Posts Tagged ‘cotton’

Evie In Print

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This month as we turn the page from winter into spring, the air is buzzing with the anticipated arrival of this year’s fresh batch of warm weather yarns.  Some of the most popular cottons are stepping up their game by introducing a printed version.  This is a relatively new manufacturing process which differs from the traditional method of immersing yarn into a vat of dye and allowing the entire fibre to absorb a desired colour.   The printed method involves stamping a multi-colour pattern onto the surface of the yarn creating a mesmerizing mottled effect.

Evie Prints from Sublime is one of these cutting edge yarns, spun in Italy from the highest grade of Mako cotton.  Much lighter than its volume would suggest, this yarn is hollow at its core with a plush texture and an appealing palette that will instantly warm the senses.  The Sublime design team has put together a sensational selection of sixteen patterns to highlight the delicate beauty of this yarn and to co ordinate with the original Evie, available in solid tones.  From kimono jackets, stylish vests and pullovers to dressy scarves, cowls and hats, take a peek at what this collection has to offer-

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The First Sublime Evie and Sublime Evie Prints Design Book

Toscana DK

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Right out of the paintbox and ready for Spring knitting!  Sirdar introduces us to Toscana DK, a gorgeous colour-phased yarn inspired by the sun-baked Tuscan landscape that takes on a magical transformation as the sun sets over the rolling hills.  This satiny-smooth cotton yarn is fully stocked in Canada and showing up on store shelves with an irresistible palette of colors to choose from, each one softly-muted with a printed effect over a natural cream base.
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Six shades of Toscana DK are on the horizon, each one aptly named for a region in the Tuscan countryside- Siena, Orbetello, Arezza, Porto Azzurro, Val d’Orcia, and Firenze (shown above).

 

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A wash of subtle colour adds horizontal interest to this diamond lace pullover featuring a wide scoop neck and a choice of three quarter or cap sleeves.  Firenze and Siena (shown above).  Sirdar leaflet #7977

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A summer’s sky has never looked so pretty.  This simple silhouette is highlighted with allover lace work.  Siena (shown above).  Sirdar leaflet #7973.

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The broad stroke of an artist’s brush seems to sweep across this sleeveless vest creating a mesmerizing display of colour.   Orbetello and Porto Azzurro (shown above).  Sirdar Leaflet #7976.

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Sweet sophistication and no need to wait for the paint to dry on this summer shell, its all in the yarn.  Val d’Orcia (shown above).  Sirdar leaflet #7972.

Shades Of Spring

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Soft and subtle sophistication, that seems to be the mood for this year’s showing of Spring yarns.  Speckled and flecked, printed or phased, the range of multi-dye techniques is all about blending the prettiest mid-tone palettes for a soothing effect.  Sky blue, watery aqua, silvery grey, pale green, and lilac are all front and centre while the pop colour is a bit of a surprise- orange.  Far from neon bright, this year’s version varies from a freshly-squeezed orangeade to a sweet pumpkin spice and warms up nicely with just about every colour in the spectrum.

Take a peek at some of our Shades Of Spring

 

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Toscana DK is a captivating new cotton yarn from Sirdar with a ‘slow mo’ colour change.  Available in 100g balls for extra value and yardage, this yarn is specially-dyed in an understated palette with half a dozen hard-to-resist choices and a great selection of accompanying pattern leaflets.

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One of the best marriages of natural fibre is merino and cotton, it creates a resilient yarn that adapts to any climate.  This is a yarn with just the right balance (55% organic merino/45% organic cotton) in a finer weight with a little spring to its step.  Pure Organic from our in-house collection is in stock now in fifteen hazy hues.

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Sock knitters will be wiggling their toes with delight when Mirasol’s Khusku hits store shelves this Spring.  Look for a pretty paintbox of colour in every 100g skein, this shimmery soft yarn is a blend of merino, bamboo sourced viscose and nylon.

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Katia adds a glamorous new cotton to their line-up.  Moonlight, is a chainette-style yarn which knits to a worsted weight tension, yet feels incredibly buoyant and is enhanced with silver sprinkles.  Katia offers a range of ten pale hues to choose from.

