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Fall/Winter 2017 Preview

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

It was an early peek inside the Toronto showroom this past weekend, as retailers gathered to view the coming attractions in yarns and designs for Fall/Winter 2017.  The trend in uniquely-dyed yarns has intensified, bringing out the best techniques in the industry to create an exceptional array of speckles, tonals and gradients.  Filling the shelves in the months to come, yarn cakes top the list, with the leading brands offering their own signature versions from fingering to chunky weight.  These flat-bottomed precisely-wound balls of yarn are dyed in long repeat colourways to create a very attractive rainbow effect. Shawls are still the front runner as the most popular knitting project choices followed closely by socks.  Pure fibre yarns are reluctantly taking a backseat to exotic blends, with upcoming collections featuring cashmere/merino, alpaca/linen, and llama/silk as the ultimate in touchable sensations.

Take a look at what’s to come for Fall/Winter 2017-

 

Footsie

Diamond Luxury Collection aims to keep sock knitters on their toes until late summer when Footsie hits the shelves in all its speckled beauty.  Sinfully-soft, this fingering weight yarn is a mix of superfine merino and nylon.

Olivia

Diamond Select goes the extra distance to offer exceptional value in a whopping 200g size ball of Olivia, a super soft chunky yarn with a very appealing colour-phased effect. Blankets, cowls, scarves, hats, mitts, and pullovers are all ideal projects for this supersized ball of fun.

Scala

Katia is ‘CAKE Central’ with more than five different versions in the works for early Fall knitting.  Scala (shown above) is a gorgeous boucle yarn in a rich ombre effect.

Earth

Katia also takes the lead in helping the environment with the addition of an exciting NEW yarn to their line up.  Earth is a chainette-style yarn spun from superwash wool and recycled plastic.  Yes, thats right, each ball contains the equivalent of three plastic drinking bottles!

Katia Concept Collection

Katia’s Concept Collection continues to grow with more natural blends added for Fall/Winter.  The ultimate in luxury yarns is complemented by a palette of classic neutral shades.

Debbie Bliss F/W 2017

Debbie Bliss will showcase two new yarns for Fall/Winter.  Look for Iris (shown above), a plush aran weight quality spun in a superfine blend of merino wool/cashmere and for alpaca fanciers, Aymara (shown below) is sure to be a hit with a shade range that is pure and natural.

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ZOOM Cowl

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Old Man Winter is in town for awhile and has been stirring things up in his usual fashion with snow flurries, wind chill warnings, and icy drizzle.  Heading south to a sunny locale is always a tempting option, but for those of us who choose to embrace the beauty of icicles dripping from the eaves and treetops covered in a blanket of powdery snow, its just a matter of insulating from the cold with woolen layers.

This week, we feature our top dog, a fabulous new merino yarn that puffs up on the needles creating soft billowy stitches.

Diamond Luxury Ecstasy

We took the thickest superfine merino fleece we could find on the planet and had it spun into a top notch polar weight yarn that is so incredibly plush you might just have a sudden urge to nestle up close to it and drift off into dreamland.  Ecstacy from our in-house collection is available now at your lys for winter knitting in twelve contemporary shades.  Cream and Smoke Signal (shown above).

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Two balls of Ecstasy plus two hours of knitting will create our ZOOM Cowl which can be worn in multiple ways for added warmth.

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ZOOM COWL

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 in x 61 cm/ 24 in

Yarn: A- 100g ball (col. 133) and B- 100g ball (col. 131), Ecstasy by Diamond Luxury Collection

Needles: 15 mm/ US 19 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 6 sts and 10 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Pattern st

Cast on 36 sts with A. Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

P 1 round.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with A-

Round 1- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

Cut A.

Attach B.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with B.

Round 1- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

K 1 round.

P 1 round.

Cast off all sts purlwise.

Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Cashmere Makes A Comeback

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Its not as if cashmere ever went into hiding, it merely slipped into the backseat for awhile.   The apparent misconception of its fragility and a fear of feeling worthy have kept it out of the reach of many knitters for far too long.  There has always been a certain mystique about this golden fleece which comes from the downy undercoat of a cashmere goat and requires the tedious task of manual combing (not shearing), dehairing and then sorting for grade.  The fibre is extremely fine with a lovely matte finish and has a very tight crimp which for a knitter translates into an incredibly plush and cosy yarn.  On an annual basis, each cashmere goat will produce no more than two hundred and twenty five grams of fibre, equal to just about nine balls of yarn, making it unmistakably the most precious of all yarns.

