Posts Tagged ‘lace’

Noro Lace

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

It isn’t difficult to mention the word colour and not conjure up images of Noro yarns dancing in your head, these two just naturally go hand in hand in the knitting world.  Now when the word lace is thrown into the mix, well…….. things just got a whole lot more interesting.

NORO LACE

NORO LACE

This collection of designs is a sweeping mix of lightweight shawls, hats, cowls, scarves, wrist warmers, cardigans, capelets and mittens guaranteed to light a fire under your needles and get you on your way with a new spring project.  Be on the lookout for Noro Lace at your local yarn shop this month.

SILK GARDEN

SILK GARDEN

Anna Davis designed this Cropped Cardigan as a spring topper to pair nicely with a slim skirt or cotton capris.  Punctuated with horizontal bands of openwork and a scalloped border deliciously detailed with clusters of bobbles, this beauty is knit in classic Silk Garden.

SILK GARDEN SOCK

SILK GARDEN SOCK

Irina Poludenko is a designer who continues to think outside the box, challenging herself in new directions.  In her latest design, Mitered Top, two square medallions are constructed from the centre out, incorporating rivulets of openwork that playfully contrast with the changing spectrum.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock.

SHIRAITO

SHIRAITO

Lars Rains shakes the dust off traditional Shetland lace by injecting the vibrancy of Shiraito into this warm weather Crescent Shawl delicately balanced with just the right amount of stocking stitch.

TAIYO SOCK

TAIYO SOCK

Wei Wilkins creates geometric artistry with this stunning Square Shrug, worked in one piece from the center back.  Knit in lightweight Taiyo Sock, a comfortable cotton blend introducing six new colourways for spring.

MOCK NECK CAPELET

NORO SILK GARDEN SOCK

Sandi Prosser has a knack for elegant knitwear, and this Mock Neck Capelet is no exception.  A visually spectacular piece knit seamlessly from the bottom up integrating rows of eyelet lace that resemble tiny pearls bobbing along in the waves.  Knit this design in Silk Garden Sockcol #269 (shown above).

Linen And Lace

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The yin and yang of the knitting world, linen and lace go together like sea salt sprinkled on caramel or a chocolate latte stirred with cayenne pepper.  Its the unexpected pairing of opposites that create such a harmonious balance, linen for its rawness and wirelike structure, the embodiment of Old World rugged strength and lace for its exquisite complexity of delicate twists and turns winding itself into open spaces.  The contrast between the two works like magic to highlight each other’s charm.

 

Katia Lino

Katia Lino

History’s first plant-based fibre, linen is spun from the flax plant, a tall, spindly stalk topped off with a sky-blue flower.  Linen has become the quintessential summer yarn, for its ability to stay cool and dry.  It has an incredibly long staple and not surprisingly is three times stronger than cotton.

 

Linen and Lace Cowl

Linen and Lace Cowl

Squash it, crumple it into a ball, or trample on it, you will never hurt its feelings.  Papery-crisp pure linen just gets softer and lovelier the more it is handled, washed and worn.  The beauty is in its nature, it has a will all its own.  So when it comes to close-fitting styles or patterns with ribbing, forget it, this yarn is just too relaxed for that.

 

Linen and Lace Cowl

Linen and Lace Cowl

If you are uncertain about knitting with linen, this drapey vintage-inspired cowl is a great place to start.  It is worked in the round with a straightforward pattern repeat combining cables and openwork.  Our pure linen version requires two 50g balls of Katia Lino and is shortened to a measurement of 20 cm/8 ins.  Wear it long and loose or double wrap it to closely fill in a neckline.  Fourteen shades are available this season including this week’s pick, Silver Grey (shown above).

 

Katia Lino col 8

Katia Lino in Silver Grey

Spring Lace

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Spring is finally in the air, and sporadic might really be the best way to describe it, but at least the layers are getting lighter and the styles are shifting gears, veering in a fresh direction.  One of the current trends creating plenty of buzz is the ‘case for lace’, whether it be a hint at nostalgia or what some may describe as bridal boutique wear, this filigree fashion has recharged the style savvy, showing up as diminutive touches on jackets and dresses, spreading its dainty appeal onto peplums, necklines, and sleeve cuffs by the likes of iconic designers such as Oscar de la Renta.  This season, Katia has translated the look from runway to mainstream with the all-new Elegance Collection featuring a shimmery array of cotton and viscose blends, luscious linen, and an exclusive line-up of pre-knit lace options that will amaze even the most advanced knitters and crocheters.

 

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013 Collection

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection

 

Stretch the possibilities of your talent with one of these striking lace designs from Katia worked in crochet, knitting and hairpin lace-

 

Cap Sleeve Top

Cap Sleeve Top

Innovative, and fresh, this cap sleeve top from Katia’s Elegance Collection captures the impression of vintage filigree, but with far less effort.  This design is worked in one piece up to the armholes with six narrow bands of Guadalupe, joined together with a few rows of crochet using Mississippi 3.  Katia offers a video here to show how simple the technique really is.

 

Brisa Tunic

Brisa Tunic

A well-crafted boatneck tunic knit in an alluring wave pattern with openwork sections created by wrapping the yarn three times for each stitch and then dropping the extra loops on the next row.  Knit in Brisa, a cotton mixed with viscose readily available in thirty shades.

 

Syros Cardigan

Syros Cardigan

Be ready for most occasions with this sophisticated cardigan, a summer staple as a light and airy cover for sleeveless dresses.  With a hairpin loom and a small crochet hook you are ready to create this exquisite design worked in Syros, a shimmery fingering weight yarn available in a range of thirteen shades.

 

Linen Top

Linen Top

Stay cool with this crisp white linen top in a combination of hairpin lace and crochet.  Worked from side-to-side in two simple squares with Lino, a pure linen yarn presented this season in eighteen colour options.

 

Cap Sleeve Cardigan

Cap Sleeve Cardigan

A trick of the eye gives the illusion of intricate lacework in this stylish cap sleeve cardigan.  Two new yarns from Katia’s S/S Collection work in harmony to create side-by-side panels.  Guadalupe is a flat woven band with scalloped edges, which is cut into strips and joined together with San Remo.   See Katia’s video here for step-by step instructions on how to work with Guadalupe.