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Fall Bliss

Monday, August 24th, 2015

While summer woos us with one final hurrah, Debbie Bliss sweeps us away into the plush cosy warmth of the coming season with her latest knitting magazine, and lets us in on what’s trending in fall knitwear.  Issue Fifteen gives us a firsthand look at three new irresistibly thick yarns that will be filling the store shelves plus twenty eight projects to make our needles click with delight.

This issue also introduces us to Conway & Bliss, the dynamic design duo who have honed their craft under the skillful eye of mentor, Debbie Bliss.  The hip style of this team brings a fresh vibe to the pages of this magazine, and offers a collection of fun projects geared towards brand new knitters.

Available this week at your lys-



In this issue, tartans and plaid break a few old school rules to show their softer side, boucle and mohair stand out in the crowd, and little boy knits get top billing.  Noro makes an appearance with four stylish patterns included plus the chance to win a copy of the latest book, Noro Lace: 30 Exquisite Knits.


Its a plaid, plaid world out there and this issue features styles that are far from the classic prep school uniform.  Debbie’s Check Sweater is designed for easy comfort, with two opposing yarns worked together to create a stunning combination of softness and substance.  Fine Donegal in Fuschia and Angel in Hot Pink (shown above).


Conway & Bliss are creating plenty of sparks with the launch of their bulky mohair yarn- Elektra, available in a dozen self-striping shades this season.  This Chunky Garter Stitch Sweater is designed with the beginner knitter in mind, and works up quickly with two strands of complimentary colours held together on 10 mm needles.  Motown and Soul (shown above).


Soak in the dreamy snow-covered enchantment of the epic romance, Doctor Zhivago, the inspiration behind this cosy boucle sleeveless top, a ‘curl up on the sofa’ weekend project.  Its knit in Lara, a super thick wool and alpaca blend that knits up on 12 mm needles.  Yuri (shown above).


Deep, dark and mysterious, that is the allure of Boheme, the latest offering from the Debbie Bliss Collection, a bulky chainette yarn with jewel-flecked colouring that exudes elegance.  Puccini (shown above).


Saturday, August 15th, 2015

O’er the River Tay and faraway in the heart of the Scottish Highlands lies Aberfeldy, the inspiration behind this visually stunning collection of knitwear by well-known designer, Louisa Harding.  This tiny Fairtrade town surrounded by lush mountains, cascading waterfalls and ancient castles, was first brought to fame by poet, Robert Burns, who wrote The Birks of Aberfeldy in 1787.

Now simmer blinks on flow’ry braes,
And o’er the crystal streamlet plays,
Come, let us spend the lightsome days
In the birks of Aberfeldie!
Bonnie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go,
Bonnie lassie, will ye go
To the birks of Aberfeldie?

by Louisa Harding

Aberfeldy by Louisa Harding

Introducing Amitola Grande, a richly-hued wool and silk combo in an aran weight that subtly transitions from one shade to the next.  A fashionably elegant grouping of cardigans, pullovers, and accessories are featured in Aberfeldy by Louisa Harding available at your lys in time for early fall knitting.

The little birdies blithely sing,
While o’er their heads the hazels hing;
Or lightly flit on wanton wing
In the birks of Aberfeldie!
Bonnie lassie, will ye go…


Creiff Tartan Collar Cape

The braes ascend like lofty wa’s,
The foaming stream, deep-roaring, fa’s,
O’er-hung wi’ fragrant spreading shaws,
The birks of Aberfeldie.
Bonnie lassie, will ye go…

Tay Dress and Amulree jacket

Tay Dress and Amulree jacket

The hoary cliffs are crown’d wi’ flowers,
White o’er the linns the burnie pours,
And, rising, weets wi’ misty showers
The birks of Aberfeldie.
Bonnie lassie, will ye go…

Glenfarg Hexagon Sweater

Glenfarg Hexagon Sweater

Let Fortune’s gifts at random flee,
They ne’er shall draw a wish frae me,
Supremely blest wi’ love and thee
In the birks of Aberfeldie.
Bonnie lassie, will ye go…


Sirdar Sylvan

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

It starts out something like this, an inconspicuous flyer in the local paper advertising back to school gear, then out of the blue, the first scattering of fallen leaves appear on the sidewalk, next, the CNE is ready to roll open its stately gates.  Yes….this is when the wistful realization occurs, summer is quickly reaching its expiration date.

All it takes to bring knitters back into the fold is a few crisp, cool mornings and the anticipated arrival of new yarns.  Sirdar is at the head of the line with Sylvan, also known as ‘spirit of the woods’.  This lightweight chunky yarn is gently tri-shaded in earthy tones with a silky slub that slides effortlessly across the needles.

