Lakers hat

tapiolarolla

tapiolarolla @ whitedogknits

This hat was made specifically for a student at Grand Valley State University, in Michigan, but in the great lakes area we are all lakers. You can’t hardly chuck a rock in Michigan without it landing in some body of water. Though right now the water is starting to freeze over. And wherever there isn’t a standing body of water is covered in snow.

This was a self designed project, and by designed I mean I charted out the color work and more or less made everything else up as I went along.

Fall/Winter 2014 Knitwear Trends

Wool-wrapt models flocked the runways for this upcoming fashion season.  Though knitwear is a staple for most winter runways, new developments in fashion preferences are always noteworthy. Who knows when a designer will trigger the development of a new style of cable, a new desired finished look or trigger a new preferred technique.

Major designers including, Barbara Bui, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Row have all played with the idea of knits elongated layers of dusty neutral tones. Again, features such as cables and ribbing act as standards, while the way that these designers manage to have these larger-than-life layers of knits maintain shape and drape is really quite astounding.

Barbara Bui

Barbara Bui

Celine

Celine

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Row

Row

Runway and contour knits are great to look at for inspiration when designing your own patterns, but they are also useful when looking at other designer’s patterns. Below are some patterns found on Ravelry that correspond with at least some of the themes seen in the knitwear on the Winter/Fall 2012 runway. Clicking on the image will take you to its project page.

Morgana by Marie Wallin

(c) Rowan Yarns, 2012

Structured but comfortable, this pullover designed by Marie Wallin for Rowan Tweed is completely gorgeous. If you really want this project to be “this season” switch out the wine colored yarn for a similar dusty-neutral toned purple, like Manos del Uruguay Fino’s Corsage. Or for a truly no fuss neutral, you can not go wrong with Madelinetosh Dandelion Yarn in Antler.

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(c) villiputti

Knit up some ribbed or cabled leggings, or textured leggings like Outi Markkanen’s Pitsilegginsit shown above and wear them with a knitted tunic if you are feeling brave, or with a lesser fabric if you are more conservative.

(c) Joe Storie

(c) Joe Storie

I love everything about the Chloe cardigan by Jo Storie. Slubby, textured, grey, with an interesting shape and construction style. It doesn’t get much better than this.

(c) Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

(c) Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

Jared Flood’s Hayward is the last example I will give here. Simple construction with a relaxed a clean looking finish, just another pattern I want to knit and promptly fall asleep in after weaving in my ends.

Hiking Socks

Carp Lake 1

Knitting and self sufficiency go together like hiking and socks. So why not lump all of these things into one back county camping post? Over labor day weekend, I had the good fortune to hike all over the muddy expanse of the Copper Country’s Porcupine Mountains. Needless today, there is a certain fuzzy feeling that comes with knitting in the middle of nowhere. Above is a photo of Cloud Lake, once known as Carp Lake – the former home of the Carp Lake Copper Mine.

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Here is the hiking sock, a easy and durable worsted sock knit up in Plymouth Encore’s Worsted Colorspun Yarn in Copper drift. The yarn varies from a bright yellow, to  a coppery orange to a muted brown, all which are tied together with a constant blue. Like Lake Superior, Carp Lake and all of the waterways in between weaving their way through the Copper Country Landscape.

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 The hiking sock pattern will be posted to the blog after I finish my pair of socks.