Archive for the ‘New & Knitworthy’ Category

Linen And Lace

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The yin and yang of the knitting world, linen and lace go together like sea salt sprinkled on caramel or a chocolate latte stirred with cayenne pepper.  Its the unexpected pairing of opposites that create such a harmonious balance, linen for its rawness and wirelike structure, the embodiment of Old World rugged strength and lace for its exquisite complexity of delicate twists and turns winding itself into open spaces.  The contrast between the two works like magic to highlight each other’s charm.

 

Katia Lino

Katia Lino

History’s first plant-based fibre, linen is spun from the flax plant, a tall, spindly stalk topped off with a sky-blue flower.  Linen has become the quintessential summer yarn, for its ability to stay cool and dry.  It has an incredibly long staple and not surprisingly is three times stronger than cotton.

 

Linen and Lace Cowl

Linen and Lace Cowl

Squash it, crumple it into a ball, or trample on it, you will never hurt its feelings.  Papery-crisp pure linen just gets softer and lovelier the more it is handled, washed and worn.  The beauty is in its nature, it has a will all its own.  So when it comes to close-fitting styles or patterns with ribbing, forget it, this yarn is just too relaxed for that.

 

Linen and Lace Cowl

Linen and Lace Cowl

If you are uncertain about knitting with linen, this drapey vintage-inspired cowl is a great place to start.  It is worked in the round with a straightforward pattern repeat combining cables and openwork.  Our pure linen version requires two 50g balls of Katia Lino and is shortened to a measurement of 20 cm/8 ins.  Wear it long and loose or double wrap it to closely fill in a neckline.  Fourteen shades are available this season including this week’s pick, Silver Grey (shown above).

 

Katia Lino col 8

Katia Lino in Silver Grey

Noema

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Let’s all do our happy dance as Louisa Harding provides us with what we crave the most at this time of year, C-O-L-O-U-R.  Noema is just what the doctor ordered, a much-needed prescription for knitters to help chase away the dull grey blur that envelopes the early days of spring.  In this latest collection, Noema, Louisa tickles our fancy with fourteen light and airy projects, each one dabbled and stippled with the swish of a magical paintbrush.

Louisa Harding Noema

Louisa Harding Noema

Livelier than a Moroccan bazaar, Noema, a slubby multi-plied cotton yarn swirls across the needles creating texture and shine.  Look for all ten shadings at your local yarn shop this season- Pink, Powder, Khaki, Sauna, Picnic, Merlot, Disco, Cocktail, Castaway and Jive.

Azurine

Azurine

A sari-inspired colour palette lends itself well to Azurine, a ripple-edged cardigan finished off with a picot border.  The body of the garment is worked in one piece up to the armholes in eight-row stripes with two kindred colourways in Noema Cocktail and Disco (shown above).

Bettine

Bettine

Ribbons of airy lace play up the stripey nature of Noema, in this circular yoke pullover, Bettine.  Looking for a comfortable fit and no seams to sew?  Then this one is just for you.  Both full and cropped length styles are included in this collection.  Jive (shown above).

Phoebe

Phoebe

More than what first meets the eye, Phoebe appears to be a pullover, yet is actually a cape, designed to slip over the head and settle into place as a light layer over summer dresses and sleeveless tops.  Worked in the round from the bottom up, Louisa also offers this design in a capelet version which falls to just above the elbow.  Picnic (shown above).

Pasha

Pasha

Vertical stripes change up the proportions of Pasha, a lace-up cardigan with bold attitude.  The body is worked from side to side creating a sawtooth border at the lower edge.  The yoke is picked up and knit horizontally to break the visual sightline.  Castaway (shown above).

Delilah

Delilah

Still the hottest fashion accessory around, and creating all the buz-z-z in this collection, the double loop cowl lets loose for spring in a riot of colour and texture.  Delilah flaunts the jewel brights and Louisa’s signature girly style.  Triple loop cowl instructions also included.  Cocktail (shown above).

