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Azalea Petals

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Louisa Harding introduces us to Azalea, a creative wave of romantic knitwear softly draped and gathered with finely detailed edgings and impeccable lacework inspired by the fragile flowers that bloom in the early spring sun.  Azaleas are the showy attraction at this time of year in the gardens of historic Southern plantations, where they tumble onto pathways dropping petals in a dapple-coloured carpet of pinks, lilacs, mauves, and corals.

 “I shall gather armfuls of azaleas and scatter them on your way,

step by step on the flowers placed before you tread lightly, softly as you go.”

(Kim Seong-Kon)

Louisa Harding AZALEA

Louisa Harding AZALEA

Fourteen irresistible designs grace the pages of Louisa Harding’s latest pattern booklet, each one delicately knit in Azalea, a dk cotton, print-dyed in a dozen hues resembling the soft sprinkling of flower petals.

Colorado

Colorado

Subtle colouring is what magically draws the eye towards the intricacy of the intertwining leaves on this Colorado pullover.  Knit in four separate pieces and joined at the underarms into a circular yoke which shapes beautifully in a cape-like fashion over the shoulders.  Haze (shown above).

Riverside

Riverside

At this time of year, when the weather seems in a constant state of flux, Louisa’s Riverside cowl fills in the gaps with polished finesse, creating drape and volume over a spring outfit.  Note: this design can also be modified into a lacy camisole by knitting the cowl into a longer length.  Fiesta (shown above).

Cahuilla

Cahuilla

Its all in the fine details, as this sleeveless tunic  indicates with a smattering of eyelet rows worked along the neckline and midriff section and perfectly positioned to thread a satin ribbon through for a cinched-in fit or a more relaxed style.  Sea Spray (shown above).

Gobi

Gobi

If there is one thing that knitters appreciate almost as much as good design, it is options.  Gobi is just one of the many gorgeous designs in the Azalea Collection that offer up choices such as a sleeveless shell knit bottom up in a solid hue or this version with fluttery cap sleeves and peplum accentuated with two-tone shading.  Haze and Mirage (shown above).

Noro Lace

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

It isn’t difficult to mention the word colour and not conjure up images of Noro yarns dancing in your head, these two just naturally go hand in hand in the knitting world.  Now when the word lace is thrown into the mix, well…….. things just got a whole lot more interesting.

NORO LACE

NORO LACE

This collection of designs is a sweeping mix of lightweight shawls, hats, cowls, scarves, wrist warmers, cardigans, capelets and mittens guaranteed to light a fire under your needles and get you on your way with a new spring project.  Be on the lookout for Noro Lace at your local yarn shop this month.

SILK GARDEN

SILK GARDEN

Anna Davis designed this Cropped Cardigan as a spring topper to pair nicely with a slim skirt or cotton capris.  Punctuated with horizontal bands of openwork and a scalloped border deliciously detailed with clusters of bobbles, this beauty is knit in classic Silk Garden.

SILK GARDEN SOCK

SILK GARDEN SOCK

Irina Poludenko is a designer who continues to think outside the box, challenging herself in new directions.  In her latest design, Mitered Top, two square medallions are constructed from the centre out, incorporating rivulets of openwork that playfully contrast with the changing spectrum.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock.

SHIRAITO

SHIRAITO

Lars Rains shakes the dust off traditional Shetland lace by injecting the vibrancy of Shiraito into this warm weather Crescent Shawl delicately balanced with just the right amount of stocking stitch.

TAIYO SOCK

TAIYO SOCK

Wei Wilkins creates geometric artistry with this stunning Square Shrug, worked in one piece from the center back.  Knit in lightweight Taiyo Sock, a comfortable cotton blend introducing six new colourways for spring.

MOCK NECK CAPELET

NORO SILK GARDEN SOCK

Sandi Prosser has a knack for elegant knitwear, and this Mock Neck Capelet is no exception.  A visually spectacular piece knit seamlessly from the bottom up integrating rows of eyelet lace that resemble tiny pearls bobbing along in the waves.  Knit this design in Silk Garden Sockcol #269 (shown above).

