The Patternworks Fall 2011 catalog is in the mail, and boy are we excited about the great new yarns and patterns it includes. They’re perfect for updating your wardrobe for this season.
One of the biggest trends for this fall is capes, and we have an enviable assortment of patterns available! From the Cabled Capelet, knit in light-and-lofty Grande yarn, to the wonderfully textural Women’s Jacket pattern in snuggly, thick-and-thin Haciendo, selection abounds. For those who like colorwork, there’s the Léttlopi Cape Pattern, from the Lopi 30 leaflet. The Lopi 30 leaflet includes a second fall trend—polka dots, which adorn the yoke of the Gola sweater.
Lace details are another fall must-have, and there’s no better way to bring this trend into your wardrobe than with a whole book’s worth of lace patterns. The new Knitted Lace book from Interweave includes 26 lace projects, from shawls and scarves to hats, tops and socks. With this book, you’ll be covered head to toe. There’s also Lacy Knits, which includes over 20 patterns for delicate projects designed to be knit in mohair-silk yarns. For crocheters, Totally Simple Crochet is a beautiful collection of over 30 garment and home-dec patterns, and includes multiple patterns with open, lacy contruction (the Crocheted Stole/Shawl pattern is divine!). A bonus to this book: it includes basic crochet instructions, so if you’re a knitter who’s wanted to learn to crochet, this is a great book for you as well!
Another option for a great fall garment with lacy detail is the Patternworks exclusive Peterborough Shrug, knit in Meredith Bay. And, as if this garment wasn’t enticing enough in its own right, add to it the fact that both Meredith Bay and Bretton Yarns By Patternworks are now being offered at new, lower prices!
As far as color is concerned, bright and bold is where it’s at this fall. If you’re comfortable in warm, eye-popping hues, go for shades of crimson, mustard, or emberglow, one of Pantone’s Fall 2011 color picks (a juicy coral-meets-melon hue). See the new Salmon color of Nature Spun Worsted—it’s a great choice if you want to go emberglow. If you’d rather stick to cooler colors, there are some great options there as well. Jade, deep teal (such as the Teal color of the new Baby Alpaca Tweed yarn), and International Klein Blue (that’s IKB to artists; it’s a deep, ultramarine blue first mixed by French artist Yves Klein) are all great choices this fall.
Maxi skirts will also be big this fall. To complete the outfit, pair an ultra-long skirt with a long cozy sweater that hits mid-thigh, such as the Top Down Raglan Tunic knit in Haciendo yarn, or offset the skirt’s length with a cropped sweater, à la the Cropped Jacket from Filatura Di Crosa Sportwool™ Charly™ leaflet, knit in Sportwool™.
For accessories, look to choker necklaces and cuff bracelets to finish your look. The delicate Elizabethan Beaded Choker, knit in Ewe Silky Thing yarn, will add instant color to an outfit. Bracelets knit in Baby Alpaca Grande can be worked up and worn in a jiffy!
Wondering what you’ll see this fall as far as yarn trends? Think glitz and sparkle. Just a little at first, with Diamante yarn in this catalog, but keep an eye out, there’s more to come! Another exciting addition…new Koigu colors! (Personally, I can’t get enough of color 470X. Which is your favorite?)
As you can see, there’s a lot to be excited about at Patternworks this fall. And the season is just beginning!