Hot Properties may get you thinking of choice real estate or exotic destinations with unique and desirable characteristics—4-star accommodations, luxurious amenities, extravagant appointments.
In knits, I am talking great details—subtle shaping, great fabric, clever accents; properties that make your hand-knit special.
Let’s begin simply, with T-shirts. The construction couldn’t be easier. The sleeves are already attached; just add a twist or turn.
Jungle breeze features both! We turn the knitting 90 degrees and work leno lace accents. Or go for stripes. In Nefer-tee-tee, three multi-strand yarns and garter ridge accents combine for a Missoni-look. Blended stripes takes texture and color into account—4 yarns, one colorway. Simple stockinette stripes change direction as you piece the front together. The sleeves feature center-of-row shaping for a cap with no effort. Asterisk plays with embroidered accents at the hemlines and adds a little fullness to the back for subtle silhouette shaping.
Your wardrobe demands a bit of formality? Tuxedo stripes blends solid and semi-sheer fabrics in a jacket shape. Sonoma adds drapes.
Build an A-frame
It’s easy to flatter any figure with a trapeze silhouette. An unusual openwork stitch and an unexpected blend of hemp and silk find a home in Triangle windows. Weathered sandstone, the cover sweater, is effortless to wear and easy to knit in a thick-and-thin shoestring yarn. Notice the change in texture at the yoke and the hidden decreases in the stockinette body.
Tuscany has strategic shaping—increases, stitches placed on hold, and pick-up bands to smooth the corners. Flip the process upside down, and work Kiwi squares. Begin with an entrelac yoke, add medallions in the back, then grow the ripple body with increases. Ribs & waves whispers ‘classic’ but is also fresh and appealing. The iconic white and top-down raglan shaping are all ramped up with columns of lace and a double peplum. Its modular approach provides portability.
Give a nod to nautical influences—cable knits, net-like lace, scallops and waves. Rope cables and openwork travel cuff to cuff across the yoke of Nautical notes. Shells & string with three-quarter sleeves, keyhole drawstring neck, and bands of shell lace is a sassy dress for warm weather outings or a tunic to sport around town with capris or jeans. The Beachcomber celebrates medallions, raglan shaping, and a curved hem. Top it off with a picot neckband. These remind us that sand and surf weather is here.
Seeking more color? You’ll find Angles in lime fresh, flattering, and exciting. Redrocks pays homage to the shore with waves at the hem, cuffs, and collar in the colors of the sunset.
Chasing the blues
Meanwhile, on the cardigan front, Basket weave blue is a play of shape and texture with hemline ruffling built into the stitch repeat, then quickly removed. Focus your interest on a hand-dyed yak blend for Arches. Lace couldn’t look more serene. Go rustic with recycled denim and beads. We stud stockinette with lines of beads and add a hemline of bead scallops for Beaded blue. Stripes can look very different, and Boyfriend blues proves it. K102 is full of exciting projects with great details—properties that make the knitting interesting. And while we are talking hot properties, I thank the City of Atlanta, and the staff of Piedmont Park, host to our photo shoot. We loved our visit. There is something to say for location, location, location!
Rick Mondragon, Editor