My Top 3 Summer Patterns from Past Making Stories Issues!
June 27, 20232 min read
Hi lovelies! I'm back this week with one of my favorite types of blog posts – a favorite patterns post! I dug deep into the archives for this one as I wanted to combine our current sale (5 EUR for print copies of our back issues and books!) with my desire for more, more, more summer tops and tees in my wardrobe.
The funny thing? I set out to pick patterns from all the publications we still have in print, and ended up picking three from one: BREEZE. Oh well!
I paired them with some of my favorite shades of summer yarns - and one of them (can you guess which one?) is waiting to jump on my needles right now:
Piteraq by Solène Le Roux | De Rerum Natura Antigone in Hellébore
Solène's Piteraq Top is the tank top of my dreams: Well-fitting at the underarm, broad straps, a strong geometric lace panel on one side of the body. Solène originally designed it in a silk-blend yarn, but I think it would look just as lovely in De Rerum Natura's Antigone!
Hellébore, one of their nine new shades, is an almost-perfect match to the sample color. So beautiful! Depending on the size you choose, you need 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4) balls of Antigone.
Sahel by Armenuhi Khachatryan | Wooldreamers Saona in Sarichef
Sadly, my dear friend Am doesn't design anymore - when she still did, she always came around with the most intricate, yet wearable designs possible! Sahel is no exception to this - a super popular silhouette, combined with delicate-yet-striking chevrons. Fantastic!
Wooldreamers' Saona, their new cotton / wool blend, would be a great fit for this pattern. The colorway Sarichef echoes the soft taupe tones of our original sample. Depending on the size you choose, you need 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) balls of Saona.
Marin by Rebekka Mauser | De Rerum Natura Antigone in Graphite & Écume
Last, but very certainly not least, one of my all-time favorite T-Shirt patterns we've ever published! Rebekka Mauser's Marin is a drop-shoulder tee with subtle texture, a just-deep-enough V-neck and a delightful two-colored i-cord for the finishing touch.
Again, Antigone would be perfect for this! Graphite, a new dark grey, is super similar to our original sample. Écume (another new color) would be great as a contrasting color for the i-cord. That being said, you only need a tiny amount of it, so if you have a contrasting color in your stash that you think works well, by all means, use that! Or just omit the contrasting color and do a one-color i-cord.
Depending on the size you choose, you need 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) balls of the main color and 1 ball of the contrasting color.
One of my all-time favorite tasks when we get a new yarn in is to put together pattern and color combinations. And with Bérénice, De Rerum Natura's sustainably produced Mohair / Merino / Silk yarn (fluffy like a cloud!), the possibilities for patterns and colors are close to endless!
I'm thrilled to be back in this space, and with something really, really exciting at that! For the past year, I've been on the hunt for a sustainably-produced fluffy yarn - we used to carry Knitting for Olive's Soft Silk Mohair which is delightful, but also... everyone has it now? So I was looking for something that was a little out of the ordinary, but also responsibly sourced, and as it goes with anything that involves mohair and silk, that was really hard.
Cue De Rerum Natura, who secretly have been working behind the scenes at exactly that yarn I'd been looking for: An "as sustainably as it can get" fluff yarn that works perfectly for a broad range of projects, from whispers of lace shawls to holding it together with more substantial yarns.
Hi lovelies! A very, very warm welcome to our official pattern preview of Issue 10 – Heirloom. Our Fall & Winter 2023 issue is dedicated to pieces that we love to knit and wear for years, and years to come, and that then become true heirlooms. Passing them on to a beloved friend or family member or tucking them away for the next generation, or the right recipient to come along - these designs will truly stand the test of time.
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