Texture is the big game in today’s deep dive. We kept being knocked out by the number of wraps, shawls, cowls, and scarves that played with texture in 2017. This is a truly gorgeous collection of ideas. Knit them all!
In alphabetical order, by designer’s last name, we present with glee the 16 patterns in the Neck & Shoulders category.
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Kune Kune by Olga Burayan-Kefelian (Alexandria, Virginia)
We gasped at the originality of this dramatic pleated fabric.
Naos by Hilary Smith Callis (Central Valley, California)
Stripes of texture created from suprisingly simple stitch patterns. We like the visual heft of this triangular shawl/scarf.
Sølv by Cecelia Campochiaro (San Francisco, California)
We are constantly surprised by the possibilities of sequence knitting—the complex fabrics that are possible using only knit and purl stitches. This lush parallelogram showcases your most beautiful yarns.
Fantoosh! by Kate Davies (Scotland, UK)
A top-down triangular shawl that that dispenses with a fussy border or edging. We want the larger size, for maximum swoop factor.
Assembler by Grace Anna Farrow (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
The unconventional way this pattern works makes us madly curious to try it. And the mesh/garter bias fabric is stunning.
Abys by Carol Feller (Cork, Ireland)
Deeply sculpted all-over cable fabric with maximum air and cushiness.
Durrow by Lucy Hague (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Elaborate Celtic-inspired patterns and innovative engineering.
Edison by Anne Hanson (Ohio)
Inventive Art Deco patterning, and color shifts from changes in fabric density make this a truly intriguing design.
Kite Runner by Jana Huck (Lübeck, Germany)
Intarsia + simple shadow knitting create a wrap with graphic pop.
Harjo by Bristol Ivy (Portland, Maine)
Off-kilter wedges of texture. Fun to knit and a stunning garment.
Amalgamation by Kirstin Kapur (New York)
Two-color garter stripes in the center, framed by generous borders with all-over mosaic patterning.
Tracie by Joji Locatelli (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
A perfectly proportioned and simple mesh shawl with asymmetric shaping and a deep V. We would wear this all the time.
Sonder by Justyna Lorkowska (Poland)
Reversible cables separated by columns of garter stitch for a cozy textured shawl.
Some Time Alone by Sylvia McFadden (Vancouver, Canada)
Allover lace that goes in two directions in this clean-edged triangle.
Dohne by Gretha Mensen
Texture all the way, or half texture and half garter? Either way, you end up with a clean-edged and cozy wrap.
Il Burato by Nathan Taylor (UK)
“Sumptuous” is the operative word for this double-knitted scarf composed of designs taken from a 16th-century Italian needlework pattern book.