Pretty Party Girls

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

All dressed up and no place to go?  That will never be a worry with this charming collection of knitwear styles from Sirdar.  Pretty Party Girls offers up an assortment of sixteen delightful designs befitting a range of special occasions from afternoon teas, spring formals, to bridal showers and Easter brunch.

Take a peek at Pretty Party Girls-

Sirdar SOUKIE DK

Sirdar SOUKIE DK

Sirdar Soukie DK is a shimmery twist of cotton and polyester accentuated with just a sprinkling of tiny paillettes that catch the light like pixie dust.  Look for these eight shades in shops now- Gold Dust, Daybreak, Dusky Rose, Arabesque, Starstruck, Jasper, Endless Days, and Into The Sun.

 

Ruffle Edge Cardigan

Ruffle Edge Cardigan

Wrap up the next special occasion with a ruffle edge cardigan sized to fit just right with raglan sleeves for girls aged two to thirteen years.  Sirdar is unsurpassed when it comes to an extensive range of sizing and design options.  This style can be knit with capped or full length sleeves.  Jasper (shown above).

 

Long V Neck Pullover

Long V Neck Pullover

Redefine grace under pressure, and sparkle your way from a demanding day at work to an evening of fun and laughter with the girls.  This figure-hugging pullover, designed to cause eyelids to flutter knits up either in a short or tunic length version complete with choice of v neck in back or front.  Gold Dust (shown above).

 

Scoop Neck Cardi

Scoop Neck Cardi

Play the hostess at the party and dress to dazzle with this no-fuss scoop neck cardigan.  Dainty rows of eyelets are outlined in between garter ridges, without adding texture overload.  Take your pick from short or three-quarter length sleeves.  Daybreak (shown above).

 

Sleeveless Asymmetrical Top

Sleeveless Asymmetrical Top

Punch up the party mood with this golden-hued asymmetrical top featuring overlapping angular fronts and fashionable cap sleeves  Not only is it a look that says, ‘now’, it adds a touch of instant glamour.  Into The Sun (shown above).

 

Long Sleeve Jacket

Long Sleeve Jacket

Bubblegum pink is simply irresistible in this very girly jacket designed with a deep-cut v and smooth stitching to highlight the exquisite beauty of Soukie DK.  Optional short sleeve instructions are added.  Dusky Rose (shown above).

Letting In The Lamb

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

In like a lion, out like a lamb……….and don’t we all vote for the latter this month?  If you are still comfortably settled in a warm and cosy state of ‘hiberknitting’ stay there, but just remember to peek out every now and then to catch a glimpse of the latest designs for spring.  Inspiring, stylish and always refreshing, Mirasol previews two new laceweight yarns, Sulka Legato, and Nuna Fina complimented by a collection of contemporary designs for women.

Catch a breath of fresh air with a few of these styles-  

Mirasol Sulka Legato

Mirasol SULKA LEGATO

Light and lofty, Sulka Legato is a creamy blend of merino, alpaca and silk, dyed to perfection in sixteen medium tones- pearl, beige, taupe, camel, chocolate, charcoal, sage, slate, lilac, aqua, rust, moss, purple, teal, plum and denim.

Mirasol Leaflet m5046

Mirasol Leaflet m5046

Lacy Tee-  The trendsetting look of the season is roomy and relaxed.  This design is completely reversible, and builds on a simple square framework with minimal shaping, comfortably capped off with wide cuffs for sleeves.  Teal (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5047

Mirasol Leaflet m5047

Seed Stitch Cardigan-  Quiet and demure, this design replaces the winter weary suit jacket and showcases the whispery-soft nature of the yarn, Sulka Legato, with a clean silhouette and scaled-down texture.  Denim (shown above).

