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The Shape Of Things To Come

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

As much as we cherish the languid days of summer, all good things must come to an end, and in this case there is a certain flutter of anticipation that comes with being a knitter, a cool longing for the familiar feel of merino, the silky slide of alpaca, the cosy comfort of a cardigan or tunic, in smoky hues and burnished tones that reflect the changing light.  After all, how many sweaters did you actually wear this summer?  Let’s welcome back our favorite knitting season with a look at the newest and most creative layering pieces, from ponchos to shrugs, versatile styles that are on the cutting edge of fashion, and as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

From Katia, The Shape Of Things To Come

 

Shirttail

Shirttail

Leave those shirttails untucked, this is a burgeoning trend for the upcoming season, shown on cardigans and pullovers alike.  Styled for easy layering, this short and sassy cardigan features gently-shaped sides, a vertical play on colour, and a textured yoke section.  Knit in Katia’s all-time favorite self-striping oh-so-soft Azteca.  Col #7851 (shown above).

 

Twisted

Twisted

Katia first introduced us to the twisted poncho around the same time last year and like a rocket, it took off.  Now there is a new twist, upgraded to mimic both a shawl and a pullover with sleeves built in for winter warmth.  Knit in a new quality Silk-Alpaca, a light n lofty blend in eight natural tones including Tan (shown above).

 

Belted

Belted

Tying up the must-wear-with-leggings list with a flourish, tunics are getting longer and leaner.  This design clearly defines the waistline with a knitted belt cleverly encased in the body of the tunic, scoring bonus points for less bulk, and less fuss.  Knit in Azteca, a wool/acrylic aran weight blend featuring its own new catalogue of designs.  Col # 7829 (shown above).

 

Mitred

Mitred

Knitting on the straight and narrow can only get you so far, sometimes we need to veer away from the norm and in this case, careful precision is required.  This wide lapel jacket consists of knitted motifs with mitred corners, and if it may look like there is a great deal of  seaming required, you will be pleasantly surprised.  Look for this fall dazzler in the all-new Best Of Azteca Collection  Col # 7848 (shown above).

 

Boxy

Boxy

Big and boxy is back on fashion’s radar, and that spells e-a-s-y knitting for all skill levels.  This popover top gets an A+ for straightforward construction and transitional wear from one season to the next.  Knit in Clown by Katia, a quirky new novelty yarn with a half dozen colour mixes ready for casting on with 8 mm needles.  Col # 203 (shown above).

 

Batwing

Batwing

Far from the fashion runways of Gotham City, this batwing-inspired coccoon is smoking hot, representing the voluminous shape (and the mesh detail) currently in vogue, knit in a hue that intensifies the brilliance of autumn.  In a mix of solid and lace stitch work, this design will add airy elegance to skirts and dresses, knit up in Alpacotton, a chunky yarn with surface interest.  Burnt Orange (shown above).

 

Cropped

Cropped

Cosier than a thermal blanket, this cabled top blurs the lines between shrug and poncho, worked up in a simple strip with no shaping whatsoever, and knit up in lavishly-textured Alpacotton, last year’s surprise winner. Chocolate (shown above).

 

Curved

Rounded

Peeking around the corner, we can see that ponchos are coming back in a big way, and why not, they are a very welcome hug on a chilly day.  This time around, the edges are contoured, inspired by the classic stadium poncho.  For extra pizazz, matching cowls are instant accessories designed to boost the warmth factor.  Look for this poncho in the latest Sport Collection by Katia, knit in City, a self-transitioning wool blend available soon with more than a dozen enticing picks.  Col #903 (shown above).

 

Insert

Inserted

Cardigans are showing off all the angles, and this drapey style catches the trend train with an innovative square inserted into the side seam.  Knit in Quetzal, Katia’s newest superfine alpaca blend, with a softly-brushed halo effect  Col. #72 (shown above).

 

Wrapped

Wrapped

A crossover style that is gaining even more ground this season, the shawl vest is designed to drape gently across the shoulders and cover your back at the same time.  Knit in just two pieces for easy assembly in Azteca, Katia’s sweetheart yarn branching out with thirteen additional colour-packed options.  Col #7819 (shown above).

