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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
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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-

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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-

 

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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-

 

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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SUMMERTIME SHAWL

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

Abbreviations:

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

Summerfest

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.

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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).

Pilton

Pilton

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).

Acoustic

Acoustic

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).

Strummerville

Strummerville

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).

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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

Bandstand

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-

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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

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

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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).