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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.

by Louisa Harding

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort Yarns

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

If you are looking for delicate cobweb-like yarns, this is not your lucky day.  Clearly something big is going on right now as we enter the comfort zone, a weather-induced state of being that causes a constant craving for soft, squishy, substantial yarns, the kind that knitters can really sink their fingers into.  Yes, its time to pump up the volume and search out mucho grande yarns that make us feel cosy, covered, and cocooned in a bulky layer of warmth.  There is an instant appeal associated with these mega-sized (10.00 – 15.00 mm) yarns, the needles click louder, and the projects cast off lickety-split which means they score b-i-g points on the satisfaction meter too.

TOP TEN COMFORT YARNS-

USHA SUYA by Mirasol

USHYA SUYA by Mirasol

1. Ushya Suya by Mirasol

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Plush malleable springy texture, a dream to knit with, adapts well to cables, stitch texture, and bulky lace patterns.  The unique chainette-style construction makes this yarn extremely lightweight.

COLOURS: Ten semi-solid mid-range hues including ‘Wheat and Chaff’ (shown above).

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

2. Big Softie by Sirdar

COMPOSITION: 51% wool and 49% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Single-plied whispery-soft construction creates a brushed unspun look when knitted, great for cold weather accessories, bulky cardigans, vests, and ponchos.  Bonus: this yarn is washer friendly.

COLOURS: Twenty-six solid and flecked shades including ‘Blizzard’ (shown above).

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

3. Zeus by Lanas Stop

COMPOSITION: 50% wool and 50% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: A mix of two independent strands, one glossy and the other matte, creates a profusion of radiant colour and extra thick texture.

COLOURS: Six sassy multi-twisted picks including no. 216 (shown above).

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

4. Paloma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 60% baby alpaca and 40% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Hollow core construction, ultra-light, pliable and overflowing with touchy-feely luxury.

COLOURS:  Thirty-two solid shades from pale to bright including ‘Cyclamen’ (shown above).

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

5. Olympia by Lana Grossa

COMPOSITION: 53% merino wool and 47% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun with a subtle change in thickness, featuring a graduated colour change.  This yarn is an extremely popular choice for cold weather accessories.  

COLOURS: Sixteen cheerful choices including ‘Glade’ (shown above).

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

6. Dolphin Baby by Himalaya

COMPOSITION: 100% polyester.

ATTRIBUTES: The chenille texture of this yarn makes it tactile in a velvety-smooth way, and mimics a woven finish when knit in garter stitch.

COLOURS: A mix of classic baby pastels and contemporary brights including ‘Rose’ (shown above).

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

7. Bliss by Diamond Luxury Collection

COMPOSITION: 80% extrafine merino and 20% superfine camel hair.

ATTRIBUTES: A classic plied twist, ultra smooth finish and sumptuous to the touch.

COLOURS: ‘Au Naturel’ (shown above).

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

8. Roma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 70% wool and 30% alpaca.

ATTRIBUTES: A conventionally plied yarn that produces crisp even stitches, ideal for texture and cable patterns.

COLOURS: Look for a full range including understated and vivid tones, sixteen in all, and Debbie’s signature ‘Duck Egg’ (shown above).

ARPY by Lana Gatto

ARPY by Lana Gatto

9. Arpy by Lana Gatto

COMPOSITION: 57% superwash wool and 43% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Rich in colourful undertones, malleable, a fusing of two opposite fibres together as one.  Works well in seed stitch and cable patterns.

COLOURS: A vibrant artist’s palette featuring six multi-hued options including no. 7233 (shown above).

RASTA by Malabrigo

RASTA by Malabrigo

10. Rasta by Malabrigo

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun from luscious merino fleece rovings, this yarn has achieved rock star status for its incredible colour spectrum and supple texture.

COLOURS: More than thirty-five luscious kettle-dyed choices including ‘Arco Iris’ (shown above).

