This is a collection that I’m really surprised more people aren’t talking about, although it is a fairly new release. Margeau Blanc: A New Perspective on Winter White Knits is the sort of collection that is perfect for knitters who want to knit classic wardrobe basics. And if you are a knitter who wants to knit your favourites over and over again, you would be hard pressed to find a better collection than this. It is also surprisingly beginner-friendly, with the level of difficulty increasing as the patterns go on.
The collection features 13 patterns (view on Ravelry for full details of each): 6 pullovers, 1 cardigan, 3 hats, 1 wrap (rectangular), 1 shawl (square), and 1 cowl. The sweaters have simple silhouettes but great details, each with a different style of neckline, and far-from-boring hems:
As someone who loves a quick knit, I really appreciated that nine of the patterns are heavier weight yarns: two worsted weight, three Aran, two bulky and two super bulky. None of the sweaters are fingering weight, which I know makes many knitters sigh in relief (two of them are in DK weight, if you are looking for a light weight sweater). There are directions for 6 sizes in each of the pullovers, with every sweater designed to fit a bust range of 32 – 52 inches. Most of the garments are designed to have a fair bit of positive ease, as well.
I really went for the lovely white theme, but you should definitely knit these wardrobe staples in colours that suit your style. And the textured sweaters, like the Deep V Cardigan, Fisherman’s Rib Pullover, or the Waffle Thermal have a great amount of texture and would really make the most of a handpainted or variegated colourway.
The only drawback of this collection was that there are no charts (I love charts). There are only three designs where I was looking for a chart- the cabled hat, the shawl, and the wrap. The line instructions look easy enough, and I suspect that they could probably be memorized, but figured it was worth mentioning in case anyone loves charts. But if you hate charts, this is perfect for you!
I’m swatching broken double rib for the Deep V cardigan. I abslutely love the fabric that is knitting up- it feels like a cardigan in this stitch would be oh-so-cozy for chilly days, and a great layering piece for just about any season.
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**This is a sponsored post from Dover Publications. All opinions are entirely my own.