VOGUEknitting Winter 2013/14 is on my bookshelf and it is coming with 28 Luxe Layers to knit now!

It is also featuring the renaissance of the legendary “Tudor Roses” by Alice Starmore, Meg Swanson gives some advice how to finish your knitted garments, in “Accident or Design?” Deborah Newton ist talking about how to knit a well-shaped level, Rebecca Klasses does an interview with Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga and Daryl Bower is telling us how a phone call from Ralph Lauren design team gave an Oregon ranch a front-row seat at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The Heat Is On!

“The new chic. This winter see and be seen in knits that are sleek and bold. Winter’s fires (and furnaces) are blazing. Your best bet for a no-sweat quick knit? Lose the sleeves and layer it on, baby.”: VogueKnitting puts on more coal!

 

Double-Breasted Vest by Laura Zukaite

Double-Breasted Vest by Laura Zukaite

This double-breasted vest is breathtaking. The cable details and the zipper closure are adding great interest to this garment. It is knitted using Wisdom Yarns/Universal YarnPoems Silk Solids (25% silk, 75% wool) in shade Sterling.
Knitable in 5 sizes from 31″ (78,5cm) to 47″ (119,5cm)

 

Preppy V-neck vest by Robin Melanson

Preppy V-neck vest by Robin Melanson

I love this striped little vest, featuring a slipstitch pattern and a v-neck. “To draw the eye upward the three colours  are transposed at the shoulders. (Christina Behnke)” It is knitted in Berroco Flicker (87% alpaca, 8% acrylic, 5% other).

 

Sleeveless Turtle-Neck by Cheryl Murray

Sleeveless Turtle-Neck by Cheryl Murray

Stunning fair-isle technique knitted traditionally in the round and using steeks finishing it. If you never have done a fair-isle sweater in this manner, this is a good choice to get used to this fabulous technique. I love the colours and the modern look of this vest with its turtleneck. It is knitted using Zealana‘s Kauri Worsted Weight (60% fine New Zealand merino, 10% mulberry silk, 30% brush tail possum).
Knitable in 5 sizes from 36″ (91,5cm) to 52,75″ (134cm).

 

Ultra-deep V-neck vest by Melissa Leapman

Ultra-deep V-neck vest by Melissa Leapman

This is what I call intelligent use of slipped stitches. A deep v-neck and the oversize design makes this vest to a garment you will wear every day. The body is worked in two shades of  Imperial Yarn‘s Anna (70% wool, 30% cotton), whereas the neckband is knitted using Imperial Yarn Erin Worsted 3-Ply (100% wool).
Knitable in 4 sizes from 40″ (101,5cm) to  51″ (129,5cm).

 

Zippered Vest by Amy Micallef

Zippered Vest by Amy Micallef

“Equal parts intergalactic amazon an film noir glamazon. (Christina Behnke)” Well that’s true, this is from outer space and should stay there! Unless you are not playing a main role in some intergalactic soap opera. Maybe if you cut the lower part it will look flattering, but I’m constantly asking myself: “What is she trying to hide? A tail?” This vest is knitted in Bergère de France Alaska (50% acrylic, 50% combed wool).
Knitable in 2 sizes 36″ (91,5cm) and 44″ (111,5cm)

 

Tunic Length vest - by Theresa Schabes

Tunic Length vest – by Theresa Schabes

Christina says: “These tunic length vest featuring geometric garter squares, a stand-up neck, side slits and partial zipper closing. Theresa Schabes designed this vest using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Aran (100% super wash merino wool).”

I say: “Well, no! This is also intergalactial, you are looking like Tin Man from “The wizard of Oz” wearing this. This is a more than unflattering design. It is knitted in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Aran (100% super wash merino wool).
Knitable in 3 sizes from 39″ (94cm) to 43″ (104cm) bust closed.

Motor  Trends – A soft new take on a ’50s Classic

“The test of a true classic is its longevity across time and trends – and that’s why designers turn again and again to the moto jacket. Effortlessly cool, this statement-making silhouette is also endlessly adaptable.”: VOGUEknitting is quething!