Mirasol NUNA FINA

Mirasol NUNA FINA

Sleek and shimmery, Nuna Fina lets the light shine in.  This fingering weight yarn is a harmonious blend of merino, silk and bamboo available in high mileage skeins of three hundred metres.  Look for all sixteen shades- snowflakes, pitchblack, ruby, darkwoods, midnight, deepwater, amethyst, royalty, foggy, beaverdam, mossed over, tandoori, toasted walnut, bluejay, emerald city, and lava stone. 

Mirasol Leaflet m5056

Mirasol Leaflet m5056

Lace Border Cardigan-  For limitless appeal, this stunning v-neck style can cross the great divide from slacks to dresses.  The delicate lace borders are worked sideways, with the body worked seamlessly in one piece.  Hook and eye closures finish off the look.  Mossed Over (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5054

Mirasol Leaflet m5054

Sleeveless Turtleneck Tunic-  Set the mood for modern sophistication with this design, well-constructed with a-line shaping, and no seams, the bodice is worked in double strand for extra coverage.  Ruby (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5057

Mirasol Leaflet m5057

Vintage Lace Tee-  Practical and lightweight, this modest little tee is jazzed up a notch with a lovely seashell lace repeat along the bottom edge.  Amethyst (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5053

Mirasol Leaflet m5053

Oversized Poncho Top-  A flattering style for all ages, this design is knit from side to side in two easy pieces with maximum drape.  The open lacework provides cool comfort and plenty of air circulation on hot days.  This popular longer length makes it ideal to wear over leggings or capris.  Foggy (shown above).

View these designs and more from the Mirasol Collection online at Patternfish.

Top Ten Shawls For Spring 2014

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Despite what it might look like outside at the moment, we will soon be entering the season of the shawl.  Our trusty cold weather warriors, those big bulky cowls and scarves that provided us with much-needed body armor for the last few months will now graciously pass the torch over to lighter fare.  Wrap over the shoulders, delicate layers that can be casually looped, tied, knotted or pinned in place have been embraced by knitters with open arms, with no less than thirty-two thousand shawl patterns currently on Ravelry we know they are hot commodities.

Kick off shawl season with one of our top ten styles featuring a bevy of beautiful new yarns-

Katia Iris Shawl

Katia Iris Shawl

Designed by the Katia design team for ultra light layering on breezy afternoons or evenings, this airy shawl with its dramatic sawtooth edging is knit in Isis, a new linen-based sport yarn subtly enhanced with metallic sheen.  Stardust (shown above).

 

Mirasol Arrowhead Shawl

Mirasol Arrowhead Shawl

Designed by Michelle Porter for Mirasol S/S 2014.  One can almost inhale the fresh scent of lilacs wafting from this delicately-knit Arrowhead Shawl featuring short row shaping and a plunging lace panel.  Knit in brand new Sulka Legato, a fingering weight blend of merino, alpaca and silk.  Lilac (shown above).  Free Pattern is available to download here.

 

Fibra Natura Llamalini Wrap

Fibra Natura Llamalini Wrap

Designed by Amy Gunderson for Fibra Natura.  The ideal compliment to this spring’s feminine floral dresses, Amy’s asymmetrical shawlette is knit in Llamalini, a posh mix of llama, raw silk and linen.  This design spans from wrist-to-wrist and begins with a provisional cast on to create a folded picot hemline which forays into a pretty lace section followed up by easy short row shaping in garter stitch.  Henna (shown above).   Free Pattern available to download here.

 

Sublime Heroine Wrap

Sublime Heroine Wrap

Designed by the Sublime design team in a lavish shade of Very Purple.  This rectangle wrap is feathery-light, knit in an intriguing diamond pattern that is able to filter through rays of sunlight.  Look for this latest addition to Sublime’s collection, pearly-twisted Extra Fine Merino Lace showcasing high voltage colour as well as classic hues.

