It was an early peek inside the Toronto showroom this past weekend, as retailers gathered to view the coming attractions in yarns and designs for Fall/Winter 2017. The trend in uniquely-dyed yarns has intensified, bringing out the best techniques in the industry to create an exceptional array of speckles, tonals and gradients. Filling the shelves in the months to come, yarn cakes top the list, with the leading brands offering their own signature versions from fingering to chunky weight. These flat-bottomed precisely-wound balls of yarn are dyed in long repeat colourways to create a very attractive rainbow effect. Shawls are still the front runner as the most popular knitting project choices followed closely by socks. Pure fibre yarns are reluctantly taking a backseat to exotic blends, with upcoming collections featuring cashmere/merino, alpaca/linen, and llama/silk as the ultimate in touchable sensations.
Take a look at what’s to come for Fall/Winter 2017-
Diamond Luxury Collection aims to keep sock knitters on their toes until late summer when Footsie hits the shelves in all its speckled beauty. Sinfully-soft, this fingering weight yarn is a mix of superfine merino and nylon.
Diamond Select goes the extra distance to offer exceptional value in a whopping 200g size ball of Olivia, a super soft chunky yarn with a very appealing colour-phased effect. Blankets, cowls, scarves, hats, mitts, and pullovers are all ideal projects for this supersized ball of fun.
Katia is ‘CAKE Central’ with more than five different versions in the works for early Fall knitting. Scala (shown above) is a gorgeous boucle yarn in a rich ombre effect.
Katia also takes the lead in helping the environment with the addition of an exciting NEW yarn to their line up. Earth is a chainette-style yarn spun from superwash wool and recycled plastic. Yes, thats right, each ball contains the equivalent of three plastic drinking bottles!
Katia’s Concept Collection continues to grow with more natural blends added for Fall/Winter. The ultimate in luxury yarns is complemented by a palette of classic neutral shades.
Debbie Bliss will showcase two new yarns for Fall/Winter. Look for Iris (shown above), a plush aran weight quality spun in a superfine blend of merino wool/cashmere and for alpaca fanciers, Aymara (shown below) is sure to be a hit with a shade range that is pure and natural.