Delphi By Debbie Bliss

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

In ancient Greece, Delphi was known as the navel of the earth, the dwelling place for Apollo, son of Zeus.  Located on the slope of Mount Parnassus, a snow-capped monolith rising above the Gulf of Corinth that awakens each spring with a magical carpet of wildflowers, this popular tourist mecca is as rich in its well-preserved archaeology as it is in the stunning vistas that draw the eye out to the crystal blue sea.

Delphi

Delphi by Debbie Bliss

This spring, Debbie Bliss captures the ambience of her family’s favorite holiday spot in Greece, with a collection of twelve designs knit in her newest yarn, Delphi, a bulky ribbon as soft as cotton jersey and dyed in tonal shades, inspired by the sun-baked ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the lush hillsides sprinkled with rows of olive groves that stretch towards the endless Grecian sky.  Peach (shown above).

Waterfall Jacket

Waterfall Jacket

Conjuring up the subtle shades of the marble columns that still stand today towering over the town of Delphi, and date back to the fourth century BC, this Waterfall Jacket is a versatile travel piece for day or night, knit in Silver.

Lace Insert Tunic

Lace Insert Tunic

Delphi is known for its ancient clay sculptures and plaques, depicting the history of the Gods, and also the inspiring palette for Debbie’s choice of tonal colour on this style savvy Lace Insert Tunic designed in two easy pieces (a great warm weather topper to wear over white denim).  Terracotta (shown above).

Generous Cable Sweater

Generous Cable Sweater

The brilliance of the Aegean Sea is reflected in this Generous Cable Sweatera cosy weekend style designed with vertical panels of texture, a playful contrast against the watery hues of the yarn.  Pool (shown above).

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Fresh lemons are ripe for the picking along the Mediterranean coast and just as abundant in Greek cooking as olive oil.  Debbie’s daughter Nell and design associate Teresa (Conway and Bliss) fashioned this ultra modern Cut Out Sleeves Sweater in zesty Lemon.

Open Season

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

It wasn’t so very long ago that big boxy tops were in vogue and the coolest hairdo around was the mullet.  Remember the eighties– the decade of music videos with popular dance moves like Moonwalk and the Electric Slide?  A fashion flashback is never a bad thing especially if it breathes new life into knitwear.  By shifting the focus off a well-contoured silhouette, a great new lineup of easy breezy styles are taking shape.

Katia has declared ‘Open Season’ on knitwear for spring and summer, with a dazzling array of tunics, tees, shells, vests, ponchos, and cardigans.  Not only is the shaping minimal (look at all these slash necks and wide sleeves) and the construction easier than a two piece puzzle, the basic square shape works as a blank canvas for adding dramatic openwork with elongated knit stitches and crocheted gridwork.

Tahiti Spray

Tahiti Spray Cropped Top

First up for ‘Open Season’ from Katia- celebrating the long-awaited return of cotton ribbon yarns that twirl and twist in matte and shiny finishes is Tahiti Spray, in eight fun speckled prints that rival the brightest tropical hues.  Capturing the look of the season, laidback, airy, with minimal shaping, this sporty cropped top will appeal to all ages. Colour no. 103 (shown above).

Silk Cotton Tunic

Silk-Cotton Tunic

Some days we all go a little bit sideways, so why not think outside the box and swing your needles in a new direction.  The quintessential lightweight tunic is designed with panels of delicate latticework, bordered by slim cables.  The longer length and side vents make this style well-suited as a cool and comfortable layer over leggings and capris.  Knit in Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 natural fibre mix premiering this month in Katia’s Spring/Summer Collection.  Rose (shown above).

