Boyfriend Style

Last weekend, I crocheted a hat for the first time, for my boyfriend!

I’m always a bit surprised at how quickly crocheting goes, this little accessory was completed in just one afternoon.  It’s a simple and basic hat pattern, but I’m hoping he’ll be able to wear it on chilly evenings on his walk home from work.

This is opens up many possibilities for a men’s section in the shop!  In the meantime, here are some menswear knit style inspirations.

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The Carnegie Mittens

New item in the shop!

These mittens, named for the Carnegie Hill neighborhood in New York City, are knit from 100% merino wool.  Merino wool refers to a specific breed of sheep that produces the finest yarn quality.  The finer the yarn, the less susceptible it is to breakage, which you usually see as pilling in sweaters.  Because they are hand-crafted from Italian merino wool, these mittens feel like the softest, most plush cotton material, without the scratchiness of other wools.

The textured stitch of the mitten add a subtle design element and extra grip.  Soft charcoal colors and minimal styling allude to classic menswear influences.

Available now in the store.

Comfort Fit

I am a big fan of dressing comfortably.  My closet is full of elastic waistbands and billowy blouses.  I am in the business of knitwear because it is so cozy and comfortable.

Designers at the fashion shows this season were showcasing their takes on comfort dressing.  Ranging from sleepwear-inspired looks to boxy and roomy silhouettes, you can feel inspired to roll straight out of bed and out the door in the mornings!

Daks SS ’16

Robes at Eudon Choi

Silky Simplicity at J. JS Lee

Feminine Slips and Uncomfortable-Looking Shoes at Givenchy

New in Town

Vogue.com ran an article this week covering up and coming knitwear brands as sweater weather approaches.  These designers have such a refreshing approach to knits and I’m already eyeing a few of those dreamy cozy hoodies and sparkly sequined cardigans!

Lauren Maloogian – Perfect autumn chill outfit

Spencer Vladimir – Cozy Rockstar Vibes

Which designs caught your eye?

Color Palettes

What colors do you think of as we transition from summer to fall?  For me, it’s all about muted, dusty beach tones for some reason.  It reminds me of a scene at the beach when it’s about to storm.  Pops of wine and soft pastels also come to mind.  As I clear out and edit my yarn inventory, I’m trying to figure out which colors, yarns, and textures to incorporate into the next few pieces.

Image via Linen, Lace, Love

Here are a few color inspirations I’ve been looking through.  What inspires you about color?  Which colors come to mind when you think of the end of summer?

Mark Rothko

I also love the freshness of a warm fall tone with creamy neutrals, as seen on Thrifts and Threads.

What are your favorite colors to wear during this transition?

NYFW Spring 2016

Lovely knit looks from this week’s shows.

Wispy Knit Layers at Ohne Titel

Cocoon Sheaths at Sally Lapointe

Sexy Stripes at Sally Lapointe

Funky printed ponchos at Alice + Olivia

Playful crochet at Alice + Olivia

Translucent at Vera Wang

Which were your favorite shows from New York Fashion Week?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Metallic

My comfort zone color palette may be soft pastels and cozy neutrals, but I actually love metallics.  Especially when worked into knits, I think the contrast of the yarn’s softness and the hard edges of metals make for an eye-catching combination.

Antonio Berardi Pre-Fall

Weaving with a pop of gold from All Roads

Whether it’s a metallic dye treatment, or a piles of metal hardware connected to sweater knits, it is a feature I would love to explore more in the future.

Esther Paleologos creates knit art from various metal wires all from a domestic knitting machine.

This week, I found a bold metallic blue yarn deep in the archives of the Ita Vero yarn stash.  I thought the brightness and futuristic element of the color would pair surprisingly well with the worn-in denim look yarn I had been saving for a special project.   The “Mercury Cowl” is an ombre metallic textured knit cowl made from those two yarns.  The soft drape and simple silhouette will be a stylish addition to any fall/winter wardrobe.

Mercury Cowl – available for sale in the store

Ita Vero Knits on Etsy