Posts Tagged ‘cotton’

Happy Canada Day

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Look up this weekend, way up!  Expect to see one of the most spectacular firework displays, bigger and brighter than ever before, as communities gather in a sea of red and white.  If there was ever a year to celebrate, this is it, as Canada turns the big 1-5-0 on July 1st!  Whether you are hosting a backyard bbq for family and friends or heading out to join in the festivities at one of the nationwide events, it’s the perfect time to flash your colours and show off your Canadian pride.

Happy Canada Day from all of us at Diamond Yarn!



 Celebrate in style with our cool classic Peaked Leaf Cap ready to knit in comfortable worsted weight cotton with a crocheted sun visor.

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Yarn: MC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 3635, and CC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 8001

Needles: 4.00 mm/US 6

Hook: 4.50 mm/ US 7

Tension: 20 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 90 sts with MC.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 3 rows, inc 1 st on last row = 91 sts.

Work 2 rows in st st.

Continue in st st working Intarsia CHART, using CC as leaf motif over centre 17 sts.  When CHART has been completed, cut CC and continue in MC only until work measures 11 cm/ 4 1/2 in ending with a purl row.



Shape Top:

Row 1- K1, [k9, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 and alt rows- Purl.

Row 3- K1, [k8, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 5- K1, [k7, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 7- K1, [k6, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 9- K1, [k5, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 11- K1, [k4, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 13- K1, [k3, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 15- K1, [k2, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 17- K1, [k1, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 19- K1, [k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2 = 11 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and secure.

Sew side seam.


With 4.50 mm hook and double strand of MC, attach yarn to 32nd st along cast on edge.

Row 1- Ch2, 1 dc in each of next 25 sts, turn.

Row 2- Ch2, dc2tog, [FPdc (work 1 dc around front of next dc), BPdc (work 1 dc around back of next dc)] rep to last 2 dc, work dc2tog, turn.

Row 3- Rep Row 2.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Katia Concept 3 Collection

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Sleek, smooth and sophisticated….. that sums up the current look in Katia Concept 3, a relatively new collection focused on natural yarns, pure colours and minimalism in design.  This Spring, Katia embraces the beauty of simplicity to piece together an exciting array of more than three dozen patterns for knitters and crocheters alike.

Here are some of the highlights from Katia Concept 3

katia concept 3 all seasons cotton

Rivulets of lace embellish the centre panels of the body and sleeves on this stunning pullover.  Side vents add a touch of elegance. Knit in All Seasons Cotton , a 100% combed and mercerised cotton available in sixteen impressive shades.

silk viscose

A comfortable ‘wear-anywhere’ style with a very flattering neckline and trendy button tab sleeves.  Knit this pullover in Katia’s all-new Silk-Viscose a 50/50 worsted weight blend featuring a selection of nine subtle tweeds.

katia concept 3 silk cotton

Elongated stitches produce a light and airy effect on this sleeveless suntop while chic details like the side sash and double shoulder straps add a Mediterranean look.  Yarn connoisseurs will love this shimmery 50/50 mix, Silk-Cotton.

cotton yak 7 balls

Graceful, polished and a breeze to throw over any outfit, this knitted poncho makes its presence known in a luxury combination of cotton, wool and yak.  Ultrasmooth with a soft handle, Cotton-Yak has a palette of rich mid-range shades.  Col. 100 (shown above).

katia concept 3 -2

When a real splurge is in order, Katia’s classic beauty, Cotton-Cashmere is an easy choice with more than a dozen powdery hues to choose from.  This knockout cardigan with three quarter sleeves and reverse stocking stitch bordering on intricate openwork creates maximum visual impact.

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-


Sublime Evie Prints


The First Sublime Evie and Sublime Evie Prints Design Book


The First Sublime Evie and Sublime Evie Prints Design Book


The First Sublime Evie and Sublime Evie Prints Design Book


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.

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).



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


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


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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.

Set-up: K 1 row.

*Row 1: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, k to end.

Rows 2-19: Rep last row 18 times.

Row 20: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, [yo, k2tog] rep to end, knit any rem st if there is an extra.*

Rep [Rows 1-20] 3 times more = 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



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.


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.


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).


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).


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-


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).


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).

sublime worsted

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.


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).

origami worsted

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.


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.

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #7283

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).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #7279

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).

Sirdar Leaflet #7281

Sirdar Leaflet #7281

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

Sirdar Leaflet #7278

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).