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Wool People Vol. 1 - A collaborative design project

Since early July I have been working on some secret projects that I can't blog about, and will be doing so until mid-September. As such I thought I would share with you something new and beautiful from one of my absolute favorite designers, Jared Flood of He just put together a collection of designs based on his yarn line, Shelter.

First off, Jared is an amazing photographer and his knitted items and patterns are always drool-worthy because of the photos. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent reading his blog posts and looking at his pictures and wondering how I could come up with patterns like him. In this pattern collection, Wool People Vol. 1, Jared has curated patterns from various knitwear designers and put them together in a book that will make you want to knit even if you aren't a knitter. The Look Book for the whole collection can be found here, but I wanted to highlight a few items that I would love to knit if I ever get some free time. :)

Allegheny by Thea Colman
This pattern is the one that grabbed me by the horns the moment I saw it in the lookbook. Now I've only successfully knitted 1 sweater and 2 blouses, and so I'm not sure if I'll ever get to this dress, but if there was a dress I was sure to knit, it would be this one. The simplicity of the design, coupled with that cable panel running along the side of the body, gives this dress some undefinable wow. ( I know, I'm almost waxing poetic over a knitted item. But JUST LOOK AT THE DRESS)! The ribbing at the waist that gives it a fitted silhouette, and the little belt with button detail at the waist all come together to make this the perfect sweater dress in my humble opinion.

Now, what color should I knit this in? Or what color would YOU want to wear this dress in? Let me know. :)

Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston
Levenwick snuck up on me when I wasn't looking. The lovely, lovely golden curry color, and the femininity of the feather and fan edging, just pulled me into the cardigan's loveliness. If I had to knit this I would do so in the same exact color as the designer did. The shape, the fit, the profile it creates for the wearer, all make this cardi a fall wardrobe favorite. If I could knit it in time, that is. :)

What color would you want this cardigan in? And how would you wear it? Paired with jeans? Dressed up with a skirt for work? Please share! :)

Holl by Kirsten Johnstone
I have never owned a sweater with the dolman shape, but for some reason I want this one. I really want this one. The simple garter stitch striping effect going on is just driving me crazy. It's so simple it's stunning. I love it. I don't know how I would wear it, or whether the shape would look good on me, but I want it. I think it's beautiful. And that charcoal grey color just calls out to me.

You could definitely wear this sweater in a casual look paired with jeans, or with a nice pencil skirt and some sexy boots for work. Or a party. :) Please tell me how you would wear this. I'm trying to improve my fashion style. :)

I hope you've enjoyed all this knitting eye candy. Next week I'll have a bit more to report on the progress of the giveaway shawls. Have a wonderful week!


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US #11 (8mm)
Crochet hook
Darning/tapestry needle

Feather and Fan Pattern (multiple of 18 + 2)
Row 1:Knit
Row 2:Purl
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Model: Megan May
Photographer: Hector Plahar

Caron Simply Soft, Off-White Color; 315 yards/60z/170g- 1.5 skeins

1 set US #8/5mm straight needles

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Lace Check Pattern (Multiple of 18+9)
Row 1(wrong side): Purl
Row 2: K1, *[yo, k2tog] 4 times, k10; rep from * to last 8 sts, [yo, k2tog] 4 times.
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: *[sl 1, k1, psso, yo] 4 times, k10; rep from * to last 9 sts, [sl 1, k1, psso, yo] 4 times, k1.
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Row 13: Purl
Row 14: *K10, [yo, k2tog] 4 times; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9.
Row 15: Purl.
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