I’ve been feeling rather unexcited about Rowan 39. The crazy hair, the make up, the (what do you call that?) headdress. In fact, today’s post started out with a “not so impressed” theme.
But as I looked through the pics again I realized — there’s a lot of possibility in there. Sure, I’m not going to wear 18 layers of clothing with my knitted garments, but there’s a lot of things I would really wear — just in a different context.
Crinkle by Martin Storey
Rowan Cotton Glace
I’m a sucker for a good stitch pattern, and this all-over one seems to have struck a balance between girly and revealing (no huge gaping YOs). I wouldn’t include the gathers (not right for my body type) and I’d lengthen it. But I rarely look at a pattern and say “I’d knit that exactly the way it’s been made”.
Jinny by Amanda Crawford
Rowan Cotton Glace
The cover design! And once you get past the headgear and the bad 80s belts, it’s really quite a lovely design. This could just have easily been made in a softer color and photographed in a setting similar to last year’s Butterfly.
The flirty ruffle gives it just enough romance, the 3/4-length sleeves make it perfect for in-the-office, and the button up cardi makes it nice layering option for slipping on over top of a tank in a chilly restaurant.
I wouldn’t use the beads (I *think* I see beads) but that’s because I’m just not a bead girl.
Gwen by Leah Sutton
Leah always surprises me with something different. I love the little braids (i-cords?) across the midriff. I can’t tell if they’re functional or purely decorative, but they spice up a pretty basic top. She’s also added in some puckering at the sleeves to give them a slouchy, casual look. I’ll bet this would work up nicely in a denim yarn as well.
I read Ann’s latest post and saw that RYC (btw, *love* their site! much better than rowan’s> released a few new books. I’m particularly fond of Beach. Beach makes liberal use of a new RYC yarn — Natural Silk Aran — a blend of 73% viscose, 15% silk and 12% linen. I haven’t seen it yet in person but the pics remind me of Tahki Willow. Nice!
There are two designs I’m really fond of from Beach.
|Scallop by Martin Storey
RYC Natural Silk Aran
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this top! It’s the kind of thing I could see being washed and worn week after week. The shaping and yarn give it a laid back feel, and the edgings — which look like they’re crocheted — give it just enough wimsy and girly frill to make it not feel like a frumpy sweatshirt.
|Maggie by Martin Storey
RCY Natural Silk Aran
This little top would work nicely paired with jeans and a cotton tank underneath. It’d also be just as lovely with an a-line dress for something a little bit dressier.
I would make the top with a square neckline, as I think that shape suits my body better. I’d also increase the length of the garter/rev st st yoke so it didn’t cut across my bust.