Meghan's Top 5: Selfish Knits for 2020
It's that time of year when the temperature plummets, the snow storms are piling fresh pile of powder on my doorstep, and all I can think about it knitting by the fire. It's around this time when my selfish knitlist bubbles to the front of my mind, so I thought I'd share with you my top 5 wishlist knits to make in Forge and Weld.
1. The Twigs by Junko Okamoto
Indeed, this is at the very top of my queue! I love Junko's designs and The Twigs is certainly my favorite of all her gorgeous designs. The pattern is waiting patiently in my Ravelry library, and I already have my colors in Weld (Raven + Ash) picked out for this selfish knit!
Until I have time, I'm going to continue drooling over Kehley's (@kehleycovi) gorgeous WIP, also in Raven + Ash.
2. Summit by Sloane Rosenthal
It comes as a surprise to none that I love Sloane's designs. I've coveted Summit for what seems like eons now, and I'd love nothing more to have one in Weld. This light-weight, cozy, and over-sized cabled masterpiece is perfect for Weld worked at a looser gauge. The fibers bloom beautifully to create an airy, but warm fabric. I'm thinking I'd like this either in Charcoal or Red Feather. What a great conundrum!
3. Volitare by Christina Danaee
Innovative colorwork is something that always catches my eye, so when Christina released Volitare I immediately smashed that ❤️ button. I love the subtle, monochromatic colors palette she chose for the original and I'm inclined to choose a similar subtle colors for my own sample in Weld.
Evergreen + Juniper
Midnight + Lake
4. Pitch by Emily Greene
Friend of the flock Emily Greene's Pitch is my next selfish knit project. I've been dreaming about a coatigan like this and Emily's design fits the bill! My New Yorker wardrobe is, as expected, mostly black and grey, so I'm inclined to make Pitch in a color of Forge that coordinates.
Fawn, Ash + Charcoal
5. Kailash Cabled Cardigan by Michele Wang
And last, but certainly not least, the Kailash Cabled Cardigan by Michele Wang. Michele is my favorite knitwear designer and my list of "to make" project probably exceeds possible knitting hours in my lifetime, but this coatigan is a must-make. I love the drama and grandeur, along with the sensible appeal for a fall/winter city dweller. I imagine myself walking the pupper and strolling around the city in my elegant duster, and there is only one color of Forge that springs to mind–Midnight.
Midnight coordinates with black, gray, denim, and a wide range of other colors. I can't think of a more perfect color for this magnificent coat!
Thank you for indulging my selfish knitting wishes. Stay tuned for Sloane's Top 5 next!
p.s. Since I started writing this blog post a surprise selfish knit came into my life!
* BONUS PROJECT *
Star Crossed by Jacqueline Cieslak
I couldn't help myself and immediately swatched for this perfect "Meghan" sweater. Although I love the use of Spincycle Dream State for the contrast color, I chose to keep it all in the H+W family and am using Forge in Raven for the MC and holding together Weld in Ash and Aspen for the CC. So far I don't have much to show for myself, but a wee bit of ribbing and two rows of the colorwork chart.
I have to give a shout out to Emme (@rocksteadyemme), of Starlight Knitting Society, for her rad test knit of Star Crossed in Forge and Spincycle Dream State. She inspired me to make this sweater, and I just have to say how inspiring it is for me, a plus size woman, to see gorgeous plus size designers and knitters rocking their knits! 💪