The designers all have their unique style and speak to many kinds of knitters. Now they come together to form a beautifully cohesive collection. You can find garments such as sweaters and cardigans and accessories like shawls and hats, with techniques ranging from stripes and stranded colour work to cables and textured stitch patterns. Worsted is part of the Laine Books and Magazines Collection.
Stratified, designed by Tif Neilan, is worked in one piece, from the top down, starting with the neckline. It is entirely seamless. A series of short rows will be worked after the collar to shape the neckline. The colour block design uses 5 colorways within a 4-stripe repeat. The way the colour transitions flow through the pattern allows a particular colour to appear in differing size stripes throughout. The raglan shaping emphasizes the clean lines of the stripes while subtle texture and eyelets enhance the pattern and keep the knitter engaged to the end. This pattern is written for a cropped or full-length body as well as a cropped or full-length sleeve, providing the knitter with a variety of finished knit options.
CANAL PONCHO (left)
This pattern is a sloped arm and shoulder poncho knitted from the bottom up, in pieces, then seamed. The front and back are seamed at the shoulders and the sloped sides, as well as under the armhole opening. The neckband is picked up and worked in a 2x2 ribbing and folded over to the inside. The pattern comes in two lengths: cropped and regular.
Owing to the complex combination of intarsia and stranded knitted cables, the Canal Poncho is best suited for advanced knitters. Being able to read charts and knit intarsia is an advantage when working this pattern. The poncho is designed by Nancy Marchant.
Asawa is worked flat from end to end. It incorporates cables, garter, and reverse stockinette. Garter stitch is not merely a background for the cables but is seamlessly integrated into the motif. The garter stitch and the cables equally contribute to the visual impact of the design. Choose Size 1 for an everyday scarf with flair, Size 2 for a bolder statement piece, or Size 3 for a lush wrap. The Asawa scarf is named for artist Ruth Asawa, whose work includes three-dimensional pieces created by drawing lines through space using wire. The scarf is designed by Thien-Kieu Lam.
AZUCENA SWEATER (left)
Designed by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne, the Azucena Sweater is worked in one piece, from the top down, starting with the neckline. It’s entirely seamless. The yoke features a colorwork part. A series of short rows is worked after the colorwork, to shape the neckline of the sweater.
Perennial is knit in pieces, from the bottom up. The lower front is shaped with German short rows to be higher in the center. The body has an a-line shape, low crewneck and set in sleeves. Two over two cables are combined with twisted stitches to make the leaves and leaf veins on the front and back. The back has a straight cable panel, while the front cable panel expands gracefully to form a subtle yoke effect. The sweater is designed by Norah Gaughan.
Saraya is a half-pi shawl construction that starts with a garter tab. The distinct sections allowing you to explore different textures. Beginning with nupps on a stockinette background, and then moving to a wider section of fluttery shadow cables. The highlight of the shawl is a deep panel of juicy cables with a dash of garter lace for a final flourish. While some attention is needed to work the action rows, there are plenty of relief rows to please any intermediate knitter. The shawl is designed by Sasha Greene.
For the collection Tif Neilan designed two patterns. Strata is a worsted weight hat with moderate slouch, featuring colorwork speckles created through the use of stranded (and a touch of slip-stitch) colorwork using four colors. This is a fun and quick beginner-friendly design.
Yesteryears is a yoked colour work sweater worked seamlessly from the top down. German short rows are used to add length to the back of the sweater. It comes in two different lengths: cropped and long. The sweater is designed by Maxim Cyr.