Friday, October 14, 2011

Army of Knitters Fall, 2011 Collection: Highland

Heather of Army of Knitters takes the Highland Heroine theme discussed in my October Newsletter and kicks it up a notch! Inspired by old tales of wild fairies, banshees and kelpies who dwell in the North of Scotland, "Highland" is a collection of warm, soft knits, designed to keep out the chill as the days get shorter. With shaggy, faux-fur accents, soft mirrored cables and a touch of lace and tartan, this collection is both fun to knit and wear.

Highland includes a men's sweater, Lochy. Inspired by vintage cowichan cardigans, Lochy features the raglan sleeves, zip front and cozy rolled collar of a traditional cowichan but Lochy has a little Scottish flavor by adding tartan to the sleeves and a ram’s skull to the back.



Knit top down than in the round the Iona dress gets its shaping from the sections in between the front and back cables. Fits snugly in the upper body and through the high waist then increases into a dramatically full skirt. Can be worn on its own or over a lightweight top - also looks great under the Cromarty jacket.


This gorgeously soft, top down, raglan cardigan Cromarty features large scale lace and cables running down the center back to the waist. A grown-on, seed stitch belt can either be tied in a large bow at the back or to close the cardigan at the front. Mirror image cables run down the fronts and continue on to the seed stitch trim. There are subtle godets that shape the body from the waist down where the back dips lower than the front with some short row shaping. The sleeves have lace panels running down the center and the body is finished with a dramatically cabled collar.



Tay is designed to be worn over a lightweight top (or on its own - if you dare?) and paired with the Spey Skirt. The Tay Waistcoat is one-size-fits-most, the belt being the only part with multiple sizing. Worked with 3 different colors at a time makes for a very attractive ombre effect and a lovely, warm fabric. Includes optional, detachable collar.

Designed to be worn with the Tay Waistcoat, Spey is a pull-on, high-waist skirt with shaping through the waist and hips. The attractive, ombre-stripe effect is achieved by using 3 different colors at a time which makes for a lovely, warm and cozy fabric.

Tay and Spey

Designed to mimic the shaggy coat of a wild ram, Staffa is an attractive and useful hand bag/shoulder bag. The loopy stitch is easy to master after a little practice and the large needles mean that it knits up quickly. A great, lazy, afternoon project!


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