Archive for October, 2015

Spirit Of The Woods Cowl

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Cowls have now become a standard fashion item and having one for every season is equally important.  For spring, its all about a pop of colour to brighten up an outfit combined with a side order of warmth to ward off the damp chill.  In summer, the look lightens up with a lacy linen or cotton version worn strictly as a decorative element.  When fall rolls around, a cosy cowl becomes indispensable as an extra layer, easy on, easy off as the weather fluctuates and finally, there is the heavy artillery cowl, ready for winter action in a super bulky wool designed to stand up to the fiercest of elements.

 

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This season, Sylvan comes out of the shadows, playfully light in nature and incredibly soft.  A new wool blend from Sirdar, this yarn is spun with a thick and thin twist in a choice of eight tri-shaded woodsy hues.

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The unique texture of Sylvan combined with a simple pattern stitch forms an interesting pebbly-effect while the fun colour interaction creates a versatile topsy-turvy cowl design.  By flipping the cowl from top to bottom, the colour changes instantly.

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SPIRIT OF THE WOODS COWL

Finished Size: 86 cm/34 ins x 33 cm/13 ins

Yarn: 1 ball each of Sirdar Sylvan in 3 shades (as shown above)- A = #202, B = #204, C = #205

Needles: 7.00 mm/US 10.75 – 60 cm/24 ins

Tension: 11 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Moss St.

Moss Stitch:

Rounds 1: [K1, p1] rep.

Round 2: [P1, k1] rep.

Rep these 2 rounds for pattern.

Cast on 92 sts in A. Join in round being careful not to twists st over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Work in Moss St throughout following Stripe Sequence

10 rounds in A.

2 rounds in B.

2 rounds in A.

Rep last 4 rounds 3 more times. Cut A.

10 rounds in B.

2 rounds in C.

2 rounds in B.

Rep last 4 rounds 3 more times. Cut B.

10 rounds in C.

Cast off loosely with C.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Noah’s Ark Knit Along

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The gang’s all here!  From stripes to polka dots, the animals are coming in two by two as we join in the fun on this adventure-filled knit along.  British toy designer, Sue Jobson has come up with an adorable menagerie of creatures, based on the Noah’s Ark theme, knit in two of Sirdar’s most popular and kid friendly yarns, Snuggly Baby Bamboo and Cotton DK, both machine washable and available in a rainbow assortment of bright shades.

Already in progress, Sirdar releases one free pattern to download every two weeks and just in time for gifting as a complete set this Christmas.  Each pattern includes instructions to complete a charming colour-matched pair of animals in the series of six.  If your needles are sitting idle, this might be the project to dive into.

 

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Sublime Natural Aran

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

While the leaves put on their showy display of colour and the early morning dew is replaced with a crisp layer of frost, its clear that knitting season is in full swing once again.  As you plan a fall road trip to visit family and friends or to just enjoy the magnificent scenery, be sure to look for yarn shops along the way.  This is the time of year when their shelves are fully-stocked with an equally stunning display of colour and texture, showcasing the very latest from all your favorite brands.

This week we preview a new collection of designs knit in Natural Aran from British yarn manufacturer, Sublime, a company well-known for sleek sophisticated styles and premium quality yarns.

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A yarn with a true heritage feel, Natural Aran is a pure wool milled in Yorkshire, England and available in a palette of soothing neutrals and bold brights.

Here is just a sampling of the fourteen designs featured in The Second Sublime Natural Aran Handknit Book –

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The cover model for this 60’s inspired collection, the Lou Lou Poncho shows that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, when cleverly worked into a fabulous combination of cables and ribbing.  Minky (shown above).

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The name says it all, the Sublime Forever Sweater will remain a favorite chill chaser that just gets better with age.  Designed with a myriad of cables and an easy fit that is timeless.  Also featured as a vest pattern.  Ecru (shown above).

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The bold graphic lines on this Drift Pullover are a fascinating design element while the three quarter sleeves and slash neckline create the perfect style for fall layering.  Chambray (shown above).

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A polished dress up style, the Infinity Cardigan is designed with a masterful mix of cables that shape a natural scalloped border to conceal the buttonholes.  Minky (shown above).