Archive for April, 2015

The Softer Side of Spring

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

With neon brights and bold graphic tones currently monopolizing our fashion senses, its naturally a little more difficult to notice the subtler hues beckoning us from the sidelines like shy wallflowers.  If electric blue, psychedelic pink and atomic orange are not quite to your taste, this spring we are also seeing a gentler palette of opaque shades that may not turn up the volume as loudly but are equally irresistible.

Noro Boutique

Noro Boutique by Jenny Watson

Strawberry fields forever!  The familiar hues of summer’s cherished berries fuse together on this textured Cardigan which graces the cover of the latest Boutique Collection by British designer, Jenny Watson.  Knit in Noro’s  Shiro, a fanciful combination of wool, cashmere and silk in a dozen temptations.  Col. 8 (shown above).

Relaxed Sweater

Relaxed Sweater

Jenny designed this Relaxed Sweater, with colour as the gracious understudy, allowing the delicacy of the openwork and the sweep of the hemline to share the limelight.  Knit in Hanabatake, a luxurious blend of wool, silk and a swirly haze of mohair.  Col. 4 (shown above).

Tranquil Waistcoat

Tranquil Waistcoat

The beauty of this Tranquil Waistcoat is in its nuances, a simple style that is readily-adapted to casual weekend living or nine-to-five work wear.  Featuring knit-in pockets, a zip-front opening and the new cropped length for spring, this quick project is knit in Obi, a chunky mixture of silk, wool and mohair.  Col. 5 (shown above).

Boutique Cardigan

Boutique Cardigan

Calling all shrinking violets!  Jenny’s Boutique Cardigan mirrors the image of a garden’s first blooms.  Knit in Janome, a silk/wool blend in a dk weight.  Col. 10. (shown above).

Crystal Pullover

Crystal Pullover

The blush of an English rose couldn’t be any sweeter than Noro’s tranquil interplay of colours chosen for this Crystal Pullover.  Classic stocking stitch is offset by gridwork detail on the neckline and turnback cuffs.  Knit in Janome, a silky wool combo available this season in eight preferences.  Col. 1 (shown above).

Tropic Kerchief

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

What a difference a few days can make when it comes to bringing out the smiles in everyone.  The sun is stretching its rays to warm even the shadiest of spots, luring us outside as the long-awaited migration to backyard decks and patios gets underway.  Pull up a chair on the sheltered side of the yard and relax with a quick project designed to knit on a sunny afternoon and wear later the same day.

 

Tropic Kerchief

Tropic Kerchief

Knit in one of this season’s trendy ribbon yarns, Tropic by Katia, an interesting jersey-style cotton that has the same laidback attitude as your favorite soft and stretchy t shirt.  Choosing the right colour is a breeze, as Tropic comes in a range of ten transitional shades all equally suited to this triangular openwork scarf that can be worn relaxed with denim, either as a warm weather shawl or a fun new neck accessory.

Tropic Kerchief

Tropic Kerchief

TROPIC KERCHIEF

Finished Size: 48 cm/19 ins x 117 cm/46 ins

Needles: 9 mm/US 13

Yarn: 3 balls Tropic by Katia (col #76)

Tension: 6 sts and 11 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St

Cast on 4 sts.  K1 row.

Continue as follows-

Row 1- K2, yo, k2.

Row 2- K2, p1, k2.

Row 3- K2, yo, k1, yo, k2.

Row 4- K2, p3, k2.

Continue in Pattern St as follows-

Row 1- K2, yo, [k2tog, yo], rep [to], end with, k1, yo, k2.

Row 2- K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3- K2, yo, k1, [yo, k2tog], rep [to], end with, yo, k2.

Row 4- as Row 2.

Repeat these 4 rows until there are 69 sts on the needle, ending with a Row 3.

K 2 rows.

Work stretchy cast off as follows- K1, yo, cast off 1st st over yo, [k1, yo, cast off previous st over yo], rep [to] end.

Fasten off.

Cut fringes into 33 cm/13 ins lengths.  Attach 1 fringe every 2 rows along side edges.

Design by: Michele Meadows

 

Is Spring Under Wraps?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

In some parts of the country it appears that spring is still under wraps, at least for the moment.  But we can rest assured that the warm weather will spur on the familiar whistle and warble of songbirds and the patches of hardened snow at the forest’s edge will quickly be replaced with trilliums in full bloom.  What will be will be…..and from a knitter’s perspective that translates into a little more time for whipping up pretty spring accessories.  This season the shawl is hotter than ever, transforming from the classic shoulder wrap into a fun bandana-style neck piece for sprucing up just about everything from a plain white tee to a long flowing sundress.