Tahiti Beach Suntop

Tahiti Beach Suntop

Let your fringes do the talking with this cool casual suntop knit in Tahiti Beach, a fabulous cotton ribbon dyed in ten stripey hues reflecting the vibe of summertime.  Colour no. 306 (shown above).

Lido Shell

Lido Shell

One square plus one square equals a sweet summery shell for layering over tanks and camis, knit in the simplest of lace patterns.  Knit in LidoColour no. 75 (shown above).

Alabama Tee and Big Alabama Poncho Top

Big Alabama Tee and Alabama Poncho Top

A breezy duet in lavender, showcasing the simple boxy shape that is ultra fashionable this season.  From left to right, in Big Alabama, a (well-ventilated) crocheted square-shaped Tee (FREE pattern here) and in Alabama, a side-to-side poncho top knit in two complimentary shades.  Royal Purple (shown on left).  Purple and Rose (shown on right).

Tahiti Tee

Tahiti Beach Tee

On the crest of a tidal wave, ribbon yarns are quickly filling store shelves.  Cast on with big needles to knit this cap sleeve tee which will take no time at all to work up in easy garter stitch creatively peppered with wrap over stitches.  Knit in Tahiti Beach, a chunky cotton ribbon now available in ten bold space-dyed shades.  Colour no. 304 (shown above).

Lido Top

Lido Top

All eyes will be on this one, shimmering with a hint of elegance, this ‘wear-anywhere’ top is knit in basic stocking stitch with crocheted gridwork.  Look for newcomer- Lido, a matte cotton tape embellished with a shiny cocoon-like casing, available in ten shades including a soft silvery hue (shown above).

Blues T Top

Blues Tee Top

Denim blues rank high on the trend list for the warmer days ahead, and this casual Tee Top looks like a winner in a combination of elongated stitches across the yoke and solid pattern detail across the bodice, creating a lovely contrast in texture yet oh so simply done.  Knit in Blues, a cotton tape yarn glossed over with a shiny viscose finish to catch the light.  Colour no. 66 (shown above).

Creta Tunic

Creta Tunic

Linear openwork highlights the shoulders on this trendy slash hem tunic while the unusual texture in the yarn produces a subtle sheerness on the back and front.  Look for this slubby yarn to tempt your needles- Creta, a new quality in the S/S Katia Collection. Tobacco (shown above).

Salsa Capelet

Salsa Capelet

This fettuccine-style yarn when knitted on large needles produces an unique tumble of open and airy texture without the need for a complicated lace pattern.  Topping off the coming season, this pretty capelet is knit in the all-new Salsa, a semi-transparent ribbon yarn in a blend of cotton/acrylic in eight splashy prints.  Colour no. 64 (shown above).

Seeking Sunshine

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Winter-weary knitter desperately seeking exciting new yarn with a sunny disposition, and outgoing personality (only natural yarns need apply).  Its that time of year when we are all getting a little antsy to shed those heavy layers and get the jump on spring knitting with lightweight cotton yarns and inspiring designs.

Sirdar is breezing into shops with newly-released Beachcomber, a barely-there comfortable cotton dk, slubby in nature, available in a mix of solid shades and space-dyed multis, and accompanied by a collection of eleven contemporary styles (sized from four years to large adult) in leaflet or booklet form.

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #7283

The classic LWC (Little White Cardigan) is always a hot commodity from May until September.  This lace panel design features a choice of short or long sleeves and really adds a crisp finished look to a work or play outfit.  White (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #7279

Rev things up with a fresh squeeze of lime in this relaxed cap sleeve top, knit in Beachcomber, uniquely-dyed to create an interesting blend of texture and colour shifting.  Catch The Sun (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7284

Sirdar Leaflet #7284

Go boldly into warmer weather with a hot hue that will wake nature from its long slumber.  Sized from four years to large adult, with optional long or cap sleeves, this eye-catching design is knit from side to side in a wide cable repeat bordered by dropped stitches.  Paradise (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7281

Sirdar Leaflet #7281

Out for a walk on the beach or playing at the park, this cute sleeveless shell suits the destination to a tee, a fun project to knit, creatively constructed with central and side shaping to form a chevron. Collecting Shells (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7278

Sirdar Leaflet #7278

A girl can never have too many cardigans in her closet, can she?  They are truly the best cover ups for tees to sundresses and everything in between.  This v neck design is styled to fit longer in the torso with an airy openwork pattern for pizazz.  Choose your preferred sleeve length.  Paradise and Surfer Blue (shown above).

