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Summerfest

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The thing we love most about summer, is making memories that will last well through the sluggish days of winter.  The more time spent outdoors the better, and this long weekend is the annual gateway to soaking up copious amounts of sunshine, breathing in gallons of fresh air, and that familiar tickling sensation of the grass beneath our toes.

Louisa Harding celebrates the onset of summer with her latest knitwear compilation, Anise, inspired by Britain’s largest outdoor music event, the Glastonbury Festival, a five day gathering dating back to the hippie culture of 1970 and drawing crowds of up to two hundred thousand every June.  Amidst the laidback sounds of rock, reggae, pop, folk, soul and hip hop, this popular festival has influenced fashion with a true bohemian style that remains timeless.

Star Anise

Star Anise

Star Anise is the headlining act for this all-new collection by Louisa Harding. Anise features a medley of tempting designs knit in an airy cotton blend ribbon including this well-contoured marvel, entirely worked in the round, its a combo shawl-vest that takes shape gracefully mirroring the effect of butterfly wings.  Cardamom and Pomegranate (shown above).

Pilton

Pilton

Two circular motifs knit from the center out create the back and front of this swingy boho chic top, Pilton, an encore version to the style above.  Lovage (shown above).

Acoustic

Acoustic

Echoing the colour intensity of the deep blue sea, Acoustic begins with Louisa’s signature picot cast on and transitions from a wide scalloped panel to the laidback texture of reverse stocking stitch.  Available in a three-quarter or sleeveless silhouette.  Scallion (shown above).

Strummerville

Strummerville

This summery vest knits up at record speed on 7 mm needles and offers maximum versatility, as a cover up over tank tops, sundresses, or your most cherished concert t shirts.  Simple panels of openwork break up the colour repitition.  Also available in a lace-up cardigan style.  Lovage (shown above).

anise

Silver Hays

As light as a summer breeze across an open meadow, Silver Hays takes centre stage and may just hang around for more than one outdoor music event to become your NFA (New Favorite Accessory).  Choose between the full-size version or Louisa’s smaller two-ball project that knits into a trendy neck kerchief.  Myrtle (shown above).

Band Stand

Bandstand

You may recall Ivy, Louisa’s leaf-edged poncho that caused quite a stir amongst knitters over this past winter.  Bandstand is the summer equivalent, knit from side-to-side, with a flattering oversized fit in either a cropped length (as above) or a longer tunic length.  Pomegranate (shown above).

Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Isn’t it always the way?  Our cold weather gear has just been neatly tucked away and we are enjoying some much-deserved sunshine and warmer temperatures when it is time to skip ahead to the cold blustery days of winter and think of cosy knitwear.  Yes, it is that occasion again when Diamond Yarn hosts their exciting annual Fall/Winter Preview.

Here are just a few highlights from the Fall/Winter Collection-

Queensland Kathmandu

Mirasol Sisa

Mirasol captures the softly-heathered tones of the harvest season with Sisa, a pliable merino merged with baby alpaca.  Now this one may be classified as a chunky weight but it will be a surprise to knitters with its amazing yardage and hollow-core construction.

Mirasol Yaya

Mirasol Yaya

Think of this one as Mr Big Stuff, it may just be love at first sight for knitters when Yaya hits the shelves this fall.  One quick squeeze of this barely-spun superwash merino is sure to make hearts go pitter-patter with all the luscious shades that Mirasol is known for.

Queensland Kathmandu

Queensland Kathmandu

From Queensland Collection, a welcome surprise to really warm things up by the fire as one season slides into the next, Kathmandu, an aran weight in a splurge of luxurious merino, silk and cashmere with a rustic palette to choose from.  Rainbow Beach is another new offering, a superwash sport weight wool in a captivating multi-colour assortment.

Noro

Noro Rainbow Roll

Noro never skips a beat, by keeping the colour wheel in constant motion.  Look for all twelve of these Rainbow Rolls, each one comes pre-packaged in a birthday cake size roving that will fascinate spinners, weavers and felting enthusiasts.  Also on the horizon from Noro, Shinryoku will please those who lean towards a more monochromatic scheme with eight subtle colourways in a wool and silk combo.

