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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).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #9435

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

Diamond Luxury Collection Leaflet #1537

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).

Back To Class Knits

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

It happens inevitably at this time of year, a last minute trek to the mall for school supplies welcomed by those hangdog expressions as the kids come to the s-l-o-w realization that summer is nearly over and it is time to head back to class.  Whether it is elementary or secondary school, college or university, make the learning curve that much easier on them with one of these relaxed handknit styles that will quickly become a warm hug on a cold day, and give a familiar feeling of home-

 

Superfine Alpaca by Sublime

Superfine Alpaca by Sublime

A wear-with-everything sweater with built-in wrist warmers, knit in Superfine Alpaca, a brand new quality from Sublime in six classic shades.  Flannel (shown above).

 

Shawl Collar Jacket in Cashmerino Aran

Shawl Collar Jacket in Cashmerino Aran

A style that is sure to turn your little guy into the teacher’s pet, this shawl collar jacket is knit to impress in Cashmerino Aran, by Debbie BlissDenim (shown above).

 

Neon Striped Hoodie

Neon Striped Hoodie

Making the transition from middle school to high school is a huge milestone.  Mark the occasion in a fun way with this Neon Striped Hoodie, after all the brighter the better means a more visible child walking home from school.  Knit in anti-pill Uptown Worsted.  FREE pattern available to download here.

 

Cabled Capelet m5088

Cabled Capelet

Burning the midnight oil before exams can sometimes requires a strong cup of coffee and a cosy cabled capelet to keep warm.  Knit in Ushya Suya, the new kid on the Mirasol block, a pure merino wool in lovely tonal shadings.  Have a peek at all ten including Red Velvet (shown above).

Hooded Vest in Art Wool

Hooded Vest in Art Wool

Hanging out at the track or catching up with friends calls for a sporty style that just goes with the flow.  From the Katia Sport Collection, this hooded vest features a zippered closure and snug pockets.  Knit in Art Wool, a brand new superwash wool that knits up on 8 mm needles.  Look for all eight stripey colourways at your lys this season.

 

Cabled Jacket in Kiko

Cabled Jacket in Kiko

Comfort is key in new surroundings and this super chunky cabled jacket will get plenty of wear time in between classes.  Knit in Sirdar Kiko, designed for quick projects, and easy care.  Two new shades are available this season- Misty and Woody (shown above).

 

Azteca Coat and Peru Jacket

Azteca Coat and Peru Jacket

Hanging out with a bestie at lunch can be almost as cool as showing off a new sweater knit by grandma.  From the latest Katia  Children’s Collection, these two jackets get A+ for style.  The hooded coat is knit in Azteca, a self-transitional wool blend that is ultra soft and lightweight.  The garter yoke jacket is knit in Peru, a wool/alpaca mix with a range of more than thirty-five colours to choose from.  Sized from two to ten years.

Mirasol Sulka Nina

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

First appearances are everything when it comes to choosing a knitting pattern, starting with the shape, the fit, and the tiny details that distinguish it from all the rest, yet ultimately it is the feel of the yarn that will hold your interest and get you to the finish line.  If you are a tactile knitter (aren’t we all?), this brand new quality from Mirasol might spoil you for all the others.  Geared towards the minimalist, who appreciates the finest in luxury fibres, Sulka Nina is spun in a swishy blend of merino, silk and alpaca, a classic dk weight arriving in shops now for early fall knitting in a wide array of heathery tones…… and by the way, this stunner of a yarn is an exact replica of Sulka, only scaled down to offer the best of both worlds.

Here is a peek at our line up of designs for Fall/Winter 2014 to knit in Sulka Nina

 

M5077

m5077

If it ain’t got that swing………..and in this case its the silky drape of Sulka Nina that makes it the ideal choice for this dressy cropped cardi featuring wide angle fronts that sway with the slightest of movements. Claret (shown above).

 

m5079

m5079

You’ve got to accentuate the positive………..clean lines are far from ordinary as this eye-catching chevron hem pullover clearly demonstrates with set-in sleeves and a crew neck to balance the look.  Cypress (shown above).

 

m5078

m5078

Time after time………. its the classics that stick around and become our constant companions as in this cabled cardigan designed with a soft silhouette and a slimming v neck.  Bark (shown above).

 

m5081

m5081

Working 9 to 5…………. is a breeze in this slipover vest beautifully textured in an intricate-looking basket weave stitch, a sharp little office cover-up designed to make the shift from early fall into deep winter.  Cinnamon (shown above).

