Pattern Previews for Laine 20
Laine 20 features ten patterns by an international group of designers: Rebecca Clow, Lily Kate France, Eliza Hinkes, Susanna Kaartinen, Marzena Kołaczek, Marion Mursic, Joey Poh, Olga Putano, Qing Studio and Thea Vesterby.
Rebecca Clow — Pladda
Pladda combines a graphic check pattern with a fluffy mohair, making it modern and crisp but still cosy! The sweater has a relaxed shape and straightforward construction: once you get through the first few rows, the knitting is meditative and simple. Pladda is knitted from the top down in all-over stranded colourwork. The collar and short rows are worked in the main colour, and the pattern is added later using duplicate stitches. The sleeves have a slight balloon shape.
Yarn: Le Gros Silk & Mohair by Biches & Bûches.
Lily Kate France — Peppy
The Peppy shawl is worked as two separate scalene triangles that are joined at the top so the points are misaligned. This way, it can have that layered feel while being far smaller than a folded square would need to be. Worked in garter stitch, the shawl is a relaxing knit, but the short rows provide enough interest to keep it entertaining. The three-needle / i-cord bind-off-edge is the only time the third colour is used — but it ties the whole design together both literally and metaphorically.
Yarn: Keld Fingering by Eden Cottage Yarns.
Eliza Hinkes — Ottilia
Ottilia is a rectangular scarf with graphic lace panels. It was inspired by a ready-to-wear designer sweater that featured fringe woven through the knit. The scarf is worked in two identical pieces, each knit from the cast-on edge to the centre. The pieces are joined using the three-needle bind-off. The eyelet lace is used to hold the fringe, creating large “stitches” at the edges. The neutral colour combination works with many outfits, but it has enough contrast to make the fringe pop.
Yarns: Alpakka Ull and Sunday by Sandnes Garn.
Susanna Kaartinen — Jiellâh
Jiellâh is a relaxed cardigan with clean lines and well-thought-out details— a true wardrobe staple! The graphic texture makes the garment interesting to knit and wear, but it is still simple enough to be styled in many different ways. This cardigan is worked from the bottom up. The wide horizontal stripes in the body and sleeves are worked in syncopated shaker stitch. The hem and the cuffs feature half-twisted rib, and the button band is double-knitted.
Yarns: Twist Nouveau and Mohair Silk by La Bien Aimée.
Marzena Kołaczek — Devana
Devana is an ethereal, oversized top with dropped shoulders, worked seamlessly from the top down. Textures mixed with delicate openwork guarantee a fun knitting experience. The knitting starts with the front pieces, which are worked straight down to the underarm. Stitches for the back are then picked up. The slightly scalloped hem and the picot edge around arm openings highlight the girlishness of the design. The composition of the yarn (a combination of cotton, viscose and linen) creates a light fabric.
Yarn: Tynn Line by Sandnes Garn.
Marion Mursic — Sea Salt
The Sea Salt hoodie was inspired by surf sessions and long days by the sea. It is an oversized, comfortable garment featuring dropped shoulders, cropped sleeves and a generous amount of positive ease. The hoodie is worked from the top down: first flat and then in the round. The little embroidered flowers are created using French knots, lazy daisy stitch and spider stitch. They add a finishing touch to the pattern and are a fun way to use leftover yarn.
Yarn: Wensley Worsted by La Bien Aimée.
Joey Poh — In Bloom
The In Bloom socks represent Joey Poh’s experiences with gardening: growing new plants from cuttings of other plants. These cute and dainty toe-up socks feature trellis stitch and little flowers created by combining colourwork and stitch patterning. Joey hoped to capture the essence of the freshness and hope that comes with springtime. Wear them with low-top sneakers, for example, so the flowers can be seen!
Yarn: Arwetta Classic by Filcolana.
Olga Putano — Tepliy
The Tepliy sweater is the epitome of sweet and cosy: knitted in lightweight and lofty yarn, the finished garment has a thick feel without being too hot. The sweater is worked from the bottom up, both flat and in the round. The split hem with a longer back adds comfort and style, and the full sleeves allow for layering in the cooler months and breathability in warmer weather. The stitch pattern is fun and easy to memorise — you will truly want to work “just one more row”!
Yarn: Sōm DK by Camellia Fiber Co.
Qing Studio — Heligan
The Heligan sweater is all about embracing colours and having fun with your knitting. It is a lightweight cabled top worked in the round from top to bottom. The increases happen within the cables, so they almost double in size by the time you are finished. At the end of your knitting comes the fun part, where you unravel all the purl stitches between the cable columns, setting the top free to swing around the body! An applied i-cord and smaller needles are used to create the sleeve and body hems.
Yarn: Kid Mohair Silk by Qing Fibre.
Thea Vesterby — Columns
Columns is a sweater you will reach for all year round. The light, high-necked pullover is worked in a simple lace pattern, and the light Merino yarn supports the soft and airy look of the lace. The sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down. First, you knit the back and front pieces flat, and after they are joined together, you work the rest of the body in the round. Because of the repeated lace pattern, it is easy to get into a flow while knitting.
Yarn: My Soft One by Gepard Garn.