This coming season cashmere warms up the spotlight fully-recharged in vibrant new shades and spun into every imaginable weight.

Cardiff Small

Cardiff Small

NEW from Diamond Luxury CollectionCardiff Small, is the finest weight (4 ply) in this exquisite trio and will be available well before the leaves fall in six ultra classic shades and five modern hues.  Neve (shown above).

Cardiff Classic

Cardiff Classic

NEW from Diamond Luxury CollectionCardiff Classic sits snugly in the middle of this enticing range as a double knitting weight and offers a stunning palette of neutrals, brights and marls to make the decision-making process even more arduous.  Brown (shown above).

Cardiff Large

Cardiff Large

NEW from Diamond Luxury CollectionCardiff Large is the granddaddy of the collection, a plump worsted weight in a chainette-style construction designed to maximize loft and yardage.  Look for eleven shades at your lys this coming fall.  Silver (shown above).

Fall/Winter Preview 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If there is one thing that really gets the needles clicking lickety-split, its the Fall/Winter Preview at the Diamond Yarn Open House.  Taking place each year just as the tulips and daffodils start to bloom, this one-stop sneak peek event offers retailers across the country an opportunity to browse the sample garments on display, check out the next generation of yarns, and flip through design catalogues.

Here are some of the exciting highlights from the Diamond Luxury Collection

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My fine-feathered friend…. Baby Llama Lino is an absolute stunner, with its flat ribbon-like appearance and airy inner mesh, this is a yarn that is delicate and lightweight yet it comes equipped with a surprising bit of resilience too.  Available after Summer’s last hurrah in ten elegant shades.

 

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Tiny bubbles…. just part of the charm of this exquisite new yarn which blends superwash and fine merino together for a super springy consistency.  Eclipse is on the horizon for fall projects and is dyed in an irresistible palette.

 

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Plump up the volume…. with Ecstasy,  the softest, and squishiest of all!  Retailers had trouble letting go of this one, a colossal-sized superfine merino that knits up quickly on 15 mm needles and creates a cushy, cosy texture.  Col. 131 (shown above).

 

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Good things come in small packages…. this classic beauty may have been sitting shyly in the corner but it certainly stole the limelight.  Look for Cardiff Classic to hit the store shelves in early Fall, a pure cashmere in a dk weight with a whopping forty-three shades which could prove to be too mind-boggling.  Accompanied by Cardiff Small and Cardiff LargeSilver, Brown, Neve and Corteccia (shown above).

 

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Tickle your toes…. with Tiptoe, a new sock yarn that will put extra pep in your step.  Boldly-coloured in eight fabulous long dye repeats, this blend of superwash wool and nylon is well-suited for socks, shawls, scarves, wrist warmers and hats too.  Col. 314 (shown above).

Colours Of 2016

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

For the very first time, Pantone, the well-known authority on colour announced not one but two shades have made their way into the top spot for 2016.  A blending of two paler shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity, set the pulse of the current trends in lifestyle and fashion.  “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”  

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A little inspiration goes a long way in knitting and we have a few picks from our latest collections to showcase the beauty of this year’s top colour trends-

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Practice the art of lounging this winter in a cabled sweater that looks chic and comfortable at the same time.  Knit in Katia’s Catena Merino, a chunky yarn that is actually much lighter and loftier than it looks at first glance.  Col. 210 (shown above). Free pattern to download here.

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Layering is an essential part of staying chill-free.  Start with a good base layer that wicks away moisture and top it off with a cosy merino vest.  This sporty design from the Mirasol design team is knit in ultralight Ushya Suya delicately-dyed in a range of striking tonal shades including Sunny Skies (shown above).

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Head off into the casual zone with a no-fuss v neck pullover that adds a playful vibe to any outfit.  This one is knit in Mirage, a shimmery blend of wool and silk in a subtle transitional colourway that embodies both of this year’s latest colour trends. Col. 193 (shown above).

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Make a bold fashion statement with this gorgeous whisper-soft design knit in luxurious Pure Superkid Mohair. Watermelon Man (shown above).

