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Boxy Tops

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

With summer flashing its megawatt smile of sunshine the last thing you want to feel between you and that welcome breeze is something clingy or a tad too snug.  If you are a fan of knitwear with minimal shaping and a comfortable fit say hello to this season’s most wearable trend– the boxy top.  Oversized in proportion, this is a style that we haven’t seen since the eighties, and it brings a relaxed vibe that drifts over summer’s fashion parade in the most refreshing way.


Cotton Popover

Knit in Katia’s Mali, this innovative popover top is created with modular knitting, stacking one motif onto the next in a process very  similar to dominoes.  Col beige (shown above).

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Katia Box Top

Any which way striping punctuates the interesting construction of this fabulous design knit in Bari, a medium weight cotton dyed in ten self-transitional shades.  Col 73 (shown above).

Ribbon Tunic

Ribbon Tunic

Stand out in any crowd this season wearing a chunky ribbon tunic knit entirely in garter stitch with bold graphic stripes.  The longer length makes it ideal for pairing with slim jeans or leggings.  Knit in Katia’s Tahiti, col 3, 5 and 16 (shown above).

Front Panel Caftan

Front Panel Caftan

Feeling the need for a bit of space?  This is a good place to start with an oversized caftan knit in Cotton Stretch, a summery-soft yarn with a little spring to its step.  Col teal (shown above).

Beech Leaf Poncho

Beech Leaf Poncho

Keeping it extra light and airy while the temperature soars, this Beech Leaf Poncho is knit in a pleasing combination of stitch patterns using Mirasol’s finest weight yarn, Sulka Legato.  Col taupe (shown above).

Noro Sizzles

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Sitting back in your chaise lounge on a sunny afternoon with a tall cool glass of something, flipping through the pages of the latest NORO knitting magazine…….now that’s the life.  For a splish-splashy colour-saturated dive into the coolest chevrons, exciting entrelac, creative crochet, and beachy styles, take a peek inside!

Issue Six

Issue Six

Looking for a great all-around mix of crochet and knit projects?  This issue is packed with thirty plus designs that will spark your knitting fever all summer long.  Available now at your lys.

Crescent-Shaped Shawl

Crescent-Shaped Shawl

Shaped like the silvery crescent of the moon, this shawl designed by Vanessa Putt makes clever use of short rows and eyelet lace creating a softly-draped accessory for all seasons.  Knit in Silk Garden Lite (col#2093).

Taiyo Crossover Vest

Taiyo Crossover Vest

If colour makes you happy then this Crossover Vest is the project that will undoubtedly chase the rainclouds away.  Bold riveting stripes emerge like magic from each ball of Noro’s cotton rich Taiyo.  Choose from a palette of more than twenty options.  Shown above (col#60).

Taiyo Sock Openwork Top

Crochet Openwork Top

Boho-chic and ready for the mercury to rise, this Openwork Top is crocheted from the top down forming an extra cool and light layering option to wear over tanks and camis.  Taiyo Sock (col #548).

Entrelac Poncho

Entrelac Poncho

As fresh and vibrant as a woodland forest after a summer’s rain, this stunning Entrelac Poncho tops the charts with its oh so easy  silhouette, drawing the eye directly towards the colourful intricacy of the centre panel.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock (col #354) and Solo (col #4).

Wavy Stripes Pullover

Wavy Stripes Pullover

Waiting for that next wave?  This stylish pullover will keep you high and dry while the ripples emerge row after row in classic  shades that will remind you of your favorite seaside vacation.  Knit in Tokonatsu (col #5, #8, and #101).

Summertime Shawl

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

As the calendar flips over to June this week, the anticipation of summer activities is at an all-time high.  There may be a long weekend camping trip to plan, an end-of-school trek to the amusement park, or the annual family picnic to organize followed up by a road trip to a friend’s cottage and let’s not forget all those magical days of just hanging out in between.  For knitters, there isn’t much that stops our needles from clicking, and part of the ritual of summer is finding a tag along project, not too big, and not too challenging, something that fills the time and gradually becomes a stitch by stitch compilation of our favorite memories.


This shawl is knit in our newest worsted weight cotton blend, Summertime, in a trio of colours that represents the season perfectly from the lushness of cool green grass to the sparkling blue of a favorite lake, and the stunning sunset that tops off an ideal day.


An easy style to knit and wear as a lightweight shawl or a fashionable neck scarf.



Finished Size: 211 cm/83 ins x 43 cm/17 ins

Yarn: Summertime by Diamond Luxury Collection 100g skein each in col. #162 (MC), #160 (A), #161 (B)

Needles: 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 32 ins/80 cm circular

Tension: 15 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm/4 ins in garter stitch


Kfb: Knit into front and back.