Moto Coat by Deborah Newton

Moto Coat by Deborah Newton

I love this design called Moto Coat. The essential pocket, the zipper details. Wow. “Designed in Zara Plus (100% extra fine merino wool) from Filatura di Crosa/Tahki Stacy Charles. (Christina Behnke)”
Knitable in 5 sizes from 36″ (91,5) to 52″ (132cm).

 

Moto Vest by Deborah Newton

Moto Vest by Deborah Newton

See above: This Moto Vest is knitted in KnitOne, Chrochet Too Brae Tweed (60% merino wool, 20% baby llama, 10% bamboo, 10% donegal).
Knitable in 5 sizes from 36″ (91,5) to 52″ (132cm).

 

Traditional Moto Jacket by Deborah Newton

Traditional Moto Jacket by Deborah Newton

See above and this is my favourite of this three designs of Deborah Newton. Playing with the colours puts interest to this classic design. This one is knitted using Filatura di Crosa/Thaki Stacy Charles Zara Plus (100% extra fine merino wool).
Knitable in 5 sizes from 36″ (91,5) to 52″ (132cm).

Gilded Pleasures

Ribbed Yoke Pullover by Zahra Jade Knott

Ribbed Yoke Pullover by Zahra Jade Knott

This is lovely, this is feminine, this is mysterious! The dolman sleeves and the deep hems are stunning and make this design to an eye-catcher. “Zahra Jade Knott works a stranded mesh pattern with two yarns – Prism’s worsted weight Symphony (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) and fine mohair Gossamer (80% kid mohair, 20% nylon) – to create her pullover’s multifaceted fabric. (Christina Behnke)”

 

Open Cardigan by Barry Klein

Open Cardigan by Barry Klein

Well that’s fashion! Simplicity meets gorgeousness. Gorgeous is also the yarn used in this cardigan: Lotus Yarns/Trendsetter Yarns‘ Mimi Hand Dyed (100% mink).
Knitable in 2 sizes 14″ (35,5cm) and 15″ (38cm) measured back from underarm to underarm.

Easy Does It

Short-Sleeve Jacket by Mari Lynn Patrick

Short-Sleeve Jacket by Mari Lynn Patrick

I like this oversized and comfy looking jacket with its short sleeves. It is stylish and has a fresh and natural look. The colours are chosen well. It is knitted in Schulana/Skacel Collection’s Royalalpaca (78% royal alpaca, 22% silk).
Knitable in 4 sizes from 43″ (109cm) to 52″ (132cm) bust closed.

 

Deep V Hoodie by Margeau Sobott

Deep V Hoodie by Margeau Sobott

“Margeau Sobott’s pullover hoodie sports stripes on the back and sleeves, which are picked up from the armhole and knit down. The hood is picked up from the neck edge and shaped with short rows. Leave the ribbed lower hem unseamed to create side vents. Margeau Sobott designs this pullover using ” writes Christina.

Simply yet stunning. I love the striped sleeves on this pullover with hoodie. Maybe I would add pockets. This design is knitted using Plymouth Yarn Co.‘s Baby Alpaca Brush (80% baby alpaca, 20% acrylic).
Knitable in 5 sizes from 38″ (96,5cm) to 54″ (137cm).

 

Sandal Socks by Lori Steinberg

Sandal Socks by Lori Steinberg

Nice little socks, but I would not wear it for gymnastic because they are shown here in Artyarns‘ Cashmere Sock Yarn (67% cashmere, 25% wool, 8% nylon).
Knitable for foot circumference 9,25″ (23,5cm)

 

Slouchy Hat by Holli Yeoh

Slouchy Hat by Holli Yeoh

A little slouchy hat in a simple pattern, thats great! Shown here in Kolláge Yarns‘ Fantastic (100% merino wool).
Knitable in 18″ (45,5cm) brim circumference (unstreched).

 

Two-tone Gloves by Ann McDonald Kelly

Two-tone Gloves by Ann McDonald Kelly

Nice little gloves using Mongolian Cashmere 2-Ply (1005 cashmere) from Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres. Great colours, too.
Knitable in 2 sizes 6,5″ (16,5cm) and 7,5″ (19cm) hand/wrist circumference.