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Ribbon yarns twist and twirl on the needles and create amazing stitch texture.  Phildar introduces a papery-style version for warm weather tunics, shawls, and openwork tops to knit up on 8 mm needles.  Phil Mystere is big and brash in eight contemporary colours- including orangeade, turquoise, and taupe (shown above).

Riverside Scarf

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Riverside is one of Toronto’s most vibrant communities, stretching a distance of ten city blocks along Queen Street East from the Don Valley Bridge to just past Degrassi Street.  This urban hub is well-known for its eclectic vibe, featuring a mix of art galleries, fashion boutiques, and trendy eateries, which dot the landscape like colourful gems between acres of green space and historic buildings.

Inspired by this neighbourhood’s unique streetscape design, a border of blue bricks depicting a winding river, our Riverside Scarf is a lightweight summer accessory, ideal for wearing on relaxed weekends enjoying a picnic in the park, or wandering leisurely through an outdoor festival.

 

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 RIVERSIDE SCARF

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 ins x 127 cm/ 50 ins

Yarn: 1 skein SUMMERTIME (100g) by Diamond Luxury Collection in col. #162

Needles: 5.00 mm/US 8 (begin with a pair of straight needles then switch to a circular needle if needed)

Tension: 15 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over garter stitch

Cast on 3 sts.

K 1 row.

*Next Row: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, k to end.

Rep last row 18 times.

Next Row: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, [yo, k2tog] rep to end.*

Rep *to* 3 times = 80 rows.

Picot Cast Off Row:  Cast off 3 sts, [slip rem st back to left needle, cast on 3 sts, cast off 6 sts] rep across row until all sts have been cast off.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Amalfi

Monday, March 14th, 2016

A sparkling jewel along the Mediterranean coast, Amalfi is a stunning contrast in beauty adorned with posh mountaintop villas and rugged cliffs that plunge into the brilliant blue sea.  This pretty little town with its vivacious personality bustles as a tourist mecca during the summer months but it also harbors a secret past.  Amalfi once had a population of more than seventy thousand until an earthquake in 1343 caused an enormous chunk of land to slide into the sea.  Today it takes less than half an hour to walk the entire town.

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Amalfi is a sun-dappled cotton yarn from Sirdar spun into a classic double knitting weight.  Each of the eight captivating shades is infused with a filament of viscose wound tightly around the cotton core to create a shimmering jolt of contrasting colour.

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All roads lead to the sea…..  Catch a few rays of sunshine in this knockout boat neck pullover designed to reflect the rippling waves in a trio of watery hues.  Ravello, Capri and Sorrento (shown above) with Salerno (inset).

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Fair winds follow the sea….  Simple lines create a graceful silhouette on this tee shaped top  highlighted by a lacework yoke and built in sleeves.  Sorrento (shown above).

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Beside the deep blue sea….   This mock neck pullover with cap sleeves recaptures summer’s cool vibe featuring a lace panel front.  Capri (shown above).

In The Bag

Monday, March 7th, 2016

As we gear up for the arrival of spring, our focus has been centered on swingy little tops, lacy shawls and light airy tunics, but there are some beautiful accessories that have suddenly caught our eye.  This season, Sublime welcomes in the sunshine and fresh breezes with a stylish collection of knitted handbags to add punch to last year’s outfits or accent a brand new look.

For the finishing touch, check out the full range of sew in and clip on handbag handles from Knitter’s Pride.

Sublime has ‘It In The Bag’ for Spring 2016-

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This whimsical tote bag features a lacy leaf motif positioned front and centre, gently highlighted by a contrasting lining.  Knit in Extra Fine Merino Worsted.  Pattern available in Sublime Book 699.  Botanica (shown above).

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Well-structured with a side and bottom panel for additional support, this fully-lined handbag has a profusion of texture, knit in double seed stitch with a Celtic knot for added interest.  Sublime Book 694Holiday (shown above).

