Yarn review: Sublime Soya Cotton DK
Victorian Lace - my first project

The Knitter 24: a lot to like in a minimalist way

Who says knitting can't be fashionable or on trend? This issue with its monochrome palettes, texture and subtle designs is straight out of the fashion mags I found myself flicking through at the hairdresser this weekend.

Now I'm not necessarily a fan of this winters' fashion selection - personally I'm using the selection of black, grey and navy tailoring to offset pretty cardies, shawls, etc in brighter colours - but there is a lot to like here. And indeed you don't have to stick to the greys, some pieces here would be beautiful in jewel colours or stronger shades.

Theknitter24_small Talia,  from Jeni Hewlett is the cover image. The texture and tailoring make this aran jacket a draping joy. The Fybrespates silk/merino yarn gives it a lovely finish. I could imagine it in soft colours or a chic shiny black. It looks an attractive knit but beware there is a warning that the recommended yarn  grows on washing.

One of my favourites this month is the Quinton Chadwick Smocked Cardigan but I note it isn't appealing to everyone. It is a fairly classic style but the textured smocking efffect at the waist is a clever shaping technique and the use of a contrast colour contains tiny surprises adding to the fashion effect. In terms of colourway I might go for camel with turquoise for the contrast detail or grey with violet.

 As usual The Knitter offers another beautiful lace shawl to give me a case of startitis. This time it's Anniken Allis's Lazuli shawl with a fir cone pattern. If you love lace this is another for the list how many shawls can a girl have?

I also love the simple cabled sleeveless shrug Ombre, Sarah Hatton which would be fab over a long sleeve t-shirt and jeans in a bright colour.  It looks like a quick fun knit in a chunky yarn but beware it does contain short row shaping (something I need to practice).

Eyelets and fair isle can sound a strange combination but in  Belinda Boaden's Aspen the eyelets form another stripe in the subtle grey fair isle pattern. This pattern would work in a variety of colours but always in shades on one colour. My problem here is the photography doesn't give me a clear view of how the sweater would work on different body shapes.

Talking of body shape - I would love to be tall enough to be able to wear Martin Storey's fabulous long-line cardigan Anjelica but I suspect I'd look like a Jedi. But on someone taller this checker-board affect of cables and moss stitch would drape beautifully. I imagine it in a rich "velvet" blue.

There's a his and hers double whammy from Storey. Amos is a catwalk influenced rippling ribbed classic of a man's jumper in Rowan Lima. It's younger style could make it - dare I say it - a boyfriend jumper winner.

 And  then there are two that I don't really take to and its very personal dislike:

Madeline mittens  by Rosee Woodland is this month's stashbuster but I  can't imagine CC21309--0300_square
myself with colourwork mitts and as for Mary Scott Huff's  The Bees Knees (right) I just find the honeycomb and bee motif overpowering.