I’m not always big on Vogue Knitting. Sometimes it offers worthwhile articlesâ€”the series on lace knitting several years ago, for exampleâ€”but the patterns are often far too “fashion forward” to be of any actual use to me. (If I live to be 300 I will still not have reached a point where I’m ready to wear big-ass knits or knit tube tops or, well, you know what I mean.) But the new holiday issue offers some really nice pieces.
I particularly like the pieces in the Moonlight Sonata sectionâ€”lots and lots of interesting texture and plenty of lace knitting for those of us who enjoy it.
Because I’ve been working to get Pangea ready for the knit-along, I haven’t been starting new projects, but if I were to cast on another shawl right now I’d choose either the Mariposa Shawl
(pattern $5 from South West Trading Company)
Mariposa has a great draw-through front closure of the kind one sees on neck-warmers. Lumiruusu (which means Snow Rose) has well-designed movement from stitch-pattern to stitch-pattern and is marvelously gossamer.