 

m5076

m5076

Living for the weekend…………. and switching into relaxed gear just doesn’t get any easier with this casual pullover, designed to look fresh and modern with sleeves pushed up to three quarter length and the back hem let out just a notch.  Moss stitch borders add a simple finish and a tad more substance to the overall sleek look.  Blackberry (shown above).

Letting In The Lamb

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

In like a lion, out like a lamb……….and don’t we all vote for the latter this month?  If you are still comfortably settled in a warm and cosy state of ‘hiberknitting’ stay there, but just remember to peek out every now and then to catch a glimpse of the latest designs for spring.  Inspiring, stylish and always refreshing, Mirasol previews two new laceweight yarns, Sulka Legato, and Nuna Fina complimented by a collection of contemporary designs for women.

Catch a breath of fresh air with a few of these styles-  

Mirasol Sulka Legato

Mirasol SULKA LEGATO

Light and lofty, Sulka Legato is a creamy blend of merino, alpaca and silk, dyed to perfection in sixteen medium tones- pearl, beige, taupe, camel, chocolate, charcoal, sage, slate, lilac, aqua, rust, moss, purple, teal, plum and denim.

Mirasol Leaflet m5046

Mirasol Leaflet m5046

Lacy Tee-  The trendsetting look of the season is roomy and relaxed.  This design is completely reversible, and builds on a simple square framework with minimal shaping, comfortably capped off with wide cuffs for sleeves.  Teal (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5047

Mirasol Leaflet m5047

Seed Stitch Cardigan-  Quiet and demure, this design replaces the winter weary suit jacket and showcases the whispery-soft nature of the yarn, Sulka Legato, with a clean silhouette and scaled-down texture.  Denim (shown above).

Mirasol NUNA FINA

Mirasol NUNA FINA

Sleek and shimmery, Nuna Fina lets the light shine in.  This fingering weight yarn is a harmonious blend of merino, silk and bamboo available in high mileage skeins of three hundred metres.  Look for all sixteen shades- snowflakes, pitchblack, ruby, darkwoods, midnight, deepwater, amethyst, royalty, foggy, beaverdam, mossed over, tandoori, toasted walnut, bluejay, emerald city, and lava stone. 

Mirasol Leaflet m5056

Mirasol Leaflet m5056

Lace Border Cardigan-  For limitless appeal, this stunning v-neck style can cross the great divide from slacks to dresses.  The delicate lace borders are worked sideways, with the body worked seamlessly in one piece.  Hook and eye closures finish off the look.  Mossed Over (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5054

Mirasol Leaflet m5054

Sleeveless Turtleneck Tunic-  Set the mood for modern sophistication with this design, well-constructed with a-line shaping, and no seams, the bodice is worked in double strand for extra coverage.  Ruby (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5057

Mirasol Leaflet m5057

Vintage Lace Tee-  Practical and lightweight, this modest little tee is jazzed up a notch with a lovely seashell lace repeat along the bottom edge.  Amethyst (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5053

Mirasol Leaflet m5053

Oversized Poncho Top-  A flattering style for all ages, this design is knit from side to side in two easy pieces with maximum drape.  The open lacework provides cool comfort and plenty of air circulation on hot days.  This popular longer length makes it ideal to wear over leggings or capris.  Foggy (shown above).

View these designs and more from the Mirasol Collection online at Patternfish.

Boot Toppers

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

‘Tis the season for choosing quick and easy knitting projects to get things rolling along on your holiday gift list.  It’s always a bonus if you start early enough and have time left over to knit a special little something for yourself as well.  To countdown the month before Christmas we are featuring five FREE patterns that take no more than an evening or two to knit and yield this season’s trendiest selection of head to toe accessories all set to tuck under the tree.  Each week one new design will be in the spotlight right here featuring some of our most favorite yarns.

WEEK ONE- Dashing through the snow requires a pair of snug boot toppers to keep out cold drafts.  These will warm up those fashionable wellies or pull-on riding boots that are on the most wanted list of footwear.

 

Sulka Boot Toppers

Sulka Boot Toppers

Start with a few skeins of buttery slide-across-the-needles Sulka by Mirasol in a rich shade of hazelnut.  This design transitions easily into two different styles.  The first look folds over the boot to form a cabled cuff.

 

Sulka Boot Liners

Sulka Boot Liners

The second look creates the illusion of chunky knee-high socks.

