Have you ever done that thing where you favorite pattern after pattern from a designer on Ravelry and never really put together how they are designed by the same person and then you suddenly do? And you think wow, maybe you should follow that designer? I recently had that moment with Tin Can Knits. (The copyright for all photos in this post belongs to Tin Can Knits, and came from the Ravelry pattern page. Click photos for link.)
I think this elegant, laceweight shell (Bonny) was the first TCK pattern that really caught my eye. It’s so simple but so sweet and really makes the most of the floaty, drapey fabric that a laceweight yarn can make.
Then there is Estuary, an asymmetrical shawl/scarf/hybrid that very nicely represents the way an actual estuary is a unique fresh/salt-water hybrid ecosystem. It’s also pretty! I love the flowing, curving lines of lace. This pattern was also offered free on Knitty.
And this Windswept pullover… well. I don’t want to make any outrageous claims I can’t hold up, but it might just have to be the first sweater I knit for myself. I love the way the lace flows, I love the garter details at the hem and cuffs, and how the garter draws the eye in a vertical line down the front. Lovely, lovely details.
What I think I love the most about TCK designs is how they incorporate lace into everyday garments. They simultaneously make lace unfussy and make everyday items more special. Perfect! Perhaps what I love the most right now is that from now until Sept. 26th they are offering a fabulous buy 1 get 1 free coupon on their blog! This deal includes e-books, too, which is how I’m now the proud owner of both Handmade in the UK (from which I’d like to knit every. single. thing.) and the charming Pacific Knits. Which designs do you like best? Is there a designer who particlularly inspires you?