Pattern Previews for Contrasts by Meiju K-P
Meiju K-P’s debut book, Contrasts – Textured Knitting, contains 22 patterns, including pullovers, cardigans, scarves and hats in a soft, delicate and feminine style. They have been designed by Meiju to be functional and fit well. The pullovers and cardigans are mostly knitted from the top down, making their size easy to adjust.
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The Blue Moment cardigan features a delicate circular yoke with a lace pattern throughout. The cardigan is slightly cropped but the length can be modified as the cardigan is worked from the top down. The body has no shaping but the sleeves are shaped with decreases.
“Loue” is a Finnish word meaning a tent-like temporary shelter for outdoor adventurers. The cardigan’s large collar panels have similarities with loue tents, and the inspiration is drawn from there. This design features a stitch pattern mixing lace and cables, drop shoulders, a boxy shape and a relaxed collar.
The Pathway shawl features a reversible cable pattern knitted from side to side. You don’t have to think which side you are throwing around your neck: the shawl is always the right side up.
The Querencia pullover is named after the Spanish word for a place where you feel safe and at home. This is a simple basic pullover that always fills a need in your wardrobe. It features a twisted stitch pattern that might look complicated but is easy to knit without a cable needle.
WAVE AND FLOW
Wave and Flow features a cable pattern in ribbing making the shawl reversible. It means the shawl is easy to wear as there is no right or wrong side. The tassles at the corners are the perfect finishing touch.
Maja is a bulky cardigan with a twisted stitch pattern on the fronts that is worked without a cable needle. It is worked from the top down with contiguous sleeve shaping. The cardigan is seamless: you only have to pick up a few stitches at the underarm.
The Maja Hat features a unisex style with a twisted stitch pattern that is worked without a cable needle and becomes easier to knit round by round. The stitch pattern is the same as in the Maja Jacket, so the hat is a perfect way to try out and learn the stitches. The hat has three written sizes so it can be knitted for the whole family.
Reflections is a pullover that features two cable panels that mirror each other. The cables are relatively fast to knit, and the back is in Stockinette stitch. The snuggly turtleneck collar finishes the sweater. You might learn new tricks when working the shoulder and neckline and joining the pieces together by knitting.
This top-down, cabled cardigan, named for “the beginning” in Finnish, features inset slit pockets. The front’s long, dramatic V-shape meets at the waist. Reverse stockinette triangles at the underarm create Alku’s A-line shaping.
In Finnish, ”laine” means a wave, making it a perfect name for this design, which features a lovely wavy cable pattern reminiscent of a sandy shore sprinkled with seashells. This DK weight garment is worked in the round and finished with a tassel fringe.
The Laine Hat has a romantic rhythm of intricate wavy cables and bobble details. The stitch pattern makes it pleasurable to knit and the knitting keeps you engaged until the end. The pompom finishes the look. Try different needle sizes for size modifications.
LONG ROAD HOODIE
The Long Road Hoodie is a hooded cable cardigan that will keep you warm on a cold winter day. The garment is worked from the top down. See also the Long Road Cardigan, Pullover and Hat.
LONG ROAD CARDIGAN
The Long Road Cardigan comes in two versions: cropped or long. Both are worked from the top down. See also the Long Road Hoodie, Pullover and Hat.
LONG ROAD PULLOVER
This is the pullover version of the Long Road pattern, featuring the same cable and designed to be worked to a cropped length from the top down. See also the Long Road Hoodie, Cardigan and Hat.
LONG ROAD HAT
The graphical cable pattern that is used in all Long Road patterns pops out in this unisex hat. Hat-sized projects are a great way to learn cables for new cable knitters. Since the hat has only one written size, changing the needle size is recommended for size modifications. See also the Long Road Hoodie, Cardigan and Pullover.
Green Cress is a reversible garter stitch and cable shawl. It uses easy garter stitch on the body and a beautiful cable stitch pattern on the border of the shawl, which can be worn the wrong side out, too.
The Dreamy Road pullover is worked from the top down, making the length easily adjustable. The lace stitch pattern is easy to memorize, and the repetition makes the knitting so pleasurable. This pullover is as beautiful as a dreamy day’s stroll.
Wild Fields is a rectangular shawl worked with lace weight yarn held double. It has a very easy construction and features a repetitive lace pattern for a meditative knitting experience. The lace pattern is also featured in the Dreamy Road pullover.
Solina is a Finnish word, meaning water sounds, murmuring, and the Solina pullover features a delicate circular lace yoke. The instructions include four different yoke depths for the lace pattern. The length of the sweater can be modified as the pullover is worked from the top down.
Vuolle is a Finnish word, meaning a strong torrent in a river. This circular cable yoke pullover incorporates stranded colorwork with cables. Don’t be intimidated: it is much easier to knit than you think. The yoke depth and the length of the pullover are adjustable as Vuolle is worked from the top down.
Sirona was a goddess in Celtic mythology and has inspired this pullover which has a circular cable yoke. This pullover is designed for DK weight yarn and has a circular yoke with delicate cables. The yoke grows with purled increases. The length of the sweater can be modified as the pullover is worked from the top down.
Dijon is a top-down pullover that starts with saddle shoulders and grows with contiguous sleeve and body increases. The design features easy lace and cable stitch patterns and the cashmere yarn gives the sample a light and luxurious finished result.
The Pearly Beach pullover features delicate lace and cable panels. Knitted in fingering weight yarn, it is a lovely transitional piece for both colder and warmer weather. The sample has long sleeves, but you could easily modify the pattern to have shorter sleeves.
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