We love this time of year at Patternworks—it’s prime-time for knitting and crocheting, surrounded by all the stunning new fibers and colorways for fall and winter. If you haven’t seen our fall catalog yet, take a look at the online version. With so many beautiful new yarns and patterns, it can be hard to choose. Here are some highlights of the hot items our customers and fellow employees have their eyes on:
Silk Mohair yarn by Sandnes Garn—This has been the most popular yarn by far this season! So popular, in fact, that it’s hard to keep in stock. But never fear, we’re expecting more to arrive soon. It’s featured in two gorgeous patterns, the Silk Mohair vest and the Oversized pullover. Both are simple and easy to knit, but classic and so wearable, you’ll live in them all winter long!
Our exclusive Pink Square Needles by Kollage—We love Kollage’s ergonomic square needle design, and we love it even more in our exclusive hot-pink color! The Patternworks logo is etched right into the needle surface, along with the needle size. The sharp points are perfect for a wide variety of projects, and we offer a wide range of sizes in circulars (choice of soft or firm cables), double-pointed, and single-pointed straight needles. Several of us, including merchandising assistant Pam, and myself, have these on our wish lists!
Fine Art yarn by Rowan— Our guest blogger, Tania, described it best as “…insanely beautiful…another amazing Rowan product!” Becky, in our customer service department, is dying to knit with it as well. Not just for socks, this is an excellent choice for fingering-weight shawls, scarves, and other accessories. Plus, we’ll have six brand-new colorways available in mid-November!
Fame Trend yarn and shawl pattern—Our catalog designer, Katie, loves the instant gratification of self-striping yarn. She’s got her eye on Fame Trend and the Triangular Lace shawl pattern, which also includes instructions for a knit garter-stitch version as well as a crochet version! This sport-weight, machine-washable wool/nylon blend yarn is also a great choice for colorful socks and accessories such as mittens, hats, and children’s garments. Or, try pairing it in colorwork with a solid-colored yarn such as Cascade 220 Superwash Sport.
Owl shawl pin from Plymouth Yarn—Our guest blogger Tania loves the rustic, autumnal look of this must-have piece. That’s probably why our customers love it, too—or maybe simply because it’s super-cute! Made of super-lightweight surina wood, this sweet little owl is the perfect choice for fastening the Claremont vest or other open-front sweater.
Norah Gaughan Vol. 13—It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Norah’s designs. And like many knitters these days, I’m also a huge fan of seamless projects, especially when they’re knit from the top down. This entire collection of 14 patterns features all seamless, top-down construction. The Gibson cardigan is fabulous in new, lighter-than-air Berroco Kodiak™ yarn, and the semi-raglan armhole shaping is an intriguing technique that I’m really looking forward to trying.
Nordic Star Slippers Kit by Permin of Copenhagen—I think there may be a lot of knitters’ family members unwrapping a pair of these this holiday season! The traditional Nordic star design looks stunning on these cozy Fair Isle slippers. A little bit of double crochet adds a nice finishing touch around the top edge.
TSC Artyarns Second Collection—Iris Schreier’s color expertise and Stacy Charles’ fashion sense combine beautifully in 13 elegant garments and accessories. The Woodlands hat and wristwarmers in buttery-soft Cashmere Tweed and the Rainbow Ribbons cowl in luscious Tranquility yarn are two of our favorites.
Stay tuned for more highlights from our fall catalog over the next few weeks. And keep an eye on your mailbox for our newest 2013 Fall Update catalog, arriving soon!