Archive for October, 2014

Cosy Cocoons

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Knitwear styles come and go as quick as lightning in this ever-changing market.  When you factor in the countless hours spent on a project plus the cost of a good quality knitting yarn, the key word seems to be versatility.  Enter the cocoon, perhaps the ultimate transformer when it comes to sweater design, with its oversized cape-like sleeves that curve along the shoulder line, a soft-draped collar that envelops like a shawl, the open front resembling a cardigan, it is a style that cloaks, wraps, and surrounds the wearer with a layer of warmth.

Take a look at this week’s selection of cosy cocoons

 

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Designed to knit in two easy pieces with side button closures, this cocoon jacket highlights the brushed allure of alpaca and the natural slub of cotton.  Knit in Alpacotton by KatiaCol #58 (shown above).

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Worked from side-to-side, this cocoon jacket begins with a provisional cast on at centre back and knits towards the sleeve cuff.  After casting off, provisional sts are picked up and the opposite side is worked in reverse.  The front features a flattering turnback collar in sturdy seed stitch and finishes off with button detail at the neckline.  Knit in City by Katia, a brand new worsted wool blend available now in sixteen transitional colourways.  Col. #905 (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #9435

Add awesome style to your wardrobe with this cocoon jacket featuring a fold back collar and fun textured stitch pattern.  Knit in Country Style DK from Sirdar, a true classic yarn, easy care and lightweight with more than forty shades to choose from.  Heather (shown above).

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

A cosy alternative to borrowing granddad’s favorite cardigan, this cocoon-shaped coat  is knit in a classic rib with well-sculpted fronts.  The yarn choice is a brushed bulky merino, alpaca and yak blend dyed in a subtle tonal drift.  Yak Merino, new for Fall/Winter from Lana Grossa  in Mink (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

An oldie but a goodie, this Mirasol design carries over from a previous season but fits the knitwear theme exceptionally well for this time of year.  Overflowing with comfort and warmth, this cocoon is created by knitting a single rectangular piece for back and front which is then folded in half, followed by picking up sts along the sides for sleeves.  Knit in Api, a wispy blend of alpaca and highland wool.  Ultra Violet (shown above).  Pattern available online here.

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Capturing the look of the moment, this style designed by the Katia team makes the ultimate go-to piece when the thermometer drops.  Knit in two pieces beginning at the outer sleeve edge, stitches meet in the middle and are grafted together for a seamless finish.  Look for Katia’s newest quality, Textura, a bulky wool blend that lets the knitter create the surface texture by following the colour veins in the yarn.  Col. #107 (shown above).

Cocoon Vest by Diamond Luxury Collection

Diamond Luxury Collection Leaflet #1537

A great deal of ingenuity and a slight wave of a magic wand (flip it over to create two different styles) goes into this cocoon vest designed by Nina Klecki.  Featuring all the elements of a great design- no seams to sew, one-piece construction, loose fit with plenty of drape, and covering all the bases from vest-to-cape-to-cardigan-to-shawl.  Knit in Mulberry Linen, a gorgeous natural mix of fibre with a silky handle.  Taupe (shown above).

Gemstone Cowl

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

It’s really quite incredible to think that in the span of just a few years, handknit scarves have taken a backseat as our most essential cold weather accessory.  What first emerged as a trendsetting neck warmer, the cowl (a.k.a infinity loop) has proven to be worth its weight in gold, marching us into winter’s wrath with less fuss, and more stylish warmth than its predecessor.  Yes, cowls are here to stay, as a statement piece to finish off an outfit, they can be worn pretty much in any climate, or fully functional as a constant companion for the chilliest season of all.

What did we ever do without knitted cowls?

Gemstone by Diamond Luxury Collection

Gemstone by Diamond Luxury Collection

Twirled with flecks of brilliant colour, and loaded with shine, Gemstone is an exciting new addition to our Fall/Winter line-up, an aran weight wool blend available in five flattering iridescent choices.  Peridot and Amethyst (shown above).

Gemstone Cowl

Gemstone Cowl Close-Up

Whether the occasion calls for a sprinkle of fabulous colour or to fill in the breezy void with a cosy layer, this Gemstone Cowl, is as much fun to make as it is to wear.  Knit on circular needles, in a simple yet fascinating stitch, this one-skein project might just get your gift list started sooner than expected.

Gemstone Cowl

Gemstone Cowl

 

GEMSTONE COWL

Finished Size: 71 cm/ 28 ins x 18 cm/ 7 ins

Yarn: 100g skein Gemstone by Diamond Luxury Collection (col. Peridot)

Needles: 6.00 mm/ US 10 – 60 cm/24 ins circular

Tension: 16 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st

Cast on 100 sts.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle, place a marker on first st.

Purl 3 rounds.

Knit 4 rounds.

Purl 4 rounds.

Next Round- Knit each st wrapping yarn twice around needle.

Next Round- [Slip 4 sts from left to right needle dropping extra wraps, slip 4 sts back to left needle and work into same 4 sts as follows- (k4tog, p4tog, k4tog, p4tog)], rep to end of round.

K 1 round.

P 2 rounds.

Repeat last 5 rounds 4 more times.

P 2 rounds.

K 4 rounds.

P 3 rounds.

