Tif Neilan is an East Coast-based designer who keeps catching our eye with knitwear that’s classic and inventive at the same time. Her designs have a through line of texture, plus out-of-the-ordinary neckline and sleeve details.
A contender in the Sweater bracket for MDK March Mayhem 2020, In the Tweeds stole our hearts with its honeycomb textures, retro neckline, and 3/4 sleeves. I can think of no yarn more perfect for it than Felted Tweed. That contrast stripe could be the perfect home for leftovers from Field Guide No. 13, just saying. Since I over-ordered for my Coins Blanket’s background and border colors, mine will feature Stone and Treacle in the main color blocks.
The sample for Tif’s latest release, Wanderlight, was made in the newest yarn in the MDK Shop, Julie Asselin’s rich, subtle Nomade. Wanderlight has the box top shape we love (because everybody looks cute in it—everybody), with a dash of contrast color, and Tif’s signature herringbone stitch, trimming the neckline and sleeves.
Yarns that speak their own language, like Spincycle Dyed in the Wool, require a deft touch, and Comfort Zone’s stripes on textured background nail it. Shown in the short version that is the perfect proportion over a dress, tunic, or trousers, the pattern also includes a longer version. For the background solid, I’m looking at Sylph, which, conveniently, we’ve just restocked in the most popular colors.
Thumbhole cuffs + funnel neck = winning winter warmer. Three yarns are held together for Grey Space. Suggestion from the MDK Shop: Hektos.
This cowl may have been my introduction to Tif Neilan’s work, and it calls to me still. Two of her signatures—herringbone stitch and stripes—are there, with lovely marling. MDK’s yarn suggestion for Moonset: Vrinda’s sumptuous Shakti DK.