What are the best knitting patterns for sweaters? I get this question a lot. My answer is usually,it’s complicated. I know that sounds like a cop out, but it’s the truth. Each of us has our own personal style and preferences, and we tend to gravitate to knitwear designers who share our taste. I tend to favor clean lines, elegant drape, and a bit of drama, so Lisa Richardson’s collection for Rowan Moordale in Magazine 72 really appeals to me. Hereare my favorites.
The Moordale garments are all casual, which is a nice counterpoint to the Kidsilk Haze story in this magazine, which is very dressed up. Although the Moordale garments are casual, many have the elegance and drama that I like. Take a look at Strata. Bold illusion stripes make it a dramatic statement piece. The fronts are generously sized to drape into a soft fold when worn open. The sleeves have a lovely soft fullness thanks to minimal shaping along the sleeve.
Romanesca, the green infinity scarf, is another one I like. It’s generously sized, giving it an elegant and luxurious look. Sure, it could be half the size and still do the job, but at a smaller scale, it would lose the drama and luxe effect.
Roots, that oversized cabled sweater, and Brassica, an elegantly draping cardigan with dramatic bobbled cuffs, are both pieces I’d feel very comfortable wearing.
Which garments from the Moordale collection do you like? What about them do you love? Not that you have to have a reason, you totally don’t, but it is interesting to home in on exactly what it is about a garment that appeals to us. So, I would love to hear your thoughts.
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