As 2014 draws to a close, one thing was very clear here at Studio Chic: it was the Year of the Sweater!
Now I’ll be the first to admit my love of cardigans exceeds all others and in 2014, once again I could not resist the muse.
WINTER STORY 2014: following a slight obsession with one JRR Tolkien and a little movie called The HOBBIT, came a homage to the new elf on the block: one TAURIEL…
Since I’ve lived in the Pacific NW, it’s been easy to be more and more drawn to its majestic forestry (and everything outdoors). Thus, my take on a woods-woman’s jacket was born.
From its relaxed, long, side-to-side construction to its subtle celtic cabling, this style tickled my design fancy while trying out some new moves.
Goal: top-down modular styling with no finishing at all except for weaving in some ends (and sewing on a toggly button).
I’ve been living in this sweater – it is comforting with a capital C = Big Fluffy yarn in a relaxed modern shape! :)
SPRING STORY 2014: as days grew longer and clothing grew lighter, it was time to explore some new fiber combinations and continue evolving the modular muse that was filling up my thoughts.
In mind? A more gossamer fabric with a more elegant shape: and thus came to be ABRIA…
This was the one for all of us needing that last missing link to finish a strapless ensemble or even wonderful mom-to-be-dressing!
I had in mind an elegant, open, upswept front treatment – which came into play with the use of strategically placed short-rows. Let me say, if you’ve never had fun with this technique, Try It! Make a cap or scarf to see how easy it is and then come back and play. Short rowing creates a dynamic shape in a fabric in a way an ordinary boring rectangle can never approach.
FALL STORY 2014: and that brings us to that season that’s the most wonderful of all!
And here happened something that I didn’t expect – I was ready to step away from my obvious infatuation with the color Oatmeal and jump into the excitement of beautiful blue… (So in love with this tone, I’ve made a cap and currently have a long-long brioche scarf and another sweater on the needles!)
EDIN an aran-weight trapeze-shaped cardigan, continues the elegant modular construction that I’ve been experimenting with all year and combines it with my favorite compound raglan shaping (look close and you can see the “S” in the raglan lines). And again, there’s virtually no finishing – once you’re done, you’re done after a few passes with the weaving-in needle.
The neckband features an eyelet stitch pattern that forms a lacy faux cable effect – ornamental but not bulky – just enough to make it agreeable for pretty office wear, but in a shape that’s also flattering to all of us… And now that I’ve sampled COLOR I want one in the rainbow. How about a sexy deep scarlet or a happy sunny yellow?
What’s next on the needles here in the Studio? Here in Portland, we’re having a little deep-freeze going on and I feel the need for a large wrap-able accessory to mind the gap…
THANK YOU for joining me in all this year’s explorations – one of the best yet!