 

Noro Shawlette

Noro Shawlette

Noro Favorites Collection shines the spotlight on this self-striping shawlette guaranteed to chase away all the clouds. Its knit from side-to-side in garter stitch, a simple yet imaginative way to flaunt the incredible colouring in Silk Garden Sock.  Look for six new colourways this season.  Shade no. 304 (shown above).

 

Sirdar Hush Shawl

Sirdar Hush Shawl

Designed by the Sirdar design team, a wispy mohair shawl to knit in Hush, a luscious new lace yarn spun in an aran weight and dyed to delight in a soft colour palette.  Six shades available this season.  Blow (shown above).

 

Mirasol Raspberry Sorbet Shawlette

Mirasol Raspberry Sorbet Shawlette

Designed by Michele Meadows for Mirasol S/S Collection.  A cool and refreshing hue of raspberry sorbet highlights key elements such as the tiny bobble edging and the picot cast off edge on this Shawlette.  Knit in Nuna, a seasonal favorite presenting eight new silky shades- ivory, butternut, key lime, coral, hyacinth, blue bonnet, timber wolf, and jade. 

 

Sirdar Soukie Wraps

Sirdar Soukie Wraps

Two sparkly options for grown up sophistication from Sirdar.  Choose either style, this is a basic wrap pattern suitable for beginners, just add tassels or leave the edges raw.  Knit in Soukie DK, a cotton blend splashed with tiny sequins for shine anytime.  Eight choices are in the queue for spring.  Starstruck and Arabesque (shown above).

 

Mirasol Geode Lace Shawl

Mirasol Geode Lace Shawl

Designed by Sachiko Burgin for Mirasol S/S 2014.  The Geode Lace Shawl features crisp geometric lines that seem to melt like ice into the sheerness of the open lacework border.  A whisper of a yarn, Nuna Fina flutters into spring with the perfect shade of blue, Royalty (shown above) along with seventeen stunning shades to choose from.

 

Queensland Collection Butterfly Lace Shawl

Queensland Collection Butterfly Shawl

Designed by Nancy Nagle for Queensland Collection, this Butterfly Shawl is much more than what first meets the eye.  Two front points converge at the shoulder into half a hexagon, creating a straight sightline across the back.  It is the clever placement of increases that creates this illusion.  The nubby twist of cotton and polyester in Whitsunday plays up the angles with a rustic vibe.  Look for all eight shades including Wine (shown above).  Free Pattern available to download right here.

Signs Of Spring

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

“Between winter and summer lies a beautiful spring”…….and it is never too early to start searching for signs of it.  For some, it can be a trip down south to get reacquainted with the warmth of the sun, a visit to a neighbor’s greenhouse to see tiny sprigs of greenery, or a walk through the mall to glimpse splashes of colour on mannequins.  Meanwhile for knitters, the quest begins at the local yarn shop browsing through the latest collection of patterns, and yarns, an instant way to refresh the senses and shed the cold weather fatigue.

 

Sirdar Cotton DK

Sirdar Cotton DK

Rich in colour and texture, Sirdar Cotton DK makes its spring debut long before the crocuses bloom.  Incredibly soft to the touch, this pure cotton yarn radiates with lustre in eighteen shades covering the spectrum in a palette of classic neutrals to fashion brights.  Complimented by a full range of knit and crochet patterns that look fresh and inviting, Sirdar’s design team strikes gold with fab handbags, breezy wraps, stylish shells, and refined cardigans.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7083

Sirdar Leaflet #7083

Sleek Silhouette-  The impeccable smooth stitching in this design puts the focus on the delicate lacework yoke.  Sirdar Cotton DK delivers maximum length at more than two hundred meters per ball, and this design requires only three balls for smaller sizing.  Black Violet (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7079

Sirdar Leaflet #7079

Lattice Illusion-  Graceful sophistication and the exceptional sheen of Cotton DK highlights the mesmerizing stitch interplay on this stunning boat-neck shell.  Loose flowing sleeves are yours for the choosing.  Did you know that Sirdar designs feature ample sizing from 32/34 to 52/54?  Cottonfield (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

