I am rarely a fan of pattern collections. I often like the aesthetic of a collection- the colours, the styling and the effortlessly chic lifestyle presented- but when I ask myself if I actually want to knit the patterns, I usually find only one or two to be really appealing.
In the new collection Strands of Color from Knit Picks, I want to make everything! Ok, not quite everything – 9 of the 15 patterns- and I’m discounting one of them simply because I have an unfair aversion to the knitting of cosies for objects that don’t need to be kept warm.
The designs all feature stranded colourwork, using designs that seem to be from the Nordic tradition. This means bigger, more graphic motifs than the smaller, often more muted bands of pattern used in traditional Fair Isle. Patterns include cowls, hats, fingerless mitts, mittens, a scarf and a variety of cosies.
Over to you: what do you think of this collection? Am I alone in liking it so much? Do you have any pattern collections that you love?
Images shown above: Clockwise from top left: Morgan Mitts, To the Top Hat, Shaela Cowl, Rafinesque Cowl- all by Knit Picks from Strands of Color collection.