Tbl: Through back loop.

Yo: Yarn over needle.


Cast on 3 sts with (MC).

Row 1: K to last st, kfb.

Row 2: K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2togtbl.

Rep these 2 rows throughout in Stripe Sequence I as follows-

30 rows in (MC), 2 rows in (A), 2 rows in (MC).  Cut (MC).

30 rows in (A), 2 rows in (B), 2 rows in (A).  Cut (A).

30 rows in (B), 2 rows in (MC), 2 rows in (B).  Cut (B).

Rep 102 rows of Stripe Sequence I once, then rep first 34 rows only.

Continue in Stripe Sequence II as follows for 30 rows-

2 rows in (A).

2 rows in (B).

Cast off loosely in (A).

Fringes (optional):

Cut strands of each colour in 35.5 cm/14 ins lengths.

Attach one fringe consisting of all three cols. in first and every following third cast off st.

Design by: Michele Meadows


Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The thing we love most about summer, is making memories that will last well through the sluggish days of winter.  The more time spent outdoors the better, and this long weekend is the annual gateway to soaking up copious amounts of sunshine, breathing in gallons of fresh air, and that familiar tickling sensation of the grass beneath our toes.

Louisa Harding celebrates the onset of summer with her latest knitwear compilation, Anise, inspired by Britain’s largest outdoor music event, the Glastonbury Festival, a five day gathering dating back to the hippie culture of 1970 and drawing crowds of up to two hundred thousand every June.  Amidst the laidback sounds of rock, reggae, pop, folk, soul and hip hop, this popular festival has influenced fashion with a true bohemian style that remains timeless.

Star Anise

Star Anise

Star Anise is the headlining act for this all-new collection by Louisa Harding. Anise features a medley of tempting designs knit in an airy cotton blend ribbon including this well-contoured marvel, entirely worked in the round, its a combo shawl-vest that takes shape gracefully mirroring the effect of butterfly wings.  Cardamom and Pomegranate (shown above).



Two circular motifs knit from the center out create the back and front of this swingy boho chic top, Pilton, an encore version to the style above.  Lovage (shown above).



Echoing the colour intensity of the deep blue sea, Acoustic begins with Louisa’s signature picot cast on and transitions from a wide scalloped panel to the laidback texture of reverse stocking stitch.  Available in a three-quarter or sleeveless silhouette.  Scallion (shown above).



This summery vest knits up at record speed on 7 mm needles and offers maximum versatility, as a cover up over tank tops, sundresses, or your most cherished concert t shirts.  Simple panels of openwork break up the colour repitition.  Also available in a lace-up cardigan style.  Lovage (shown above).


Silver Hays

As light as a summer breeze across an open meadow, Silver Hays takes centre stage and may just hang around for more than one outdoor music event to become your NFA (New Favorite Accessory).  Choose between the full-size version or Louisa’s smaller two-ball project that knits into a trendy neck kerchief.  Myrtle (shown above).

Band Stand


You may recall Ivy, Louisa’s leaf-edged poncho that caused quite a stir amongst knitters over this past winter.  Bandstand is the summer equivalent, knit from side-to-side, with a flattering oversized fit in either a cropped length (as above) or a longer tunic length.  Pomegranate (shown above).

Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Isn’t it always the way?  Our cold weather gear has just been neatly tucked away and we are enjoying some much-deserved sunshine and warmer temperatures when it is time to skip ahead to the cold blustery days of winter and think of cosy knitwear.  Yes, it is that occasion again when Diamond Yarn hosts their exciting annual Fall/Winter Preview.

Here are just a few highlights from the Fall/Winter Collection-

Queensland Kathmandu

Mirasol Sisa

Mirasol captures the softly-heathered tones of the harvest season with Sisa, a pliable merino merged with baby alpaca.  Now this one may be classified as a chunky weight but it will be a surprise to knitters with its amazing yardage and hollow-core construction.

Mirasol Yaya

Mirasol Yaya

Think of this one as Mr Big Stuff, it may just be love at first sight for knitters when Yaya hits the shelves this fall.  One quick squeeze of this barely-spun superwash merino is sure to make hearts go pitter-patter with all the luscious shades that Mirasol is known for.

Queensland Kathmandu

Queensland Kathmandu

From Queensland Collection, a welcome surprise to really warm things up by the fire as one season slides into the next, Kathmandu, an aran weight in a splurge of luxurious merino, silk and cashmere with a rustic palette to choose from.  Rainbow Beach is another new offering, a superwash sport weight wool in a captivating multi-colour assortment.