Blue Mood- Hit the refresh button this spring and breathe new life into the essential cardigan.  This design has simple structure, interesting patternwork, and three quarter sleeves for a feminine look.  A jolt of bold colour will add more mileage to last year’s outfits.  Sailor Blue (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7078

Sirdar Leaflet #7078

Captivating Kimono-  Cast on in this year’s trendiest shade that falls somewhere between tranquil turquoise and ocean blue.  This relaxed grab-and-go style features a flattering fit with front border detail and built-in sleeves.  Bluebird (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7070

Sirdar Leaflet #7070

Golden Glow-  New to crochet?  This chic tee is just for you, with easy double crochet worked back and forth in rows, accentuated with a lacy inset neckline.  Choose sporty cap sleeves or cover up from the sun with long sleeves.  Honeysuckle (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7076

Sirdar Leaflet #7076

Tropical Tunic- A mixture of crochet motifs on this boat-neck style creates a lovely airy look for fairweather layering.  Options abound with the choice of full-length or short sleeves.   Mill White (shown above).

Thinking of Spring

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Despite recent predictions by a few furry rodents, there are no shadows falling across the pages of the latest Debbie Bliss knitting magazine, it is clear skies, warm breezes, and full steam ahead for spring.  In this issue, British knitwear designer and author, Debbie Bliss, takes a trip down memory lane, recapturing the American influences of her youth, Saturday afternoons spent watching westerns, and black and white movies set in sugary sweet soda shops.  Getting back to her roots, this collection focuses primarily on knitwear for kids, ranging from preppy to pretty, with photographic story boards set against the relaxed backdrop of Long Island, New York.

Let’s take a peek inside this issue-

Issue 12

Issue 12

NOTE:  Look inside for a special preview of Debbie Bliss’s soon-to-be released collection of kitchenware accessories set to debut in March.

 

Argyle Cardigan

Argyle Cardigan

The classic argyle cardigan gets a makeover with Debbie’s trademark palette of duck egg, silver and mink in Baby Cashmerino, a silky-soft blend of merino, microfiber and a splurge of cashmere available in sixty-plus shades.

 

Red and White Striped Top

Red and White Striped Top

A tiny sailor’s delight with red and white striping signals warm weather days ahead.  Knit in lightweight Eco Baby, organically grown cotton that knits up ultra smooth.  Oversized tunic top to fit kids from one to eight years.

 

Sleeveless Top

Sleeveless Top

An understated look, reminiscent of Jackie O style, this sleeveless top takes moss stitch to a new level with the addition of soft fringing.  Knit in the all-new Juliet, a summery sport yarn mixing cotton and acrylic together in a dozen tweedy colour choices.  Hyacinth (shown above).

 

Chevron Lace Top

Chevron Lace Top

The warm glow of coral elegantly showcases the lustre of Debbie’s finest spun merino yarn, Rialto Lace.  Surprisingly, just three balls will knit up this airy Lace Chevron Top featuring set-in elbow length sleeves and side shaping detail.  Look for six new spring shades- primrose, leaf, blush, iris, stone and bark.

 

Intarsia Jacket

Intarsia Jacket

For hanging out at the ranch in jeans and cowboy boots, Debbie combines stripes and western motifs in this whimsical Intarsia Jacket, with turnback cuffs sized for little girls aged three to six years.  Knit in superwash Rialto AranSunshine, pool, pale blue, red, black, basil and rust (shown above).

 

Hooded Zip Jacket

Hooded Zip Jacket

Debbie’s philosophy when it comes to designing knitwear for kids has always been based on comfort and simplicity.  This Hooded Zip Jacket has that easy fit that spells w-e-e-k-e-n-d thanks to a few key components such as garter side openings, diagonal front pockets, and roomy sizing for ages three to ten years.  Knit in Cotton DK, a durable worsted weight cotton boasting fifty-plus brights and neutrals.  Cloud (shown above).