Katia’s Cosy Cascade of Cowls

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Could it be cold toes in the morning or the windblown leaves suddenly spreading across sidewalks and city streets that inevitably signals the changing weather?  Well, we can chase sunrays until the first heavy frost or get a jumpstart on the coming season with what has now become the trendiest accessory in knitwear– the cowl.  These endless loops of snug, soft cosiness that pull on over the head so easily have pushed our well-worn scarves into the back of the closet for a few good reasons.  Not only are cowls flattering to wear, they have a fuss-free personality that long tail scarves just cannot mess with, as well as the versatility to pull over your ears, cover up your head, and if knit wide enough they can be stretched over the shoulders as a capelet.  Kids have made the transition to cowls too, its a closer and warmer fit around a tiny neck, and safer than loose scarf tails which can catch on objects easily.

For the best selection of cowl patterns this season, check out Katia’s newest accessory book- No. 7 featuring the latest in novelty yarns from fingering to bulky weight and more than twenty endless loop designs to choose from-

Ushuaia Cowl

Ushuaia Cowl

A new thick and thin textured wool blend from Katia, Ushuaia knits up in an evening into this cosy cowl on 10.00 mm needles.  Look for eleven fashionable colour mixes.

 

Punto Fringed Cowl

Punto Fringed Cowl

Fabulous fringes add sporty appeal to this simple ribbed cowl.  Knit in Punto, a softly spun print-dyed wool mix available in thirteen choices, each with a hazy grey undertone.

 

His and Hers Country Cowls

His and Hers Country Cowls

City style for guys and gals, this beginner level cowl is knit in Country.  A spot-dyed bulky weight yarn which is surprisingly light, due in part to an innovative hollow core construction.  Cast on in one of eight duo-toned neutrals ranging from white/grey to black/taupe.

 

Park Avenue Cowl

Park Avenue Cowl

Speedy results are guaranteed with this ruby red cowl knit in Park Avenue, last year’s trendy ruffle yarn reinvented for knitting on mega-sized needles.  Black, navy, and greige are part of the classic range of shades.

 

Darling Snoodie

Darling Snoodie

Self-striping Darling from Katia’s F/W Collection makes a lightweight snoodie with extra width to pull up over your ears when the wind is fierce.  Thirteen boldy dyed colourways are featured in this line up.

 

Silk Mohair Cowl

Silk Mohair Cowl

Capturing warmth with every stitch, Katia’s Silk Mohair knits up into this stylish button tab cowl.  Seven cheery colourways heading to store shelves now for an early start on winter.

 

Sena Hooded Cowl

Sena Hooded Cowl

Double up on insulation this winter with a cowl that transforms into a hoodie.  Knit in Sena, a brand new quality from Katia blending alpaca, wool and acrylic with a sliver of shimmer.

 

Alpacotton Cowl

Alpacotton Cowl

The simplicity of this cowl in a pale beige tone adds considerable charm to a crisp white shirt or a plain office cardigan, just as the right necklace might do.  Knit in Alpacotton, a fun new textured yarn from Katia combining a chainette cotton in a swirl of brushed alpaca.  Its the contrast of the two fibres that makes it so interesting with eight natural tones on board for the coming season.  Chamois (shown above).

 

Brooklyn Cowl

Brooklyn Cowl

This luxurious ring of fluff could be the perfect accessory to dress up a tired-looking turtleneck or an old wool coat.  Katia’s wintry white cowl is stunning and silky soft, knit in Brooklyn, a self-braided trim yarn that has multiple uses.  Ten shades are in shops for easy picking.

 

Inca Cowl

Inca Cowl

Play up your passion for jewel-inspired hues with this rich cranberry cowl knit in Inca, one of the most popular qualities in Katia’s line up.  Knit in an easy side-to-side ribbed pattern on 8.00 mm needles.  Three new stripey shades have been added this season including cranberry (shown above).