Laine Magazine Issue 18 features eleven patterns by an international group of designers: Jenny Ansah, Marcela Chang, Melissa Clulow, Emma Ducher, Jenna Kostet, Ksenia Naidyon, Olga Putano, Tiia Reho, Anna Sjösvärd and Julia Wilkens. A sample of those patterns are shown below.
Jenny Ansah — Horsma
The Horsma mittens and beanie were inspired by meadows of fireweed (“maitohorsma” in Finnish) that symbolise the end of summer for Jenny Ansah. Wearing these accessories on the first chilly days of autumn will keep you warm and cosy. The main stitch pattern features bobbles and lace, while the cuff of the mittens and the brim of the beanie are worked in twisted ribbing. Both accessories are knitted with two yarns held together.
Marcela Chang — Otoño
Otoño (“autumn” in Spanish) is a colourwork yoke sweater inspired by the fallen leaves of autumn. The worsted-weight sweater is warm and cosy, worked in an all-over colourwork pattern that is fun and fast to knit. Otoño is worked from the top down seamlessly, and short rows are worked at the back for a better fit. The design is very versatile: you can knit the sweater in two or multiple colours.
Melissa Clulow — Turtle Dove
The cosy and classic Turtle Dove Cardigan is inspired by a pullover of the same name, one of Melissa Clulow’s first and most popular patterns. Intended to be soft and light, the cardigan is knitted holding two strands of mohair with a strand of woolly, non-superwash yarn. Soothing Stockinette Stitch is framed by deep raglans and twisted rib at the collar, front bands and cuffs. This top-down cardigan is the perfect companion over jeans and a tee, a dress, or even pyjamas for weekend lounging!
Jenna Kostet — Himmeli
The idea for Jenna Kostet’s Himmeli sweater came from a traditional straw decoration hanging from the roof. In Finland, they are often used at Christmas, but originally himmelis were also good luck charms for a successful harvest. The airy colourwork pattern gives Himmeli a contrast with conventional multi-coloured yoke sweaters. Jenna prefers colours that remind her of Finnish nature and the changing seasons. Himmeli features a light straw shade and a greyish-green reminiscent of a late summer’s spruce forest.
Julia Wilkens — Preppy
The Preppy pattern — a relaxed cardigan based on the classic varsity jacket — is deeply embedded in Julia Wilken’s personal history. She spent lots of time in second-hand shops in her teenage years: with the big US military base in her hometown Frankfurt, she was hunting for American classics such as Levis 501s and baseball jackets. Preppy is knitted seamlessly from the top down, and the sleeves and body are worked at the same time in two different colours. This application of intarsia is at the same time logical and unusual. The combination of bouclé and brushed alpaca makes for a dense, yet lightweight fabric.
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