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From early morning shopping at the market to an afternoon picnic at the park, this splashy striped tote has room to carry it all and is just one of the fabulous warm weather styles in The Second Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted Design Book 699.  Plan out your own unique colour scheme from a range of more than twenty shades in Extra Fine Merino Worsted or go bold with the suggested palette shown above in Flounce, Botanica, and Chartreuse.

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Naturally elegant with a botanical influence, this is a keep-forever style that will instantly dress up a casual outfit.  Knit in Sublime’s brand new Evie, as plush as cotton can be, and dyed in a palette of soft pastels.  Latte (shown above).

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A triptych of vibrant shades makes this origami-style shoulder bag really pop.  Well-designed using the seamless magic of mitered knitting, find this pattern and many more fresh spring looks in the Second Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted Design Book 699.   Flounce, Bloom and Aubergine (shown above).

Delphi By Debbie Bliss

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

In ancient Greece, Delphi was known as the navel of the earth, the dwelling place for Apollo, son of Zeus.  Located on the slope of Mount Parnassus, a snow-capped monolith rising above the Gulf of Corinth that awakens each spring with a magical carpet of wildflowers, this popular tourist mecca is as rich in its well-preserved archaeology as it is in the stunning vistas that draw the eye out to the crystal blue sea.

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Delphi by Debbie Bliss

This spring, Debbie Bliss captures the ambience of her family’s favorite holiday spot in Greece, with a collection of twelve designs knit in her newest yarn, Delphi, a bulky ribbon as soft as cotton jersey and dyed in tonal shades, inspired by the sun-baked ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the lush hillsides sprinkled with rows of olive groves that stretch towards the endless Grecian sky.  Peach (shown above).

Waterfall Jacket

Waterfall Jacket

Conjuring up the subtle shades of the marble columns that still stand today towering over the town of Delphi, and date back to the fourth century BC, this Waterfall Jacket is a versatile travel piece for day or night, knit in Silver.

Lace Insert Tunic

Lace Insert Tunic

Delphi is known for its ancient clay sculptures and plaques, depicting the history of the Gods, and also the inspiring palette for Debbie’s choice of tonal colour on this style savvy Lace Insert Tunic designed in two easy pieces (a great warm weather topper to wear over white denim).  Terracotta (shown above).

Generous Cable Sweater

Generous Cable Sweater

The brilliance of the Aegean Sea is reflected in this Generous Cable Sweatera cosy weekend style designed with vertical panels of texture, a playful contrast against the watery hues of the yarn.  Pool (shown above).

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Fresh lemons are ripe for the picking along the Mediterranean coast and just as abundant in Greek cooking as olive oil.  Debbie’s daughter Nell and design associate Teresa (Conway and Bliss) fashioned this ultra modern Cut Out Sleeves Sweater in zesty Lemon.

Seeking Sunshine

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Winter-weary knitter desperately seeking exciting new yarn with a sunny disposition, and outgoing personality (only natural yarns need apply).  Its that time of year when we are all getting a little antsy to shed those heavy layers and get the jump on spring knitting with lightweight cotton yarns and inspiring designs.

Sirdar is breezing into shops with newly-released Beachcomber, a barely-there comfortable cotton dk, slubby in nature, available in a mix of solid shades and space-dyed multis, and accompanied by a collection of eleven contemporary styles (sized from four years to large adult) in leaflet or booklet form.

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The classic LWC (Little White Cardigan) is always a hot commodity from May until September.  This lace panel design features a choice of short or long sleeves and really adds a crisp finished look to a work or play outfit.  White (shown above).

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Rev things up with a fresh squeeze of lime in this relaxed cap sleeve top, knit in Beachcomber, uniquely-dyed to create an interesting blend of texture and colour shifting.  Catch The Sun (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7284

Sirdar Leaflet #7284

Go boldly into warmer weather with a hot hue that will wake nature from its long slumber.  Sized from four years to large adult, with optional long or cap sleeves, this eye-catching design is knit from side to side in a wide cable repeat bordered by dropped stitches.  Paradise (shown above).

