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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.

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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).

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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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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.

Tri-Colour Slouch Hat

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Colour is a powerful force in all our lives, it mesmerizes us and has the ability to elevate our mood by clicking endorphins into high gear.  In order to see colour we need light.  It was British scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, who first discovered that white light could pass through a prism and divide itself into a full range of visible colours.  He also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and with light could combine to make additional ones, for example- red plus blue equals purple.

The colour purple, very seldom seen in nature really didn’t exist in clothing until the Roman Empire when twelve thousand shellfish were needed just to extract one and a half grams of dye, barely enough for an emperor’s toga (no wonder it has become the colour of luxury).  Modern science has revealed that purple is also the most visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy, so perhaps that would explain why it is often associated with the supernatural.

This deep, rich magical colour that evokes a sense of mystery is featured in this week’s fab tri-colour slouch hat, designed in graduating shades of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo, a soft and silky yarn that knits up as a lightweight yet warm layer for the milder days of winter-

Tri-Colour Slouch Hat

Tri-Colour Slouch Hat

TRI-COLOUR SLOUCH HAT

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Length: 23 cm/9 ins

Width: 53 cm/21 ins

Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo- 1 ball each in Col. A (shade no. 161), Col. B (shade no. 179), Col. C (shade no. 110)

Needles: 3.25 mm- 60 cm and 4.00 mm- 60 cm circular 

Tension: 22 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st on larger needles

Cast on 112 sts in Col. A with smaller circular, join in round being careful not to twists sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st. Work in [K2.p2] ribbing for 12 rounds.  Change to larger circular and continue with Col. A as follows-

Rnd 1- [K7, p1] rep

Rnd 2- [K6, p1, k1] rep

Rnd 3- [K5, p1, k2] rep

Rnd 4- [K4, p1, k3] rep

Rnd 5- [K3, p1, k4] rep

Rnd 6- [K2, p1, k5] rep

Rnd 7- [K1, p1, k6] rep

Rnd 8- [P1, k7] rep

Rep these 8 rounds throughout for Pattern.

When hat measures 8 cm/3 ins, work as follows-

Next Rnd- [work 1 st in Col. A, and then 1 st in Col. B] rep to end.

Continue with Col. B only until hat measures 15 cm/6 ins.

Next Rnd- [work 1 st in Col. B, and then 1 st in Col. C] rep to end.

Continue with Col. C only until hat measures 20 cm/8 ins.

Shape Top:

Rnd 1- [K2, k2tog] rep

Rnd 2- K

Rnd 3- [K1, k2tog] rep

Rnd 4- K

Rnd 5- [K2tog] rep

Rnd 6- [K2tog] rep = 14 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Top Ten Knitting Trends Of 2014

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Either you have been living under a rock or orbiting in outer space this past year, if you missed out on the widespread cultural phenomenon that has elevated knitting from a quiet rec room hobby into a social dynamo.  Online communities have embraced the yarnosphere like a duck to water, offering up a wealth of project ideas, pattern choices, instructional videos, knit-a-longs, and more importantly a place to support, share, and encourage each other’s passion for all things to do with yarn.  Let’s enjoy the ride as we head into a new year with even more amazing possibilities.

The Top Ten Knitting Trends Of 2014-

Mirasol m5072

Mirasol m5072

10. Shark Bite!  Once bitten, yet never shy about sweater hemlines that curve in an upwards arch.  This flattering style from Mirasol’s Fall/Winter Collection raised eyebrows and got the green light from knitters confirming that this trend may be lurking just below the surface for awhile longer.

Katia Tahiti

Katia Tahiti

9. The Back Story!  Its the surprise ending that created plenty of buzz this year, as cosy cardigans, plush pullovers and fancy vests flashed openwork panels on the flipside.  Katia turned up the air conditioning during the hottest days of summer with this knockout t shirt knit in cool cotton ribbon.

Marblz by Knitters Pride

Marblz by Knitter’s Pride

8. Candy Coating!  Knitting needles have never looked so pretty thanks to newcomer Marblz  from Knitter’s Pride.  These twirly-whirly pointed sticks made of an acrylic composite are enhanced with a hand-blended marbling technique that makes every needle truly unique.   Available in single points, double points, fixed and interchangeable circulars………..and they won’t melt in your hands.

Katia City Cocoon

Katia City Cocoon

7. Under Cover!  After a brief hiatus, the cocoon has emerged again, grabbing the spotlight as an alternative style that blurs the lines between cardigan and shrug.  This billowy contemporary design by Katia is knit from sleeve to sleeve in a self-striping yarn.

Esquel by Louisa Harding

Ivy by Louisa Harding

6. Under The Big Top!  Ponchos continue to multiply in popularity and have quickly became one of the year’s main attractions, as easy breezy cover ups that sizzle in the summer heat and feel like a cosy hug in the winter.  Louisa Harding mesmerized knitters with this big and boxy silhouette, knit in Esquel.

Ombre Pullover by Debbie Bliss

Pullover by Debbie Bliss

5. Out Of The Shadows!  Gradient shading made quite a stir in the knitting paintbox, spreading a wash of tone-on-tone hues onto everything from cowls to cardigans.  This fab design by Debbie Bliss, utilizes three colours of Angel, blending two strands together to create a pleasing ombre effect.

