core wool 2019: chickadee week wrap up


September 08, 2019

Our spotlight on Chickadee Organic Heathers is complete, highlighting not only our soft, heathered sport weight, but two gorgeous new funnel neck raglans in fisherman's rib, Quinn and Quinton. The different treatments in the body shaping, the hem and cuff details, and the raglan lines, plus the differences in gauge yielding two different fabrics, allowed us to take one classic stitch pattern and create two very distinct garments.

As we wrap up another chapter of this year's core wool season, we wanted to take a look at some of the designs we've published over the years that feature ribbing in a big way: Specifically fisherman's rib, but also brioche, cartridge, and broken rib. And lastly, we wanted to take this chance to talk about a few of our very favorite raglan pullovers. We just love the raglans.

fisherman's rib

We published Hadfield, by Pam Allen, along with the launch of our ultra-soft merino Phoebe (shown here in Mars) in April 2016. This hat is squishy and simple, and can be worn slouchy or pulled down and folded at the brim for extra warmth.

Kay Mehls offered up 90-degrees for our Scarves, etc 4 collection in early 2014. Knitted up with a double strand of Puffin (shown in Slate), this is for serious comfort and coziness in colder temps.

Dar was Bristol Ivy's first design for our wispy mohair/merino Piper, published in September 2015. The body is knit sideways and is worked on a large needle, so…fun and pretty. And the lightest of layers to wear on your body.

left to right: Hadfield by Pam Allen, 90-Degrees by Kay Mehls, Dar by Bristol Ivy

other fancy ribbing

This…I got to knit the sample for myself. This is Irene, from Pam Allen's book Home: 18 Knittable Projects to Keep You Comfy. Knitted in Chickadee and shown here in warm Sedum, this piece features a brioche body and a deep, deep split hem worked in a half brioche rib. I still remember the satisfaction of joining the hem pieces to begin the brioche in the round, working the German short rows at the shoulders…it's a joy, really.

Pam Allen's Danforth, a cozy cowl-neck vest, features a 1x1 broken rib. Knitted in Lark and shown in Marsh, we published this piece during our first fall, in October 2010. This piece (in my opinion) looks equally great on the reverse.

Leila Raven's gorgeous Mucha shawl, which we published during Shawl week in 2017, is knitted in Chickadee, and shown here in classic Honey. Worked from the top down, a cool and pretty cartridge rib body gives way to an interlocking floral motif at the border.

left to right: Irene by Pam Allen, Danforth by Pam Allen, Mucha by Leila Raven

favorite raglans

We published Pam's Butte tunic in October 2015. Knitted in cozy, chunky Puffin, this piece can also be worked in a dress length. It's worked from the bottom up, and showcases a sweet "woven" motif, that starts in the body and sleeves just before joining to work the yoke. The raglan lines here are practically invisible, with the raglan lines cleverly incorporating the stitch pattern into the decreases. Shown in Twig.

Isabell Kraemer's Carina was published as part of our Tern collection in August of 2016. Knitted in our Tern Terra Cotta, the line details in this piece give it such a nice structure: Not just at the raglan lines, but along the sides and in the center front, extending from a pretty V neck. A sweet top-down knit.

Octavia was one of Leila's contributions to our 2018 Piper collection, released that February. Knit up in prettiest deep purple Laredo in our heavy lace weight Piper, this top-down raglan features a stunning mesh lace at the hem and cuffs, elbow-length sleeves, and a lovely wide, flattering neckline.

left to right: Butte by Pam Allen, Carina by Isabell Kraemer, Octavia by Leila Raven

We're so looking forward to next week's focus on Lark, the workhorse of the core wools. Meet us there and make sure you're signed up to receive the first word by subscribing to our email newsletter!

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