Frost Flower – A top essential for the season

Puritan-collar pullover by Cathy Carron

Puritan-collar pullover by Cathy Carron

Well, no! Is this an accident or what? Cut it open to make a shrug, modify the sleeves and make them close fitting and change this old-fashioned collar! “This design is knitted using Montera (50% llama, 50% wool) from Classic Elite Yarns (Christina Behnke).
Knitable in 4 sizes from 44″ (111,5cm) to 56″ (142cm).

 

Raglan-Yoke cardigan by Cathy Carron

Raglan-Yoke cardigan by Cathy Carron

Well a nice idea for a topdown pullover, but not really impressive. But I have to admit: the colours are great! “It is knitted using Brushed Mohair (100% baby mohair) from Be Sweet. (Christina Behnke)”
Knitable in 4 sizes from 37″ (94cm) to 47″ (119,5cm).

 

Snug poncho by Cathy  Carrons

Snug poncho by Cathy Carrons

I love this poncho with its eye-catching drop-stitch lace pattern and its turtleneck in a contrast colour. And the matching arm warmers, aren’t they cute? Both the poncho and the arm warmers are knitted using Blue Sky Alpacas‘s Bulky (50% alpaca, 50% wool).
The poncho is knitable in 2 sizes 36″ (91,5cm) and 41″ (104cm) bust slightly streched and
the arm warmers are also knitable in 2 sizes 8″ (20,5cm) and 9″ (23cm) circumference slightly streched.

 

Wrapfront shrug by Cathy Carron

Wrap-front shrug by Cathy Carron

Well this is a nice idea. This design looks lovely with its infinity shawl like wrap-front. The arms should be a little bit narrower for my personal taste. This design by Cathy Carron is knitted in Rowan’s Kid Classic (Lambswool 70%, Kid Mohair 22%, Polyamide 8%).
Knitable in 3 sizes from 37″ (94cm) to 46,5″ (118cm).

Cozy little luxuries

 

Ombré caplet by Louisa Harding

Ombré caplet by Louisa Harding

This design by Louisa Harding is featuring her yarn Luzia (80% viscose, 20% nylon). This caplet looks lovely with its ribbon detail, but who would wear it, I ask?
Knitable in 1 size 48″ (122cm) width at lower edge.

 

Keyhole scarf and shaped capelet by Louisa Harding (top) Cowl by Louisa Harding (bottom)

Keyhole scarf and shaped capelet by Louisa Harding (top)
Cowl by Louisa Harding (bottom)

It’s the same here: “Who would wear this? A scarf, a cowl, a caplet in Louisa Harding/KFI Luzia (80% viscose, 20% nylon).
All three items knitable in 1 size.

Basso-Relievo

 

Crescant Blanket by Guiletta Yordonova

Crescant Blanket by Guiletta Yordonova

A stunner on your sofa, isn’t it. I love every detail on this design, a labour of love, truly. Knitted in Rialto Chunky (100% wool) from Debbie Bliss it will be an eye catcher for years to come.
Finished measurements 92 x 60″ / 233,5 x 152,5cm.

 

Tulip motif blanket by Tarezia Vitale

Tulip motif blanket by Tarezia Vitale

Little squares, knitted in the round and afterwards sewn together forms this blanket by Tarezia Vitale. An I-cord edge is finishing the design. This afghan is knitted in Brown Sheep Company‘s Lambs Pride Worsted (15% mohair, 85% wool).
Finished measurements 41 x 51″/104 x 129,5cm.

 

Leaf blanket by Inge Spungen

Leaf blanket by Inge Spungen

Aren’t they lovely these little leafs on this blanket by Inge Spungen? I love it and I especially love the border, formed by little leafs, cute. It is knitted using Classic Elite Yarns‘ Chalet (70% baby alpaca, 30% bamboo).

 

Möbius cowl by Maie Landra

Möbius cowl by Maie Landra

This is a great fair-isle design. It is an infinity scarf, knitted as a tube and later sewn together at the ends, a great idea. It is shown here in KPM from Koigu Wool Designs.
Finished measurements:
Width 9,25″ (23,5cm)
Circumference 36″ (91,5 cm)

 

Christina Behnke is Associate Editor and responsible for the fashion captions of the VOGUEKnitting Magazine.

All pictures are screenshots from my VOGUEknitting magazine Winter 2013/14. I took it from my iPad.