Thursday's around here are pattern days. About every other Thursday a new pattern or collection is released at Georgian Bay Fibre Co. I thought it would be nice on the other Thursdays to have a blog feature from my partner in crime, Christina at Lone/Maple Studio about what patterns she's digging this week. Read on for the fun!
I love looking for patterns, at any time my Ravelry queue has 150-200 patterns that I want to make, someday. So as a new feature, I'm going to pattern search for my most favorite patterns for you. Sometimes I will have a particular yarn in mind, other times I will feature a newly released collection that has me drooling and running to cast on. The main theme will be how to use Georgian Bay Fibre Co.'s beautiful yarns to make these patterns shine.
For the inaugural post I'm going to feature a beautiful new collection, that is perfect for the Hennessy line, specifically the Fingering and Aran weights, Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People 7.
The reason that GBFibreCo's yarn works so well for the patterns in Wool People because the rustic nature of the untreated BFL is a nice substitute for the woolen-spun Loft and Shelter yarns. While the yarns are spun differently, the Brooklyn Tweed have more loft but are much more fragile, the unique two-ply structure of the Hennessy Fingering makes knit up to a similar fabric to the Loft.
So which patterns should we cast on first?
I know Carla has been lusting after Pente by Carol Feller, a striped, drape front cardigan.
Her thought was was a neutral gradient, going from Natural, through a yet-to-be-released color, to Sled Dog, Fawn, Truffle and Granite.
If you wanted to to match the style of the original sweater, you could use Granite as the solid base and use Spring Sky as a contrast or Lilac for a different sort of pop.
If you are not so much of a sweater person, like me, I would consider Vector by Tanis Lavallee. This pattern comes in both a wrap and scarf sizes.
I love the look and feel of garter stitch in Hennessy Fingering. It has a beautiful halo and a delightful squish that makes garter what it is. Also, at $22 a 115g skein it is significantly more affordable to make a large wrap than Loft.
If you wanted a similar effect to the original scarf, you could try a color transition like below.
L-R: Severn Forest Spruce, Spring Foliage, Aspen Valley Fawn, Franklin Island Lichen and McKellar Honey
For something a little different you might consider using neutrals and pinks and purples to make a fun spring/summer wrap, (or to bring some spring color to a coat next winter.
L-R: Wakefield Lilac, Zhiishiib Rock Granite, Rose Point Aster, Kearney Sled Dog, and Redwood Peoney.
Or maybe in the classic Georgian Bay Fibre Co palette, using the four colors that make up the logo.
L-R: Big Sound Squall, Bala Cranberry, Franklin Island Lichen, Foley Fiddlehead and Natural.
Also, this would be a great place to use the neutrals palette suggested for the Pente sweater above. This pattern is great way to play with all your favorite GBFibreCo colorways. The neat thing about the way Carla works is that nearly all of her colors works beautifully with all her other colors. This makes putting together palettes is one of the most fun activities at her studio.
Another favorite of mine is Nimbus by Dawn Catanzaro, a traditional stole with a knitted on border.
Not to tantalize you too much, but this stole would be perfect in that same yet-to-be-released colorway that I mentioned earlier. I swear it will be coming out soon (with a couple of patterns), and you will completely understand why I would recommend it. However, if you need to cast on today, I think there are a couple of different colors that would be perfect for this stole.
A few different color suggestions, Top Row L-R: McKellar Honey, Natural or Spring Buds for a modern twist on a classic shawl. Bottom Row L-R: Carrington Winter Sky, Rosseau Pumpkin, or Rose Point Aster.
This would make a beautiful heirloom shawl for a baptism or just a perfect accessory for a Tuesday, its all about the colors you pick. I'm somewhat intrigued by the prospect of knitting it out of Spring Buds, I think it would really be perfect for those days in March when you think it should be spring but Mother Nature disagrees. However, if you are not quite as color bold, this pattern would look beautiful in any one of the colors.
While these are our three favorites, there are 13 other beautiful patterns in the collection. You can see them all, alongside some of Jared Flood's incredible photography in the Wool People 7 Lookbook.
What are your favorite combinations? Share your dream combos in the comments.
Christina Bossart is the designer and teacher behind Lone/Maple Studio. In addition to knitting, mostly socks, Christina enjoys spinning and rigid heddle weaving under the watchful eye of her orange kitten, Jack. Please visit her blog at www.lonemaplestudio.com.