Pattern Previews for Laine 18
Laine 18 features eleven patterns by an international group of designers: Jenny Ansah, Marcela Chang, Melissa Clulow, Emma Ducher, Jenna Kostet, Ksenia Naidyon, Olga Putano, Tiia Reho, Anna Sjösvärd and Julia Wilkens.
Jenny Ansah — Horsma
The Horsma mittens and beanie were inspired by meadows of fireweed (“maitohorsma” in Finnish) that symbolise the end of summer for Jenny Ansah. Wearing these accessories on the first chilly days of autumn will keep you warm and cosy. The main stitch pattern features bobbles and lace, while the cuff of the mittens and the brim of the beanie are worked in twisted ribbing. Both accessories are knitted with two yarns held together.
Yarns: Juno by Kässäkerho Pom Pom and Silk Mohair by Isager
Marcela Chang — Otoño
Otoño (“autumn” in Spanish) is a colourwork yoke sweater inspired by the fallen leaves of autumn. The worsted-weight sweater is warm and cosy, worked in an all-over colourwork pattern that is fun and fast to knit. Otoño is worked from the top down seamlessly, and short rows are worked at the back for a better fit. The design is very versatile: you can knit the sweater in two or multiple colours.
Yarn: Nest Worsted by Magpie Fibers.
Melissa Clulow — Turtle Dove
The cosy and classic Turtle Dove Cardigan is inspired by a pullover of the same name, one of Melissa Clulow’s first and most popular patterns. Intended to be soft and light, the cardigan is knitted holding two strands of mohair with a strand of woolly, non-superwash yarn. Soothing Stockinette Stitch is framed by deep raglans and twisted rib at the collar, front bands and cuffs. This top-down cardigan is the perfect companion over jeans and a tee, a dress, or even pyjamas for weekend lounging!
Yarn: Sunday Morning 4 Ply or Sunday Morning 4 Ply (Ecru) by Sonder Yarn Co.
Emma Ducher — Orée
Orée is a loose-fitting, comfortable sweater for autumn: chic but still practical to wear outdoors. It has a high turtleneck collar, and for an elegant shape, the front of the sweater is worked shorter than the back. The interesting feature in this otherwise simple design is the ribbed lines created with twisted stitches on Reverse Stockinette Stitch. The cobalt-blue shade creates a stunning contrast with the classic autumn tones, and the combination of two yarns is soft and fluffy.
Yarns: Duvet d’Anjou and Plumette by La Droguerie.
Jenna Kostet — Himmeli
The idea for Jenna Kostet’s Himmeli sweater came from a traditional straw decoration hanging from the roof. In Finland, they are often used at Christmas, but originally himmelis were also good luck charms for a successful harvest. The airy colourwork pattern gives Himmeli a contrast with conventional multi-coloured yoke sweaters. Jenna prefers colours that remind her of Finnish nature and the changing seasons. Himmeli features a light straw shade and a greyish-green reminiscent of a late summer’s spruce forest.
Yarn: Léttlopi by Ístex.
Ksenia Naidyon — Barberry
Barberry is a generously sized scarf full of texture. It features cables, moss stitch, Japanese wrapped stitches and simple lace. Inspired by the beauty of a barberry bush adorned with clusters of delicate berries, this scarf is similarly rich and playful. The light lilac shade helps to highlight the dance of the stitch patterns. Try the scarf on as you go to see which length works best for you — the pattern is easy to adjust.
Yarn: Smart by Sandnes Garn.
Olga Putano — Saunseray
Saunseray is a roomy, drop-shoulder sweater knitted bottom up, in the round and flat. The sleeves are picked up and worked from the top down. The sweater is full of easy-to-execute cables, which provide an engaging yet relaxing knitting experience. All of the cables are done on the right side whenever knitting flat. The sweater was inspired by a modern capsule closet: it is versatile and easy to style in many ways. Saunseray is the epitome of cosy, while also elegant at the same time.
Yarn: Baby Yak Lace by mYak.
Tiia Reho — Helli
Helli is an elegant yet simple slipover, worked in a combination of wool and silk mohair. It features an easy but eye-catching combination of Stockinette Stitch and Moss Stitch. The body of the slipover is straight with some positive ease at the chest. Helli is a soft and feminine pattern with some masculine elements, such as the shoulders. These contrasts make the garment interesting. The pattern was inspired by the feel of the yarn.
Yarns: Vuona by Jalovilla & Säie Silk Mohair by Säie Wool.
Anna Sjösvärd — Huldra
Huldra is a cosy raglan sweater with stranded knitting. The sweater has floats all over, which adds warmth and fullness to it. Anna Sjösvärd first made a pair of mittens with similar dots and got obsessed with the stitch pattern! Huldra is a creature in Norse mythology who rules over the forest and the animals — Anna had an image of her in this sweater sitting on an elk and riding through the forest. The jumper comes in two versions, normal length and cropped.
Yarn: Svensk Ull 3tr by Järbo or Léttlopi by Ìstex.
Julia Wilkens — Preppy
The Preppy pattern — a relaxed cardigan based on the classic varsity jacket — is deeply embedded in Julia Wilken’s personal history. She spent lots of time in second-hand shops in her teenage years: with the big US military base in her hometown Frankfurt, she was hunting for American classics such as Levis 501s and baseball jackets. Preppy is knitted seamlessly from the top down, and the sleeves and body are worked at the same time in two different colours. This application of intarsia is at the same time logical and unusual. The combination of bouclé and brushed alpaca makes for a dense, yet lightweight fabric.
Yarns: Kumo, Merino Bouclé & Merino Super Sock by La Bien Aimée.