As much as we cherish the languid days of summer, all good things must come to an end, and in this case there is a certain flutter of anticipation that comes with being a knitter, a cool longing for the familiar feel of merino, the silky slide of alpaca, the cosy comfort of a cardigan or tunic, in smoky hues and burnished tones that reflect the changing light. After all, how many sweaters did you actually wear this summer? Let’s welcome back our favorite knitting season with a look at the newest and most creative layering pieces, from ponchos to shrugs, versatile styles that are on the cutting edge of fashion, and as much fun to knit as they are to wear.
From Katia, The Shape Of Things To Come-
Leave those shirttails untucked, this is a burgeoning trend for the upcoming season, shown on cardigans and pullovers alike. Styled for easy layering, this short and sassy cardigan features gently-shaped sides, a vertical play on colour, and a textured yoke section. Knit in Katia’s all-time favorite self-striping oh-so-soft Azteca. Col #7851 (shown above).
Katia first introduced us to the twisted poncho around the same time last year and like a rocket, it took off. Now there is a new twist, upgraded to mimic both a shawl and a pullover with sleeves built in for winter warmth. Knit in a new quality Silk-Alpaca, a light n lofty blend in eight natural tones including Tan (shown above).
Tying up the must-wear-with-leggings list with a flourish, tunics are getting longer and leaner. This design clearly defines the waistline with a knitted belt cleverly encased in the body of the tunic, scoring bonus points for less bulk, and less fuss. Knit in Azteca, a wool/acrylic aran weight blend featuring its own new catalogue of designs. Col # 7829 (shown above).
Knitting on the straight and narrow can only get you so far, sometimes we need to veer away from the norm and in this case, careful precision is required. This wide lapel jacket consists of knitted motifs with mitred corners, and if it may look like there is a great deal of seaming required, you will be pleasantly surprised. Look for this fall dazzler in the all-new Best Of Azteca Collection Col # 7848 (shown above).
Big and boxy is back on fashion’s radar, and that spells e-a-s-y knitting for all skill levels. This popover top gets an A+ for straightforward construction and transitional wear from one season to the next. Knit in Clown by Katia, a quirky new novelty yarn with a half dozen colour mixes ready for casting on with 8 mm needles. Col # 203 (shown above).
Far from the fashion runways of Gotham City, this batwing-inspired coccoon is smoking hot, representing the voluminous shape (and the mesh detail) currently in vogue, knit in a hue that intensifies the brilliance of autumn. In a mix of solid and lace stitch work, this design will add airy elegance to skirts and dresses, knit up in Alpacotton, a chunky yarn with surface interest. Burnt Orange (shown above).
Cosier than a thermal blanket, this cabled top blurs the lines between shrug and poncho, worked up in a simple strip with no shaping whatsoever, and knit up in lavishly-textured Alpacotton, last year’s surprise winner. Chocolate (shown above).
Peeking around the corner, we can see that ponchos are coming back in a big way, and why not, they are a very welcome hug on a chilly day. This time around, the edges are contoured, inspired by the classic stadium poncho. For extra pizazz, matching cowls are instant accessories designed to boost the warmth factor. Look for this poncho in the latest Sport Collection by Katia, knit in City, a self-transitioning wool blend available soon with more than a dozen enticing picks. Col #903 (shown above).
Cardigans are showing off all the angles, and this drapey style catches the trend train with an innovative square inserted into the side seam. Knit in Quetzal, Katia’s newest superfine alpaca blend, with a softly-brushed halo effect Col. #72 (shown above).
A crossover style that is gaining even more ground this season, the shawl vest is designed to drape gently across the shoulders and cover your back at the same time. Knit in just two pieces for easy assembly in Azteca, Katia’s sweetheart yarn branching out with thirteen additional colour-packed options. Col #7819 (shown above).