Malabrigo In Central Park

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Easily recognizable as one of the world’s most famous urban landscapes, Central Park encompasses thirteen hundred square miles in the heart of New York City, a treasured landmark for over one hundred and fifty years drawing in thirty-million tourists annually.  This natural oasis embraces the outdoors with lush grassy meadows, man-made lakes and ponds for skating, fishing or paddling, walking trails, a vintage carousel, a zoo, and an amphitheater creating the ideal backdrop for this latest collection of fresh and enticing knitwear styles from Malabrigo.

MALABRIGO BOOK EIGHT

MALABRIGO BOOK EIGHT

In this latest collection from Malabrigo, a team of indie designers from the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ and beyond, show off their adept prowess and style finesse with fifteen patterns including this stunning cover cardigan, Pinebank, a modern spin on the traditional fairisle yoke knit seamlessly from the top-down.  Knit in marshmallowy-soft Merino WorstedAzul Profundo, Tiger Lily, Fluo, and Very Berry (shown above).

Winterdale

Winterdale

Winterdale leads the pack in this collection with the most ‘likes’ on Ravelry.  Designed by Kristina McGowan, this close-fitting top-down pullover features a wide boat-neck comprised of an intricate cabled strip knit sideways.  Knit in Merino Worsted.  Pearl (shown above).

Gapstow

Gapstow

Designed by Lori Steinberg, Gapstow stirs the memory of a summer garden in full bloom with this crescent-shaped shawl featuring short row shaping and a pretty lace edging.  Knit in Arroyo, a plush superwash merino in a sport weight.  English Rose, Escoria and Borraja (shown above).

Bethesda

Bethesda

Bethesda is right on trend for the season, a voluminous dolman-sleeved pullover designed by Nancy Ricci with a scoop neck and tiny ribbed sleeve cuffs.  Knit in a bold horizontal stripe pattern using Mecha, a bulky superwash merino in forty irresistible kettle-dyed hues.  Paris Night, Polar Morn and Cereza (shown above).

Mecha

Springbanks

What better place for a picnic, than a woodland setting right in the centre of the Big Apple, and this hexagon-motif blanket is destined to draw a crowd.  Designed by Annabelle Speer and knit in a painterly palette that makes it truly artistic, Springbanks is a speedy knit on 8 mm needles in Mecha.  Lluvias and Indiecita (shown above).

NEW From Mirasol

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Spring can be a mixed bag of tricks, some days the sun warms you from the tips of your toes right up to the top of your head and other days, the wind can be as fierce as a high-spirited stallion rearing up into the stormy skies.  With all the weather-related changes in store for us, its nice to have a few new transitional pieces of knitwear to look forward to.

Here is a sampling of what’s NEW from Mirasol-

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Simple in construction, this design has a boxy shape with eyelet border detail and an openwork pattern that offers a pleasing balance of coverage for cool days and a light airiness for warmer days.  Knit in Mirasol’s newest quality Pima Kuri, a creamy-smooth worsted weight cotton available now in eighteen trendy solids.  Evening Dove (shown above).

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m5096

A contemporary t shirt with a softly-pleated front for a loose comfortable fit, designed to knit up quickly in two easy pieces with no added finishing.  Knit in Pima Kuri, a superior quality cotton overflowing with bright and happy shades like Japanese Maple (shown above).

