Archive for September, 2013

Bumper Crop Of Accessories

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Sirdar has had an extremely good harvest this year, just peek inside this bumper crop of accessories.  Its a must-have collection of hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, socks, leg warmers, gloves, and wrist warmers, the latest bundle-up-and-brace-yourself-for-the-cold stockpile of fashionable accessories that are bound to come in handy once the thermometer does a belly flop.  Divided into two books, Sirdar has answered the call of knitters everywhere with sensible styles in easy-care yarns, not often can one find a grouping as complete as this for children and adults too.  Grab a copy for yourself and maybe a friend as well, these two pattern books won’t be around for long!

 

Sirdar Book 460

Sirdar Book 460

Sirdar Book #460 covers you in cosy warmth from the top of your head, to the tip of your ears and right around your neck.  This collection features a dozen designs sized from four years to adult knit up in all your favorites- Wash n Wear Double Crepe DK, Click DK, Americana DK, Country Style DK, Montana DK, and Tiny Tots DK.

 

Sirdar Click DK Balaclava

Sirdar Click DK Balaclava

The classic style Balaclava (also known as a ski mask) gets its name from a small town in Crimea, Ukraine.  It has always been in demand for knitters, as an easy pull-on style for little tykes who walk to school in blustery weather, essential for playground attire, and for grown ups who enjoy outdoor winter activities.  Knit in Click DK, a wool/acrylic blend, machine washable, and available now in more than thirty shades, including tweeds, speckles, heathers and solids.  Green (shown above).

 

Sirdar Montana DK Snood

Sirdar Montana DK Snood

The trendiest accessory for cold weather, the cowl (also known as the snood on the other side of the pond) like this one featured above is a good starting point for youngsters who want to cast on for their first project.  Simple garter stitch makes it reversible too!  Knit in Montana DKMadison (shown above).

 

Fabulous Sirdar Accessories

Fabulous Sirdar Accessories

Cables, zig zag eyelets, entrelac, and garter stitch patterns are all part of the mix for Sirdar’s jam-packed eye-catching selection of accessories.

 

Sirdar Book 461

Sirdar Book 461

Sirdar Book #461 follows up the lead with twenty more styles to keep the chill away starting with your toes and working up to your fingertips.  Check out this fabulous selection of mitts, gloves, wrist warmers and leg warmers sized from four years to adult featuring seven well-trusted easy care yarns- Americana DK, Country Style DK, Click DK, Crofter DK, Montana DK, Tiny Tots DK, and Wash n Wear Double Crepe DK.

 

Sirdar Crofter DK Wrist Warmers

Sirdar Crofter DK Wrist Warmers

Keep up with your teenagers, it’s all about texting and these wrist warmers leave fingers and thumbs free for messaging friends.  Knit in Crofter DK, a multi-seasonal yarn with over thirty cheery-bright transitional colours in the range.  Look for these three new ones- Wylde, Glen, and NevisHepburn (shown above).

 

Sirdar Country Style DK Cabled Socks

Sirdar Country Style DK Cabled Socks

Watch the line up form at the door for these homemade delights, cabled socks knit in Country Style DK.  Extra long for maximum warmth, these are knitted on two needles, a great beginner project for sock enthusiasts.  Naturelle (shown above).

 

Sirdar Montana DK Textured Legwarmers

Sirdar Montana DK Textured Leg Warmers

From tiny dancers to grown ups, leg warmers are knitted sleeves for your legs.  Wear them as boot liners, or over leggings and tights, in stripey shades of Montana DK, a wool/acrylic blend with fourteen colourways to choose from.  Flintstone (shown above).

 

Sirdar Mitts

Sirdar Mitts

Show off your colours with mittens to suit every style, and start your winter knitting early to have a pair ready for all your friends and family.

Fall’s Luxury Line Up

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

When you think of the ultimate in luxury yarns, which fibres instantly come to mind?  Is it merino, baby alpaca, mulberry silk, and baby llama, just to name a few?  Well, this season we have all your favorites spun into the most luscious array of yarns under our house brand- Diamond Luxury Collection.  Our Canadian team of designers have put together a selection of knockout contemporary styles to compliment these naturally scrumptious yarns dyed to perfection in the hottest hues.  These designs are now available for purchase online by clicking on the pattern link.

Here is a sampling of the Diamond Luxury Collection for F/W-

 

DLC Leaflet #1519

DLC Leaflet #1519

Cowl Slipover-  Herringbone stitching plays up the tweed appearance of this yarn with a light and airy effect.  The long loose neckline and sleeveless appeal of this style make it an easy pull on layer over a turtleneck or t shirt for extra toasty warmth.  Knit in Highland Lux, a blend of ultra fine merino and alpaca accented with colourful speckling.  Look for four new shades this season.  Royal Purple (shown above).