Here is a sampling of Sirdar’s newest rustic look in stores now-

Sirdar Leaflet #7482

Sirdar Leaflet #7482

Crossing over into early fall, this rugged-looking pullover trimmed with a handsome shawl collar is just one of three striking designs for men featured in the Sylvan Collection. Burley (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7485

Sirdar Leaflet #7485

Topping off the woodsy look, four transitional accessories that require 1, 2 or 3 balls of Sylvan and will knit up in a flash before the cool weather arrives.

Sirdar Leaflet #7486

Sirdar Leaflet #7486

Wanted: A cosy charmer with deep ribbed pockets to warm up exceptionally cold fingertips.  This design features raglan sleeves and a turnback collar for a classic look.  Balsam (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7487

Sirdar Leaflet #7487

Making the grade this fall, a deep v neck vest with dual travelling cables that veer off in opposite directions to create a soft subtle edging.  Instructions for ribbed wrist warmers also included.  Hocklety (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7489

Sirdar Leaflet #7489

Longer in the back and shorter in the front, this trendy design features simple texture, a polo neck, and we give it a three star rating as an ideal project for a new knitter.  Arbour (shown above).

The New Kid

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This is the stuff that clouds are made of, at least in a knitter’s imagination, fuzzy wisps of luxuriously-soft mohair fleece spun from baby goats.  To be classified as superfine, mohair fibre must be no thicker than twenty-five microns and clipped from kid goats between the age of six and twelve months.  Mohair has a natural lustre and accepts dye incredibly well, creating a vibrant spectrum of colour that surpasses even that of alpaca and merino wool.  Exceptionally good as an insulator from the cold, mohair is very lightweight and does not have to be knit tightly in order to keep the wearer feeling warm.  It is a non-pilling, non-matting type of fibre and as anyone who has knit with it can attest to, mohair will last for decades.

The NEW kid is here!

Precious cargo from our Diamond Luxury Collection

Look for a candy-coloured assortment of semi-solid shades in Pure Superkid Mohair by Diamond Luxury at your lys in time for early fall knitting.  In the meantime, check out this tempting preview of the latest pattern collection by our Canadian design team-


As sweet as cotton candy, this cap sleeve top is both practical and elegant as a sheer cover up on a cooler day.  Knit from the bottom up in two separate pieces and accented with an adjustable I-cord drawstring for trendy styling.  Col 1510 (shown above).


If you look closely, the inspiration for this Cirrus Tee Top is evident in the muted shading.  Cirrus clouds are thin wispy streamers that generally move in a west to east pattern across the sky signifying fair weather.  This design is simply knit in two pieces with a bateau neckline and a matching cowl.  Col 1506 (shown above).


Create your own wearable artwork with a bold stripe of colour.  This lightweight tunic is knit in one piece with elbow length sleeves and is a blank canvas for choosing your own palette from our fifteen tempting shades of Pure Superkid MohairCol 1510 and 1514 (shown above).


This stunning raspberry delight is knit from the bottom up in a pretty lace pattern that adds interesting texture and a touch of sophistication to the overall look.  Col 1511 (shown above).  Note: Follow Diamond Yarn on twitter or instagram and enter to win this fabulous sweater kit.


Breeze through your day in this light and airy Stratus Poncho, named after the low-lying cloud formations that blanket the sky.  This one-piece openwork design is knit vertically in gradient shading with a shark bite hemline in the front.  Knit the accompanying cowl with one extra skein.  Col 1503, 1504, and 1505 (shown above).

Top Ten Breezy Tops 2015

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

In the middle of a heat wave, its nice to have a few alternatives to turning on the air conditioner, like going for a cruise in a friend’s convertible and feeling the evening breeze, filling a bucket with ice cold water and plunging your feet into it, running barefoot through the backyard sprinkler or spending a lazy afternoon in the shade of a nearby forest where it is at least ten degrees cooler than in the direct sunlight.  Here’s hoping that these Top Ten Breezy Tops from Katia’s current collection also make you feel cool and refreshed-


Katia San Remo bk81

Katia San Remo Mullet Back Top

The eighties mullet hairdo may have retired peacefully to the suburbs but its fashionable namesake, the mullet back top is one of the hottest knitting styles this season.  Longer in the back, shorter in the front, this sleeveless shell combines a wide ribbed welt with a decorative lace panel, knit in a sizzling summer sparkler, San Remo by KatiaSilver & Gold (shown above).

