My dear friend and fellow Rowan ambassador Cindi Brumpton loves Lisa Richardson’s designs. She therefore is showing her favourite designs by Lisa Richardson over 9 days on her Facebook page. Because she knows I’m also fond of Lisa’s designs, she asked me to join in. Well here is my little tribute (and gallery) to an outstanding designer in the world of knitters and crocheters.
I love this design, it shows the traditional streak of Lisa Richardson. A classic raglan design with a friable yoke in subtle Rowan Felted Tweed with a modern touch using a zip closure. This design by Lisa is a classic. And it is a free download for Rowan Members!
This design from Rowan Magazine 48 is really interesting and stands for Lisa’s surprisingly plain comprehension of knitted designs. Lisa used two loops knitted with different opulent cable patterns to form this cardigan. Rowan Cocoon adds warmth and coziness.
This ribbed cardigan from Rowan Magazine 50 is truly feminine. The shape, the collar, the yarn used (Rowan Cashsoft DK). The rib pattern on one hand supports the flattering look on the other hand it is puzzling the eye because it is an absolutely masculine pattern. You are expecting stockinette stitch or a small cable pattern for such a design. This is another interesting part of Lisa’s designs, they are creating excitement.
Here is a complete different design. Lisa’s Fragile Scarf Wrap from the brochure Rowan Lace is showing a indeed fragile circle pattern. It is NOT showing leaves, although you may think you see leaves at a first glance. Here is it again, Lisa’s bewildering play with the unexpected. In point of fact you may say you should expect the unexpected, when looking on Lisa’s designs.
Here Lisa is playing her game with the shape. Is it a shrug? Is it a coat? Is it both or none of the two? This design from Rowan Summerspun Collection is knitted in one piece and has also a bit of a Japanese appearance.
This design can also be found in the Rowan Summerspun Collection and is showing a tribal intarsia pattern in bold colours. The poncho tunic style of this design looks so relaxed.
This is a design I really love. It shows Lisa’s terrific familiarity in using colours. Stripes knitted in fairisle technique alternates with reverse garter stitch stripes. This design is part of the Rowan Magazine 52 and also available online. Almost invisible in the first instance is the reverse fairisle on the right front.
This tank top from Rowan Magazine 52 is showing the clever use of a slipped stitches. I’m really a fan of fairisle and intarsia, but I also understand people saying this are to difficult knitting techniques for me. Here Lisa is supporting those people adding colour and texture in a different, but easy way to their garments.
Another reason why I love Lisa’s designs: she is also doing pattern for men. And she is really good doing pattern for men. Here she is also playing with slipped stitches in this design from Rowan Magazine 52. Stripes from dusk till dawn are running upwards this sweater in Rowan Creative Focus Worsted.
Here is my Fitzroy in a different colour schematic on Ravelry.
Back to a feminine design. Here Lisa is using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour to knit a crisp shawl. This design from The Glamour Collection is also living in the tension between traditional lace patterns and the use of a sparkling yarn.
This design is quaintly constructed. A crocheted central panel is surrounded by stockinette stitch. The crocheted neckline and the deep buttoned sleeves are another surprise. Lisa’s design from Rowan Magazine 54 is worked in Rowan Fine Lace.
This design is my number 10 of my Top 10 countdown of the Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54.
This design is number 8 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54.
See here more pictures of my Dhurrie.
And another of Lisa’s designs from Rowan Magazine 54. This scarf wrap is NOT knitted in a rib pattern or using fairisle technique. It is knitted using slipped stitches, creating a fairisle effect. I have knitted this wrap in Rowan Fine Tweed and everyone who sees it is completely staggered, especially after realizing that it could be also knitted by someone with basic knitting skills. Especially this design by Lisa is showing her ability using an easy technique to produce a stunning result.
This design is number 1 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54.
See here some more strange pics of my Soumak Scarf Wrap.
Another of Lisa’s masterpieces in designing thrillingly female garments. Here she is using Rowan Fine Lace in innocent stockinette stitch interrupted by profligate beaded sections. This tunic is Lisa’s part for Rowan’s Great Gatsby inspired Design Competition 2013 and is available as a free download for Rowan Members.
Here Lisa is playing with vertical and horizontal lines. The vertical line is formed using different cable patterns, the horizontal line is produced by the yarn (Rowan Alpaca Colour). This flattering dress with pocket details and a turn back collar is published in the Rowan brochure Alpaca Colour.
See here my review of this design.
Here Lisa is again using a slip stich pattern to create a lovely and remarkably shaped mini poncho. This design was originally published in the Rowan brochure Fine Art Accessories Collection and is now available as a free download for Rowan Members.
In this design Lisa is again playing with shape. The back is knitted in a rib pattern and it is urging to the front like to embrace the waist. The front is shaped like a V with a tight focus on the shoulders. This pattern is from the Rowan brochure Simple Shapes Lima.
This design from Rowan Magazine 56 is an eyecatcher! The vertical stripes on the body are worked using short rows taking wings to the vertical lines. Lisa is here again playing with her wonderful skill of daze. Using fluffy Rowan Kidsilk Haze and variegated Rowan Fine Art is also thrilling.
This design is number 5 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 56.
This design from Rowan Magazine 56 is so great in many different ways. First the grandiose slip stitch patterns Lisa are using for her design. And second: the use of luxury Rowan Mohair Haze is an allusion of muliebrity but it is mitigated by the use of a saddle shoulder construction.
This design is number 6 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 56.
This design – also from Rowan Magazine 56 – is again showing Lisa’s ability adding a modern twist to a traditional knitting technique and traditional Rowan Felted Tweed. The stunning use of colour and shape are real highlights.
This design is number 7 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 56.
In this design Lisa combines a intriguing cable pattern on the sleeves with a tartan pattern on the body, knitted in intarsia technique. The colour combination is extraordinarily exceptional. The yarn used (Rowan Fine Tweed) exceptionally traditional.
This design is number 1 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 56.
See here more pics on my post!
Another scrumptious design by Lisa Richardson featured in Rowan Restyle No. 1 Kidsilk Haze. It is again showing Lisa’s competence of designing truly feminine and flattering cardigans.
Lisa is also showing crochet designs. This design from Rowan Magazine 57 bribes with its colour schematic and its clever construction. The yarns used are following the trend using natural raw materials like linen and recycled materials (Rowan Pure Linen, Rowan Purelife Revive).
This design is number 4 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 57.
Here you see the traditional vein of Lisa Richardson. This classic waistcoat is knitted in a classic denim yarn (Rowan Original Denim) and is already a classic.
This design is number 3 of my Top 10 countdown Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 57.
The Rowan brochure Tetra Cotton Lisa is showing 12 designs for men and women. Here are two of them. A cardigan Assam for women is showing a lovely all over lace pattern and a cardigan for men (Yunnan) knitted in moss stich is showing a contrast colour on yoke and top of the sleeves. To read more about these designs and Lisa Richardson go to Cindi’s blog.