 

DLC Leaflet #1520

DLC Leaflet #1520

Convertible Shrug  When the weatherman calls for cosy knits, this design will work like a charm, and provide two different looks.  Wear it as a longer length vest either open or closed with a shawl pin, then turn it upside down and it becomes a shorter length shrug that fits like a cocoon.  Knit in Baby Alpaca Hand Paint, the ‘oh so soft’ huggable yarn in eight exquisite hues.  Lagoon (shown above).

 

DLC Leaflet #1522

DLC Leaflet #1522

Diamond Peplum Cardigan-  Perk up your wardrobe with a flattering shade of red.  This raglan design is adorned with diamond motifs and knit in one piece to the underarms with sleeves added and worked into the yoke construction.  There is minimal finishing to be done.  Knit in Fine Merino Superwash Aran, a plush yarn with a full range of trendy solids to choose from.  Fire Red (shown above).

 

DLC Leaflet #1523

DLC Leaflet #1523

Legion Jacket- An A-line silhouette softens the look of this military-inspired design.  Shoulder tabs, brass buttons and a playful injection of lacework as side vents are the distinctive details.  Knit in an all-time favorite, Galway, a worsted weight wool featuring a whopping array of colourful choices.  Emerald (shown above).

 

DLC Leaflet #1525

DLC Leaflet #1525

Scarf Collar Pullover- Graceful lines and classic shaping give this design a quiet understated look, wrapped up with an elegant Gatsby-style neck tie.  Knit with this season’s most recent addition to the Diamond Luxury Collection, Baby Llama Naturals, a silky smooth dk weight yarn in six neutral shades, including Beige (shown above).

 

DLC Leaflet #1526

DLC Leaflet #1526

Sleeveless Funnel Neck- Sleek styling and a relaxed neckline on this design partner up nicely to showcase the beautiful sheen and drape of this popular yarn.  For knitters who enjoy top down projects, add this one to your list.  Knit in Mulberry Merino, a 50/50 blend of nature’s most decadent silk and wool fibres, offering four new shades for fall.  Deep Teal (shown above).

 

DLC Leaflet #1528

DLC Leaflet #1528

Blouson Sleeve Pullover- A little gathering goes a long way on the sleeves of this design recreating a dreamy medieval effect.  Picot edgings add a crisp finishing touch and the illusion of jewels.  Knit in Fine Merino Superwash DK, a classic yarn in a paintbox-bright assortment of colours.  Fuschia (shown above).

 

Autumn Jewels

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Imagine an entire season’s worth of smart, stylish accessories created with just one ball of metallic yarn and requiring only one evening of knitting time!  Skip the trinkets and costume jewelry, this Autumn Jewel Cowl delivers five easy looks, adding a splash of sparkle and pizazz to your outfits with a simple changeable piece (you may even come up with a few more creative ideas).  Not only is it a soft and cosy lightweight fashion accessory, it makes a wonderful gift item, so don’t let time stand still, wow your friends with the versatility of this magical cowl.

 

Jewel Metallic by Diamond Select

Jewel Metallic by Diamond Select

Look for Jewel Metallic in shops now, it is an exciting new ladder yarn available in ten dazzling colour choices- oceans eleven, brown/gold, magenta/gold, jade/yellow, silver sky, rust/gold, red/lilac, silver dusk, green/gold and fire burst. 

 

Infinity Loop

Infinity Loop

Leave your jewelry at home. 

This long loop is as elegant as a strand of baubles

and far more flexible.   

Its all you need to brighten up a basic black outfit.

 

Double Cowl

Double Cowl

Twist the long loop twice around your neck. 

 This is a great filler for open necklines on dresses and coats. 

 

Rosette Choker

Rosette Choker

This season’s luxe accessory, slip the long loop over

your neck and roll the end into a loose knot. 

Viola!  Instant glamour!

You have a rosette to wear off to the side or front and centre.

 

Necktie

Necktie

Does your office attire need a little sprucing up? 

Transform the long loop into a stylish necktie

to wear with a blouse and jacket.

Just slip the long loop through a shawl ring and

slide it up to the desired height.

 

Side Scarf

Side Scarf

 For a Parisian look, reposition the necktie off to the side

and slide the shawl ring up for a closer fit.   

AUTUMN JEWEL CONVERTIBLE COWL

NOTE:  The trick to knitting this cowl, is to cast on and cast off very loosely.

