A glimpse into the newest issue of Laine Magazine : Issue 12
We always look forward to the publication of a new issue of Laine Magazine. It’s always so full of inspiration in the form of patterns, interviews, articles and of course gorgeous photography. We’ve talked about our excitement for the interview with mYak co-founder Paola Vanzoa and patterns using mYak Tibetan Cloud and worsted weight Woolstok previous blog, but there’s still so much more to explore. Today we’re delving into a few of the lovely patterns in this autumn’s issue.
Water Lilies Cardigan and Sweater
This lovely Water Lilies design is feminine without being frilly, seamlessly combining traditional and modern styles. The lovely lacework at the top delicately reduces to increasingly smaller water lilies, finishing with a 2-ridge garter neckline. Each sleeve finishes with a simple, small leaf pattern. Equally at home in the boardroom and on the beach, the lace pattern at the neckline pops well against contrasting colours worn underneath. Available in both sweater and cardigan styles, this pattern suits a variety of styles. This sweater would be lovely in De Rerum Natura’s Ulysse, BC Garn Semilla GOTS or the very special Daughter of a Shepherd Fifth Anniversary Hebridean DK.
Just look at the texture of this sweater! It almost looks woven. It is so so beautiful and dear to our hearts at Loop as it’s designed by Loopette Fabienne Gassmann, who also designed the Soundwave Static Cowl (get a kit here). Viburna is knit from side to side with panels of rice stitch and a slipped stitch pattern alternating in wide stripes intersected by narrow garter stitch panels. A positive ease makes for versatile layering and movement. Fabienne used John Arbon Textiles Knit by Numbers 4 ply to design this sweater and we think it would look great in John Arbon’s Yarnadelic, which we’re so happy to have in the shop. Yarnadelic is a sport weight yarn and therefore slightly thicker than the Knit by Numbers, but the pattern could be fairly easily adapted to suit. Alternatively, this piece would look fantastic in any colour of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Light or the Pascuali Balayage would also make a beautiful subsitute.
We love the innovative use of the drop stitch technique used to create the stunning diamond window effect of the Skylight sweater. Interestingly, this sweater is recommended to be knit in either wool or a merino linen blend, making it a great year-round option. Uncommon Thread BFL Sport/Light DK and Tôt le Matin Sport Plus would be a great choice, as well as mYak Tibetan Cloud for an exceptionally light and cashmere-soft sweater.
Rues de Paris Sweater
This simple but effective tucked neck makes the Rues de Paris Sweater a real stand-out. The fact that it’s knit using some of our favourites from La Bien Aimée is just the icing on top. We can’t wait to get the cloudlike texture of this piece on our needles and around our shoulders. There’s no wonder it’s so fluffy: This sweater is knit holding three strands together: two strands of La Bien Aimée Silk Mohair and one strand of La Bien Aimée Helix. Unfortunately, we only have a few colours of the Helix in stock. Still, you could substitute any lace weight yarn like the Isager Spinni + Spinni Tweed, which is perfect for combining with the mohair and comes in over 50 colours! Eden Cottage Titus Lace is another lace weight yarn with the addition of 25% mulberry silk for a luxurious and drapey sweater.
Whilst it’s not a pattern in the current issue of Laine Magazine, the Snowy Forest Sweater, published in Laine Issue 10, is still one of our favourites, and we thought we’d show you this incredible ” Loop” version. Knit for us by our shop manager, Carole Downie, this cloud-like sweater was knit using just two skeins of La Bien Aimee Merino Singles and two skeins of La Bien Aimee Mohair Silk (for a slightly cropped version) in colour ‘ Sansa’. Designed by Midori Hirose, the ice-covered branches and snow-covered trees of Northern Japan in winter inspired the voluminous cables and needle-shaped ice cables. Soft, cosy and stylish, we think it’s the perfect winter knit. The pattern is available through Ravelry.
We hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into Laine Magazine and hope you love it as much as we do. If you haven’t got a copy yet, no worries, we have more on the way!
We are so excited to have gorgeous tapestry kits by Paris-based multimedia artist Nathalie Lété and produced by Conservatory Craft. The two designs based on paintings by Nathalie are custom printed on 12 point mesh, making these projects perfect for experienced stitchers and newcomers to the craft alike.
The kit contains rich shades of Appleton’s 100% British tapestry wool, a stitch guide and even a needle—everything you need to create a beautiful piece of tapestry. Once finished, these tapestries can be turned into cushion covers, framed for a wall hanging, turned into a tote bag or anything else you can imagine!
If you are planning your knits for this Autumn, don’t forget to add those little bits and bobs like buttons. We’ve had some lovely new buttons arrive in lots of jewel-toned colours and neutrals for every piece of knitwear.
QuaintMarie Giveaway Winner!
Congratulations to Adriana B @Adriana59219 for winning the QuaintMarie and Laine Magazine giveaway! We hope you love your Lavender Lady and Laine Magazine. Thank you to everyone who entered.
We’ll be back next week with a sneak peek into something new for October and some beautiful textile art. Happy knitting!