Archive for August, 2014

Back To Class Knits

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

It happens inevitably at this time of year, a last minute trek to the mall for school supplies welcomed by those hangdog expressions as the kids come to the s-l-o-w realization that summer is nearly over and it is time to head back to class.  Whether it is elementary or secondary school, college or university, make the learning curve that much easier on them with one of these relaxed handknit styles that will quickly become a warm hug on a cold day, and give a familiar feeling of home-

 

Superfine Alpaca by Sublime

Superfine Alpaca by Sublime

A wear-with-everything sweater with built-in wrist warmers, knit in Superfine Alpaca, a brand new quality from Sublime in six classic shades.  Flannel (shown above).

 

Shawl Collar Jacket in Cashmerino Aran

Shawl Collar Jacket in Cashmerino Aran

A style that is sure to turn your little guy into the teacher’s pet, this shawl collar jacket is knit to impress in Cashmerino Aran, by Debbie BlissDenim (shown above).

 

Neon Striped Hoodie

Neon Striped Hoodie

Making the transition from middle school to high school is a huge milestone.  Mark the occasion in a fun way with this Neon Striped Hoodie, after all the brighter the better means a more visible child walking home from school.  Knit in anti-pill Uptown Worsted.  FREE pattern available to download here.

 

Cabled Capelet m5088

Cabled Capelet

Burning the midnight oil before exams can sometimes requires a strong cup of coffee and a cosy cabled capelet to keep warm.  Knit in Ushya Suya, the new kid on the Mirasol block, a pure merino wool in lovely tonal shadings.  Have a peek at all ten including Red Velvet (shown above).

Hooded Vest in Art Wool

Hooded Vest in Art Wool

Hanging out at the track or catching up with friends calls for a sporty style that just goes with the flow.  From the Katia Sport Collection, this hooded vest features a zippered closure and snug pockets.  Knit in Art Wool, a brand new superwash wool that knits up on 8 mm needles.  Look for all eight stripey colourways at your lys this season.

 

Cabled Jacket in Kiko

Cabled Jacket in Kiko

Comfort is key in new surroundings and this super chunky cabled jacket will get plenty of wear time in between classes.  Knit in Sirdar Kiko, designed for quick projects, and easy care.  Two new shades are available this season- Misty and Woody (shown above).

 

Azteca Coat and Peru Jacket

Azteca Coat and Peru Jacket

Hanging out with a bestie at lunch can be almost as cool as showing off a new sweater knit by grandma.  From the latest Katia  Children’s Collection, these two jackets get A+ for style.  The hooded coat is knit in Azteca, a self-transitional wool blend that is ultra soft and lightweight.  The garter yoke jacket is knit in Peru, a wool/alpaca mix with a range of more than thirty-five colours to choose from.  Sized from two to ten years.

Woolly Woofers

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Its a dog’s life for the most part, a pampered existence that runs the gamut from afternoon naps on a plush daybed to gourmet treats at the neighborhood chew factory.  Even though our pets come with a built-in blanket of fur, they still feel the chill just like we do.  To keep your four-legged friends cosy and content while showing off a little attitude, Debbie Bliss has put together a creative collection of more than twenty knitted outfits to fit all shapes and sizes of terriers, mutts and hounds who don’t take themselves too seriously.

 

Woolly Woofers By Debbie Bliss

Woolly Woofers By Debbie Bliss

Smiffy takes the cover spot and looks particularly dashing in his natty nautical outfit, he also happens to be the smallest member of Debbie’s household, her loveable Parson Russell Terrier. Look for Woolly Woofers to arrive at your lys in mid-September, a tongue-in-cheek collection of designer duds complete with a handy measuring chart to custom fit your pooch into dapper little coats and accessories.

 

Queen Bee

Queen Bee

For the shy guy or gal who needs a little extra strut in their walk, this hooded bumble bee striped pullover will create plenty of buzzzz.

 

Paw Pirate

Pirate Pooch

For the mischief-maker, this buccaneer coat has the right mix of spunk and canine couture to get your dude noticed at the doggie park.

 

Cow Doggie

Cow Doggie

For the tail-wagger who loves adventure and enjoys the occasional Sunday afternoon western, this chic cowboy-inspired ensemble will make his smile worth every stitch.