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Out for a walk on the beach or playing at the park, this cute sleeveless shell suits the destination to a tee, a fun project to knit, creatively constructed with central and side shaping to form a chevron. Collecting Shells (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7278

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A girl can never have too many cardigans in her closet, can she?  They are truly the best cover ups for tees to sundresses and everything in between.  This v neck design is styled to fit longer in the torso with an airy openwork pattern for pizazz.  Choose your preferred sleeve length.  Paradise and Surfer Blue (shown above).

Top Ten Vests For Spring 2014

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

From brisk mornings to balmy afternoons, this time of year can have that proverbial seesaw effect on all of us.  That’s why sleeveless vests have such mass appeal, when it comes to adding a cosy layer they are by far the most versatile garment pieces.  Set your sights on the season’s best designs from breezy beach wraps to casual weekend toppers, this selection of top ten vests has a style to suit all tastes and skill levels.

 

Katia Tropic Vest

Katia Tropic Vest

Look at what’s showing up in yarn shops this season from Katia’s S/S Collection, multi-toned cotton tape in a new polar weight for days spent soaking up the sun.  This stylish vest is worked without side seams and combines a border in stocking stitch with an uncomplicated mesh pattern.  Knit on 8 mm needles in TropicTahiti (shown above).

 

Katia Jaipur Wrap Vest

Katia Jaipur Wrap Vest

Catch the breeze in a swingy wrap vest, an easy to wear crocheted style worked up in a shell stitch pattern and finished off with short and sweet fringe detail.  Choose from one of eleven gelato-hues in this lightweight cotton, Jaipur from Katia.

 

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Sirdar Leaflet #7089

Polish and panache go a long way on this dressy vest, designed to flatter with a wide waist panel that gives a gentle cinching detail.  Choose either the v neck or shawl collar option.  Knit in Soukie DK from Sirdar, a cotton blend threaded with tiny paillettes to reflect the light.  Endless Days (shown above).

 

Katia Belice Hoodie

Katia Belice Hoodie

Off for a walk around the block with the dog or a bike ride to the park with the kids?  This casual hoodie may become your new BFF.  A cosy layering piece outfitted with handy slash pockets for keeping your cell phone and keys right at your fingertips.  Knit in cool, comfortable Belice, a wash n wear mix of cotton and acrylic.  Look for Lilac (shown above) and more inspiring colourways at your lys.

 

Katia Mali Vest

Katia Mali Vest

A quieter neutral palette combined with crisp seed stitch texture makes this vest all the more tempting.  An easy breezy project for novice knitters requiring no buttonholes, just a pretty shawl stick as a closure, this design is knit in Mali, a natural cotton with an unique twist available in eighteen shades.  Beige (shown above).

 

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Sirdar Leaflet #7004

Cables create all the drama needed on this loose-fitting v neck vest which can be knit short or long to suit your style preference.  Knit in Simply Recycled Aran, a washable cotton blend from Sirdar.

 

Katia Cotton Ribbon Vest

Katia Cotton Ribbon Vest

Looking for that pie-in-the-sky project to keep your fingers busy this spring?  Don’t be fooled by the complex look of this cotton vest, it really is much easier to knit than it looks.  The back is knit in straightforward garter stitch and the fronts are constructed by domino knitting, a technique which applies centre decreases to form a block which leads right into the next one without any seams.  Knit in Tropic, a multi-hued cotton ribbon yarn from KatiaCuracao (shown above).

 

Katia Tie Front Vest

Katia Tie Front Vest

Play up those summer whites with this Kool-Aid inspired vest from Katia’s Casual Collection.  Wear it loose and flowing or tied at the midriff for a figure-flattering fit.  Knit in Jaipur, a lace weight cotton yarn featuring eleven self-striping picks.

 

Katia Tahiti Vest

Katia Tahiti Vest

Make waves at the beach with a trendy shawl vest, knit from side-to-side in one piece mixing pretty openwork with garter stitch.  Knit in Tahiti from Katia, a cotton tape showcasing an eye-catching range of vibrant hues.  Surf (shown above).