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Welcome back Nuna!  One of Mirasol’s springtime favorites for a perfect combination of lightweight warmth and silky texture that knitters cannot get enough of.  This eye-catching design is sleek in symmetry and has the alluring look of crochet.  Knit in Nuna.  Butternut (shown above).

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A dressy sampler top, ideal for wearing under a jacket at work, or as the weather dictates, letting the sun warm up those bare shoulders.  Knit in Nuna, a blend of merino, silk and bamboo sourced viscose.  Look for six fresh new hues on store shelves this spring.  Steel Blue (shown above).

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This beech leaf poncho just goes with the flow, starting as an early spring cover up over long sleeve tops and following the shift in temperature as a light layering piece over tank tops.  Knit in Sulka Legato, Mirasol’s finest gauge blend of merino, silk and alpaca, now introducing eight deep rich shades to spice up the spectrum.  Chocolate (shown above).

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This darling duo covers the bases from morning to night, with a sleeveless shell knit in a stretchy rib, partnered up with a filmy little capelet that just floats over top.  Knit in Sulka LegatoAqua (shown above).

A Spring Breeze

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Spring remains in our soul all winter long so whether you are trudging through a snow-covered landscape right now or enjoying a relaxing stroll along a sandy beach, there is good news on the horizon for most of us, we have just over forty days left of teeth-chattering weather.  Along with the familiar sounds of birds chirping or the sight of the first budding leaves, the well-loved Debbie Bliss knitting magazine has quickly become a harbinger for spring, and this just-released issue (pick up a copy at your lys) is as welcome as a warm breeze, showcasing an inviting parade of light n lacy fashions, cosy home accessories in barely-there neutrals, a charming array of kid’s fashions, whimsical softies that beg to be cuddled and fun-spirited canine couture that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Debbie Bliss Issue Fourteen Knitting Magazine

Debbie Bliss Issue Fourteen Knitting Magazine

In this latest issue, Debbie introduces us to two new qualities, Eco Baby Prints, a splashy fun upgrade to the existing line with ten variegated shades and Delphi, a soft cotton ribbon yarn dyed-to-delight in a dozen ombre shades.  Let’s have a sneak peek inside and catch a spring breeze-

Raglan Sweater With Chevron Edging

Raglan Sweater With Chevron Edging

This classically-shaped silhouette has an ultra feminine allure in mellow yellow and creates a little extra impact with a lace edging knit in a paler cream shade.  Knit in Luxury Silk Dk.  Primrose and Ecru (shown above).

Frill Edge Cardigan

Frill Edge Cardigan

Polished sophistication is clearly visible on this round neck cardigan enhanced with a frilled underskirt in a deeper complimentary shade.  Knit in Luxury Silk Dk.   Rose and Coral (shown above).

Lace And Cable Cushion

Lace And Cable Cushion

Freshening up our décor is all part of the switchover from one season into the next and Debbie spruces things up nicely with this Lace and Cable Cushion along with five other designs for the home in a creamy white palette.  Knit in Cotton DK.  Ecru (shown above).

Quack and Bob Bunny

Quack and Bob Bunny

These cuddly critters will become a cherished keepsake, plump enough for little hands to hold.  Crocheted in soft and natural Eco Baby.   Stone, Primrose and Burnt Orange (shown above).

Dress With Pocket

Dress With Pocket

A budding artist will know just what to stash inside the tiny pocket on this trapeze-styled dress, knit in Eco Baby.  Sized from two to five years.  Silver, Rose and Tangerine (shown above).

Sweater Swap

Sweater Swap

His and hers leisurely weekend styles that are meant for sharing, knit in Delphi, Debbie’s all-new cotton tape yarn designed for speedy knitting on 8 mm needles.   Silver and Pool (shown above).

Just For Fun

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Remember the early days when knitting was just for fun, and casting on for the very first time was the portal to a soft and fuzzy world of creative possibilities unfurling right at your fingertips.  Well, now that the holiday stress is far behind us, so are the deadlines that involved knitting fast and furiously.  Take some time to relax and reconnect with your knitting, try a few smaller projects that capture the lighthearted side of life and make you smile.

