Captivated By Katia

In Barcelona, a city richly flavored in culture and fashion, well-known for its impressive vistas from hilltops sloping gently towards the Mediterranean Sea, one yarn company has stood the test of time.  For close to sixty years, Katia has spun out innovative yarns, reviving the industry with trend-setting styles based upon European design.  The Katia team has built a solid reputation with quality products that grace the shelves of yarn stores in more than forty countries from Austria to Costa Rica, Guadelope to Hong Kong, and all points in between.  

Katia publishes ten design catalogues a year, focusing on handknitting patterns for babies, children, teens and adults.  A company remaining true to its name, Katia (translates as ‘pure’ in English) sticks with a proven formula that works, covering the gamut from posh elegance to relaxed sportswear as effortlessly as winding yarn around a needle.

For the coming season, Katia pumps up the volume with polar weight yarns  in solid and multi coloured shades, and reaches to deeper depths with smoky hues in self-striping wool blends.  Metallics glisten and gleam in the evening light in shades of silver, black and indigo.  Novelty yarns are puffed up with eye-catching texture displaying remarkable ingenuity from a company that doesn’t hold back when it comes to raising the bar.  Have a glimpse at some of the highlights from Katia’s Collection for Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 and see what catches your eye.

Fabula by Katia

Fabuliscious Fabula!  A polar weight yarn in pure superwash wool, this cowl neck pullover from Katia Book #63 will look great in a range of self-shading colours- red, magenta, teal, charcoal, or denim blue.  Don’t worry about the length of time it takes to knit on 9 mm needles, with nine shades to choose from, it will take much longer just deciding on which colour.

Memory by Katia

The warmth of Autumn is spun into Memory, a supersoft chunky wool blend that balances somewhere between a tweed and a self-striping yarn blending brights and darks together.   No need to sort these colours out before washing, its all in the mix.  This pullover stands out in Katia Book #63 with its unusual ribbed waistband ruched into a front cable panel.   

Alhambra by Katia

A little bit of shimmer goes a long way with Alhambra, an elegant new yarn combining ribbon and just a sliver of mohair for a subtle hazy effect.   This one knits as a chunky weight on 7 mm needles in seven fanciful shades for all out glamour- teal, charcoal, taupe, pearl grey, navy, burgundy and black.

Alhambra by Katia

Alhambra by Katia

Another two alluring styles from Katia Book #63 in Alhambra, a classic cap sleeve with a shawl collar in deep and mysterious teal blue warms up nicely with matching arm warmers.  Cool evenings are all wrapped up in a butterfly stitch shawl in charcoal black. 

Azteca by Katia

Azteca is back again with twenty-one inspiring colourways, the magic of stripes appearing in every ball of this popular aran weight yarn.  In a comfortable blend of wool and acrylic, this simple to knit cardigan with deep pockets from Katia Book #64 shows off the rustic shades of Autumn in the country.    

Azteca by Katia

If you prefer more slimming lines, knit vertically from side to side and add the ribbed border afterwards.  Its a super easy slipover vest that highlights the amazing colourways of Azteca

Illusion by Katia

Make this Illusion a reality in a fiery shade of red.  Its a headturner, a classic swing coat, lightweight and warm enough for gusty Autumn days in a delicate blend of superkid mohair, merino wool and a touch of nylon for durability.  With eighteen shades to choose from, in lively brights and subtle neutrals, why limit yourself to just being a lady in red.

7 Responses to “Captivated By Katia”

  1. pauline t. says:

    nice to see katia is still around.
    they are one of my all time faves!

  2. sandy l. says:

    Its good to see Katia highlighted as a major European yarn manufacturer. The pattern support is great and the yarns are so different from american ones, I have knit two or three designs each year for myself and anytime I hear of a new baby at work, I can find the perfect pattern in a Katia book.

  3. d. s. says:

    Over winter I had the pleasure of knitting with Katia yarn for the first time, it is very different from what i usually pick up in my local shops.
    I now look forward to these yarns that you have mentioned for fall, fabula will be on my list for sure.
    D.S.

  4. ALLISON H. says:

    KATIA HAS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS AROUND, I ESPECIALLY ENJOY THEIR BABY PATTERNS BUT FIND IT HARD TO LOCATE THE CORRECT YARNS. WHEN I SUBSTITUTE WITH SOMETHING ELSE I AM NOT REALLY SATISFIED WITH THE FINISHED RESULT. I GUESS LIVING IN SPAIN WOULD SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. LOL.

  5. n.v. says:

    Such beautiful designs, unlike the other companies.
    I hope they remain unique!

  6. S.L. says:

    Having travelled through Spain last year, I saw quite a few shops stocking Katia, and was surprised there isn’t more of it over here.
    Very nice yarns to knit with.

  7. W. L. says:

    Great stuff on the website. I am a new knitter, and love it!

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