Katia Silk Cotton bk81

Katia Silk-Cotton Lacy Shell

About as smooth and refined as any yarn can get, Katia’s Silk-Cotton receives high praise for its even stitching and polished finish.  This lacy shell has a deep scoop neckline and a slim-fitting silhouette to pair gracefully with stretchy denim or capris.

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Katia Bulky Cotton Nautical Style Top

Tanned and toned arms look all the more impressive in this nautical style top featuring a ribbed yoke and dropped stitches.  Knit in Bulky Cotton, a jersey-style yarn that molds itself effortlessly around the needles.  Beige (shown above).

Katia Cotton Jeans Bk81

Katia Cotton Jeans Top

As soft and relaxed as a favorite t shirt, this is a pretty denim top that doesn’t take itself too seriously, simple in style with A-line shaping to create extra air movement on those sweltering days.  Knit in Cotton Jeans, a subtle cotton print yarn available in seven shades.

Katia Tahiti Bk3

Katia Tahiti Ribbon Top

Ribbon yarns are a beginner knitter’s best friend, they twist and twirl across the needles without any tension issues.  This simple summer top is knit with built-in borders and a refreshing mix of tropical colours.   Tahiti in Apple Green and Tahiti Beach in Col. 309 (shown above).

Katia Creta bk81

Katia Creta Tunic Top

Light and sheer with a slash hemline and boho-style fringes, this playful tunic top is knit in Creta, Katia’s version of a cobweb yarn available in fifteen trendy colours.  Golden (shown above).

Katia Blues

Katia Blues

Getting the ‘blues’ couldn’t be more uplifting than Katia’s newest summer charmer, a matte and shiny ribbon yarn that knits up quicker than you might expect and is especially stunning in this swingy little suntop style.  Look for crisp white (shown above) or one of seventeen other shades in Katia Blues.

Katia Bk3

Katia Striped Suntop

Playing with splashy colour in 100% Cotton by Katia, this striking striped suntop is a great-fitting design with garter stitch straps, and well-suited for beginner knitters.  Just pick five fun colours and create your own masterpiece.

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Katia Lido Cap Sleeve Top

Looking sensational and keeping your cool all through the summer, this cap sleeve top has airy openwork stitches and is knit in Lido, an innovative ribbon base spun with a shiny filament to give incredible lustre and tonal effect.

Katia Tahiti bk82

Katia Tahiti Sampler Top

A little variety is the spice of life, and this short n sweet boat-neck top offers up a great mix of fabulous colour plus pattern work, knit in Tahiti, a substantial cotton tape yarn dyed in twenty-eight solid shades.

Clear Sailing

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Knowing the ropes is key to becoming a good sailor and this week, one hundred and forty-eight of the very best in the world are gathered right here to compete for medals as Toronto hosts the 2015 Pan Am Games.  For the first time ever, Lake Ontario will come alive with a fleet of flashy watercraft skimming across the water at record speeds and the viewing is free, just pick a spot along the shore and catch one of the ten exciting events scheduled during the week.  If you feel inspired by the natty sailing crowd and the crisp nautical styles, Sirdar just happens to have a summer collection of designs that will fit right in-


Sirdar 7275

Sirdar 7275

Don’t rock the boat……….  A true classic like this v neck pullover trimmed with nautical striping will stand the test of time with a look that is always fresh.  Knit in Cotton Rich Aran, a soft cosy cotton/acrylic blend in eight mariner shades.  A sleeveless version is also available.  Strawbs, Fresh Cream and Herb (shown above).

Sirdar 7272

Sirdar 7272

Anchors aweigh………… Keep the whole family dry and comfortable in a Guernsey-inspired pullover, a style that dates back to the 17th century, originally worn by fishermen along the British coast.  This Sirdar design has sizes starting from four years and up with a choice of four different necklines to boot.  Strawbs, Marin, Fresh Cream and Double Denim (shown above).

Sirdar 7273

Sirdar 7273

From stem to stern……….. This striking pullover will keep your interest piqued as you navigate your knitting needles in a multitude of directions through bobbles, lace and cables.  Bay Grey (shown above).

Sirdar 7274

Sirdar 7274

Learning the ropes………… There are at least ten essential knots a sailor must learn, and for knitters, countless cables that twist and intertwine as on this kimono sleeve jacket.  Blush and Fresh Cream (shown above).

Sirdar 7270

Sirdar 7270

Keeping an even keel……… With three stylish options from a shawl collar pullover to a dapper cardigan that will suit sailors of all ages.  Nutmeg, Herb and Double Denim (shown above).

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).