Head Start by Sirdar

Head Start by Sirdar

4. Hats Off To Pom Poms!  They popped up in bright neon colours just in time for cold weather knitting and became the luxurious faux fur finish to a chunky hat or scarf.  Sirdar Head Start (shown above).

Cowl Hood by Katia

Cowl Hood by Katia

3. In The Loop!  We all know how wildly popular cowls have become, the ultimate fashion accessory with well over twenty thousand creative versions featured on ravelry. So it was only a matter of time before this trend morphed into the next best thing.  Spurred on by social media the ‘cowl hood’ emerged providing yet another element of warmth to our winter armor.  Katia added this boucle-trimmed beauty to their latest accessory collection.

Rasta by Malabrigo

Rasta by Malabrigo

2. In The Big League!  As soon as the furnace heated up, the big guys like Rasta by Malabrigo rocked the yarnosphere.  It was the delicious combination of extra thick squishy stitches and instant gratification that melted our hearts and caused demand to exceed supply.

Tim Hortons Warm Wishes Holiday Campaign

Tim Hortons Warm Wishes Holiday Campaign

1. Social Buzz! The knitting universe gained a mega fan along the way as the iconic Canadian company, Tim Hortons unveiled their warm wishes campaign for the holiday season to encourage and spread good will.  Coffee and tea drinkers sipped merrily away in paper cups adorned with cheery knit motifs while epic yarn bombings took place in Toronto and Fort Frances, Ontario proving that the magic of knitting can bring a community together.

Rasta In Brooklyn

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Hot on the heels of Book Six, Malabrigo keeps the creative wheels spinning at high gear with their recently-released Book Seven, a fresh and vibrant collection of chill-busting knits, fashionably styled and photographed on location in Brooklyn’s most fascinating neighborhoods.  Collaborating with a talented team of designers and the artful palette of kettle-dyed sinfully-soft super chunky merino from Malabrigo, Rasta’s star continues to rise with fifteen brand new fun projects.

Here is a preview of Rasta In Brooklyn available now at your lys-

The Heights

The Heights

Looking for a handmade gift idea for a bestie?  This drop stitch cowl goes from zero-to-yay-I am-finished in under an hour and will leave your friends speechless.  Don’t let the open stitches fool you, it requires only one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and has plenty of warmth to go around.  Arco Iris (shown above).

Bushwick

Bushwick

One size fits all in this bold and cheerful pull-on hat design accented with a plush pom pom.  An ideal gift for the teenager on your gift list, just tuck in an iTunes gift card and watch them smile.  From left to right- Glazed Carrot and Plomo, Teal Feather and Lettuce, Azul and Sunset.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Winding cables and playful bobbles take centre stage on this cosy poncho which is knit in two pieces and finished off with a thick collar designed for standing up to the fierce Arctic wind.  Lotus (shown above).

Navy Yard

Navy Yard

Going east or going west, all stitches intersect for a fabulous trellis effect on these cabled wristers.  Solis (shown above).

Red Hook

Red Hook

Have you tried your hand at provisional cast on?  Its as simple as crocheting a chain and it creates a seamless finish on this richly-hued handbag designed to hold everything but the kitchen sink.  A fabric lining is added for support and structure.   Ravelry Red (shown above).

Love Letter

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

If any yarn were to inspire a love letter it would have to be the one and only, wildly alluring, fanciful Noro, with its gregarious stand-out-in-a-crowd personality, the kind that simply takes your breath away at first glance and causes even the most stoic of hearts to flutter.  For almost forty years knitters have remained truly devoted to the creative possibilities and unique artistry waiting to be discovered inside each ball of Noro yarn.

LOVE LETTER by Claudia Wersing

LOVE LETTER by Claudia Wersing

Claudia Wersing is the innovative designer behind this impressive new collection from Noro which fully integrates the facets of ‘Euro Chic’ style- keeping it casual, yet fashionable and practical in a dressy sort of way with a wee bit of drama thrown in for good measure.  Love Letter shines the spotlight on two new qualities, Janome, a silk and wool combo in a double knitting weight and Hanabatake, a medley of wool, silk and mohair in an aran weight spin.  Look for both yarns to catch your eye this season in eight colourways.

CAMERON

CAMERON

Settle in for a cosy winter ahead with Claudia’s latest design, a flattering A-line tunic to wear over leggings or jeans.  Project requires 10-14 balls of Janome in shade no. 09 (shown above).

CHARLIZE

CHARLIZE

Make a lasting impression with this splashy cardigan highlighted by a cinched waistline, seed stitch edgings and a peplum border.  Project requires 9-11 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 09 (shown above).

CARRIE

CARRIE

Ladders and cables cheerfully intertwine on this stunning boat neck pullover which features one-piece sleeve and yoke construction and no shaping whatsoever.  The focus is first and foremost on the striking colourplay.  Project requires 9-11 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 07 (shown above).

CANDICE

CANDICE

Knit away to your heart’s content on this longer-length pullover cleverly-constructed from the top down to eliminate the need for raglan seams.  Trying intarsia knitting for the first-time?  This motif offers a simple place to start.  Project requires 7-9 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 05 and 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in shade no. 06 (shown above).

COURTNEY

COURTNEY

High voltage striping creates magic on this chevron-inspired skirt.  Knit in two pieces with side seams, Claudia’s design features an elastic waistband and seven inch fringes.  Project requires 7-9 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 01 (shown above).