The sweater is shown in two versions: in a high and low contrast colour combination.
Featured yarn: Homey by Nature’s Luxury.
Rievive – Dyyni
Dyyni is worked seamlessly from the bottom up. The front has cables and the back is made up of two types of ribbing. The front and back are divided at the armholes and shaped separately, then joined at the shoulders using a 3-needle bind-off. The neck has a funnel neck for a relaxed finish.
This design was inspired by the shadows of the uneven surfaces of sand dunes and clouds in the sky. The drop sleeves and rib stitching on the whole surface of the sweater make it comfortable to wear.
Featured yarn: Brusca by Rosa Pomar.
Veera Välimäki – Tiny Pebbles
In this sweater all the possibilities and adventures in nature are turned into colourwork themes, turned into stitched memories that we can cherish year after year. This easy-to-wear sweater is worked in one piece from top down, the neck is shaped with some short rows and the fit is moderately oversized.
Tiny Pebbles is inspired by the seashore and all the treasures we can find on a salty walk by the beach. We walk bare feet down the water’s edge to feel the salty water and the sand we walk on or the pebbles under our feet.
Featured yarn: Bicycle by West Wool.
Sylvia Watts-Cherry – Akwa Miri
Akwa Miri is a long shawl collar cardigan with set-in sleeves knitted flat in pieces from the bottom up and seamed with set-in pockets designed to be loose fitting.
The cardigan design is inspired by the traditional American college oversized cardigan and the pattern from a piece of cotton textile, hand woven by Ibo women of Akwete, Nigeria. The fabric produced by the women was originally referred to as “Akwa Miri” (Cloth of the water) which means towel.
Featured yarn: Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed.