Looking at this beautiful Scandinavian-inspired collection by Amanda Bell, I’m suddenly feeling better about all the cold dark days ahead. After all, that is when wool shines brightest! So just in time for the solstice, here are some wintery knits to warm your bones:
North Sea is a collection of patterns loosely inspired by the knitting traditions of the Scandinavian region, and named for flora, fauna, and geographical features of the area. The collection includes two accessory patterns: a small, textured shawl with practical, Faroese-style shaping, and a hat sized for babies through adults with a Norwegian-inspired colorwork snowflake motif (and a Latvian braid detail – remember: loosely inspired). Then there are three sweater patterns: both a kids’ and women’s version of a riff on the iconic circular-yoked Icelandic Lopapeysa sweater, as well as a fitted, steeked women’s cardigan with a cozy shawl collar and a simple, stranded zigzag motif that can be found in colorwork patterns throughout the region.
The patterns are knit in a range of Malabrigo bases: a variegated colorway of luxurious Silky Merino is a perfect match for a slipped-stitch pattern in the shawl, ultra-comfy Merino Worsted in strongly contrasting semisolids for the cardigan lets the colorwork shine, Chunky gets the snuggly, relaxed yoked pullovers done in short order, and Rios makes a durable, soft, and warm hat for kids and adults alike.
What on earth is “MFPP”?
MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!