Inside Laine Magazine
The spring/summer issue of Laine has arrived, and I thought I'd share with you, my thoughts on the magazine as well as sharing a few of my favourite patterns and ideas on which yarns I would use.
Laine is a bi-annual publication from Finland. It's printed on high-quality paper and is more a coffee book style magazine, one which you'll want to keep coming back to. It has a real flavour of Finland, as well as knitting patterns; there are recipes which reflex Nordic summer days and a travel guide for Helsinki offering information on where to stay, shop and eat in Finland's capital.
In this second issue of Laine, there are 11 knitting patterns from world-class designers including Andrea Mowry, Isabell Kraemer and Lesley Anne Robinson. As well as interviews from influences in the knitting world.
Here are just a few of my favourites from Laine.
Birkin | Caitlin Hunter
Caitlin Hunter's Birkin is a top down sweater; it's knit seamlessly in the round with three-quarter sleeves. The yoke design features a border of a delicate leaf pattern, which encases a 3-colour floral motif and optional bobbles to provide subtle textural interest. The sample is shown knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft; a good alternative would be Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight.
Another seamless top down sweater, this time from Isabell Kraemer. Sibeal is ideal for the warmer months of summer, knit in a light fingering weight such as Coast it is a simple purl-knot stitch which adds texture to the body.
I love the lace panels that are featured on both the front and back of Renate Yerkes' sweater The Sommer Regn. This time knit from the bottom up, it has a relaxed boxy look with a longer dolphin style hemline on the back of the sweater. My yarn of choice would be Blacker Tamar DK.
My final pattern pick is Susanne Sommer's shawl Invincible Summer. This would be wonderful knit up in either Malabrigo Mechita or WalkCollection Cozy Merino. Knit sideways on the bias in garter stitch with an i-cord selvedge, Invincible Summer incorporates triangular brioche elements along the centre line on alternating sides. With a contrasting brioche border along one side that adds a splash of colour.
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I really like this issue of Laine it is beautifully photographed and presented throughout. With clear and easy to follow instructions for each pattern. I would say though that the patterns in Laine are not for beginners as techniques like short rows, stranded colour work and brioche are used, it is however inspirational and would certainly be of interest to all knitters as Laine is much more than a knitting magazine it's a lifestyle magazine.