 

Plaid Jacket

Plaid Jacket

For the refined pooch, this perfectly plaid jacket looks crisp and tailored and will keep the cold at bay while out for a stroll on an Autumn day.

 

Pompom Baby Blanket

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

If keeping up with the ‘baby boomlet’ which has reportedly been going on in Canada since 2011, is causing sparks to fly off your knitting needles, you are not alone.  Baby gifts rank high on the list of most popular knitting projects, and it’s no wonder, they are irresistibly cute, quick to make, and invariably treasured by new moms.  Looking for a simple baby blanket pattern, something colourful and fun?

Take a look at this one-

 

Himalaya Joyfull Baby Colors

Himalaya Joyfull Baby Colors

This brand new quality from Himalaya is as much about the soft and cushy texture as it is the bright and cheerful prints.  Washer and dryer friendly, Joyfull Baby Colors knits to a chunky tension and is popping up in shops now in six contemporary self-transitioning colorways.

 

Pompom Baby Blanket in col #

Pompom Baby Blanket in col #81102

 

POMPOM BABY BLANKET

Finished Size:  74 cm/29 ins x 84 cm/33 ins

Yarn:  400g Himalaya Joyfull Baby Colors (col #81102) with pompoms or 300g without pompoms

Needles:  7.00 mm/US 10 ¾

Tension:  12 sts and 17 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St

 

Cast on 90 sts.  K 7 rows.  Continue in Pattern St as follows-

Row 1 (RS):  K5, [k5, p5], rep [to], end with, k5

Row 2 (WS):  K5, [k5, p5], rep [to], end with, k5

Row 3:  as Row 1

Row 4:  as Row 2

Row 5:  as Row 1

Row 6: as Row 2

Row 7:  K5, [p5, k5], rep [to], end with, k5

Row 8:  K5, [p5, k5], rep [to], end with, k5

Row 9:  as Row 7

Row 10:  as Row 8

Row 11:  as Row 7

Row 12:  as Row 8

Rep these 12 rows for a total of 126 rows.

K 8 rows.  Cast off.

Make 4 pompoms approx. 9 cm/3 ½ ins and attach to each corner of blanket.

The Shape Of Things To Come

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

As much as we cherish the languid days of summer, all good things must come to an end, and in this case there is a certain flutter of anticipation that comes with being a knitter, a cool longing for the familiar feel of merino, the silky slide of alpaca, the cosy comfort of a cardigan or tunic, in smoky hues and burnished tones that reflect the changing light.  After all, how many sweaters did you actually wear this summer?  Let’s welcome back our favorite knitting season with a look at the newest and most creative layering pieces, from ponchos to shrugs, versatile styles that are on the cutting edge of fashion, and as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

From Katia, The Shape Of Things To Come

 

Shirttail

Shirttail

Leave those shirttails untucked, this is a burgeoning trend for the upcoming season, shown on cardigans and pullovers alike.  Styled for easy layering, this short and sassy cardigan features gently-shaped sides, a vertical play on colour, and a textured yoke section.  Knit in Katia’s all-time favorite self-striping oh-so-soft Azteca.  Col #7851 (shown above).

 

Twisted

Twisted

Katia first introduced us to the twisted poncho around the same time last year and like a rocket, it took off.  Now there is a new twist, upgraded to mimic both a shawl and a pullover with sleeves built in for winter warmth.  Knit in a new quality Silk-Alpaca, a light n lofty blend in eight natural tones including Tan (shown above).

 

Belted

Belted

Tying up the must-wear-with-leggings list with a flourish, tunics are getting longer and leaner.  This design clearly defines the waistline with a knitted belt cleverly encased in the body of the tunic, scoring bonus points for less bulk, and less fuss.  Knit in Azteca, a wool/acrylic aran weight blend featuring its own new catalogue of designs.  Col # 7829 (shown above).

 

Mitred

Mitred

Knitting on the straight and narrow can only get you so far, sometimes we need to veer away from the norm and in this case, careful precision is required.  This wide lapel jacket consists of knitted motifs with mitred corners, and if it may look like there is a great deal of  seaming required, you will be pleasantly surprised.  Look for this fall dazzler in the all-new Best Of Azteca Collection  Col # 7848 (shown above).