Knits From An English Rose

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Skip the cinnamon hearts and chocolate rose bouquet during this month of romantic offerings, and let your true love know what would really make your heart flutter with delight.  Knits From An English Rose is in yarn shops now, a romantic collection of vintage-inspired accessories by British knitwear designer, Louisa Harding.  Through the lens of a camera, this book offers a visual narrative of Louisa’s creative journey, “the girl who grew up in urban London and found herself in the wildness of Yorkshire.”  Beautifully photographed on the grounds of Cannon Hall, a country estate complete with fairyland gardens, moss-stained stonework, and ivy-covered columns, each design is impeccably styled to express the designer’s love of Edwardian fashion and vintage clothing.

by Louisa Harding

by Louisa Harding

Working with a velvety-hued palette of jewel tones to highlight the beauty of these seven luxury yarns- Amitola, Orielle, Akiko, Luzia, GraceHand Beaded and Harmonies, Louisa has created a collection of twenty-five stunning accessories, radiating with wintry warmth.  Scarves, shrugs, capes, stylish hats, gloves, and handbags are just some of the inspiring projects included in Knits From An English Rose.

Lulu

Lulu

A garland of knitted flowers quietly graces the yoke of this lacy capelet, featuring diamond panels and three-quarter sleeves.  Knit in Akiko, a milky-soft merino spun with baby alpaca.  Look for sixteen shades to choose your heart’s delight.  Lavender (shown above).

Bette

Bette

A fabulous parade of smoldering hues interchange to create this Bow Beret, an elegant topper with a retro vibe, knit in Amitola, a magical ball of wool and silk delivering sixteen choices of deliciously-dyed rainbow shading.  Berries (shown above).

Estelle

Estelle

An ode to a garden of enchantment, this Fern Bobble Scarf erases the sharp lines of a tailored jacket with a more organic feel, in Akiko, an aran weight mix of merino and baby alpaca.  Berry (shown above).

Agnes

Agnes

When the occasion calls for it, wrap yourself in a layer of luxury, with this Princess Cape.  Knit in Luiza, a faux fur that feels especially cosy on a winter’s eve, edged with Grace Harmonies, a demure silk and merino blend.  Sapphire and Bebop (shown above).

Ada

Ada

Treat yourself to an evening of romance on the arm of a dashing suitor, the ideal opportunity to show off this stylish clutch purse featuring a fold over leaf panel front.  Does chocolate even compare to the sumptuous feel of merino and silk combined with glass beads?  Go for extra glamour and add a vintage brocade lining.  Knit with Grace Wool & Silk, Grace Hand Beaded India (shown above).

Radiant Orchid

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Out with the old, in with the new, and so it goes with colour trends, as 2013′s Emerald makes a swift departure while handing over the reins to this year’s top pick- Radiant Orchid.  According to Pantone, global authority on colour forecasting, “Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society…. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

 

Pantone Colour Of The Year For 2014

Pantone Colour Of The Year For 2014

Bold fashionistas may go for drama, dressing head-to-toe in the most intense hue of Radiant Orchid, while the rest of us can choose to warm up our black, grey and navy outfits this winter with smaller aspects of this alluring shade.  As spring approaches, mix it up with a splash of teal, coral, or hot pink and leave the dark days of winter behind.

 

Radiant Orchid On The Runways

Radiant Orchid On The Runways

Looking for a wardrobe infuser?  Take your cue from Max Mara, Missoni and the fashion runways and cast on with Radiant Orchid in one of these elegant handknit styles by British designer, Louisa Harding-

 

Firefly by Louisa Harding

Firefly by Louisa Harding

Design elements inspired by the Victorian era guarantee a long-lasting impression with this demure lace-up top from the all-new Firefly Collection by Louisa Harding.  Knit in Colline, a soft and supple cotton blended with alpaca and available now in a dozen dreamboat shades.  Victoria (shown above).

