Neck and Shoulders. This is where knitters like to play. A shawl doesn’t have to match. It doesn’t have to fit. And it’s always the best place to play around with color, texture, and proportion.
Here’s where you’ll see trends such as brioche, inventive shapes, and a lot of fooling around with wacky stitch patterns.
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Round 1 voting for MDK March Mayhem begins on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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Here, listed in alphabetical order by designer’s last name, are 16 wraps, scarves, and cowls that really jump out at us as Truly Brilliant Designs.
Lumens by Fiona Alice. Color and texture in the most elemental motif: the triangle, knitted up in the easiest way. Knit in the round, the floats and ends hide on the inside. Comfort knitting with a sophisticated result.
Arrow by Nathan Bryant. A cocoon worthy of the runway. Bulky and suave at the same time. A dream to work up in puffy wool, in a flash.
Dark River by Cetus Knits. Inspired by a tendril-based sari, mosaic stitches in a flowing pattern make for a wearable wrap that at first glance looks like woven fabric.
Aaron Scarf by Vicky Chan. Linear stitch pattern that plays with symmetry and asymmetry. Generous size that works as a wrap.
Velouria by Elizabeth Elliott. Long and luscious, with subtle mixing of fibers and sharp geometric motifs.
Adira by Tamy Gore. Syncopated brioche, short rows and slip stitches combine for a wear-with-all wrap at the end of a fun, varied knitting experience.
Inner Light by Romi Hill. A silky cloud of flowing lace, shaped into a generous, easy-to wear rectangle. Timeless and fresh.
Mare by Natasja Hornby. Deep texture for burrowing into, with unexpected ornaments made with slipped stitches.
Bradford Road by Kirsten Kapur. We will never tire of color play with garter stitch and miters. Five colors overlap and intertwine all day long.
Smilla by Christin Kimsey. The clean lines of an eight-pointed star worked in transparent mesh at the center of a simple triangle. Understated folklore, with pom poms.
Equally Yoked by Knitdraper. Chevrons and diagonals, formed with easily memorized slip stitches into a cushy scarf. The correct gift for classic, picky people.
The Shift by Andrea Mowry. We flunked how-to-tie a scarf class. This piece looks like a shawl but stays on like a cowl, with no fluffing required. The highest and best use of 600 yards of shifty handspun or self-striping yarns.
Eva by Noma Ndlovu. A deep well of lace, worked around and around, with the tidy finish of a picot edging.
Iqaluit by The Petite Knitter. Bold color blocking, clever construction, delicious texture. Just plain want this.
BK All Day by Lavanya Patricella. Eyelets and syncopated brioche make it fun to knit. All that squishy color—pick four shades—makes it fun to wear all day.
Quast by Mona Schmidt. Toothsome garter stitch in bulky wool, knitted-on fringe. This is a natural for knitting up a bunch to give.