Archive for June, 2017

Happy Canada Day

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Look up this weekend, way up!  Expect to see one of the most spectacular firework displays, bigger and brighter than ever before, as communities gather in a sea of red and white.  If there was ever a year to celebrate, this is it, as Canada turns the big 1-5-0 on July 1st!  Whether you are hosting a backyard bbq for family and friends or heading out to join in the festivities at one of the nationwide events, it’s the perfect time to flash your colours and show off your Canadian pride.

Happy Canada Day from all of us at Diamond Yarn!

 

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 Celebrate in style with our cool classic Peaked Leaf Cap ready to knit in comfortable worsted weight cotton with a crocheted sun visor.

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Yarn: MC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 3635, and CC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 8001

Needles: 4.00 mm/US 6

Hook: 4.50 mm/ US 7

Tension: 20 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 90 sts with MC.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 3 rows, inc 1 st on last row = 91 sts.

Work 2 rows in st st.

Continue in st st working Intarsia CHART, using CC as leaf motif over centre 17 sts.  When CHART has been completed, cut CC and continue in MC only until work measures 11 cm/ 4 1/2 in ending with a purl row.

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Shape Top:

Row 1- K1, [k9, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 and alt rows- Purl.

Row 3- K1, [k8, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 5- K1, [k7, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 7- K1, [k6, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 9- K1, [k5, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 11- K1, [k4, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 13- K1, [k3, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 15- K1, [k2, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 17- K1, [k1, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 19- K1, [k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2 = 11 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and secure.

Sew side seam.

Peak:

With 4.50 mm hook and double strand of MC, attach yarn to 32nd st along cast on edge.

Row 1- Ch2, 1 dc in each of next 25 sts, turn.

Row 2- Ch2, dc2tog, [FPdc (work 1 dc around front of next dc), BPdc (work 1 dc around back of next dc)] rep to last 2 dc, work dc2tog, turn.

Row 3- Rep Row 2.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Summer Blues

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

With the lazy hazy days stretched out before us, there is one colour that embodies the feeling of summertime more than any other.  Blue is the most popular colour worldwide, and has long since been associated with the sultry season for its relaxed, soothing appeal and cooling effects.  Add in a wash of denim and it becomes even more the signature colour of casual summertime living.

This season Debbie Bliss highlights her favorite shades of blue in four new designs styled for dress and play –

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Latticework panels stand out front and centre in crisp white which creates an interesting partnership of colour and texture between nautical cables.  Four shades of Cotton Denim DK are required for this crew neck pullover (Leaflet DB101).

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Child’s play is never complete without a bit of denim thrown into the mix.  This striped pullover is a simple design for first time knitters and ideal for breezy days at the beach with the matching sunhat.  Milk, Pale Blue, True Blue, and New Denim in Cotton Denim DK shown above.  (Leaflet DB099).

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A cool contemporary design with an offset cable and contrasting colour block is knit with minimal seams in shades of Mid Blue and True Blue.  Cotton Denim DK shown above.  (Leaflet DB100).

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Taking in a baseball game in the city or spending an afternoon on the farm, this cute raglan-sleeved jacket is ready to for the wear and tear of summertime play in Debbie Bliss’s sturdy yet comfortable pure cotton.  New Denim and Pale Blue shown above in Cotton Denim DK.  (Leaflet DB098).

World Wide Knit In Public Day

Monday, June 5th, 2017

It might not surprise you to know that there is a designated date for pretty much everything under the sun, from National Doughnut Day which actually took place on June 2nd to International Frog Day happening every year on March 20th.   So of course there would be an official day marked on the calendar for knitting in public!  WWKIP Day takes place on the second Saturday in June and has gained widespread recognition.  What first began as a grassroots movement in 2005, with a mere twenty-five groups spread around the globe, has now grown into a force of nature with more than eight hundred events listed in forty-six countries.  Entirely organized by knitters, this not-for-profit event brings creative people together, out in public to share their passion for the craft, and encourage others to learn.

 

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It could be in a public park, a farmer’s market, a streetcar, riverboat, cafe, library or schoolyard, wherever there is a comfortable place to gather, once the word gets out…… knitters will show up armed with their latest WIP, a bag full of snacks, light refreshments, sunscreen and a folding chair.  To find a group in your area check the official KIP list here. To host a group, start here.

 

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