Recession Collection 3
RecessionistasJust what is a recessionista? New York Times writer Natasha Singer defines this resourceful individual as a “style maven on a budget.”1 In today's economy, fashion devotees ride out lean times by turning to diffusion lines, consignment boutiques or auction websites. Knitters are natural born recessionistas who can easily reinvent their wardrobes without emptying their wallets.

LaureInesThe key to transforming your closet on a budget is accessorizing with small, high-interest pieces. Eye-catching accessories such as Ines can winterize a pair of high-heeled Mary Janes. A scarf like Laure is the perfect way to introduce a current color without making a huge investment - both are knit using Ultra® Alpaca Light.

Ultra® Alpaca LightThis season's tweedy, Oliver Twist inspired ensembles call for saturated accents in shades of purple and blue.

This week I designed two pieces that will make last winter's coat feel brand new. Hanne is a cozy muff, a retro hand warmer knit in two shades of Palace®™. Hannele is a coordinating corsage knit in Palace®™ using isolated motifs from the muff's stitch pattern.

Hannele Corsage & Hanne Muff

Hannele Corsage detail
Knit in Palace®™
Skill level: Easy
FREE pattern instructions

Hanne Muff detail
Knit in Palace®™
Skill level: Intermediate
FREE pattern instructions

Recession Collection, Part 2Staycation knitting:
2 weekend souvenirs and a bonus
design team interview.

50 under $50Recession Proof Projects:
Browse our compendium of 50 projects, can all be made for less than $50.

Happy knitting,

Cirilia Rose

1 Natasha Singer, "A Label for a Pleather Economy," New York Times, October 24, 2008.

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