Cast off Purlways.

Design by: Michele Meadows

 

A Need For Tweed

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Shuffling through the fallen leaves and listening to them crunch underfoot while breathing in the woodsy scent wafting from a nearby chimney, and don’t forget that once-a-year craving for freshly-baked pumpkin pie, well…………..isn’t that just fall in a nutshell?  There is something intrinsically comforting about this time of year, as the days get shorter we ease our way back into layer after layer.  Knitters adore this season, more than any other it offers an abundance of opportunities to cover up in chunky woolen armor, all in an effort to keep the cold at bay.  Far from the silky allure of alpaca and the smoothness of merino, tweed wools have their own unmistakable charm, exuding warmth with a rustic texture that creates a heathery look flecked with tiny cotton nubs in contrasting colours.  The British have a fondness for tweeds, having been a part of their attire since the 1800’s, and brought to the forefront by Sherlock Holmes in his distinguished-looking cape and deerstalker cap.

Building on their British heritage, Sublime, have produced two separate tweed yarns, a dk and aran weight, each featuring a collection of more than twelve designs.  Let’s see a sampling of the newest styles-

Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK

Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK

Available in eleven distinctive tones, Luxurious Tweed DK by Sublime is softly spun in a premium wool freckled with colourful cotton bits.  This season’s range include four paler hues- Dawn, Stone, Buff Blue and Dusk.  See below an example of two of the exquisite designs featured in the Second Luxurious Tweed DK Book

Textured Pop Over Vest

Textured Pop Over Vest

Sophisticated in an unassuming way, this Textured Pop Over Vest is designed with an interesting medley of stitches to add even more character to the finished fabric.  Pattern is also available with alternate three-quarter length sleeves.  Dawn (shown above).

Biker Chic Jacket

Biker Chic Jacket

Put away your leather and zip away the frosty cold in this stylish boy-meets-girl Biker Chic Jacket, designed with crisp lines and the comfort of wool.  Dusk (shown above).

Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed

Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed

Available in eleven colour options, Luxurious Aran Tweed by Sublime is richly dyed and spun in a blend of wool, cotton and llama.  The newest shades of the season- Beech, Fauve and Whistler are highlighted in these three knitwear designs from the Third Luxurious Aran Tweed Book.

Wilde Green Vest

Wilde Green Vest

Artful construction gives this Wilde Green Vest the look and feel of an origami project.  The wide front lapel transitions gracefully into a straight back collar that projects over the shoulders.  Raw edges are right on trend.  Fauve (shown above).

Mitts and Match Cardie

Mitts and Match Cardie

The Sublime design team has mixed together a smatter of innovation and a sprinkling of youthful spirit to create this Mitts and Match Cardie.  Clearly it is more than first meets the eye.  The cardigan itself has a lovely unstructured look with softened edges, and for extra coverage check out the integrated arm warmers knit in a textured pattern stitch.  Choose either a solid shade or optional contrasted sleeves.  Beech (shown above).

Tweedy Girl Vest

Tweedy Girl Vest

Well-shaped to trace the curve of the shoulders, this Tweedy Girl Vest borrows from a classic with a Jackie O face-framing collar knit horizontally in a staghorn cable pattern. Whistler (shown above).

Fall Bloom Cowl

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

With the showy display of autumn foliage encompassing our landscape right now, its not too difficult to feel inspired to pick up the knitting needles and whip up a quick accessory, something as brightly-coloured as the changing season to help us transition from one wardrobe to the next without too much effort.  This week’s free pattern may come as a welcome breather before the onset of winter’s bulkier projects.  Knit in an unique yarn that actually blooms on the needles, with colour so intense it nearly glows, our Fall Bloom Cowl takes only an evening to make, offering up a mesmerizing array of multi-hued options, as well as simple gift ideas for family and friends.  Make one for yourself, and watch how quickly the line forms on the right.

 

Bamboo Bloom col #302

Bamboo Bloom col #302

Knitting with Bamboo Bloom is as much fun as scribbling with crayons, the colours change at random, and the unique texture transforms from a fine silky twist to a thick puffy wisp.  Koi Pond (shown above).

 

Bamboo Bloom by Universal Yarn

Bamboo Bloom by Universal Yarn

Autumn’s bounty from left to right- Koi Pond, Red Maple, Sensei, and Kanji, just four of the enchanting colourways in Bamboo Bloom.

 

Bloom Cowl

FALL BLOOM COWL

 

FALL BLOOM COWL

Finished Size:  25.5 cm/10 ins x 96.5 cm/38 ins

Needles:  9.00 mm-60 cm/24 ins circular needle

Yarn:  100g skein of Bamboo Bloom by Universal Yarn col #302 (shown above)

Tension:  7 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St.

NOTE:  Tension varies with the texture of this yarn, for that reason no two cowls will be exactly the same size.  More importantly, keep your cast on and cast off extra loose, this will ensure a lengthy drape.  Use larger needles for casting on and off if necessary.

Cast on 65 sts loosely. 

Join in round, being careful not to twist sts over needle, place a marker on first st.

P 4 rounds

K 4 rounds

Repeat these 8 rounds 4 more times.

Purl 4 rounds.

Cast off purlways loosely.

Design by:  Michele Meadows