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Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

No matter where you live, a handknit cardigan is indispensable especially when it comes to navigating through the transitional days of early spring.  Wafting in like fresh air through an open window, this season the styles are far more relaxed, with an emphasis on open fronts or simple one-button closures.  Current silhouettes vary from long and lean, to short and cropped, with sleeves that barely sweep the wrist or fall just below the elbow in a demure Grace Kelly kind of way.  Edgings shift away from tradition to show off pretty curves, decorative scallops, and soft draping.  This week we have put together a selection of inspiring designs to knit in our most pleasing array of cotton, linen, silk and easy care blends.

Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014-

Katia San Remo

Katia San Remo

Whether it is walking the dog or commuting to the office, this comfy cardigan will get a real wardrobe workout.  Casual yet polished with a wide garter stitch border and roll back collar, plus just enough lacework added to keep it light and airy, this design is knit in San Remo by Katia, a worsted weight yarn gushing with metallic sheen.  Blue Grey (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7005

Sirdar Leaflet #7005

This perfectly proportioned cardigan is ready to ring in spring, knit in a warm poppy shade, featuring rounded edges, a turnback collar punctuated with chic button detail and elbow length sleeves.  Knit in Sirdar’s Simply Recycled Aran, a cotton blend particularly appealing to anyone on the lookout for speedy projects.

 

Katia Brisa

Katia Brisa

Sometimes it is the simplest of pattern stitches that can create the most impact as it is with this fabulous openwork cardigan, capturing the feeling of spring with a flowy edging.  Knit in Brisa, one of our favorite crisp and cool yarns from Katia’s impressive range, a mercerized cotton and viscose boasting a palette of more than thirty shades to choose from.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7001

Sirdar Leaflet #7001

Surf’s up with this flattering longer length cardigan featuring a deep v and tie front detail.  Knit in Raffaela from Sirdar, a nubby cotton blend highlighted with a pearly sheen.  Amalfi and Lido (shown above).

 

Noro Taiyo Sock Cardigan

Noro Taiyo Sock Cardigan

Refreshing last year’s outfits is a breeze with this colour-banded cardigan from Noro Favourites by European designer, Claudia Wersing.  Knit in Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight blend of cotton, wool, silk and nylon available this season in thirty-three colourways.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

For the winter weary, this boost of colour may just be what the doctor ordered, knit in Sirdar’s newest arrival, Cotton DK, a contemporary cardigan composed of lattice and lace with optional three quarter or cap sleeves.  Look for the popular range of eighteen colours.  Sailor Blue (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7013

Sirdar Leaflet #7013

Flower buds underscore the lower half of this v neck cardigan styled with three-quarter or alternate full length raglan sleeves, a smart well-fitting design in Sirdar’s classic Calico DK, washer and dryer friendly in a combo of cotton and acrylic fibres.  Bay Blue (shown above).

 

Katia Iris

Katia Iris

For a look that is both timeless and elegant go for natural shades of linen, cream and white.  This wispy cardigan has a modern vibe and adds the coolest, lightest layer possible.  Knit in the slinky new Iris by Katia, an innovative blend of linen and metallic polyester in seven shimmery sun-kissed hues.  Stardust (shown above).

 

Debbie Bliss Juliet

Debbie Bliss Juliet

The Chanel Jacket, an iconic style revamped this season by Debbie Bliss in a her latest softly-toned cotton tweed, Juliet.  Look for all twelve shades in stores now including Hyacinth (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7002

Sirdar Leaflet #7002

Conveying a sense of ease, this ‘take anywhere’ cardigan is gentle on the eyes in spring’s must-have lilac shade.  Knit in Raffaela by Sirdar, a textured cotton blend with a subtle twist.  Capri (shown above).

Fall/Winter Forecast 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

No sooner had we put away our snow boots and heavy wool socks, than it was full circle right back into winter.  Well not exactly…. this past weekend shop owners made the biannual trek to Toronto, arriving wide-eyed with anticipation, notebooks in hand, ready to preview the Fall/Winter Collections inside the Diamond Yarn Showroom.  From one impressive display to the next, a diverse palette of opulent jewel tones, warm greys, burnished metals, and icy hues emerged to set the tone for the season to come.  Quick knitting resonated loudly, with a bounty of bulky yarns on the horizon, yet even lighter and loftier than in previous years, while at the opposite end of the gamut, lace weights are strengthening their foothold, with manufacturers spinning scaled-down versions of the most popular brands.