 

Phil by Louisa Harding

Phil by Louisa Harding

Capturing the trend of the season, this raglan T-shirt is threaded with a satin ribbon and flatters the figure by mixing three subtle shades in narrow bands.  Lace edgings dipped in a darker tint add high voltage contrast.  From the Colline Collection.  Victoria, Violet, Berries, and Rosemary (shown above).

 

Ayame by Louisa Harding

Ayame by Louisa Harding

Eyelets reign supreme on this scallop-edged pullover featuring deep raglan armholes and three-quarter sleeves.  Designed by Louisa Harding and knit in Akiko, a plush blend of merino and baby alpaca in an aran weight.  Lavender (shown above).

 

Frankie by Louisa Harding

Frankie by Louisa Harding

Flat out fantastic colour blocking accentuates the centre leaf panel on this slinky sleeveless tunic.  Designed by Louisa Harding, and knit in Colline Victoria and Violet (shown above).

 

Azurine by Louisa Harding

Azurine by Louisa Harding

Radiant Orchid combines beautifully with a host of other hot and spicy shades in this new sari-inspired yarn, Noema, from Louisa’s Spring/Summer Collection.  Look for this picot-edged cropped jacket alongside eight more outstanding designs arriving at your lys in time for fairweather knitting.  Cocktail (shown above).

 

Isamu by Louisa Harding

Isamu by Louisa Harding

Front panels knit in this year’s fabulous hue inject a heart-fluttering jolt of colour into this dressy jacket complete with peplum detail at the waist, seed stitch trim and classic set-in sleeves.  Designed by Louisa Harding and knit in AkikoSlate and Lavender (shown above).

Chill Chasers

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Deep winter may be in the forecast but there are more than a few ways to chase away the biting cold, sitting by a roaring fire with a cup of hot cocoa, flipping through pictures of last year’s tropical vacation or twenty minutes of jumping jacks should do the trick.  To look warm and stylish at the same time you might want to try one of these hot-hued chill chasers that are as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

Book 5 In Soho from Malabrigo features fifteen dazzling designs to cover your neck and shoulders in the silky soft luxury of merino wool-

 

Baxter

Baxter

A clever mix of textured stitch work and embedded pockets combine to make Baxter a truly unique scarf project.  Knit up in Mecha, a bulky superwash merino in a parade of almost forty colourways.  Designed by Annabelle Speer.  Borrajas (shown above).

 

Sullivan

Sullivan

Much more than just a stunning work of art, Sullivan translates the majestic beauty of a wintry landscape into a warm wearable double layer cowl knit with three shades of Arroyo, a sport weight merino.  Designed by Ashley Rao.  Regatta Blue, Natural, and Black (shown above).

 

Kenmare

Kenmare

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and Kenmare has sprinkles of them detailed in delicate lacework on this crescent-shaped shawl knit in Malabrigo Sock, available in more than thirty choices.  Designed by Lynette Meek.  Rayon Vert (shown above).

 

Crosby

Crosby

As relaxing to knit as a Sunday drive down a winding country lane, Crosby harmoniously merges ribbing and cables together in a cosy scarf design knit in Mecha.  Designed by Annabelle Speer.  Azul Fresco (shown above).

 

Lafayette

Lafayette

This fiery shade of passion will undoubtedly raise the thermometer a few notches.  Lafayette is a semi-circular shawl worked with short row shaping and balanced at the top with a scalloped lace border.  Knit in Finito, a laceweight merino.  Designed by Zabeth Loisel-Weiner.  Cereza (shown above).

 

Broome

Broome

Filling the void between neck and chin, Broome is a bulky weight circular cowl knit with two skeins of Rasta and comes fully loaded with cables that swing left and then right.  Designed by Vanessa Putt.   Lettuce (shown above).