 

Katia Iris Vest

Katia Iris Vest

Without a doubt, linen is the shining star of sultry weather.  It has a carefree vibe and offers plenty of air circulation on hot, sticky days.  This openwork vest is ideal over sleeveless tops and knits up in the blink of an eye with double wrapped stitches.  Knit in Iris by Katia, a lightweight blend of linen enhanced with a metallic sheen.  Lavender (shown above).

 

Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

No matter where you live, a handknit cardigan is indispensable especially when it comes to navigating through the transitional days of early spring.  Wafting in like fresh air through an open window, this season the styles are far more relaxed, with an emphasis on open fronts or simple one-button closures.  Current silhouettes vary from long and lean, to short and cropped, with sleeves that barely sweep the wrist or fall just below the elbow in a demure Grace Kelly kind of way.  Edgings shift away from tradition to show off pretty curves, decorative scallops, and soft draping.  This week we have put together a selection of inspiring designs to knit in our most pleasing array of cotton, linen, silk and easy care blends.

Top Ten Cardigans For Spring 2014-

Katia San Remo

Katia San Remo

Whether it is walking the dog or commuting to the office, this comfy cardigan will get a real wardrobe workout.  Casual yet polished with a wide garter stitch border and roll back collar, plus just enough lacework added to keep it light and airy, this design is knit in San Remo by Katia, a worsted weight yarn gushing with metallic sheen.  Blue Grey (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7005

Sirdar Leaflet #7005

This perfectly proportioned cardigan is ready to ring in spring, knit in a warm poppy shade, featuring rounded edges, a turnback collar punctuated with chic button detail and elbow length sleeves.  Knit in Sirdar’s Simply Recycled Aran, a cotton blend particularly appealing to anyone on the lookout for speedy projects.

 

Katia Brisa

Katia Brisa

Sometimes it is the simplest of pattern stitches that can create the most impact as it is with this fabulous openwork cardigan, capturing the feeling of spring with a flowy edging.  Knit in Brisa, one of our favorite crisp and cool yarns from Katia’s impressive range, a mercerized cotton and viscose boasting a palette of more than thirty shades to choose from.

 

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Sirdar Leaflet #7001

Surf’s up with this flattering longer length cardigan featuring a deep v and tie front detail.  Knit in Raffaela from Sirdar, a nubby cotton blend highlighted with a pearly sheen.  Amalfi and Lido (shown above).

 

Noro Taiyo Sock Cardigan

Noro Taiyo Sock Cardigan

Refreshing last year’s outfits is a breeze with this colour-banded cardigan from Noro Favourites by European designer, Claudia Wersing.  Knit in Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight blend of cotton, wool, silk and nylon available this season in thirty-three colourways.

 

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Sirdar Leaflet #7086

For the winter weary, this boost of colour may just be what the doctor ordered, knit in Sirdar’s newest arrival, Cotton DK, a contemporary cardigan composed of lattice and lace with optional three quarter or cap sleeves.  Look for the popular range of eighteen colours.  Sailor Blue (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7013

Sirdar Leaflet #7013

Flower buds underscore the lower half of this v neck cardigan styled with three-quarter or alternate full length raglan sleeves, a smart well-fitting design in Sirdar’s classic Calico DK, washer and dryer friendly in a combo of cotton and acrylic fibres.  Bay Blue (shown above).

 

Katia Iris

Katia Iris

For a look that is both timeless and elegant go for natural shades of linen, cream and white.  This wispy cardigan has a modern vibe and adds the coolest, lightest layer possible.  Knit in the slinky new Iris by Katia, an innovative blend of linen and metallic polyester in seven shimmery sun-kissed hues.  Stardust (shown above).

 

Debbie Bliss Juliet

Debbie Bliss Juliet

The Chanel Jacket, an iconic style revamped this season by Debbie Bliss in a her latest softly-toned cotton tweed, Juliet.  Look for all twelve shades in stores now including Hyacinth (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7002

Sirdar Leaflet #7002

Conveying a sense of ease, this ‘take anywhere’ cardigan is gentle on the eyes in spring’s must-have lilac shade.  Knit in Raffaela by Sirdar, a textured cotton blend with a subtle twist.  Capri (shown above).