 

Boxy

Boxy

Big and boxy is back on fashion’s radar, and that spells e-a-s-y knitting for all skill levels.  This popover top gets an A+ for straightforward construction and transitional wear from one season to the next.  Knit in Clown by Katia, a quirky new novelty yarn with a half dozen colour mixes ready for casting on with 8 mm needles.  Col # 203 (shown above).

 

Batwing

Batwing

Far from the fashion runways of Gotham City, this batwing-inspired coccoon is smoking hot, representing the voluminous shape (and the mesh detail) currently in vogue, knit in a hue that intensifies the brilliance of autumn.  In a mix of solid and lace stitch work, this design will add airy elegance to skirts and dresses, knit up in Alpacotton, a chunky yarn with surface interest.  Burnt Orange (shown above).

 

Cropped

Cropped

Cosier than a thermal blanket, this cabled top blurs the lines between shrug and poncho, worked up in a simple strip with no shaping whatsoever, and knit up in lavishly-textured Alpacotton, last year’s surprise winner. Chocolate (shown above).

 

Curved

Rounded

Peeking around the corner, we can see that ponchos are coming back in a big way, and why not, they are a very welcome hug on a chilly day.  This time around, the edges are contoured, inspired by the classic stadium poncho.  For extra pizazz, matching cowls are instant accessories designed to boost the warmth factor.  Look for this poncho in the latest Sport Collection by Katia, knit in City, a self-transitioning wool blend available soon with more than a dozen enticing picks.  Col #903 (shown above).

 

Insert

Inserted

Cardigans are showing off all the angles, and this drapey style catches the trend train with an innovative square inserted into the side seam.  Knit in Quetzal, Katia’s newest superfine alpaca blend, with a softly-brushed halo effect  Col. #72 (shown above).

 

Wrapped

Wrapped

A crossover style that is gaining even more ground this season, the shawl vest is designed to drape gently across the shoulders and cover your back at the same time.  Knit in just two pieces for easy assembly in Azteca, Katia’s sweetheart yarn branching out with thirteen additional colour-packed options.  Col #7819 (shown above).

The Perfect Yarn Smoothie

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Imagine for a moment if you will, the perfect pairing of ingredients in a yarn smoothie, (not to drink but to knit).  What ingredients would make it simply irresistible?  Here at Diamond Yarn, in our luxury collection, we are constantly striving to come up with the ultimate blend of natural fibres and this season, we pulled out all the stops to find it.  Starting with a great base is essential, and there was really no better choice than merino wool for its light loft, and super fine crimp, making it so supple that it almost melts against any other fibre.  Next, we stirred in a generous amount of silk, of course it had to be mulberry silk, the most refined, grown in cocoons that yield continuous fibres that measure up to eight hundred metres long.  Silk has a natural lustre which translates well into beautiful knitwear and the added ability to keep warm air close to the body in cold weather.  Our last ingredient had to be something with the element of surprise- – we chose linen, not what one might expect going into the crisp, cool days of autumn, yet it works superbly, not only does it possess incredible strength and amazing drape, it also gives a striking rustic quality.  All in all, we think this is one alluring yarn combination, don’t you?

 

Diamond Luxury Collection Mulberry & Linen

Diamond Luxury Collection Mulberry Linen

With a woodsy palette to choose from, eight shades in all, this exciting new addition to our house collection, Mulberry Linen is making its debut in shops now, a premium blend of 50% merino, 25% mulberry silk and 25% linen, spun in a dk weight with an emphasis on tactile texture and silky sheen to stand apart from all the rest.

 

Mulberry & Linen Col. Cedar

Mulberry Linen Col. Cedar

On the needles for early fall knitting, Mulberry Linen by Diamond Luxury Collection

 

Leaflet #1538

Leaflet #1538

For the first frosty days of autumn, this snug slipover top will be a key wardrobe piece, radiating with warmth and stretch in all the right places.  Designed in one over the shoulder piece with a horizontal panel that leads into a contemporary flip collar.  Amber (shown above).

 

Leaflet #1537

Leaflet #1537

Right on trend for the upcoming season, this cocoon-style vest fits just like a cosy hug, and can be flipped over for two different looks.  Taupe (shown above).