plain & simple

I fell in love with the concept and the patterns of this new book by Pam Allen. And it is a perfect opportunity to start a new regular topic, focused on my library – mostly knitting for now. I can’t live without books, and I know many of you feel the same. To make it easier, I’m starting with the newest additions to my knitting shelf.
J’ai craqué sur le concept et les modèles de ce nouveau livre de Pam Allen. Du coup, c’est l’occasion parfaite de commencer une nouvelle série dans laquelle je vous fais découvrir ma bibliothèque – centrée sur le tricot pour le moment. Je ne peux pas vivre sans livres, et je sais que c’est pareil pour beaucoup d’entre vous. Pour faire simple, je commence avec les nouveautés dans mon étagère tricot.

This is a collection of 11 patterns all knit in Owl, the worsted weight Quince & Co blend of wool and alpaca. As you can guess by the title, the knits are a nice collection of basics, but they all have lovely details that give them a little extra bit of oomph. Pam Allen explains in the foreword that she chose to knit in the neutral, undyed colors of the Owl collection, but all of these patterns would look lovely in any color, and lend themselves well to customization. I share my favorites below.
Ce livre est une collection de 11 modèles tous tricotés en Owl, la laine moyenne de Quince &Co, un beau mélange de laine et alpaga. Comme vous le devinez par le titre, ces tricots forment une jolie collection de basiques, mais tous ont des petits détails charmants qui leur donnent un petit plus. Pam Allen explique dans l’introduction qu’elle a choisi des teintes neutres et non-teintes de la gamme, mais tous ces modèles seraient aussi magnifiques de toutes les couleurs, et peuvent être facilement personnalisés. Je vous montre mes préférés.

ash
slightly oversize tunic with side pockets – I love the large ribbed hem and the batwing sleeves, it just looks so comfortable, perfect for both relaxing and working at my desk.
une tunique ample avec des poches latérales – j’aime la large bordure en côtes et les manches chauve-souris, ce pull a l’air tellement confortable, parfait aussi bien pour la détente que travailler confortablement à mon bureau.

oak
a nifty little sweater, perfect for layering. It would be lovely in any shade.
un petit pull tout simple, parfait pour superposer. Ce pull serait joli dans n’importe quelle teinte.

 

 

walnut

similar features as ash, the large ribbed hem and pockets for a roomy cardigan that closes properly on the front. I don’t have any classic handknit cardigan in my wardrobe. I like the long ribbed hems on the sleeve that you can choose to turn or not.
de quoi faire un beau twin-set avec ash, puisqu’il partage la même large bordure côtelée et les poches, et j’aime qu’il se ferme bien sur le devant. Je n’ai pas encore de vrai gilet classique tricoté dans ma garde-robe. Le petit détail qui ne plaît: les longs revers de manches que l’on peut porter retournés ou non.

balsam
a large cowl that doubles as a hoodie, perfect for the wintry days. We have many of those here, even if it isn’t as cold as Canada.
un grand col qui devient capuche, parfait pour les jours de grand vent. En Bretagne, le vent souffle pas mal, même s’il n’est pas aussi froid qu’au Canada.

And on the top of my list:
Et tout en haut de la liste : 

birch

I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect pattern for some lovely Aslan Trends Invernal that’s been in my stash for too long. I have four skeins in khaki (really looks like natural color to me) and two in passion fruit that would be just right for a yoke sweater. Plus, it is an alpaca blend too. I’m not that keen about the oversizing though, so I will probably reduce the ease and knit a size that is more fitting. The yoke seems to go really low, and the sleeves are attached below the yoke. In other pictures for this pattern, the way the sleeves are attached does not look that comfortable. Do you see what I mean? I want to be able to raise my arms in a normal way, and I don’t like oversize arms. I’ll let you know if I finally decide on this one, after a couple of swatches (and triple check of required yardage). Or maybe I could knit ash as a color-block version. Mm, what do you think?
Cela fait un moment que je cherche le patron parfait pour cet Aslan Trends Invernal qui est dans mon stock depuis trop longtemps. J’ai quatre écheveaux en khaki (qui ressemble plus à du naturel non-teint, je trouve) et deux en fruit de la passion qui seraient parfaits pour un pull jacquard. En plus, c’est un mélange de laine et d’alpaga. Par contre, je ne raffole pas du style oversize, alors je vais probablement choisir une taille qui ne me fera pas nager dedans. L’encolure semble aller très bas, et les manches sont attachées en-dessous. Lorsqu’on regarde d’autres photos de ce patron, on a l’impression que les manches ne sont pas si confortables. Vous voyez ce que je veux dire? Je veux pouvoir soulever mes bras normalement, et je n’aime pas trop les bras trop larges. Je vous dirai ce que je décide, finalement, après quelques échantillons (et une triple vérification du métrage requis). Ou je pourrais peut-être tricoter un ash en version color-block. Qu’en pensez-vous?

To see all the Plain & Simple patterns, click here – let me know which one is your favorite, and which would work best for this beautiful yarn.
Pour voir tous les modèles de Plain & Simple, cliquez ici – dites-moi lequel vous préférez, et celui qui conviendrait le mieux à ma jolie laine. 

All pictures except the last/toutes les photos sauf la dernière © Whitney Hayward (Quince & Co)
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10 thoughts on “plain & simple

  1. I fell in love with these patterns the first time I saw a few of them – thank you for sharing your favourites. They are all so lovely in their elegant simplicity. I think a colour blocked Ash would look great on you. Birch is a stunner, too, especially with the colours you’ve got (it was the one I really liked, as well). But I hadn’t noticed the low placement of the sleeve + yoke until you mentioned it. It does look a little constraining. Thank you for pointing this out. Do let us know which you choose. 🙂

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    • Thank you Shirley. I’m still debating, but the first step will be yardage for sure: if it is too tight, I’ll just give up on birch for now. You are seriously tempting me to knit a color block version of the other though. Ha, decisions….

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  2. Gorgeous patterns!
    I especially love the colourwork pullover, but I would definitely go for Ash in a colour block pattern… specifically I would put the pink colour at the bottom, at least make the hem pink!

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  3. I love the simplicity of these designs! I recommend choosing a garment shape you like and then superimposing the stranded pattern on top of that. I did that with Marie Wallin’s Lily, and it worked out really well. It does require some planning, though…..

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    • That’s a good idea, I should start doing that, because they are so many patterns I like but often with an element that won’t work for me. I think I should be able to figure this out now, after several years of knitting. I tend to be lazy and just follow a pattern, but yes, with a bit of planning and math, it would be interesting to try my own versions.

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