Texture, by Hannah Fettig
Knitters everywhere, rejoice! We have a new book by Hannah Fettig, the renowned knitwear designer responsible for some of this decade’s most popular and well-loved patterns. Texture - Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear is the latest release since Fettig’s smash hit, Home and Away - Knits for Everyday Adventures, which inspired knitters across the globe to make wearable everyday pieces – many of whom used Fettig’s helpful instructions and tips to bolster their courage to knit their first sweater. Drawing from the success of that more tutorial approach, Fettig encourages knitters to use this new book as a guide to approaching garments that break out of the Stockinette stitch mold; Texture - Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear is about all-over texture, with twelve beautiful new projects and all the tips and expert info needed to make them.
The patterns in this book are organized from lightweight, delicate textures to heavier weight, big textures. Multiple projects demonstrate the qualities of each category, with a brief introduction to describe how yarn construction, fiber choice, and yarn weight can effect your overall garment. The Pretty Little Cardi shown above is a lovely, open draping cardigan featuring subtly textured columns all over. This would be a luxury to wear knit out of Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn. The alpaca would drape nicely, and the slight halo of fuzz around it is just enough to be soft without hiding any details. The Herriot Fine alpaca has great yardage per skein too!
Another great (and approachable!) project in fingering weight yarn is the Supermoon Kerchief, shown above. This simple accessory uses a plain Stockinette background to show off an all over, structured texture pattern. Knit up in Block Island Blend Yarn, that Stockinette background would have a light slubbiness that would add an alternatively cohesive depth to the fabric, while still allowing the unique stitch pattern to shine through. Note: If you do decide to try this piece with Block Island Blend Yarn, all you’ll need is three easy-to-knit-from mini cones!
In the “Everyday Texture” category, Fettig moves on from lightweight yarns to the DK-Worsted weight range. The Boatyard Pullover above is a delightfully structured, simple, versatile unisex pullover that shows a garment doesn’t require plain stitching to be understated. This worsted weight sweater offers lots of yarn options, but some of my favorite recommendations are Norumbega Yarn for a hard-wearing everyday sweater, Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran Yarn - Organic Merino or Swans Island Worsted Organic Merino Wool Yarn for a bit more of a splurge, or Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn for those of you who are trying to keep the ever expanding yarn budget down.
|Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran Yarn - Organic Merino|
|Swans Island Worsted Organic Merino Wool Yarn|
|Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn|
Moving on up to “Big Texture”, Fettig explains that even worsted weight yarn, when worked in a bold enough texture, can create an outdoor-worthy piece of substance. The Pierside Cardigan above is the perfect example. Worked up in an all-over cabled pattern, this worsted weight sweater also features a wide, ribbed collar for a modern feel. This cardigan would be super cozy knit up in Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins, or if you want more stitch definition you might be interested in using Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran Yarn - Organic Merino, which is every bit as soft and squishy as it looks.
Texture - Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear makes a beautiful, helpful addition to any knitter’s library. Fettig’s patterns truly set a standard – clearly written, easy to follow, and beautifully laid out. Her books are not just pattern collections, they also serve to help even the most timid of knitters achieve the garments of their dreams. As a matter of fact, years of knitting Hannah Fettig’s patterns helped me understand knitwear design in a way I never would have before – eventually giving me enough guts to create designs of my own. Between Home and Away - Knits for Everyday Adventures and this most recent release, Fettig makes superstar knitting approachable for everyone.
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