Katia

Katia Cat Scarf

Katia has gone to the dogs………cats, monkeys, and owls!  That’s right, when its time to head back to school, the kids will be fashionably outfitted in whimsical animal scarves, backpacks, and caps (available later this summer) in pint-sized kits to crochet and knit.

Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport

Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport

Making a good thing even better, Baby Alpaca Sport has been a favorite with knitters for quite some time now, encouraging a shift in the cold weather spectrum.  This time around look for lighter, softer shades to be added to the line up.

Diamond Luxury Collection

Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair

The goodies just keep on coming from Diamond Luxury Collection, and this jewel in the crown was an instant hit with shop owners.  Not only is it light as a cloud, the fifteen shades are an enchanting array of semi-solids ideally-suited for gradient designs or colour blocking.

The Softer Side of Spring

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

With neon brights and bold graphic tones currently monopolizing our fashion senses, its naturally a little more difficult to notice the subtler hues beckoning us from the sidelines like shy wallflowers.  If electric blue, psychedelic pink and atomic orange are not quite to your taste, this spring we are also seeing a gentler palette of opaque shades that may not turn up the volume as loudly but are equally irresistible.

Noro Boutique

Noro Boutique by Jenny Watson

Strawberry fields forever!  The familiar hues of summer’s cherished berries fuse together on this textured Cardigan which graces the cover of the latest Boutique Collection by British designer, Jenny Watson.  Knit in Noro’s  Shiro, a fanciful combination of wool, cashmere and silk in a dozen temptations.  Col. 8 (shown above).

Relaxed Sweater

Relaxed Sweater

Jenny designed this Relaxed Sweater, with colour as the gracious understudy, allowing the delicacy of the openwork and the sweep of the hemline to share the limelight.  Knit in Hanabatake, a luxurious blend of wool, silk and a swirly haze of mohair.  Col. 4 (shown above).

Tranquil Waistcoat

Tranquil Waistcoat

The beauty of this Tranquil Waistcoat is in its nuances, a simple style that is readily-adapted to casual weekend living or nine-to-five work wear.  Featuring knit-in pockets, a zip-front opening and the new cropped length for spring, this quick project is knit in Obi, a chunky mixture of silk, wool and mohair.  Col. 5 (shown above).

Boutique Cardigan

Boutique Cardigan

Calling all shrinking violets!  Jenny’s Boutique Cardigan mirrors the image of a garden’s first blooms.  Knit in Janome, a silk/wool blend in a dk weight.  Col. 10. (shown above).

Crystal Pullover

Crystal Pullover

The blush of an English rose couldn’t be any sweeter than Noro’s tranquil interplay of colours chosen for this Crystal Pullover.  Classic stocking stitch is offset by gridwork detail on the neckline and turnback cuffs.  Knit in Janome, a silky wool combo available this season in eight preferences.  Col. 1 (shown above).

Is Spring Under Wraps?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

In some parts of the country it appears that spring is still under wraps, at least for the moment.  But we can rest assured that the warm weather will spur on the familiar whistle and warble of songbirds and the patches of hardened snow at the forest’s edge will quickly be replaced with trilliums in full bloom.  What will be will be…..and from a knitter’s perspective that translates into a little more time for whipping up pretty spring accessories.  This season the shawl is hotter than ever, transforming from the classic shoulder wrap into a fun bandana-style neck piece for sprucing up just about everything from a plain white tee to a long flowing sundress.

Katia book 3

Katia Tahiti Shawl

Not in the mood for fussing with a complicated lace pattern?  Go easy breezy with this warm weather shawl featured in the latest beginner book from Katia.  Its knit from end-to-end on jumbo-sized needles (10 mm) using only two balls of Tahiti, a brand new cotton tape yarn that boasts a range of nearly thirty tropical colours.  Sun (shown above).