Spring Preview 2015

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

If there is one thing we are missing more than anything else at this time of year, it is sunshine.  So creating a little mirage is more than welcome to break up the l-o-n-g wait until the month of May when that elusive golden sphere warms the breeze and sets nature into fast motion.  Inside the Diamond Yarn Showroom we did just that last weekend, by encouraging spring to bloom extra early at least long enough for shop owners to have a sneak peek at the next wave of knitting yarns.  Stock up on sunscreen and reach for a big floppy hat because the upcoming collections are making a tropical splash in vibrant hues that are sprinkled, spotted, stippled and speckled onto lush cottons, linens, silks, and wools, spun into an array of fabulous textures, some as slick as silk, while others are crimped, nubbed, or frizzed.  Pearly translucent ribbons are the big surprise, making a big comeback in almost every collection, all primed for a sizzling season of floaty fabulous knitwear.

Here is hoping this early glimpse of spring yarns will warm you up from the inside out-

Pima Kuri by Mirasol

Pima Kuri by Mirasol

Mirasol goes for the gusto, and isn’t shy about making an impression.  Introducing Pima Kuri, a cable-twist cotton in a worsted weight, patiently waiting in the wings to spice up your spring and summer knitwear.  Look for all eighteen shades of this yummy yarn to show up at your lys in late January.

Summertime by Diamond Luxury

Summertime by Diamond Luxury

A shimmery new addition to the Diamond Luxury Collection, Summertime recaptures that light and breezy lifestyle, leaving footprints in the sand and lounging in the sun.  Dappled and flecked, this worsted weight yarn is a cotton blend, softly twisted and dyed-to-delight in a half dozen lively picks.

California by Lana Grossa

California by Lana Grossa

Lana Grossa is gearing up for spring with California, an exciting new light as air ribbon yarn that almost melts in your hands.  This may be the Cadillac of yarns, the perfect formula of cotton and silk dyed in nineteen contemporary shades.

Eco Baby Prints and Rialto DK Prints by Debbie Bliss

Eco Baby Prints and Rialto DK Prints by Debbie Bliss

Debbie Bliss zeroes in on a fresh-picked palette of colour with this dramatic duo (shown above).  By revamping two of her well-liked yarns, Eco Baby, an organic lightweight cotton and Rialto DK, a fine merino superwash with self-striping colourways, design options are multiplied.

Anise and Azalea by Louisa Harding

Anise and Azalea by Louisa Harding

Louisa Harding waves her magic wand and sprinkles her spring collection of yarns with multi-coloured stardust.  Azalea (left) is a stippled cotton dk and Anise (right) is a transparent ribbon smudged and spattered with tropical hues.

Amigurami by Katia

Amigurumi by Katia

Katia steps on the Amigurumi train and keeps this fun craft growing with snack-size packs of cotton yarn, ideal for crocheting and knitting the miniature stuffed animals which have caught on like wildfire.  Keep an eye open for the first robin sighting and this eye-catching display to arrive at a shop near you, featuring an assortment of ten colours in each pack and pattern booklets.

Beachcomber by Sirdar

Beachcomber by Sirdar

Sirdar has just the ticket to coaxing along an early spring with Beachcomber DK, a new cotton yarn streaked with soft natural hues, and a full range of easy breezy designs to knit.

Odense

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Nobody does ‘pretty’ like British designer, Louisa Harding.  With key elements that consistently show up in her twice-a-year theatrically-themed collections such as picot edgings, lace insets, scalloped borders and a few yards of organza ribbon for trimming, knitwear’s own fairy godmother knows that elegance never goes out of style.  In this current collection, Odense, Louisa pairs together two distinctly different yarns, Orielle, an introvert and Amitola, an extrovert, proving the age old theory, that opposites do attract.

Amitola by Louisa Harding

Amitola by Louisa Harding

A strikingly beautiful yarn, Amitola cannot help but stand out in a crowd.  Showcased in a kaleidoscopic range of more than twenty long-repeat colourways, Amitola is a wool and silk blend spun in a dk weight, with six new picks for this season.

