Archive for October, 2011

Top Ten Cosy Pullovers For Fall

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

A favorite pullover can be as comforting and familiar as a big bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese, a batch of freshly baked cookies on a rainy Saturday afternoon, or a slice of warm apple pie straight from the oven.  Its a special cocoon to wrap yourself up in when the weather is cold and damp, a familiar embrace to come home to after a hard day, and a soothing friend when you are feeling under the weather.

There are a few essentials that make a pullover extra cosy, the yarn has to be soft and supple with a luxurious feel, and thick enough to be warm and toasty.  The style should be easy to layer under or over, long enough to keep the chills out, relaxed and roomy with extra sleeve length to tuck cold fingertips inside.

Here are Diamond Yarn’s Top Ten Cosy Pullovers For Fall

Book #1103 Balder by Viking Garn

When your plans call for something a little more casual, this roomy pullover pairs up perfectly with jeans and cowboy boots.  Knit in Balder by Viking Garn, a superwash bulky wool available in twenty-eight marls and solids.

Katia Book #67

The name of this yarn says it all- Souffle by Katia, whipped up into a frothy light concoction of wool and acrylic, the ideal comfy pullover emphasized with a voluminous roll down collar.  Available in eight graduated hues.

Paloma by Debbie Bliss

Debbie Bliss is well-known for her relaxed design style and this season she has a wide range of easy to knit styles to cuddle up in.  Change the look of this wide neck pullover with a different colour layer underneath each time.  Knit in Paloma, a real ‘feel good’ blend of baby alpaca and merino wool, in more than a dozen warm enticing shades, including chocolate, pebble, and camel (shown above).

Noro City Girl by Jenny Watson

Jenny Watson pulls together another stunning collection of edgy designs for Noro in City Girl.  This A-line cabled pullover has lots of swing and vertical lines topped off with a ribbed turtleneck to chase the chills away.  Pick your favorite colourway in Kochoran, a natural mix of wool, angora and silk in sixteen subtle shadings.

Luxury Tweed Chunky by Debbie Bliss

A little splurge of luxury is all it takes to make this simple crew neck pullover stand out in a crowd.  Beginner knitters select this pattern for its minimal shaping and subtle texture in the yarn (great for hiding any tension imperfections). Choose from a range of twenty-six rustic colours in Luxury Tweed Chunky, a weighty mix of eighty-five percent wool spun with a dreamy swirl of angora.

Sublime Book #654

Lightweight and ready to throw on for some r & r, this polo neck pullover looks warm and inviting in three complimentary shades of Extra Fine Merino DK, a sophisticated yarn from Sublime in a paintbox of over forty sizzling colours.

Miski Book #26 by Jane Ellison

Call this one a ‘swug’ (sweater shrug), with its colossal sleeves, definitely a style that you will want to get comfy in.  Knit in Miski by Mirasol, a favorite amongst knitters, pure baby llama yarn that drapes wonderfully with every stitch.  Available in thirty-two sensational shades, including wine, blackberry twinkle, and orange amber (shown above).

Paloma by Debbie Bliss

Cuddly soft Paloma from Debbie Bliss shown above in a vibrant shade of hot pink makes this turtleneck a favorite addition to any wardrobe.  Twin cables playfully accent the unique texture of this ultralight yarn.  Knit it up quickly on 10.00 mm needles!

Tuhu Book #24 by Jane Ellison

A lacy flowing tunic from Tuha Book #24 by Jane Ellison.  Elegant and a great layering option over leggings this Fall.  Tuha is a dk weight yarn that blends baby llama with merino and angora.  In stores now in a palette of Mirasol’s happiest colours.

Riva by Debbie Bliss

Garnering lots of raves from knitters this Fall, Riva, by Debbie Bliss shows off dazzling shaded effects in cherry (shown above), heath, cork, viola, royal, and many more.  This generous fitting pullover is knit on 7.00 mm needles.

October 14th is ‘I Love Yarn Day’

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Its official!!  Finally, there is a special day of the year to declare our love for yarn.  On Friday October 14th, spread the word to everyone you know who knits or crochets, post it, tweet it, give the gift of yarn, get out your needles and hook to teach someone, show off your latest project, wear it, take your yarn to work, and check with your LYS for special events, there are countless ways to celebrate on I Love Yarn Day.    

According to the Craft Yarn Council, a staggering fifty million people knit or crochet on a regular basis for a creative outlet as well as relaxation.  In an online survey conducted for the craft council last Fall, the most popular month of the year for purchasing yarn is October, and the favorite projects to knit or crochet are smaller items, scarves, cowls, hats and mitts.  Eighty percent of participants taught at least one person to knit or crochet during the previous year.  The biggest motivator in selecting a particular yarn was seeing it in person, and the number one reason for choosing a favorite LYS was the great selection of yarn colours, followed by most preferred brands, and having enough yarn in stock.

Nicky Epstein, well-known for her whimsical knitwear designs and library of innovative how-to books shares her fibre enthusiasm, “Why do I love yarn?………Because you can’t knit without it (only kidding).  Seriously… the colours, textures, nuances of different yarns are what gets my creativity flowing- I love the infinite selection that is out there and I try to be innovative with the inspiration that they invoke when I start a new project.  They are the paint for my palette.”

To celebrate I Love Yarn Day, Nicky has added a simple knit in a day pattern here for her Cabbage Rose Lapel Pin. 

Cabbage Rose Knitted Lapel Pin

Shades Of Autumn

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Say hello to Autumn, with its crisp, cool air, no more pesky bugs, and a visual feast for the eyes as the leaves put on a spectacular display of colour. 

This week, our inspiration comes from Algonquin Park, Canada’s oldest provincial park, consisting of more than seven thousand square kilometres (almost twice the size of P.E.I), including twelve hundred rivers, and two thousand lakes, some of which were formed by glaciers.  Drawing visitors from all around the world, Algonquin Park is known for interpretive walking trails, backcountry camping, abundant wildlife, and if you time it just right- panoramic views of the best fall foliage.  

Capture the essence of Autumn in one of these hot and spicy knitwear designs-    

Autumn Reds

Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky

Trekking along the trail, this trellis stitch pullover knit in Rialto Chunky from Debbie Bliss is substantial enough to wear as a sporty top layer with ample room to move and stretch.  Add some sizzle to your hiking wear in ruby red.     

Sublime Book #654

A spicy shade of paprika turns up the heat in this little cardigan sprinkled with rows of bobbles.  Knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK , a refined classic available in an extensive range of forty-three shades.  

Diamond Luxury Collection #1473

Wrap yourself up in a cap sleeve vest that stretches out into the full width of a shawl.  A trendy new design from the Diamond Luxury Collection, knit in Lima, Peruvian highland wool in an aran weight.  Look for this zesty shade of cranberry flare.

Debbie Bliss Paloma

Set your weekend ablaze in ruby red Paloma, one of the new chainette yarns, ultra light in baby alpaca with merino.  Beginners will love the ease of this raglan design, no ribbing, just knit one row, purl one row.    

Debbie Bliss Charleston Collection

Moss stitch rules in this roomy tunic with a polo neck and turn-back cuffs.  Stitch on a front pocket for extra warmth.  Debbie Bliss adds burnt orange to the irresistible line-up of hues in Cashmerino Aran.