We (like many knitters) were really excited when Norah Gaughan started designing for Berroco. We were doubly excited when we heard Cirilia Rose was hired as a Design Assistant. As a team, this dynamic pair has been putting out great design after great design for the classic knitting company.
This Fall was yet another season that did not disappoint, especially because there are not one, but THREE booklets that focus on a sorely under-represented market: men and "tween" girls.
the first booklet, Norah Gaughan "Men" has sixteen patterns, nine of them sweaters, all designed with -- you guessed it! -- men in mind. They are all very "classic" in inspiration and really hit the mark as projects that are both interesting to knit and desirable to wear.
Geoffroy, shown above, is knit in a knit and purl stitch pattern that has a lot of texture. (the sizes go down to 36" -- many of us here are also considering knitting one for ourselves!) If you're looking for a little more action, Wilson, shown below, has really beautiful cabled patterning that is guaranteed to entertain you throughout and we are sure the finished product will be a classic sweater to last generations.
The other two booklets, Arts + Crafts and #291 Comfort Book for Girls are filled with knitting patterns that are designed to appeal to both parents and young women. (Which, as you all know, is almost impossible to do!)
The patterns in Arts + Crafts are young without being baby-ish, modern without being...well, inappropriate, and appeal to a wide variety of ages and styles. Reves, shown below, is a perfect henley pullover with super cute picot and stripe details, but isn't ver-the-top-girly.
Miroux is a cardigan coat that easily spans all ages -- this is a must knit for both young and old that is really versatile and customizable to your needs/preferences.
And finally, Comfort #291, Book for Girls, is a great accompaniment to the Comfort line of yarn that has quickly become a great basic for us here at the shop. Ferris, shown, below, is a classic Norah Gaughan design that perfectly combines shape and aesthetic interest in a classic way.
and lastly, Candy, a cute jumper with a little bit of slipped stitch patterning for color and texture.
Stop in the shop to grab a copy (or get 'em online!) and get knitting!