Noro Rainbow Roll

Noro never skips a beat, by keeping the colour wheel in constant motion.  Look for all twelve of these Rainbow Rolls, each one comes pre-packaged in a birthday cake size roving that will fascinate spinners, weavers and felting enthusiasts.  Also on the horizon from Noro, Shinryoku will please those who lean towards a more monochromatic scheme with eight subtle colourways in a wool and silk combo.


Katia Cat Scarf

Katia has gone to the dogs………cats, monkeys, and owls!  That’s right, when its time to head back to school, the kids will be fashionably outfitted in whimsical animal scarves, backpacks, and caps (available later this summer) in pint-sized kits to crochet and knit.

Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport

Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport

Making a good thing even better, Baby Alpaca Sport has been a favorite with knitters for quite some time now, encouraging a shift in the cold weather spectrum.  This time around look for lighter, softer shades to be added to the line up.

Diamond Luxury Collection

Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair

The goodies just keep on coming from Diamond Luxury Collection, and this jewel in the crown was an instant hit with shop owners.  Not only is it light as a cloud, the fifteen shades are an enchanting array of semi-solids ideally-suited for gradient designs or colour blocking.

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).

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.

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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


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


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).

Azalea Petals

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Louisa Harding introduces us to Azalea, a creative wave of romantic knitwear softly draped and gathered with finely detailed edgings and impeccable lacework inspired by the fragile flowers that bloom in the early spring sun.  Azaleas are the showy attraction at this time of year in the gardens of historic Southern plantations, where they tumble onto pathways dropping petals in a dapple-coloured carpet of pinks, lilacs, mauves, and corals.

 “I shall gather armfuls of azaleas and scatter them on your way,

step by step on the flowers placed before you tread lightly, softly as you go.”

(Kim Seong-Kon)

Louisa Harding AZALEA

Louisa Harding AZALEA

Fourteen irresistible designs grace the pages of Louisa Harding’s latest pattern booklet, each one delicately knit in Azalea, a dk cotton, print-dyed in a dozen hues resembling the soft sprinkling of flower petals.



Subtle colouring is what magically draws the eye towards the intricacy of the intertwining leaves on this Colorado pullover.  Knit in four separate pieces and joined at the underarms into a circular yoke which shapes beautifully in a cape-like fashion over the shoulders.  Haze (shown above).



At this time of year, when the weather seems in a constant state of flux, Louisa’s Riverside cowl fills in the gaps with polished finesse, creating drape and volume over a spring outfit.  Note: this design can also be modified into a lacy camisole by knitting the cowl into a longer length.  Fiesta (shown above).



Its all in the fine details, as this sleeveless tunic  indicates with a smattering of eyelet rows worked along the neckline and midriff section and perfectly positioned to thread a satin ribbon through for a cinched-in fit or a more relaxed style.  Sea Spray (shown above).



If there is one thing that knitters appreciate almost as much as good design, it is options.  Gobi is just one of the many gorgeous designs in the Azalea Collection that offer up choices such as a sleeveless shell knit bottom up in a solid hue or this version with fluttery cap sleeves and peplum accentuated with two-tone shading.  Haze and Mirage (shown above).

Noro Lace

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

It isn’t difficult to mention the word colour and not conjure up images of Noro yarns dancing in your head, these two just naturally go hand in hand in the knitting world.  Now when the word lace is thrown into the mix, well…….. things just got a whole lot more interesting.



This collection of designs is a sweeping mix of lightweight shawls, hats, cowls, scarves, wrist warmers, cardigans, capelets and mittens guaranteed to light a fire under your needles and get you on your way with a new spring project.  Be on the lookout for Noro Lace at your local yarn shop this month.



Anna Davis designed this Cropped Cardigan as a spring topper to pair nicely with a slim skirt or cotton capris.  Punctuated with horizontal bands of openwork and a scalloped border deliciously detailed with clusters of bobbles, this beauty is knit in classic Silk Garden.



Irina Poludenko is a designer who continues to think outside the box, challenging herself in new directions.  In her latest design, Mitered Top, two square medallions are constructed from the centre out, incorporating rivulets of openwork that playfully contrast with the changing spectrum.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock.



Lars Rains shakes the dust off traditional Shetland lace by injecting the vibrancy of Shiraito into this warm weather Crescent Shawl delicately balanced with just the right amount of stocking stitch.



Wei Wilkins creates geometric artistry with this stunning Square Shrug, worked in one piece from the center back.  Knit in lightweight Taiyo Sock, a comfortable cotton blend introducing six new colourways for spring.



Sandi Prosser has a knack for elegant knitwear, and this Mock Neck Capelet is no exception.  A visually spectacular piece knit seamlessly from the bottom up integrating rows of eyelet lace that resemble tiny pearls bobbing along in the waves.  Knit this design in Silk Garden Sockcol #269 (shown above).