Tataya Cardigan by Louisa Hrading

Tataya Cardigan by Louisa Harding

Fourteen exquisite designs grace the pages of Louisa Harding’s newest collection, Odense, a stunning ballerina-styled medley of cardigans, tunics and smaller accessories like cowls, and scarves that require only one or two balls.  Here is a peek inside-

Mylya Tunic by Louisa Harding

Mylya Tunic by Louisa Harding

Poetry in motion, this stunning Mylya tunic draws the eye upwards towards the yoke with its wash of soft watercolour shading knit in a wavy eyelet pattern.   Dijon in Orielle and Fairy in Amitola (shown above).

Otona Cape by Louisa Harding

Otona Cape by Louisa Harding

A flight of fancy, Louisa’s Otona Cape is designed to create the illusion of an exotic bird displaying its brilliant plumage.  Library in Orielle and Thanksgiving in Amitola (shown above).

Zia Scarf by Louisa Harding

Zia Scarf by Louisa Harding

A thing of beauty, this criss cross Zia scarf  is both enchanting and hypnotic as the happy ending to a dressy outfit, knit in a simple lace pattern with a delicate sawtooth edging.  Berries in Amitola (shown above).

Aryana by Louisa Harding

Aryana by Louisa Harding

Far from ordinary, Louisa’s Aryana tunic explodes with the lushness of silk and wool in chromatic hues knit in a wave pattern shadowed by Orielle’s deepest and newest shade.  Violetta in Amitola and Forest in Orielle (shown above).

Cosy Cocoons

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Knitwear styles come and go as quick as lightning in this ever-changing market.  When you factor in the countless hours spent on a project plus the cost of a good quality knitting yarn, the key word seems to be versatility.  Enter the cocoon, perhaps the ultimate transformer when it comes to sweater design, with its oversized cape-like sleeves that curve along the shoulder line, a soft-draped collar that envelops like a shawl, the open front resembling a cardigan, it is a style that cloaks, wraps, and surrounds the wearer with a layer of warmth.

Take a look at this week’s selection of cosy cocoons-

 

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Designed to knit in two easy pieces with side button closures, this cocoon jacket highlights the brushed allure of alpaca and the natural slub of cotton.  Knit in Alpacotton by KatiaCol #58 (shown above).

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Worked from side-to-side, this cocoon jacket begins with a provisional cast on at centre back and knits towards the sleeve cuff.  After casting off, provisional sts are picked up and the opposite side is worked in reverse.  The front features a flattering turnback collar in sturdy seed stitch and finishes off with button detail at the neckline.  Knit in City by Katia, a brand new worsted wool blend available now in sixteen transitional colourways.  Col. #905 (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #9435

Add awesome style to your wardrobe with this cocoon jacket featuring a fold back collar and fun textured stitch pattern.  Knit in Country Style DK from Sirdar, a true classic yarn, easy care and lightweight with more than forty shades to choose from.  Heather (shown above).

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

A cosy alternative to borrowing granddad’s favorite cardigan, this cocoon-shaped coat  is knit in a classic rib with well-sculpted fronts.  The yarn choice is a brushed bulky merino, alpaca and yak blend dyed in a subtle tonal drift.  Yak Merino, new for Fall/Winter from Lana Grossa  in Mink (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

An oldie but a goodie, this Mirasol design carries over from a previous season but fits the knitwear theme exceptionally well for this time of year.  Overflowing with comfort and warmth, this cocoon is created by knitting a single rectangular piece for back and front which is then folded in half, followed by picking up sts along the sides for sleeves.  Knit in Api, a wispy blend of alpaca and highland wool.  Ultra Violet (shown above).  Pattern available online here.

