Archive for October, 2013

Winter Berry Cowl

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Berry picking days may be over for the season, but we can still keep the essence of nature in mind when it comes to choosing complimentary and colourful accessories for our winter wardrobe.  These deeply stained hues that bridge the colour gap somewhere between crimson and violet are spilling over onto the current fashion palette with lavish intensity.

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Go for berrylicious warmth with this simple yet stylish cowl designed to twirl not once but twice around your neck.  Its knit in a soft, silky blend of bamboo sourced viscose and wool that drapes with elegance and ease.

See FREE Pattern below- 

Winter Berry Cowl

Winter Berry Cowl

 

WINTER BERRY COWL

Finished Size:  20 cm/8 ins. x 127 cm/50 ins.

Yarn:  3 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo col #179

Needles:  5.00 mm

Tension:  18 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St

NOTE:  St count will vary, for this reason only count sts after Row 5.

 

Cast on 38 sts.  Work in Pattern St as follows-

Row 1(RS)- K2, *k2, p2, k2, p2*, rep *to*, end with k4

Row 2- K2, *p1, yrn, p1, k2, p2, k2*, rep *to*, end, p1, yrn, p1, k2

Row 3- K2, *k3, p2, k2, p2*, rep *to*, end, k5

Row 4- K2, *p3, k2, p2, k2*, rep *to*, end, p3, k2

Row 5- K2, *sl1, k2, psso, p2, k2, p2*, rep *to*, end, sl1, k2, psso, k2

Rep Rows 2-5 for Pattern.

When work meas approx. 127 cm/50 ins slightly stretched, ending with a Row 5, cast off all sts.

Sew cast on and cast off sts together to form a loop.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

 

What Can I Knit Tonight?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

This is a familiar question asked by knitters, “What Can I Knit Tonight?” and British designer, Jo Allport has provided the answers in her first book of designs, thirty fun projects featuring the rustic artistry that is the beauty of Noro yarns.  Motivated by her love of knitting, an interest in trying new stitches and most of all– instant results, Jo realized she was not alone.  After discussing the idea with fellow knitters, she came up with a range of projects to complete in a day, an evening or a weekend, all fully functional and fashionable as cold weather accessories, gift ideas, and home décor items.

 

by Jo Allport

by Jo Allport

Take a look inside the pages of the brand-new What Can I Knit Tonight? and see what catches your eye-

 

Olivia Handbag

Olivia Handbag

A bright splash of colour is bound to make people smile especially on a dreary day.  Olivia is a roomy well-constructed handbag with a side and bottom gusset plus a magnetic flap closure.  Knit in a fun bobble stitch with three balls of Kureyon.  Shade no. 319 (shown above).

 

Rosy Mug Cosy

Rosy Mug Cosy

Treat your favorite coffee mug, whether its short and stout or tall and lean to a warm embrace with a charming little Rosy Cosy, knit in Kirara, a blend of wool, cotton, silk and angora available this season in a dozen fabulous colourways.  Shade no. 15 (shown above).

 

Cira Boot Toppers

Cira Boot Toppers

Keep in step with fashion by sporting a pair of these trendy boot toppers knit in a pretty fan and feather pattern, requiring only one skein of Kirara.  Shade no. 15 (shown above).

 

Nina Headband

Nina Headband

Another huge trend this season is the knitted headband, not only is this design a super speedy project, it is appealing to first-time cablers.  Knit in Kureyon, a pure wool that has been Noro’s shining star for more than a decade.  Shade no. 308 (shown above).

 

Jewel Pompom Scarf

Jewel Pompom Scarf

Rows of garter and stocking stitch combined with ribbing create texture in an uncomplicated way on this Jewel Scarf, knit in Kama, a new chunky quality for fall and winter projects.  Finish off the scarf with pompoms for a whimsical look.  Shade no. 7 (shown above).

 

Bethany Long Cowl

Bethany Long Cowl

How many friends on your gift list might fancy this Bethany Cowl?  It is knit in the round with an attractive honeycomb pattern stitch to add to your skill range.   Check out eight more colourways recently added to Silk Garden.  Shade no. 362 (shown above).

 

Eve Tea Cosy

Eve Tea Cosy

Knit, sip and relax with this unconventional Tea Cosy, designed to keep the water warm and add a spark to the conversation.  Knit with two balls of Kureyon.  Shade no. 301 (shown above).