Katia Tahiti Beach bk 3

Katia Tahiti Beach Neck Wrap

Variety is the spice of life, and if you like the versatility of the first knitted shawl, why not make a second one using Tahiti Beach?  Its really the same yarn, only cranked up a notch in a fun range of transitional hues. Col. 300 (shown above).

Katia Jaipur Book 81

Katia Jaipur Triangle Shawl

Keep it pure and simple with Jaipur, a self-striping laceweight yarn in comfortable cotton.  This triangle bib-style shawl combines the symmetry of garter stitch with a delicate crocheted edging.  Col. 203 and 209 (shown above).

Sirdar Beachcomber 7497

Sirdar Beachcomber Shawl

For sultry days ahead, whether its an outdoor wedding or a backyard barbeque, keep this fringed delight in mind.  Not only is it a boho chic triangular shawl for covering shoulders, it will also substitute nicely as a dressy neck accessory.  Knit in Sirdar’s sensational Beachcomber, a softly-textured cotton popping up in shops now with a choice of four multis and six solids. Windward (shown above).

Katia Silk Cotton Bk 82

Katia Silk-Cotton Shawl

Freshen up last year’s faded tees and camis with this full size shawl that offers up smoking hot stripe action and terrific coverage.  Easy to knit in Katia’s Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 blend with a lovely cable twist, available in pretty close to twenty softened tones.  Col. 52, 53, 55, and 62 (shown above).

Katia Bari bk 82

Katia Bari Shawl

Going casual never looked so easy.  Just a quick twirl around your neck and off you go in this lightweight bandana shawl, knit in Bari, dyed in ten striking colour combos.  Col. 71 (shown above).

Egg-ceptionally Cute Kidswear

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Its a weekend that revolves around egg-shaped treats, family gatherings and getting the wiggly, giggly kids into their new spring outfits.  In anticipation of the sunny days ahead, a bright fun collection of knitwear is making the rounds and it looks like Katia has snagged the top spot once again with an adorable mix of lively-coloured sun tops, pullovers and cardigans.  Here is a peek at some of Katia’s newest and most egg-ceptionally cute kidswear-

Tahiti Spray Katia Beginners Book 3

Tahiti Spray

Into the swing of it!  With this trapeze suntop designed to fit ages four to eight, a super easy project in just one piece with a button tab at the back.  Knit in Katia’s newcomer, Tahiti Spray, a printed cotton tape that pops with fresh colour.  Col. 103 (shown above).

Katia Book 72 Salsa

Salsa

Cast on tonight and cast off tomorrow!  This speedy little circular yoke cardigan is really as simple as it looks, knit in old-fashioned garter stitch (sized from six to eighteen months), with Salsa, a delightful new ribbon yarn that twirls and twists on the needles creating its own unique texture.  Col. 67 (shown above).

Tahiti Beach and Creta

Tahiti Beach and Creta

For little fashionistas!  What’s not to like about these two style savvy cardigans (sized four to twelve years) knit in splashy hues that mesmerize the eyes.  Far left- Raglan sleeves and elongated stitchwork set the pace for crisp cool Tahiti Beach, a self-striping cotton ribbon available to knit now in ten summery choices.  Far right- A high low hemline makes this design ultra hip.  Knit in Creta, Katia’s slightly-sheer cotton blend dyed in fifteen soft solids.  Col. 304 (shown on left) and coral (shown on right).

Katia Book 72

Mississippi 3

All sweetness and light!  This flounce top is knit in Katia’s go-to comfort yarn, Mississippi 3, lightweight and easy care in a range of more than fifty fashionable shades to instantly transform children’s knitwear into trendy boutique pieces.  Available in sizes from six to twenty-four months.  White, sky blue, salmon, green and rose (shown above).

Belice Katia Book 73

Belice

Summer fun in a ball!  Katia packs a tall cool glass of tropical punch into this darling gathered top knit in Belice, a cotton blend in a dk weight that is magically transformed by a paintbrush palette.  Col. 317 (shown above).

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).