Spring Tradition

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

The shine is barely off the new year apple and here we are already turning our thoughts to what’s new in spring yarns.  This one in particular has been creating knit-worthy buzz after recently showing up on store shelves.  Not only does it add a welcome ray of sunshine on a dull winter day it poses quite a dilemma when it comes to choosing just one shade.  So queue up your favorite patterns for cosy cardigans and pullovers, sporty vests, baby wear, gradient-coloured blankets, and whatever awesome accessories you have been hoping to knit up this season because this yarn is ready for action-

 

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Introducing T R A D I T I O N from Diamond Luxury Collection, a true worsted weight quality that fills the void between double knitting and chunky weight yarns in a blend of wool and acrylic spun with a sturdy dose of nylon.  This is a yarn that plays hard yet remains soft and supple next to the skin and comes in a fabulous range of more than forty shades.

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A fun mix of texture shows off the crisp stitch definition that Tradition provides and puts a modern spin on this Gansey-style pulloverLobster (shown above).

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This is a sweater with ‘great bones’ that will take you from the depths of winter into the refreshing days of spring with ease.  A timeless design with a comfortable fit, this design showcases the smooth even finish of Tradition.   Apple (shown above).

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Cropped is the keyword in spring fashion and this lace pullover puts its best stitch forward with two stylish options to choose from in one pattern.  Cover the bases from weekend to office wear with Tradition, a yarn that keeps you feeling cosy in the winter and cool in the spring.  Lilac and Mist (shown above).

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

Cosy Cocoons

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Knitwear styles come and go as quick as lightning in this ever-changing market.  When you factor in the countless hours spent on a project plus the cost of a good quality knitting yarn, the key word seems to be versatility.  Enter the cocoon, perhaps the ultimate transformer when it comes to sweater design, with its oversized cape-like sleeves that curve along the shoulder line, a soft-draped collar that envelops like a shawl, the open front resembling a cardigan, it is a style that cloaks, wraps, and surrounds the wearer with a layer of warmth.

Take a look at this week’s selection of cosy cocoons

 

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Designed to knit in two easy pieces with side button closures, this cocoon jacket highlights the brushed allure of alpaca and the natural slub of cotton.  Knit in Alpacotton by KatiaCol #58 (shown above).

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Worked from side-to-side, this cocoon jacket begins with a provisional cast on at centre back and knits towards the sleeve cuff.  After casting off, provisional sts are picked up and the opposite side is worked in reverse.  The front features a flattering turnback collar in sturdy seed stitch and finishes off with button detail at the neckline.  Knit in City by Katia, a brand new worsted wool blend available now in sixteen transitional colourways.  Col. #905 (shown above).

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Add awesome style to your wardrobe with this cocoon jacket featuring a fold back collar and fun textured stitch pattern.  Knit in Country Style DK from Sirdar, a true classic yarn, easy care and lightweight with more than forty shades to choose from.  Heather (shown above).

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

A cosy alternative to borrowing granddad’s favorite cardigan, this cocoon-shaped coat  is knit in a classic rib with well-sculpted fronts.  The yarn choice is a brushed bulky merino, alpaca and yak blend dyed in a subtle tonal drift.  Yak Merino, new for Fall/Winter from Lana Grossa  in Mink (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

An oldie but a goodie, this Mirasol design carries over from a previous season but fits the knitwear theme exceptionally well for this time of year.  Overflowing with comfort and warmth, this cocoon is created by knitting a single rectangular piece for back and front which is then folded in half, followed by picking up sts along the sides for sleeves.  Knit in Api, a wispy blend of alpaca and highland wool.  Ultra Violet (shown above).  Pattern available online here.

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Capturing the look of the moment, this style designed by the Katia team makes the ultimate go-to piece when the thermometer drops.  Knit in two pieces beginning at the outer sleeve edge, stitches meet in the middle and are grafted together for a seamless finish.  Look for Katia’s newest quality, Textura, a bulky wool blend that lets the knitter create the surface texture by following the colour veins in the yarn.  Col. #107 (shown above).

Cocoon Vest by Diamond Luxury Collection

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A great deal of ingenuity and a slight wave of a magic wand (flip it over to create two different styles) goes into this cocoon vest designed by Nina Klecki.  Featuring all the elements of a great design- no seams to sew, one-piece construction, loose fit with plenty of drape, and covering all the bases from vest-to-cape-to-cardigan-to-shawl.  Knit in Mulberry Linen, a gorgeous natural mix of fibre with a silky handle.  Taupe (shown above).

