Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nelkin Designs' Fall 2011 Collection

Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs brought us her A-Game when she delivered her Fall '11 collection! Lace abounds in both shawls and garments and beaded knitwear is a Nelkin hallmark.
Butin Collar

Whether recharging your wardrobe or gifting these 4 beaded jewelry designs make a statement. The Butin Collar is a striking garter stitch necklace, wear it alone or with the matching Butin Earrings. Both are knit in the fingering weight yarn Audrey by Schaefer and both are so easy you can make one in a night. Beads are simply slipped up to form a "swag" of texture at the center of the pieces. This is quintessential knit & beaded jewelry at its' easiest!

Butin Earrings


Ribband is a 34” long strand and is based on a simple 4-stitch, 2-row repeat. It only requires 10 yards of fingering or lace weight yarn and coordinating beads, wear it as a necklace or a cuff.



And Beignet is a beaded i-cord necklace which explores the elegant simplicity of knit jewelry.


Keep Autumn's chill at bay with one of these lacey top down shawl designs. Skywalker is semi-circular, you start with 9 stitches picked up around a garter stitch rectangle, and work out with increase rows loosely based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi-Shawl formula. A variety of lace patterns are placed in between these increase rows.


While Clarus is constructed of 2 triangles separated by a center panel. The pattern is written in two different sizes, and for lace and fingering weight yarns, possibilities abound!

Brick House Shawl

The Brick House Shawl is warm and cozy like a home, built to last, and keeping you looking fine. Make this a study in color; try different color combinations to discover the best mortar for your bricks. Brick House is based on an easily memorized brick eyelet pattern. Started at the bottom, you have a chance to learn the pattern over a few stitches, increasing on each side as go you. As you get the hang of the pattern, it starts getting wider. Discover all the fun ways Brick House can be worn; to the front, down the back, over one shoulder.


Beaded Ennoble is a rectangular lace scarf with prestrung beads worked at the bottom to create an elaborate border, wear it over a sweater or outwear, it will make your look.

Nelkin played with "shrugs" this season, the perfect garment to layer and change the look of any outfit completely.


Vaya is a “go to” shrug for dressing up a tank or long sleeve shirt and for popping over a dress! Worked top-down, flat, and back and forth on a circular needle. Virtually seamless, all you need to sew is 2 small sleeve seams. And its very flattering on a variety of body types. 1 skein of Schaefer Anne is all you need to knit Vaya!


Beaded Brisa is a dressy little shrug, throw it on over a simple dress or your fancy cocktail dress and your have two distinct looks. Beads float gently at the top of eyelets adding a bit of “bling”, though you can easily not use beads and still have a great lacey topper. Worked in two parts from the sleeve to the center back and then grafted down the back. The sleeves and edging are worked with feather and fan stitch. The eyelet stitch pattern is a 6 stitch, 4 row repeat and EASY to memorize.

If you have a wee one to knit for you'll adore these two designs.

Tuxedo Pants

Tuxedo Pants are stylish baby pants designed with room for a diaper and wide legs that cuff to give added length as your baby grows! Worked in the round, from the top down, with a casing for an elastic band waist, short row shaping to make room for the diaper, ribbed stripes that go down the leg, and a wee bit of flaring at the bottom. Knit in only 1 or 2 skeins of machine washable Nichole by Schaefer.

Lolly Pod

Or cozy baby up with Lolly Pod a super simple and fun baby knit. It starts from the top with an easy 9 stitch bobble pattern repeat. Then you just knit around until it’s time to decrease for the bottom. It doesn’t get much simpler than this. The cap is knit just the same way, but from the bottom to the top.

Whirling Socks

And to round out the new collection the Whirling Socks! These beaded socks are knit in only 1 skein of Schaefer Anne and the pattern is written in three sizes.

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1 comment:

Brenda said...

really love a few of these...especially the shrugs...