Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New from Julie Hoover.

We hinted about Julie's new collection for Manos Del Uruguay on Pinterest a few weeks back (remember?) ...then we saw all the details on her blog. and finally, today, our favorite three patterns have arrived in the shop.
Beaubourg, Palette and Flore
...and now we can share them with you!

Flore, with Manos' Silk Blend in Nickel, Natural, Coffee and Pewter
First up, Flore (because Julie says it's her personal favorite...and honestly, it's mine too!)  , a relaxed fit seamless raglan pullover knit from the bottom-up in stockinette stitch and then turned inside out. The pattern calls for two colors of Manos' Silk Blend (a DK-weight wool/silk blend). It's shown in Natural and Nickel. We also love the rich brown (appropriately named Coffee) and the blue (Pewter). These four colors would work well striped in any combination.  Depending on your size, you'll need 4-5 skeins of the main color and 3-4 skeins of the contrast. The pattern suggests a size 9 needle to get 4 stitches and 7 rows to the inch.

Beaubourg, with Lorna's Laces, Madelinetosh Vintage, Chadwick and Cascade Eco Cloud
Then there's Beaubourg  , an oversized dolman pullover worked in reverse stockinette (purl stitches on the right side) with exposed seams. The silhouette reminds us of Chaleur (Julie lists differences between the two designs on her Ravelry project page here), but with easier stitches and construction (meaning this would be a great first or second sweater for a newer knitter, or a "social" project for those with more sweater experience). The pattern suggests Manos' Maxima, a worsted weight single ply merino yarn that's similar to Juniper Moon's Chadwick. We also think Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, Madelinetosh Vintage and Cascade Eco or Eco Cloud would all be great substitutes. Look for a wool (or mostly wool blend) that suggests 4-1/2 stitches to the inch.

Palette, with Sulka and Voyage
And finally, Palette , a chunky double-wide cowl with yummy textures of garter and rib stitches. It's fully reversible and can be worn doubled or hanging straight down. The pattern suggests Manos' Wool Clasica, an aran weight single ply merino. We love all the yarns suggested above (for Beaubourg) and also Mirasol's Sulka, a lovely merino/alpaca/silk blend and Berroco's Voyage, an alpaca/polyester (93%/7%) blend with a chainette construction similar to Cascade's Cloud. The alpaca would make a toasty warm hug for someone special! The cowl takes about 400 yards of yarn, seven to eight skeins of the Sulka or two of the Voyage.

photoshoot outtake. those flowers always make me smile!

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