Just For Fun-

Sirdar Leaflet 7221

Sirdar Leaflet 7221

Whimsical and charming, a brand new collection of cosies from Sirdar, guaranteed to make even the most serious tea drinkers grin with delight.  Worked in Country Style DK, Sirdar’s classic go-to yarn for all projects big or small, in an easy care blend of wool, nylon and acrylic.

Sirdar Leaflet 7258

Hayfield Leaflet 7258

Butterflies are high on this year’s trend list, and Hayfield puts us in the mood for spring with this youthful pullover design sized from six years to large adult.  Knit in DK With Wool, a soft washable blend in twenty fashionable hues.  Blackberry and Guernsey (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet 7324

Sirdar Leaflet 7324

These quirky hats might bear a striking resemblance to a recent blockbuster movie starring four well-known turtles.  Knit in Hayfield’s Bonus DK, a kid-friendly yarn available in a range of more than seventy bright and happy colours.

Sirdar Leaflet 7242

Hayfield Leaflet 7242

This super chunky tote bag may quickly become your constant companion, perfectly styled for hanging around the mall or carrying your gear when you head off to your weekly knitting group.  Its a speedy project knit in Hayfield Super Chunky With Wool.  Look for all nineteen colour choices. Felt Grey (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet 7120

Sirdar Leaflet 7120

More cosies to melt your heart and captivate your friends when they show up for an afternoon tea.  The top two styles are crocheted and the bottom two are knitted.  Worked in Country Style DK, an easy care washable wool blend available in forty-six shades.

Shades of Marsala

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Another year, another colour, and according to those in the know its going to be a hot and spicy one with Marsala as the surprise choice for 2015.  The experts at Pantone, a worldwide colour forecasting company have selected this burnished red hue with brown undertones to show up as a robust fashion influence for the coming season in just about everything from toasters to nail polish.  Its a strong statement colour, elegant and sophisticated, yet it radiates a quiet earthy aura as well.  Look for taupe, grey, golden yellow, mid-blues and shades of turquoise or teal to play up the subtle richness of Marsala.

MARSALA in Cassis by Louisa Harding

Cassia by Louisa Harding

Here are a few inspiring ways to incorporate hits of this year’s bold new colour in knitwear-

Lido Top by Katia

Lido Top by Katia

Simple enough for first-time knitters, this popover top is worked in garter stitch without any shaping whatsoever.  Knit in Lido, one of Katia’s newcomers, an interesting mélange of cotton ribbon wrapped with a shiny colourful thread.

Salsa Top by Katia

Salsa Top by Katia

It is all about the texture of this innovative tape yarn, Salsa, worked up quickly in this short sleeve top designed by Katia’s talented team of knitters.  Little hits of Marsala are evident without being too overpowering.

Indio by Louisa Harding

Indio by Louisa Harding

Indio, a lacy tunic from Louisa Harding’s spring collection highlights the fashionable hue in a brand new cotton yarn that gives the illusion of being smudged with flower petals.  Look for Azalea to arrive at your lys in twelve fresh shades.

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Sorbet Scallop Dress by Louisa Harding

Not just the grown ups will be embracing this year’s hottest shade, little girls will also be seen wearing Marsala in fluttery dresses just like this contemporary design by Louisa Harding.  Introducing Cassia, a superwash wool blend in twenty smoldering shades.

Cotton Vintage Cardigan by Katia

Cotton Vintage Cardigan by Katia

This style savvy ensemble compliments the colour of the year perfectly with a sporty cardigan knit in Cotton Vintage, another new addition to the Katia line up for spring.

Alabama Cap by Katia

Alabama Cap by Katia

If its just a hint of spring’s fabulous new colour you are looking for, this stylish cap will add a fresh vibe to an outfit.  Knit in Alabama, a worsted weight cotton blend from Katia’s collection.