The forecast for Fall/Winter 2014- 

 

Mirasol

Mirasol Sulka Nina

Mirasol tips the scales with three outstanding new qualities.  Sulka Nina (shown above) builds on the same platform as the original Sulka, only in a finer gauge this time around, ideal for lightweight cardigans, tunics, and pullovers.  Ushya Suya recharges the popular Ushya line with an alluring range of tonal shading while Llama Una fills in the gap, as a dk weight spun from luxurious baby llama.  All new designs will be available in leaflet form.

 

Diamond Luxury Collection Alpaca Gold and Mulberry Linen

Diamond Luxury Collection Alpaca Gold and Mulberry Linen

Its a clean sweep for Diamond Luxury Collection as twelve new qualities step out of the shadows for fall/winter 2014.  Alpaca Gold (above left) radiates warmth and sheen in a base of superfine baby alpaca, and Mulberry Linen (above right) is highlighted with subtle texture in a natural mix of alpaca, silk and linen.  For lace knitters, look for Merino Superwash Lace in tones that rival the sunsets of Umbria, and for fans of big and bulky yarns, Embrace is a cloud of fluffy softness in a mixture of alpaca and acrylic.

 

Diamond Luxury Collection Bliss

Diamond Luxury Collection Bliss

As decadent as whipped buttercream icing without all the calories, Bliss from Diamond Luxury Collection (shown above) will melt your heart in an instant with its incredibly plush handle, lightly spun from a premium blend of merino and superfine camel hair.

 

Nova Topper

Nova Topper

Nova keeps the ball rolling with more socksational fingering weight yarns dedicated to keeping feet fashionably outfitted.  Garnering lots of walk-by enthusiasm as the next standout trend, these almost popped off the shelf, Topper (shown above) a self-striping textured ball of fun geared towards the pre-teen crowd, packaged with a beginner hat pattern and faux fur pom pom in bold neon colours.

 

Lana Grossa Meilenweit

Lana Grossa Meilenweit

This eye candy comes from Lana Grossa, the newest link on the Diamond chain, a well-established Italian yarn manufacturer living up to their motto, ‘always something special’ by bringing to Canada, a fashionable range of patterns for men, women, and children complimented by an extensive line of quality yarns.  Meilenweit (shown above) is the signature sock yarn displayed in countless splashy options that may require a wardrobe all its own.

 

Katia Azteca

Katia Azteca

Katia zeroes in on Azteca with a full booklet of designs featuring the cheery self-striping chunky wool blend that invariably gets our needles clicking well before the first snowfall.  Hats, cowls, pullovers, vests and coats flood the pages showing off new inspiring colourways to come.

 

Sirdar Divine

Sirdar Divine

Sirdar continually sticks to the formula that works best, delivering style and value in every ball of yarn they produce.  Divine (shown above), spills over with metallic pizazz encased in a halo of mohair and dyed to delight in a range of autumnal hues.  Yes, all that rolled into one little ball!  Coming for next season as well, look for Head Start, a fast-knitting yarn that won’t stay on shelves long, each ball is packaged with an eye-catching hat pattern and matching fuzzy pom pom.

 

Sirdar Heart & Sole

Sirdar Heart & Sole

Heart & Sole embodies the spirit of Sirdar with eight rainbow-bright choices, each 100g ball makes a pair of socks, the ultimate grab n go project complete with a pattern on the label.  Stay on the lookout for this and other all-in-one projects, they are going to be hot sellers especially towards holiday season.

 

Noro Hanabatake

Noro Hanabatake

Noro introduces three sensational sizzlers to the spectrum- Hanabatake (shown above), slightly wispy in nature due to a touch of mohair mixed into the wool and silk formula, Janome, a silk/wool combo showcasing a tropical-hued palette and Silk Garden Solo, making the break from Noro tradition in semi-solid shades depicting the rustic beauty of Persian rugs.

