(pssst – the yarns featured below are on sale…)
Norah Gaughan has long been a household name where knitters are involved, and with good reason. Gaughan is known for designing beautiful, unique knitwear patterns, from intricate cable work to unconventional garment construction. Her newest book, Framework - Architectural Knits is no exception. Framework features ten fresh, clever patterns that will entice you to give them a try.
I have to say, it took me a while to get through this book. In a good way, though! Usually when I browse a new pattern book, I’m focused on the photos (and maybe peeking at what yarn the designer used). But some of these designs stopped me in my tracks; I had to look closer to see how these pieces were constructed. For example, the Cella cardigan/shrug has armholes that are created by simply folding down the top of a rectangle. I won’t give any more about it away, but check out the photos below:
Then I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the back view of the cover project, the Walkway shell. I love the delicate eyelets, and how it makes this piece seem so detailed, although it’s a small enough element. This linen shell would look awesome knit up in our Block Island Blend Yarn!
So there I was, happily flipping through this fascinating collection of designs, when I came to this:
That, my friends, is the stunning Arris pullover. It can be worn with the V-neck in the front, or reverse it for a lovely mesh panel instead. I can’t help but picture this knit up in Block Island Blend Yarn, too; the slubbiness of that yarn would add a whole new layer of texture to this beautiful sweater.
The last pattern I’ll talk about is the elegant Annex tank:
This tank is actually worked flat, but still features minimal seaming. What a lovely garment. I want it for myself!! Although this is knit with an aran weight linen, I think I’d make it out of Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn.
The beauty of these pieces comes from the thoughtful placement of geometric shapes, with intuitive knitting maneuvers that make creating them just as beautiful an experience as wearing them. Designed for minimal seaming and ease of knitting, any one of these pieces is something that you yourself can make. Newer knitters can enjoy pushing themselves just a little, and experienced knitters will certainly love the breath of fresh air and spark of inspiration that Norah Gaughan’s patterns always provide.
Remember, the gorgeous summer yarns featured above are both on sale right now, so dive in to some amazing summer stitching!