Archive for September, 2016


Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Tonals are currently a hot trend, the salt and pepper of the yarn world and also a thing of beauty.  This remarkable dye technique is achieved by use of a large vat or kettle.  The yarn is immersed into a single colour dye bath and the outcome is a fascinating interplay of light and dark tones which create the illusion of shadows and highlights.  This Fall, Debbie Bliss introduces Cashmerino Aran Tonals to knitters as an addition to her existing Cashmerino range, in a three-way blend of wool, cashmere and acrylic spun with a smooth even ply.


If you are on the hunt for rich colour and depth in a plush cosy yarn, take a closer look at Cashmerino Aran Tonals, available for Fall knitting in eight dusky shades –



Crew Neck Cable Sweater (DB044) A pretty heather tonal shade highlights the details on this classic Aran design complete with raglan sleeves and a closed-in neckline.  Aubergine (shown above).



Simple Tank (DB043) – Boxy and cropped in the front, this contemporary vest demonstrates how simple moss stitch can be transformed into a tweedy texture with a lovely tonal yarn.  Pewter (shown above).



Diagonal Cable Sweater (DB042) – Interesting diagonal lines quietly branch out from a central cable on this turtleneck design which also offers the option of a standard crew.  Peacock (shown above).

Oak Wood Poncho

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Putting away the last remains of Summer and transitioning into the first frosty mornings of Fall may get just a wee bit easier with a brand new project on the needles.  This is a season for building up warmth one layer at a time and ponchos are the ideal cover up.  What makes a poncho such a Fall favorite is the ease of movement, it lacks the restrictive nature of a jacket or coat, simply by having no sleeves.   There is plenty of room for layering underneath and it is really as cosy and warm as throwing on a scarf or shawl.

Hot off the needles, our newest design, Oak Wood Poncho, is knit in one rectangular piece featuring an airy lace pattern and trendy boho fringe detail as the finishing touch.  From our fabulous Fall line up, we have picked Baby Llama Lino as the yarn of choice, lightweight and bouncy on the needles, with an innovative ribbon-like construction that appears translucent at its core.  Look for all ten harvest hues at your lys this month.



 O A K   W O O D   P O N C H O


SIZE                                     S                            M                          L                            XL

To fit bust:                          81/86 cm               91/96 cm               101/107 cm        112/117 cm

                                              32/34 in                 36/38 in                40/42 in                 44/46 in

Yarn: Baby Llama Lino by Diamond Luxury Collection (col. 1274)

                                                    3                             3                              4                               4 (100 g) skeins

Needles: 8 mm/ US 11

Tension: 12 sts and 16 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Lace Pattern

Lace Pattern

NOTE:  Stitches should only be counted after Rows 5, 6, 11, and 12.

Row 1 (RS): K1, [k2tog, k1, yo, k1, skp, k2], rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Row 3: [K2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skp] rep to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K2, [yo, k3, yo, k1, skp, k1] rep to last st, k1.

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K4, [k2tog, k1, yo, k1, skp, k2] rep to last 7 sts, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, skp, k1.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K3, [k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skp] rep to end.

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11: K2, [k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1] rep to last st, k1.

Row 12: Purl.

Cast on 59 sts. Work in Lace Pattern for 51 cm/ 20 in. Place a marker at end of next right side row. Continue in Lace Pattern until work measures 101.5 (104, 107, 109, 112) cm/ 40 (41, 42, 43, 44) in ending with a Row 6 or 12. Cast off sts loosely.

Sew cast off sts along side edge from cast on edge to marker.


Cut yarn into 35.5 cm/ 14 in lengths. Attach fringes to cast on edge every 2.5 cm/ 1 in. using two strands held together.


