I know the winter only starts on the 21st of June, but the weather is already as cold as can be in São Paulo. Because of that, I’ve been digging deep into my knitting projects’ queue, trying to decide what shall come first. And after checking out Kim Hargreaves’ books this last weekend, I completely flipped out and selected a ton of patterns to make. I mean, her items are wonderful and the whole looks shown in each book are just incredible.
So I’m gonna show you a few of my favourites from all her books. Check them out below and be sure to buy or borrow the books. If you cannot knit or crochet, ask a friend or a relative who does. Really, you need some of these pieces and you’ll see why.
Patterns: Beth and Skye
This gray coat seems so cozy and warm! Perfect for keeping you safe from cold breezes in a stylish way. Plus, it is beautifully textured. I’m not so sure about all the colours in the wrap, even though I love colourful things. I guess it reminds me a bit of long and flowy hippy skirts, something I strongly dislike. But I really dig the way it looks with the large belt holding it in place.
Patterns: Willow e Devon
I love layered outfits, so of course I like vests. And this little blue one is just breathtaking! It is pretty and delicate, and is sure to be quite a match with romantic tops and jeans. Devon is an example of my love for slightly large tops; I always think they look so hip and cool! Layering it over a aubergine-coloured tee was a great idea, too.
Patterns: Flourish and Haven
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ scarf? Well, I can actually think about one or two friends that hate the idea of covering their necks, but, even if it is just to admire and touch, these two pieces from Kim Hargreaves are bound to please everyone. I just NEED Flourish (and the whole outfit, if possible) and it definitely jumped to the very top of my queue. It looks exquisite and I’m sure it feels really soft. Haven does seem to be very smooth, too, and the pattern is pretty indeed.
Patterns: Flicker and Glisten
For some reason, I’m obsessed with berets. No matter how many patterns are already in my Ravelry queue or annotated in sheets of paper all around my house, whenever I see a new one in a site or book, I have to copy and keep it. That’s why Flicker is in my list. And Glisten… well, one more vest and, this time, with tiny glistening (duh) beads all over it. Gotta love it!! Once again, a belt provides a special touch.
Book: Thrown Together
Patterns: Polly and Rosa
One more great blouse to use over a long-sleeved t-shirt, in a layered look. I also love navy blue and that’s what draw my attention to this item. It should look amazing with a basic pair of jeans. Rosa, on the other hand, is more on the feminine side and definitely looks like it was made to use with pearls. I’m in love with the frilly part over the chest area; it makes the blouse even more special.
For all the beret lovers out there… Can you believe in these cute little hats below? I gotta make a bunch in different colours as soon as possible. The red one is called Robin and the pattern can be found on “Thrown Together”; the other, Gem, is from “Heartfelt”.
(Some of these pieces are actually quite simple and experienced knitters won’t probably have difficulties in making them without the original pattern. If it’s your case, good for you! Check out bigger pictures by clicking on each of them or going to Kim Hargreaves’ site!)