The “Kettle Cove” vest by Jennifer Brou in Laine Magazine 19 (Winter)

The winter issue of Laine Magazine will be published on December 8th, and we’re delighted to feature on the cover designer Jennifer Brou‘s (@jennifer.brou) beautiful “Kettle cove” pattern knitted in Gilliatt “argile“, “genêt” and “crème anglaise“!

Laine 19, entitled “Kaolinite“, celebrates the meditative nature of craftsmanship and draws on the warm, soothing palette of clays and glazes. The beautiful, serene photos that illustrate this issue were taken in a ceramics workshop, and each pattern has been conceived as an invitation to take a relaxing break from everyday life.

In this issue, you’ll discover eleven knitting patterns of varying difficulty (with diagrams and written instructions) created by Alexandra Atepaeva, Jennifer Brou, Maxim Cyr, Ronja Hakalehto, Helga Isager, Pauliina Leisti, Agata Mackiewicz, Yukie Onodera, Marie Régnier, Jacqueline van Dillen and Veera Välimäki.

To see all the patterns in this issue, please visit the Ravelry page in Laine Magazine 19.

This issue also includes :

  • An interview with the Japanese artist Tomomi Mimura, who uses basic darning stitches to embroider charming animal characters.
  • An article about the American sheep shearer Pony Jacobson, and why this age-old craft is vital both for sheep’s health and the textile industry.
  • Jeanette Sloan’s Fibre Talk: A regular article on Jeanette chatting with interesting people. In this issue, she meets Sari Monroy, a fibre artist and writer who draws on her Mayan Kaqchikel heritage.
  • Five Ways by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro, who explores what kind of skills knitters should practise to increase their brain health.
  • Where I Knit: a regular piece that pictures people knitting in their favourite spot. In this issue, we meet Atia, who knits in her beautiful London living room.
  • Seasonal recipes to inspire your winter cooking.
  • Book reviews.

Designer Jennifer Brou‘s “Kettle cove” vest was inspired by the linear and organic shapes that mingle in nature. The stranded portion is meant to mimic accumulating snow on a winter beach; the shifting sand shaping the snow into scalloped peaks and valleys. The embroidered straight vertical lines reference rivulets, sketching lines in the sand as the waves come ashore.

Kettle Cove vest is knitted from the bottom up, in the round to the armholes. Front and back panels are then knitted flat to the neckline. Armhole stitches are picked up and extra length is cast on to link front and back pieces. Ribbing is knitted around the armhole, then stitches picked up for the neckline and ribbing is applied.

The vest falls at the lower waist, has deep armholes and a scooped neckline.

A stranded design is applied to the body. Once the vest is completed, rows of moc knit stitches are embroidered to add texture and additional visual interest. The vest utilizes two colours for the stranded portion (here in the colorways “argile” and “crème anglaise”) and a third colour (“genêt” for this version) for trim and embroidery.

Pattern: « Kettle Cove » by Jennifer Brou, published in English in Laine Magazine 19, in 9 sizes

Yarn: Gilliatt (100% French mérinos d’Arles and Portuguese black merino woolen spun 270 yards (250 m) /100g), 1 to 2 balls for the CP “argile“, 1 to 2 balls for the CC1 “crème anglaise” and 1 to 2 balls for the CC2 “genêt“.

This issue is available for preorder here:

Photo credits: Riikka Kantinkoski / Laine Publishing

Drawing: Jennifer Brou

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