Katia book 3

Katia Tahiti Shawl

Not in the mood for fussing with a complicated lace pattern?  Go easy breezy with this warm weather shawl featured in the latest beginner book from Katia.  Its knit from end-to-end on jumbo-sized needles (10 mm) using only two balls of Tahiti, a brand new cotton tape yarn that boasts a range of nearly thirty tropical colours.  Sun (shown above).

Katia Tahiti Beach bk 3

Katia Tahiti Beach Neck Wrap

Variety is the spice of life, and if you like the versatility of the first knitted shawl, why not make a second one using Tahiti Beach?  Its really the same yarn, only cranked up a notch in a fun range of transitional hues. Col. 300 (shown above).

Katia Jaipur Book 81

Katia Jaipur Triangle Shawl

Keep it pure and simple with Jaipur, a self-striping laceweight yarn in comfortable cotton.  This triangle bib-style shawl combines the symmetry of garter stitch with a delicate crocheted edging.  Col. 203 and 209 (shown above).

Sirdar Beachcomber 7497

Sirdar Beachcomber Shawl

For sultry days ahead, whether its an outdoor wedding or a backyard barbeque, keep this fringed delight in mind.  Not only is it a boho chic triangular shawl for covering shoulders, it will also substitute nicely as a dressy neck accessory.  Knit in Sirdar’s sensational Beachcomber, a softly-textured cotton popping up in shops now with a choice of four multis and six solids. Windward (shown above).

Katia Silk Cotton Bk 82

Katia Silk-Cotton Shawl

Freshen up last year’s faded tees and camis with this full size shawl that offers up smoking hot stripe action and terrific coverage.  Easy to knit in Katia’s Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 blend with a lovely cable twist, available in pretty close to twenty softened tones.  Col. 52, 53, 55, and 62 (shown above).

Katia Bari bk 82

Katia Bari Shawl

Going casual never looked so easy.  Just a quick twirl around your neck and off you go in this lightweight bandana shawl, knit in Bari, dyed in ten striking colour combos.  Col. 71 (shown above).

Egg-ceptionally Cute Kidswear

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Its a weekend that revolves around egg-shaped treats, family gatherings and getting the wiggly, giggly kids into their new spring outfits.  In anticipation of the sunny days ahead, a bright fun collection of knitwear is making the rounds and it looks like Katia has snagged the top spot once again with an adorable mix of lively-coloured sun tops, pullovers and cardigans.  Here is a peek at some of Katia’s newest and most egg-ceptionally cute kidswear-

Tahiti Spray Katia Beginners Book 3

Tahiti Spray

Into the swing of it!  With this trapeze suntop designed to fit ages four to eight, a super easy project in just one piece with a button tab at the back.  Knit in Katia’s newcomer, Tahiti Spray, a printed cotton tape that pops with fresh colour.  Col. 103 (shown above).

Katia Book 72 Salsa

Salsa

Cast on tonight and cast off tomorrow!  This speedy little circular yoke cardigan is really as simple as it looks, knit in old-fashioned garter stitch (sized from six to eighteen months), with Salsa, a delightful new ribbon yarn that twirls and twists on the needles creating its own unique texture.  Col. 67 (shown above).

Tahiti Beach and Creta

Tahiti Beach and Creta

For little fashionistas!  What’s not to like about these two style savvy cardigans (sized four to twelve years) knit in splashy hues that mesmerize the eyes.  Far left- Raglan sleeves and elongated stitchwork set the pace for crisp cool Tahiti Beach, a self-striping cotton ribbon available to knit now in ten summery choices.  Far right- A high low hemline makes this design ultra hip.  Knit in Creta, Katia’s slightly-sheer cotton blend dyed in fifteen soft solids.  Col. 304 (shown on left) and coral (shown on right).

Katia Book 72

Mississippi 3

All sweetness and light!  This flounce top is knit in Katia’s go-to comfort yarn, Mississippi 3, lightweight and easy care in a range of more than fifty fashionable shades to instantly transform children’s knitwear into trendy boutique pieces.  Available in sizes from six to twenty-four months.  White, sky blue, salmon, green and rose (shown above).

Belice Katia Book 73

Belice

Summer fun in a ball!  Katia packs a tall cool glass of tropical punch into this darling gathered top knit in Belice, a cotton blend in a dk weight that is magically transformed by a paintbrush palette.  Col. 317 (shown above).