 

On The Hook For Spring

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Along comes spring, the season of new beginnings.  So while you are recharging your battery, getting reacquainted with nature, and soaking in the sun’s warm embrace………. don’t forget to hit the pause button on last winter’s weighty knitting projects and make a switch over towards lighter layers.  Crochet is on an upswing at this time of year, its airy, delicate nature lends itself well to spring and summer fashions.  We will be featuring inspiring crochet projects in the coming weeks, meanwhile if your tattered and torn crochet case has seen better days, take a look at the selection of sets that Knitter’s Pride has for you, in the way of exceptional craftsmanship and stylish organization.

Each set is designed to suit your own unique personality- 

Bamboo Crochet Set

Bamboo Crochet Set

Both feet on the ground………. For the practical thinker who chooses efficiency and quality over flash, this set is made from the finest Japanese bamboo.  Eight basic sizes ranging from 3.50 mm to 8.00 mm are neatly tucked inside a modestly-styled fabric case with a clear vinyl window for easy viewing.

 

Symfonie Dreamz Crochet Set

Symfonie Dreamz Crochet Set

Dedicated follower of fashion………… For the style-savvy diva who has an outfit ready for every occasion and changes her nail polish at the drop of a hat this Symfonie Dreamz set is easy on the eyes, with eight candy-coloured wooden hooks, each one polished to feel as smooth as glass.  Colour-coded for quick sight recognition (3.50 mm to 8.00 mm), and nicely displayed in a see-through vinyl pouch with slip-in pockets.

 

Waves Crochet Set

Waves Crochet Set

Always on the go 24/7………….For the true multi-tasker who can text, talk, and crochet at the same time, these fashionable faux leather zippered cases are ideal for grab n go projects.  Featuring a peek-through window showcasing nine hooks sized from 2.75 mm all the way up to 6.00 mm, these are manufactured from smooth aluminum with soft grip colour-coded handles.  Available in Lime or Pink.

 

Symfonie Rose Crochet Set

Symfonie Rose Crochet Case

All the bells and whistles………….For the connoisseur who appreciates a little extra extravagance and attention-to-detail this Symfonie Rose Crochet Case makes a lovely coffee table presentation with its cigar-box styling and 24k gold-plated monogram.  Each hook is hand-crafted in a warm tortoiseshell finish and highlighted with an embedded Swarovski crystal.  Sizes 3.50 mm to 8.00 mm are included.

Linen And Lace

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The yin and yang of the knitting world, linen and lace go together like sea salt sprinkled on caramel or a chocolate latte stirred with cayenne pepper.  Its the unexpected pairing of opposites that create such a harmonious balance, linen for its rawness and wirelike structure, the embodiment of Old World rugged strength and lace for its exquisite complexity of delicate twists and turns winding itself into open spaces.  The contrast between the two works like magic to highlight each other’s charm.

 

Katia Lino

Katia Lino

History’s first plant-based fibre, linen is spun from the flax plant, a tall, spindly stalk topped off with a sky-blue flower.  Linen has become the quintessential summer yarn, for its ability to stay cool and dry.  It has an incredibly long staple and not surprisingly is three times stronger than cotton.

 

Linen and Lace Cowl

Linen and Lace Cowl

Squash it, crumple it into a ball, or trample on it, you will never hurt its feelings.  Papery-crisp pure linen just gets softer and lovelier the more it is handled, washed and worn.  The beauty is in its nature, it has a will all its own.  So when it comes to close-fitting styles or patterns with ribbing, forget it, this yarn is just too relaxed for that.

 

Linen and Lace Cowl

Linen and Lace Cowl

If you are uncertain about knitting with linen, this drapey vintage-inspired cowl is a great place to start.  It is worked in the round with a straightforward pattern repeat combining cables and openwork.  Our pure linen version requires two 50g balls of Katia Lino and is shortened to a measurement of 20 cm/8 ins.  Wear it long and loose or double wrap it to closely fill in a neckline.  Fourteen shades are available this season including this week’s pick, Silver Grey (shown above).

 

Katia Lino col 8

Katia Lino in Silver Grey