I have made garments from Annie’s patterns before. Years after their making, they still attract people and garner compliments such as “You made this?” and “This is gorgeous”. I smile and mention this fantastic designer, Annie Modesitt.
Knitted Wraps and Cover-Ups is Annie’s latest pattern collection of fantastic designs , interesting in their construction and use of techniques. These are one-of-a-kind garments. Annie is doing what she does so well, making garments with an interesting “twist” in them. Not only does my inner knitter want to see just how she does this, but it also wants to wear these pieces.
For example, take the Cross-Body Wrap & Scarf. It is one continuous piece of fabric with undulating cables and small honeycombs, knit in one piece and twisted before seaming to be worn as a wrap or as a cowl.
Or, consider the “Fitted Lace Off-Shoulder Top” meant to be worn over a camisole or tank dress. Worked in the round from the bottom up, the front lace panel widens to shoulder width. The short sleeves are knit separately and joined with the body just below the shoulders for a lovely neckline.
There are a range of skill levels, from beginner to advanced. In the beginner category, we have the Basketweave Bolero which is beautiful, easy to make, and with a little extra detail in the edging treatment that sets it apart from other easy patterns. Another easy pattern is the Lace Cuff Shrug with the same extra detailing that will make this a pleasure to work and wear. The advanced patterns, such as the “Stained Glass Circular Jacket” or the “Log Cabin Cardigan”, will challenge the experienced knitter, but are accompanied by very explicit instructions that will really help the knitter along.
Each pattern has both written instructions and charts, including color where applicable. Not only that but the charts are printed large so there is no need to go to the enlarge function on the copier to get a readable version.
Whenever I see an Annie Modesitt design, I think to myself, “I’ve got to see how she puts this one together.” My second thought is usually, “I would love to wear this”. I just read her latest publication, Knitted Wraps & Cover-Ups. It does not disappoint!