The Plumage Wrap pattern was published in the spring (Interweave Knits Spring 2014), but it is also a great project for the colder months: it would make a lovely little shawl to throw over your favorite LBD, or a T-neck and jeans-- or even to wear around the house if you need a bit of warmth.
It's a good thing that the Plumage Wrap is so versatile, because honestly, it's not a quick knit: there are a lot of twisted stitches, and that narrow ruffly border is pretty, but it is time-consuming. But it's worth the time invested; this shawl really has an heirloom quality to it.
I found the stitch pattern in a Japanese stitch dictionary and immediately wanted to use it in a design. I think the intricate texture really partners well with the Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb yarn, which is an aran weight silk/wool blend. The yarn is a bit heavy and drapey, which works well for this wrap, but this did mean that I had to rework the neck decreases a few times: the weight of the fabric kept stretching the neckband, meaning that I had to keep recalculating the stitch gauge to get the neck opening to the circumference I wanted. (This was a good lesson for a couple of the yoked designs that I worked on after the Plumage Wrap: the Zephirine Cardigan and the Bell Yoke Tee).
I just got the pattern sample back from Interweave, so I'm looking forward to wearing it to a holiday party or two!