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The Beauty Of Linen

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

With temperatures soaring higher and higher each summer, it only makes sense that the effects of climate change have increased the popularity of linen as a suitable yarn choice for warm weather projects.  Linen has been around for almost seven thousand years, spun from fibres collected from the stalk of the flax plant.  It has incredible durability and drape, with a lovely patina that just gets better and better over time.  Depending on the season, linen can fend off up to twenty percent of its weight in moisture, keeping the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.

Unlike wool, linen has no natural elasticity, so here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing this lovely fibre to work with-

1. Linen has a mind of its own.  Choose a style with a very relaxed look, requiring minimal shaping or structure.  Open stitches work well, rule out cables and intricate texture detail.

2. Stick with wooden needles, they have a better grip than steel or metal and will make the first-time experience of working with linen all the easier.

3. Take the time to wash and block your tension swatch.   This is a yarn that appears springy on the needles yet grows and settles into its finished size only after washing.

4. Be sure to keep point protectors on your needles when leaving your work unattended.  Stitches worked in natural linen will quite literally jump off the needles!

5. Most of all, enjoy the process.  A linen garment will last a lifetime, the beauty of this yarn is in its suppleness and drape.

 

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NEW from Katia’s Concept Collection, Lincys is a natural linen yarn with a range of nine exquisite shades, each one softened by subtle undertones.  Take a peek at these five featured designs in the latest Concept 3 Spring/Summer magazine.  Available now at your lys.

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The cooling effects of this deep watery turquoise shade are instantaneous.  Mesh panels add an airy look and define the front borders while also creating flouncy sleeves on this kimono cardigan.  Requires 8-10 balls of Lincys.  Col. 309 (shown above).

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Cinnamon and spice and everything nice.  Keep cool this summer in Katia’s well-vented sleeveless top which is knit sideways and seamed at the centre.  Rows of elongated stitchwork make the knitting grow very quickly and let the air in.  Requires 4 balls of Lincys.  Concept 3 Collection.  Col. 300 (shown above).

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More than meets the eye at first glance, this summer top is designed with a myriad of intriguing stitch combinations and a halter style neckline that reveals an open back.  Requires 6-8 balls.  Col. 301 (shown above).

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A multi-hued delight, with flecks of rose, blue, green and gold flickering in the sunlight.  Designed for beginners, this linen tunic plays up the contrast between basic garter and stockinette stitch to create texture.  Requires 5-6 balls of Lincys. Col. 303 (shown above).

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True blue, an all-time favorite that captures the essence of summertime.  An ideal choice for this lacy jacket, which is simply knit in two mirrored pieces with a seam at the centre back.  Requires 8-11 balls of Lincys. Col. 307 (shown above).

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7089

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).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7004

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.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7001

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.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

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).

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).

 

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Katia Lino in Silver Grey

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).