Design by: Michele Meadows

BIG Stuff

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

There was a time when BIG meant the opposite of small, as in polar and super chunky yarns that knit up lickety-split on 12 to 15 mm needles.  But as is the trend in our culture, some of the most delicious, sweet, sugary, and exceptionally good things that we crave……. will eventually get super-sized.  This season, knitting yarns are no exception to the rule, as we welcome into our line up, the really, really BIG stuff-



NEW from Phildar, the one and only fluffed-to-the-max, Phil Big is a barely-spun wool blend roving that is so thick and velvety-plush, it might just be a real feat to wrap your fingers around it.  Available now at your lys for cosy early Fall knitting in 500g skeins with four shades to choose from- Ecru, Grenadine, Lagon and Flanelle.  Look for the free cowl pattern included on the label along with these fun FREE patterns to download-


PHIL BIG corbeille lagon - AN

Knit Basket- Sitting pretty, this is a catchall that serves a purpose, to house the kid’s toys, your latest knitting project or favorite magazines.  Designed as a quick satisfying project that requires only one skein of Phil Big together with a 35 mm circular needleLagon (shown above).


PHIL BIG corbeille  flanelle - AN

Finger Crocheted Basket- Surprise, surprise, put the knitting needles and crochet hooks away for this one.  All it takes is your fingers to work the magic of these mega-sized stitches plus one skein of Phil BigFlanelle (shown above).


PHIL BIG coussin grenadine - AN

Cabled Pillow Cover-  Wake up your world with a pop of colour, and knit up the plushest pillow imaginable.  Better yet, make one as a housewarming gift for a friend.  This is a super speedy project to knit on a 35 mm circular needle with three skeins of Phil BigGrenadine (shown above).


PHIL BIG tapis  flanelle - AN

Phil Big Rug- Just imagine getting out of bed and sinking your toes into this beauty on a frosty morning.  Worked entirely in finger crochet, this circular rug requires five skeins of Phil Big and would make a great rainy weekend project for kids and adults alike.  Finished size: 90 cm/ 36 in.  Ecru (shown above).


PHIL BIG plaid ecru - AN

Big Throw- Take cover this winter with a colossal-sized blanket that is a real pleasure to knit from start to finish in a combination of cables and ribbing.  Finished size: 170 cm/ 67 in x 185 cm/ 73 in.  Ecru (shown above).

Back To Shawls

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Cool mornings can lead into surprisingly warm afternoons as the sun makes its way towards the September equinox.  For those chilly start ups, the number one accessory to have on hand is a lightweight shawl, a cosy layer to slide over t shirts and summer tops while sitting on a park bench watching the kids play, sipping the first coffee of the day or making the commute to work.

This latest shawl design is knit in a softly-brushed blend of superfine alpaca and merino wool, to keep you comfortably warm with a wonderful airiness about it.  A subtle combination of stitch texture, the boho-inspired C H I C P A C A  S H A W L is designed in a simple wedge shape and accentuated with fringes.


  C H I C P A C A   S H A W L


Finished Size: 48 cm/ 19 in x 223.5/ 88 in

Yarn: 4 (50g) balls Diamond Luxury Collection Chicpaca (col. 31)

Needles: 6 mm/ US 10 circular needle – 80 cm

Tension: 12 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over garter st.


Kfb: Knit into front and back of stitch

Tbl: Through back loop

Yo: yarn over


Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K to last st, kfb = 4 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog = 4 sts.

Row 3 (RS): K to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb = 5 sts.

Row 4 (WS): K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog = 5 sts.

Rep last 2 rows 18 times = 23 sts.

Row 41 (RS): [K1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb.

Row 42 (WS): K1, p1, yo, work in rib as set until 2 sts remain, k2tog.

Row 43 (RS): K1, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1tbl, k1, kfb.

Row 44 (WS): As Row 42.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 4 times.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

Rep Row 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

Rep Row 3 and 4 = 20 times.

Rep Row 41 to 44 = 5 times.

= 123 sts.

Cast off loosely in ribbing.


Cut 41 cm/ 16 inch lengths.  Attach 2 strands in every second st along cast off edge.

Design by: Michele Meadows