Boxy is Beautiful, Easy Chic for Fall
If you’ve browsed any women’s boutiques in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen at least one oversized wrap, cape or poncho. This basic rectangular shape is popping up everywhere in high and low fashion, in every style you can imagine. Fringe, ethnic patterns, and ombre color are just some of the ways the fashion world is reinventing the look, as you can see from these inspiration images:
Anyone who can knit or crochet a scarf can create a wrap to suit her personal style. The shape is easy, so you can focus on the fabric: striped, textured, color-blocked, plain or embellished? Keep it crisp and fresh with summery cotton blends, or go cozy with warm winter fibers. Read on for some great pattern ideas to get you started, and grab a cup of tea because I got a bit enthusiastic! As you finish your projects for our “What I Did This Summer” finishing event, you can already begin planning your next one…
One of our best-selling summer styles has been the Donna Poncho Top from S. Charles: knit in two colors of Nina, the drape is just right and flatters many body shapes. Knitting it is a breeze and the cotton/linen blend feels cool on hot days. The Rowan Straight Top is a similar style using the new Rowan Cotton Lustre, a wonderful soft tape yarn of cotton, modal and linen (shown below.) Finally, Churchmouse has re-yarned their popular Easy Folded Poncho pattern with Berroco Modern Cotton and added color-blocking for a fresh, Eileen Fisher-inspired look.
Shawls for Fall
Take a look at the original Easy Folded Poncho and you’ll see how much the yarn transforms the style. Rowan Felted Tweed or a blend of Shibui Pebble and Linen would be beautiful and light, while still warm. For the lightest of wraps, the Carla Ruana from Filatura di Crosa is delicate and ultra-feminine with its lacy stitches in Nirvana and Superior held together. Julie Weisenberger’s Everyday Wrap is floaty and simple in Kidsilk Haze… and definitely consider Kidsilk Haze Stripe for dramatic color.
I’ve been craving color lately, and this fall’s ethnic inspirations cover a wide range of influences. From linen stitch stripes in the Sonoma Mountain Wrap from Simply Shetland, to Imperial Collection’s Cable & Plaid Poncho by Annie Modesitt, you’ll find gorgeous texture and color in joyful abundance. Beginners or “lazy perfectionists” (such as myself) can take a shortcut with Ann Norling #65, a basic pattern in multiple gauges that is a showstopper in self-striping yarn. We unpacked new colors of Noro Silk Garden yesterday, maybe it’s a sign you should cast on?
Once I get started…
….I just can’t stop. Capes not your style, but you like the ease of a square silhouette? Ravelry designers have you covered. Just a few of my favorite poncho-pullovers are Julie Hoover’s Beaubourg, Alicia Plummer’s Gale, and Elizabeth Smith’s Margo Poncho. Rowan’s new Hemp Tweed strikes the right balance of elegance and rusticity, perfect for simple stockinette or patterned stitches.
Countdown to the Finish Line!
There is less than one week left to finish up your summer projects and enter the prize drawing for our “What I Did This Summer” Finishing Event. The deadline is August 31; since that’s a Monday and the shop is closed, you can bring your project in on Tuesday and still be included in the drawing that evening at Open Knit Night. Even if you haven’t finished anything this time, join us on Tuesday, September 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. for the prize drawing, treats and celebratory mayhem. The grand prize is a $100 gift certificate to Uncommon Threads! You can see all the amazing projects on our web site, Ravelry, Instagram and Facebook.
Halfway to the Holidays
Knit and crochet your gifts now for a stress-less holiday season! Our gift classes continue into September with Stippers by Ashley Knowlton (August 30); Churchmouse Pressed Rib Cap, Tebe Slouch (shown) and Gwenevere Hat (August 30); In Threes baby sweater (starts September 12) and Summer Sprigs Crochet Scarf (September 13 & 27.) Be sure to read the entire class list to see more classes for fall.