“This is the type of shawl I love to take on vacation. The finished piece is light to pack and easy to whip out when you get cold on a train or plane. As a project, it’s a perfect traveling companion as well. Alternating bands of stockinette and reverse stockinette are the sort of mindless knitting perfect for car trips or when you’re hanging out with friends, while the easy slip-stitch colorwork makes you feel clever.” —Interweave Website
Named for the bee-beloved many-flowered medicinal, the spare simplicity of white stockinette contrasts with the botanically-inspired colorwork of the yoke. Capped off with traditional Latvian braids at collar, cuffs, and hem, this twice twisted top (bis ‘twice’, torta ‘twisted’) is sure to impress.
The Bistort Pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up, with standard short rows to shape the back neck. The yoke is adorned with stranded colorwork that includes multiple rows with more than two colors.
“Traditional Gansey construction inspired designer Courtney Spainhower to create this spectacular sweater knitting pattern. Knit in one piece from the bottom up, the bottom hems are curved with short-row shaping, and sleeve stitches are picked up and worked down.” —Berroco Website
Worked flat in garter stitch, this cardigan is a relaxing project that is suitable for knitters of many skill levels. Everyone needs a roomy sweater to throw on at home or while out and about, and Nineveh is just such a sweater! Small details like pockets, simple shaping, and an interesting sleeve detail in contrasting yarn elevate the Nineveh Cardigan while adding interest for the knitter.
Easily executed pleats transform humble garter stitch into a delicate, elegant wrap. The chain−ply linen yarn creates a crisp fabric that is suitable for warmer months and transitional seasons. Tassels keep the design lively. Instructions are provided for both a narrow scarf and a wide stole.
This flattering pullover, inspired by the first spring shoots cracking the soil, utilizes simple stitches and minimal shaping to transform a relatively simple top into a special piece that will be at home in any wardrobe.
The Patou Pullover is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up. Stitches are picked up and knit flat for the sleeves before sides and sleeves are seamed at the same time. A folded cuff finishes the sleeves.
Family-Friendly Knits: Seasonal Knitted Garments and Accessories for Children and Adults by Courtney Spainhower
“Knitwear designer and Mom, Courtney Spainhower offers up a collection of knitting designs for your entire family in Family-Friendly Knits. From something special for a little one to garments and accessories for adults of any age, knit these seasonal designs with love!
A selection of comfy yet stylish pullovers and cardigans for every season
Choose-your-own-adventure hats and cowls with interchangeable colorwork patterns
A fabulously furry raglan sweater for your wild child
A trio of fingerless mitts suitable for mama, papa, and baby
Socks for grown-ups and kids that are knit as one piece from cuff to cuff (to avoid "second sock" syndrome)
Explore how modern silhouettes and clever construction techniques make every project exciting. Knit functional garments and accessories with Family-Friendly Knits.”
“Styled with ample ease, the Bailiwick Pullover further modernizes the gansey-traditionally, a densely knitted sweater with texture patterns made for fishermen of the Channel Islands-with top-down construction and a luxe alpaca blend. “ —Interweave Website