If you are a tight knitter, use a larger needle for the cast on and cast off rows.

Finished Size:  91.5 cm/36 in circumference by 10 cm/4 in height (slightly stretched)

Yarn:  50 g ball Jewel Metallic by Diamond Select in Col. 4 (shown above)

Needles:  6.00 mm- 80 cm circular

Tension:  12 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/4 in over st st

Cast on 105 sts loosely.  Join in round, place a marker on needle between first and last st.

Work in Pattern as follows-

P 6 rounds

K 6 rounds

Rep these 12 rounds twice more for a total of 36 rounds

P 5 rounds

Cast off purlways loosely.

Sew in ends.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

Katia’s Cosy Cascade of Cowls

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Could it be cold toes in the morning or the windblown leaves suddenly spreading across sidewalks and city streets that inevitably signals the changing weather?  Well, we can chase sunrays until the first heavy frost or get a jumpstart on the coming season with what has now become the trendiest accessory in knitwear– the cowl.  These endless loops of snug, soft cosiness that pull on over the head so easily have pushed our well-worn scarves into the back of the closet for a few good reasons.  Not only are cowls flattering to wear, they have a fuss-free personality that long tail scarves just cannot mess with, as well as the versatility to pull over your ears, cover up your head, and if knit wide enough they can be stretched over the shoulders as a capelet.  Kids have made the transition to cowls too, its a closer and warmer fit around a tiny neck, and safer than loose scarf tails which can catch on objects easily.

For the best selection of cowl patterns this season, check out Katia’s newest accessory book- No. 7 featuring the latest in novelty yarns from fingering to bulky weight and more than twenty endless loop designs to choose from-

Ushuaia Cowl

Ushuaia Cowl

A new thick and thin textured wool blend from Katia, Ushuaia knits up in an evening into this cosy cowl on 10.00 mm needles.  Look for eleven fashionable colour mixes.

 

Punto Fringed Cowl

Punto Fringed Cowl

Fabulous fringes add sporty appeal to this simple ribbed cowl.  Knit in Punto, a softly spun print-dyed wool mix available in thirteen choices, each with a hazy grey undertone.

 

His and Hers Country Cowls

His and Hers Country Cowls

City style for guys and gals, this beginner level cowl is knit in Country.  A spot-dyed bulky weight yarn which is surprisingly light, due in part to an innovative hollow core construction.  Cast on in one of eight duo-toned neutrals ranging from white/grey to black/taupe.

 

Park Avenue Cowl

Park Avenue Cowl

Speedy results are guaranteed with this ruby red cowl knit in Park Avenue, last year’s trendy ruffle yarn reinvented for knitting on mega-sized needles.  Black, navy, and greige are part of the classic range of shades.

 

Darling Snoodie

Darling Snoodie

Self-striping Darling from Katia’s F/W Collection makes a lightweight snoodie with extra width to pull up over your ears when the wind is fierce.  Thirteen boldy dyed colourways are featured in this line up.

 

Silk Mohair Cowl

Silk Mohair Cowl

Capturing warmth with every stitch, Katia’s Silk Mohair knits up into this stylish button tab cowl.  Seven cheery colourways heading to store shelves now for an early start on winter.

 

Sena Hooded Cowl

Sena Hooded Cowl

Double up on insulation this winter with a cowl that transforms into a hoodie.  Knit in Sena, a brand new quality from Katia blending alpaca, wool and acrylic with a sliver of shimmer.

 

Alpacotton Cowl

Alpacotton Cowl

The simplicity of this cowl in a pale beige tone adds considerable charm to a crisp white shirt or a plain office cardigan, just as the right necklace might do.  Knit in Alpacotton, a fun new textured yarn from Katia combining a chainette cotton in a swirl of brushed alpaca.  Its the contrast of the two fibres that makes it so interesting with eight natural tones on board for the coming season.  Chamois (shown above).

 

Brooklyn Cowl

Brooklyn Cowl

This luxurious ring of fluff could be the perfect accessory to dress up a tired-looking turtleneck or an old wool coat.  Katia’s wintry white cowl is stunning and silky soft, knit in Brooklyn, a self-braided trim yarn that has multiple uses.  Ten shades are in shops for easy picking.

 

Inca Cowl

Inca Cowl

Play up your passion for jewel-inspired hues with this rich cranberry cowl knit in Inca, one of the most popular qualities in Katia’s line up.  Knit in an easy side-to-side ribbed pattern on 8.00 mm needles.  Three new stripey shades have been added this season including cranberry (shown above).