On Cloud Nine

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The love affair with Malabrigo continues to wildly beat away, as fibre enthusiasts scramble to get their hands on Nube (the Spanish word for cloud), the ultimate in heart-fluttering pure merino softness, and now for the surprise– this is unspun kettle-dyed fleece.  Just imagine expanding your creative realm by having a go at hand spinning, needle felting, or thrumming.  The ideas are plentiful with this much vibrant colour at your fingertips.  Nube is a flat sliver of unspun merino wool also known as ‘tops’, which differs from ‘roving’ in that it has been re-carded to remove any short fibres, aligning the long filaments into uniform lengths to produce not only a glossy sheen but a smooth even handle for spinning.

 

Malabrigo Nube

Malabrigo Nube

This season, Diamond Yarn presents twenty fan favorite Malabrigo colourways in Nube, softly plaited into 114 gram bundles, ready for all your fibre enjoyment.

 

Piedras

Piedras

Why not teach yourself the ancient art of hand spinning by taking a workshop or following an online video, which demonstrates how to twist fibres together to form yarn.  Its a relaxing experience that connects you with the actual fibre, allowing you to become the creator of gorgeous one-of-a-kind yarn to knit in whichever thickness you desire.  One skein of Nube will spin enough yardage for a small accessory item or shawl to knit, at a finer gauge.

 

Persia

Persia

Thrummed knitting has been a part of Labrador and Newfoundland’s heritage for well over two hundred years.  Fishermen have worn these cosy fleece-lined mittens out of necessity from the biting Atlantic winds.  Nube is the ideal complement to the pure worsted goodness of Galway to make a pair for yourself or a friend.  FREE Pattern here.

 

Glitter

Glitter

Needle felting has rapidly increased in popularity.  It is a simple sculptural method of felting wool which requires no water, just a special barbed needle, a bundle of Nube and your imagination.  The tiny notches on the felting needle along with a quick stabbing technique tangle and compress the wool fibres to create a dense fabric for creating jewelry, embellishments or three dimensional designs.

Baby Bliss

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci may have said it best, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and for Debbie Bliss those words ring true as she presents yet another irresistible collection of designs, focusing her attention on knitting for chubby-cheeked babes with peach fuzz hairlines all the way up to kindergarten tykes heading off for their first day of school.  It’s the mix of crisp clean silhouettes, vintage appeal, uncomplicated stitching, and of course the smooth finish of her fine quality yarns that strike a chord with all levels of knitters.  Be on the lookout for this charming little book- Baby Cashmerino 5, it might just make a nice addition to your pattern library.

 

Baby Cashmerino 5

Baby Cashmerino 5

Fifteen designs grace the pages of this pint-sized pattern book by Debbie Bliss, the fifth one in her popular series.  Eco Baby and Baby Cashmerino are featured as the two interchangeable yarns knit in a variety of styles including pullovers, cardigans, vests, and toys.  The sizing range is generous from three months to five years.

 

Fairisle Cardigan

Fairisle Cardigan

A miniature sampling of British heritage is evident in this cardigan which is knit in silky soft Baby Cashmerino.  It is highlighted with narrow strips of fairisle and solid bands of diamond patterning in between.  Take your pick from almost seventy shades in this range including six new ‘brights’ for fall.

 

Square Neck Top

Square Neck Top

Minimal stitch detail shines the spotlight on the softly gathered yoke, the crowning jewel on this adorable smock top.  A vintage style for pixie cute girls aged three months to five years.

 

Trellis Stitch Jacket

Trellis Stitch Jacket

On this petite ladylike design, the raglan sleeves and wide collar band are the connecting elements, stitched in a pretty lattice pattern.  The back and fronts both knit in stocking stitch offer a lovely contrast in texture.  Eco Baby in Duck Egg.

 

Gingham Jacket

Gingham Jacket

From the mid 18th century, gingham cloth was produced in the mills of Manchester, UK, most often in blue and white.  While this dapper design is a throwback to that era, it features a little twist on the predictable colour scheme, in charcoal, black, and cream.

 

Garter Stitch Jacket

Garter Stitch Jacket

Garter stitch may be effortless, but it is not just for beginners, as shown on this A-line jacket accentuated with a demure baby pink edging.  The softest shade of grey in Baby Cashmerino makes this style adaptable to any outfit.

 

Rosebud Crossover

Rosebud Crossover

A sweet ensemble for a baby shower, the pristine white background sets off the tiny rosebuds which are embroidered afterwards in duplicate stitch on this crossover cardigan.  It comes complete with a pattern for the matching bear.

 

Gingham Bear

Gingham Bear

 

The quintessential baby gift, this tiny gingham bear knit in Eco Baby will become a treasured keepsake.  Add embroidered eyes, nose and mouth or leave it unadorned as shown above.