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Capturing the look of the moment, this style designed by the Katia team makes the ultimate go-to piece when the thermometer drops.  Knit in two pieces beginning at the outer sleeve edge, stitches meet in the middle and are grafted together for a seamless finish.  Look for Katia’s newest quality, Textura, a bulky wool blend that lets the knitter create the surface texture by following the colour veins in the yarn.  Col. #107 (shown above).

Cocoon Vest by Diamond Luxury Collection

Diamond Luxury Collection Leaflet #1537

A great deal of ingenuity and a slight wave of a magic wand (flip it over to create two different styles) goes into this cocoon vest designed by Nina Klecki.  Featuring all the elements of a great design- no seams to sew, one-piece construction, loose fit with plenty of drape, and covering all the bases from vest-to-cape-to-cardigan-to-shawl.  Knit in Mulberry Linen, a gorgeous natural mix of fibre with a silky handle.  Taupe (shown above).

A Need For Tweed

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Shuffling through the fallen leaves and listening to them crunch underfoot while breathing in the woodsy scent wafting from a nearby chimney, and don’t forget that once-a-year craving for freshly-baked pumpkin pie, well…………..isn’t that just fall in a nutshell?  There is something intrinsically comforting about this time of year, as the days get shorter we ease our way back into layer after layer.  Knitters adore this season, more than any other it offers an abundance of opportunities to cover up in chunky woolen armor, all in an effort to keep the cold at bay.  Far from the silky allure of alpaca and the smoothness of merino, tweed wools have their own unmistakable charm, exuding warmth with a rustic texture that creates a heathery look flecked with tiny cotton nubs in contrasting colours.  The British have a fondness for tweeds, having been a part of their attire since the 1800’s, and brought to the forefront by Sherlock Holmes in his distinguished-looking cape and deerstalker cap.

Building on their British heritage, Sublime, have produced two separate tweed yarns, a dk and aran weight, each featuring a collection of more than twelve designs.  Let’s see a sampling of the newest styles-

Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK

Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK

Available in eleven distinctive tones, Luxurious Tweed DK by Sublime is softly spun in a premium wool freckled with colourful cotton bits.  This season’s range include four paler hues- Dawn, Stone, Buff Blue and Dusk.  See below an example of two of the exquisite designs featured in the Second Luxurious Tweed DK Book-

Textured Pop Over Vest

Textured Pop Over Vest

Sophisticated in an unassuming way, this Textured Pop Over Vest is designed with an interesting medley of stitches to add even more character to the finished fabric.  Pattern is also available with alternate three-quarter length sleeves.  Dawn (shown above).

Biker Chic Jacket

Biker Chic Jacket

Put away your leather and zip away the frosty cold in this stylish boy-meets-girl Biker Chic Jacket, designed with crisp lines and the comfort of wool.  Dusk (shown above).

Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed

Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed

Available in eleven colour options, Luxurious Aran Tweed by Sublime is richly dyed and spun in a blend of wool, cotton and llama.  The newest shades of the season- Beech, Fauve and Whistler are highlighted in these three knitwear designs from the Third Luxurious Aran Tweed Book.

Wilde Green Vest

Wilde Green Vest

Artful construction gives this Wilde Green Vest the look and feel of an origami project.  The wide front lapel transitions gracefully into a straight back collar that projects over the shoulders.  Raw edges are right on trend.  Fauve (shown above).

Mitts and Match Cardie

Mitts and Match Cardie

The Sublime design team has mixed together a smatter of innovation and a sprinkling of youthful spirit to create this Mitts and Match Cardie.  Clearly it is more than first meets the eye.  The cardigan itself has a lovely unstructured look with softened edges, and for extra coverage check out the integrated arm warmers knit in a textured pattern stitch.  Choose either a solid shade or optional contrasted sleeves.  Beech (shown above).

Tweedy Girl Vest

Tweedy Girl Vest

Well-shaped to trace the curve of the shoulders, this Tweedy Girl Vest borrows from a classic with a Jackie O face-framing collar knit horizontally in a staghorn cable pattern. Whistler (shown above).