Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Return of the Sweater

In my October Newsletter we discussed how the humble wardrobe staple the sweater has gained popularity. If you're wearing one that's been hand knit its coveted by admirers, and if you hand knit it, you've struck fashion gold! I had quite a few calls and emails from customers applauding this trend and wanting to see even more flattering styles on my website. We started the month with a tribute to sweaters and we'll end it this way with these new designs & a new designer!
Knitspot Bel Air

I don't know if Anne Hanson of Knitspot is a fan of Mad Men but she sure does know how to take an old school classic and make it new again! Her just released Bel Air is a vintage style pullover shirt in seven sizes knit in soft fingering yarn for office or casual wear. The design features an openwork textured pattern in front, set-in sleeves and back in sleek stockinette; front placket, hem and collar are knit in a coordinating rib.

Knitspot Highlander

Anne's Highlander is a button-down cardigan sweater or vest with a classic fit in six sizes, featuring a Tartan fabric, cable details, set-in sleeves & a standing ribbed collar. It works up beautifully in solids, tweeds or tonal variegated yarns.

With the kids back in school Norah Gaughan and the Berroco design team know you'll want to knit a cozy sweater and their new book #301 Campus gives you plenty of options. Knit the Emerson pullover with it's bold high relief cable or a jacket - Rannach a double breasted blazer or military inspired Baudelaire. A Cardigan like Wordsworth with its all over texture & stylish collar. The book has patterns ranging from Easy, Intermediate to Experienced and provide Berroco's detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations, charts and photos.

And I'm excited to introduce a new knitwear designer, Suvi Simola of Finland. In the U.S. Suvi's work has been published in Vogue Knitting and in her homeland the Finnish knitting magazine Moda. You're going to love her knitting designs, novel approaches to the classics with sophisticated looking details that are easy to knit.

Suvi Simola Villane

Her Villane cardigan is worked from the bottom up without side seams, this classy cardigan features eye catching cabled sleeves and wide ribbed panels on both sides of the body, that make this piece flattering. Its worked in Malabrigo's Merino Worsted and this is the final week of the Malabrigo 25% Off Sale.

Suvi Simola Fiia

Suvi's second cardigan pattern, Fiia, was previously published in Moda, and she has re-released a new version with more sizes and more detailed instructions. The cable pattern is both charted and written.

Finally to make your shopping for all patterns easier on my website I've grouped them by garments and cross categorized all my designers, you'll find even more sweaters in Pullovers, Vests & Cardigans, and check out these areas for project ideas too: Cowls, Hats, Gloves & Mittens, Socks, Boots & Slippers and Lace Projects.

Thank you for shopping with Sandrasingh.com, please call or email with any questions. I'm always happy to help with any of your fiber arts needs.

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