Posts Tagged ‘belice’

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).

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).

Cool Knits For Men

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

It can be an acrobatic balancing act when it comes to knitting for men and those of you who have gone though this experience more than once, well, lets just assume you are rolling your eyes by now.  Imagine presenting a few sweater patterns to the man in your life, hubby, boyfriend, father, brother or son and asking which one would he like you to knit for him.  The comments can range from, “oh, I like them all…..but I’ll let you decide” to “well……. I like that one but the neck is too small, and the sleeves are too baggy and I don’t really like the colour or the design down the front”  It can be a frustrating endeavor, trying to find the right combination of relaxed comfort, and a fashionable look that falls somewhere between GQ panache and granddad’s favorite cardigan yet not too feminine and still able to show off the beauty of the yarn.

Cool Knits For Men from Katia’s Sport Collection


Linen Button Neck Pullover

Linen Button Neck Pullover

This Henley-style pullover from Katia gets its name from a popular collarless uniform worn by rowing teams in Henley-On-Thames, England.  Knit in summer’s best blend of breathable fibre, cotton and linen, in a wide rib design with sizing from small to extra large.  Available in ten natural tones, including greige, slate, and khaki (shown above).


Revive Cotton Vest

Revive Cotton Vest

Going casual on summer weekends requires sandals, a denim shirt and a lightly layered vest like this grid pattern design, exceptionally easy to knit with neck and armhole borders worked in as you go.  Knit in Revive, an environmentally friendly recycled cotton mix available in eight chambray shades, from navy to light grey (shown above).


Collared Button Up Cardigan

Collared Button Up Cardigan

Change it up when it comes to cardigans, this design has a contemporary look and softens the lines of an ordinary V neckline with a notched collar.  Pour on the colour with a striking shade of azure blue, a flattering choice for blue-eyed guys on your knitting list.  Knit in 100% cotton, with a full size range from small to extra large.


Belice Crew Neck Pullover

Belice Crew Neck Pullover

Wandering hues of grey, white and putty in this crew neck pullover are the key palette for casual pairing with warm weather chinos.  Knit in Belice, a lightweight cotton mix from Katia, with ten self-drifting colourways.


Guernsey Style Pullover

Guernsey Style Pullover

Inspired by the traditional sweaters knitted by wives of fishermen in Guernsey, one of the Channel Isles, this nautical design features classic ribbed detail across the upper body and set-in sleeves.  Knit in a natural cotton, summer’s coolest choice for knitting.  Navy (shown above).