Gemstone Cowl

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

It’s really quite incredible to think that in the span of just a few years, handknit scarves have taken a backseat as our most essential cold weather accessory.  What first emerged as a trendsetting neck warmer, the cowl (a.k.a infinity loop) has proven to be worth its weight in gold, marching us into winter’s wrath with less fuss, and more stylish warmth than its predecessor.  Yes, cowls are here to stay, as a statement piece to finish off an outfit, they can be worn pretty much in any climate, or fully functional as a constant companion for the chilliest season of all.

What did we ever do without knitted cowls?

Gemstone by Diamond Luxury Collection

Gemstone by Diamond Luxury Collection

Twirled with flecks of brilliant colour, and loaded with shine, Gemstone is an exciting new addition to our Fall/Winter line-up, an aran weight wool blend available in five flattering iridescent choices.  Peridot and Amethyst (shown above).

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Whether the occasion calls for a sprinkle of fabulous colour or to fill in the breezy void with a cosy layer, this Gemstone Cowl, is as much fun to make as it is to wear.  Knit on circular needles, in a simple yet fascinating stitch, this one-skein project might just get your gift list started sooner than expected.

Gemstone Cowl

Gemstone Cowl

 

GEMSTONE COWL

Finished Size: 71 cm/ 28 ins x 18 cm/ 7 ins

Yarn: 100g skein Gemstone by Diamond Luxury Collection (col. Peridot)

Needles: 6.00 mm/ US 10 – 60 cm/24 ins circular

Tension: 16 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st

Cast on 100 sts.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle, place a marker on first st.

Purl 3 rounds.

Knit 4 rounds.

Purl 4 rounds.

Next Round- Knit each st wrapping yarn twice around needle.

Next Round- [Slip 4 sts from left to right needle dropping extra wraps, slip 4 sts back to left needle and work into same 4 sts as follows- (k4tog, p4tog, k4tog, p4tog)], rep to end of round.

K 1 round.

P 2 rounds.

Repeat last 5 rounds 4 more times.

P 2 rounds.

K 4 rounds.

P 3 rounds.

Cast off Purlways.

Design by: Michele Meadows

 

The Perfect Yarn Smoothie

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Imagine for a moment if you will, the perfect pairing of ingredients in a yarn smoothie, (not to drink but to knit).  What ingredients would make it simply irresistible?  Here at Diamond Yarn, in our luxury collection, we are constantly striving to come up with the ultimate blend of natural fibres and this season, we pulled out all the stops to find it.  Starting with a great base is essential, and there was really no better choice than merino wool for its light loft, and super fine crimp, making it so supple that it almost melts against any other fibre.  Next, we stirred in a generous amount of silk, of course it had to be mulberry silk, the most refined, grown in cocoons that yield continuous fibres that measure up to eight hundred metres long.  Silk has a natural lustre which translates well into beautiful knitwear and the added ability to keep warm air close to the body in cold weather.  Our last ingredient had to be something with the element of surprise- – we chose linen, not what one might expect going into the crisp, cool days of autumn, yet it works superbly, not only does it possess incredible strength and amazing drape, it also gives a striking rustic quality.  All in all, we think this is one alluring yarn combination, don’t you?

 

Diamond Luxury Collection Mulberry & Linen

Diamond Luxury Collection Mulberry Linen

With a woodsy palette to choose from, eight shades in all, this exciting new addition to our house collection, Mulberry Linen is making its debut in shops now, a premium blend of 50% merino, 25% mulberry silk and 25% linen, spun in a dk weight with an emphasis on tactile texture and silky sheen to stand apart from all the rest.

 

Mulberry & Linen Col. Cedar

Mulberry Linen Col. Cedar

On the needles for early fall knitting, Mulberry Linen by Diamond Luxury Collection

 

Leaflet #1538

Leaflet #1538

For the first frosty days of autumn, this snug slipover top will be a key wardrobe piece, radiating with warmth and stretch in all the right places.  Designed in one over the shoulder piece with a horizontal panel that leads into a contemporary flip collar.  Amber (shown above).

 

Leaflet #1537

Leaflet #1537

Right on trend for the upcoming season, this cocoon-style vest fits just like a cosy hug, and can be flipped over for two different looks.  Taupe (shown above).