Cooler days and nights drawing in have us reaching for cosy wools and comforting knits. What better time then to introduce you to our latest Loop pattern, Sous Sous. Elegant, easy to wear and knit using the gorgeous Madelinetosh DK, we think it will become a staple part of your handknit winter wardrobe.
We first fell in love with Norah’s structural designs and innovative constructions when we became the first yarn shop in Europe to stock Berroco yarns. We are proud to have championed her pattern booklets and now, after her nine years as creative director at Berroco, we are truly honoured that Loop can bring you her first independent design Sous Sous. We hope you are as excited as we are!
(Make sure to read to the end of the post to find out how you can win a copy of our new pattern! )
This competition is now closed, but we will have lots more giveaways soon!
Designed for Loop by the talented Norah Gaughan, Sous Sous is loose fitting cropped sweater with beautiful textured details. The name originates from a ballet term that literally translates as ‘under over’, referencing the graceful twining of the cables on the front and back.
Norah Gaughan told us that she was inspired by her love of cosy sweaters that are so wide that you are not sure that it’s a poncho or a pullover…
“It’s so comfortable and the size does not have to be fussy. The short, narrow sleeves keep the sweater from being overwhelming. That’s one of my favorite tricks! The shaped front was influenced by fashion…I love this…not only does it look cool, the added shape at the hem keeps the piece from looking wide and monolithic.”
Sous Sous uses Madelinetosh Merino DK, a sumptuous pure superwash merino. The single-ply nature of this yarn means an almost silk like lustre and allows the rich depth of the hand dyed colours to shine. Norah admitted that when it came to knitting the final sample, she couldn’t bring herself to hand it over to one of her test knitters –
“I wanted to keep it in my own hands. It’s the perfect weight for wearing and yet, not a slow knit. I love the roundness of the yarn, the touch is amazing, and the gorgeous variation in color make you want to keep knitting to see more.”
Madelinetosh colours have a subtle variegation that compliments this design wonderfully. Each skein has a delicate fluctuation in colour which increases the contrast in the textured stitch pattern and the ripple of the cables. Our sample uses the linen soft shade of ‘Antique Lace’, but there are other neutrals that are catching our eye…
Or maybe some pretty pastels in your favourite hue….
You don’t have to go for subtle of course, Sous Sous would look stunning in a dramatic, rich colour too.
Sous Sous is available now as a hard copy from the Loop website and as a PDF download on Ravelry. And if you are on Ravelry, join our new Sous Sous forum where we hope to see your WIP’s and soon FO’s of this new pattern!
To celebrate the release of Sou Sous, we are giving one of you lovely knitters the chance to win a copy of the pattern! Simply comment below telling us which colour of Madelinetosh DK you would choose (you can see all the colours here!)
This competition will close at midnight GMT on Wednesday 5th November and any entries after this time will not be counted. We will select a name at random next week and the winner will be announced next Friday.
Thank you to Kristin Perers for the gorgeous photography, Rachel Atkinson for her brilliant tech editing and of course Norah Gaughan for this wonderful pattern.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!