I am extremely pleased to be offered the opportunity to check out Alexis Winslow's newest book, Graphic Knits. I'm a big fan of Alexis's bold-but-wearable aesthetic- all her designs seem to walk that narrow line between "comfortable" and "put together," like something you'd wear to meet friends for coffee on a Saturday afternoon. Fans of her past designs definitely won't be disappointed- this book is loyal to her aesthetic through and through. There's a good balance of the innovative with the wearable and the not-too-troublesome-to-knit. A few of my favorites:
Lazlo is the absolute winner for me- I love the colors, the collar, those wonderful buttoned cuffs. I'd probably skip the pockets simply because I never use sweater pockets, and I think we all know I can't be trusted with white handknits (klutzzzz) so I'd probably sub in a light gray...but overall I think this sweater is pretty much perfection.
I'm not usually the biggest fan of wrap sweaters, but something about Orly is really appealing to me (and it's only partially because the name reminds me of this owl.) I think it has to do with the unusual off-kilter striping pattern and that nice bold outline created by the edging- it doesn't have that "90's ballet sweater" look that some wraps can tend towards.
If the Rockling Cardigan doesn't make you want to snuggle up to the fire with some cocoa and wrap some presents in pretty paper, then I don't know what to tell you. Alexis has somehow captured, in a single cardigan, everything I actually don't hate about winter. It's very classic (which means its extremely practical and wearable), but also a little unusual with the marled, woven-looking stripes.
So those are my top picks, but there's a lot more to love in this book- you can check out all the patterns on Ravelry here!
Some official deets & links:
By Alexis Winslow
Wanna check it out for yourself?!
I've got a copy to give away to one lucky commentor! Just go check out all the projects on Ravelry at the link above, and tell me which is your favorite :-) I'll pick a winner at random one week from today (so Oct 13.)
(Fine print: You must have a non-PO Box US address for the publisher to ship the prize to- so if you're elsewhere you'll need to grab a US-based friend to send it on for ya.)