My mission was to give you a concise list of my favorite Véronik Avery patterns. You know, What I’d Be Knitting Now If I Weren’t Banging Out a Hadley (Which Is A Véronik Avery Design).
Well, there went an afternoon.
Véronik has created hundreds of patterns. I figured, hey, I’ll weed out the weirdies, the curiosities from 13 years ago, the dated silhouettes, her take on the mermaid blanket and the knitted uterus. That’ll cull it down.
Well, not really. First of all, there’s a complete lack of anatomical knitting in Véronik’s portfolio, and a shocking absence of mermaid blanket patterns.
To spend time in Véronikland is to enter a calm, timeless place where all the sweaters are interesting. If there’s a knitwear designer with a higher batting average, I don’t know who it is. She’s inventive with textures, shapes, construction. If you catch her thinking about a silhouette more than once, you quickly discover that it’s not the same sweater at all.
What follows are six of her designs that I absolutely adore. I’d call them my favorite six except that I’d probably pick another list entirely tomorrow, and they’d be every bit as gorgeous as these. On a day when I hope you’re doing nothing much, here’s a Véronik Avery reverie for you.
Spinnaker: Made this. Want another one.
Bauhin: Airy, filmy, everything lovely.
Helene: I usually avoid lace pullovers. This is the exception.
Pleated Chevrons: So very pleated.
Pinion: Intarsia mittens? Where have you been all my life?
Wake: We should all wear Wakes, every day.
Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. If you’re banging out Véronik’s glorious Hadley pullover, well, so am I. I’m in the waist decreases and having the time of my life with her pattern and this Brooklyn Tweed Shelter stuff.