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Newsletter - March 2017
Something Old, Something New
For our March 2017 newsletter, we're taking a departure from our usual format. Rather than focus on a designer of the month, for March we will focus on a variety of older patterns and newer designers.
As you probably know, one of Patternfish's primary missions is to be an online repository for legacy patterns that otherwise might be lost and forgotten. One of our favourite collections of classic patterns is from Kertzer.
Kertzer currently lists several dozen patterns with us. Here are some of our favourites.
Sandi Prosser's terrific colour schemes are evident in the classic Striped Turtleneck. We love this flattering piece, especially the way the stripe sequence has darker colours around the waist and lighter ones towards the shoulder.
Vine Lace is very easy to work and has a undeniably lovely effect, especially as Prosser uses it here in the Summer Breeze Cardigan.
A timeless stitch pattern, combined with a very modern shape and Aran-weight yarn, make the Cable Jacket something you'll find yourself wearing over and over again with just about everything!
The very appealing Cable Cardigan is equally suitable for either a baby boy or girl. All of the attention here is on the stitch patterning.
The classic Baby Hoodie is nothing fancy, but sometimes simplicity is what you're looking for. This is a perfect, straightforward knit that will look great on any baby or toddler.
Allie is another amazing piece by Wallin that an enthusiastic beginner can approach with confidence. Allie is a very simple but dramatic ruana that you'll look amazing in.
The Salen cardigan is a perfect example of Kim Hargreaves's work: quiet, understated and noble, and surprisingly easy to make.
Sarah Hatton takes British knitting traditions and uses them in surprisingly modern ways. Here is Hatton's take on Fair Isle: Austin, a great basic sweater for boys or girls from age three to twelve.
And finally, Sarah Hatton's ethereal Lydia, which makes use of simple geometry to create a striking and definitely feminine top.
We love Lara Smoot's designs: they are fun to knit, colourful, imaginative and practical.
Her Finish Line socks are perfect for first time sock knitters, though more experienced knitters will also have fun with this great unisex pattern.
While Smoot has a lot of sock patterns up on Patternfish, we love her other pieces at least as much. Iridill is a great example of her designs. This pattern comes in two sizes—shawl and shawlette—both inpired by the ever-changing colours of Carnival Glass. A great piece for variegated yarns.
Similarly, Smoot's Sugarplum cowl is a very colourful, lacy piece that works nicely as a scarf or as a fashionable accessory when you need a pop of colour.
Lara Smoot has a series of shawls inspired by Game of Thrones! Tyrion's Gift is the fourth in this series, a top-down triangle shawl that is very easy to put together. We love the dark wine tones of the Miss Babs Tarte yarn used in this piece.
Moving away from bright colours to a very striking monotone, Sugardance is a lovely cowl and fingerless mitt set that will take you from fall into early winter.
The Meredith Baby Dress is a cute dress for babies or young girls, knit top down in the round, with lovely lacy accents on the yoke and hem.
We just adore Maddock's crocheted Floral Granny Square Pillow. It looks like something from a bygone age, but would be a great accent piece in any home.
Another innovative crocheted pattern by Ruth Maddock is the Crochet Skirt with Zig Zag Stripes from 2006. This nifty and practical skirt reminds us for all the world of a kilt.
Maddock's Man's Cable Sweater with Saddle Shoulders is a classic cable sweater guaranteed to become a go-to jumper for any guy.
Another of our favourite designers from earlier in the Patternfish catalogue is Mia Rinde, a shawl designer par excellence! Lavandula is a beautiful all-season shawl inspired by traditional Estonian and Icelandic lace knitting.
Her Rushmore Hat and Cowl Set have a unique texture created with staggered pleating for a very pleasing and eye-catching effect.
One of Whitman's unique contributions to the world of knitting patterns are her colourful mitered shawls, such as Piet on Point, inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian, and the bold, asymmetrical A New Slant.
Shawn Glidden of Acme Knits has a diverse collection of patterns for knitters at every level. The Noteworthy Fingerless Mitts are perfect for the musician in your life. The classic and popular Charlotte's Tam is a definite crowd-pleaser. We like the creativity and eco-friendliness of her Knotty Tote, perfect for a trip to the market or the beach, and we'll round out this selection with the Quiet Walk Infinity Scarf, a new addition to her collection from 2016.
When a designer concentrates on a single theme, the results can be deeply satisfying. Susan Woodley has created a marvellously inventive series of sock patterns that we're pleased to present here: Little Bit Swings & Roundabouts, with an appealing combination of lace and cables; The Long Day's Night, a very nice mirror imaged pattern; Labyrinth Lullaby, with an innovative traveling stitch lattice design; and the whimsical Squigglez.
From socks for your feet to mittens for your hands: Erica Mount has a number of very imaginative patterns to help keep your fingers warm and beautiful in the colder months, such as the Sun, Moon and Dolphins Mittens, the dramatic Endless Stripes Fingerless Mitts, and the classic Mild Winter Hat and Mitts.
Amanda Perkins is a master of crochet. Three examples of her handiwork here are the beautiful Tallulah capelet, the loose-fitting but feminine Miranda crocheted top, and the undeniably fun and funky Millicent crocheted cardigan.
Super Fun Knits certainly lives up to its name! Designer Daniel Yuhas creates adorable toys like Cubit the Inchworm and Squiddity the Squid, as well as more traditional patterns such as the dramatically colourful Dreamcoat shawl.
Megan Grewal creates classic, very wearable patterns. We love the striped yokes on the Belle & Beau cardigan set for young boys and girls. The very snug Etta tunic is a simple, snuggly piece, and we really like the Little Willow unisex child's jacket.
And finally, here's a selection of patterns from Joy Prescott, Trisha Paetsch, Lorilee Beltman, Fiona Kelly, Lazy Perry Ranch, Oceanwind Knits and many more.
To round out our March 2017 newsletter we're presenting a small selection of the newest patterns from our newest designers over the past year, including Fiona Hamilton-McLaren, The Crafty Jackalope, Buzybee, Knitwise Designs and Donna Estin.
With the recent changes at Patternfish we have fallen behind on bringing in new designers. Please be assured that Patternfish is committed to bringing new designers and new patterns into our catalogue. We will be presenting a number of new patterns soon, just in time for spring!