Knitwear trends: Geometric
As I found out in Sweden and Denmark the weekend before last, geometric design seems to be everywhere right now, and knitwear is no exception.
This autumn I have noticed a number of updated versions of the fair isle sweater with bold geometric patterns in a monochrome palette. My favourites being from chance discovery, Finisterre; a cold-water surfing brand based in Devon, UK. I’m pretty taken with their mens and womens versions of the classic fair isle crew, showing just how striking two-colour stranded knitting can look. And best of all, both of these patterns would be pretty easy to re-create with hand knitting.
I would definitely appreciate a nice woolly sweater if I’d been cold-water surfing!
As they do almost every season, Toast have been tempting me with their knitwear. They too have been modernising the fair isle sweater with a graphic, two colour motif with the Estonain Jacquard Neat Sweater. Their Airspun Merino Jacquard Sweater also has some unusual stranded geometric colour work, which reminds me a little of an RGB display up close.
There is no need for hand-knitters to feel left out, there are plenty of geometric-inspired patterns to choose from. For a softer approach, this sweater from Sandnes Design brings a contemporary twist to another traditional classic, the Icelandic Lopi yoke sweater. I love the generous yoke and the restrained use of pink and yellow to lift the design.
Sandnes just happens to be the small city in Norway I visited in July, where I photographed my Colourblock Featherweight cardigan. I’m told that Sandnes yarn is pretty amazing, and they have a wealth of beautiful patterns to choose from, but my Norwegian isn’t quite up to navigating their site so Ravelry is the easiest way to browse. I will definitely check them out on my next visit to Norway.
And finally, this perfect cropped sweater pattern Happy Triangles by Kiyomi Burgin has a totally different take on geometrics; fun, frivolous and whimsical.