 

SULKA BOOT TOPPERS

Size:  Women’s

Outer Width:  38 cm/ 15 ins

Inner Width:  35.5 cm/ 14 ins

Finished Length:  23 cm/ 9 ins

Yarn:  200g Mirasol Sulka col no. 241

Needles:  5.50 mm and 6.00 mm double pointed

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

 

Cast on 52 sts with smaller needles, divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Place a marker on 1st st and join in round.  Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 14 cm/ 5 1/2 ins.  Change to larger needles and continue as follows-

Rnd 1- P across

Rnd 2- K across, inc 12 sts evenly spaced = 64 sts.

Rnd 3~5- K across

Rnd 6- *C4F (slip 2 sts to cable needle at front of work, k 2 sts from left needle, k 2 sts from cable needle), C4B (slip 2 sts to cable needle at back of work, k 2 sts from left needle, k 2 sts from cable needle)*, rep *to* across

Rnd 7~12- K across

Rnd 13- as Rnd 6

Rnd 14~19- K across

Rnd 20- as Rnd 6

Rnd 21- K across, dec 12 sts evenly spaced = 52 sts

Rnd 22- P across

Cast off sts purlways.

Make a 2nd one to match.

To wear as toppers- slip over leg with wrong side facing, pull on boot, fold cabled section over boot top.  Ribbed section will tuck into boot. 

To wear as warmers- slip over leg with right side facing, pull on boot, tuck ribbed section into boot and pull cabled section up leg.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

 

 

Happiness Is…..A Yarn Named Sami

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Sami is a word well-known to the Quechua people of the high Andes and translated into our language it simply means ‘happy’.  Mirasol did not have to stretch too far in choosing an appropriate name for one of their latest Fall yarns, Sami fits like a glove.  Rustic in quality, this pure wool is grown in the highlands of Peru where young shepherds roam with herds from one plateau to the next in search of lush grazing areas.  Sami is characteristic of this nomadic lifestyle, dyed and spun in a rich palette featuring eight distinctive colourways, slowly drifting from one tone to the next making the transition almost flawlessly with an unique featherlike effect.

Canadian designers- Michelle Porter and Michele Meadows have put together this enticing collection of women’s designs for Mirasol which are now available in leaflet form at your local yarn shop along with all eight shades of Sami

 

Mirasol m5030

Mirasol m5030

Green Heron-  Vertical ribs vary the horizontal striping aspect in Sami in this mock neck pullover designed to fit close against the body and accented with seamless shoulder shaping.  Rainforest (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5031

Mirasol m5031

Tanager- This longer length tunic with side vents features seed stitch stripes set against a background of stocking stitch for an interplay of texture and shading.  The split cowl neck is knit separately in seed stitch and finished off with toggle buttons to create an adjustable collar.   Hummingbird (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5032

Mirasol m5032

Partridge-  For a casual look to wear with jeans, this roll neck pullover fits the bill.  The back and front are knit with minimal effort in stocking stitch while the sleeves are enhanced with a central cable panel which carries on into a classic saddle shoulder.  Riverbed (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5033

Mirasol m5033

Winter Wren- If you can’t quite decide whether to knit a shawl or a vest, this design blurs the lines by combining two styles in one.  The front sections have the ease and comfort of a shawl while the back panel adds structure with cables and single ribs.  Pockets are added as a finishing touch and match the back pattern.  Sycamore (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5034

Mirasol m5034

Northern Cardinal-  Wow your knitting friends with this intriguing pullover design, featuring a knotted front comprised of two openings that skillfully intersect.  A combination of stocking stitch and a ridge stitch pattern create the soft gathers across the front.  Meridian (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5035

Mirasol m5035

Mountain Bluebird-  A face-framing collar and A-line shaping make this cardigan all the more flattering to wear.  Front borders are worked in as you go in a pretty box stitch and three-quarter sleeves add a little retro feel to the overall style.   Coastline (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5036

Mirasol m5036

Mourning Dove-  This crossover vest is as much fun to knit as it is to wear, and makes a cosy option for cooler weather.  Designed with plenty of short row shaping to create the curves on the front panels, this style is knit in a clever garter stitch stripe pattern.  The back is worked from side-to-side forming vertical striping.  Sea Salt (shown above).

 

Mirasol m5037

Mirasol m5037

Mallard-  Show off your favorite colourway in Sami with this mitered cardigan, knit entirely in garter stitch.  The light striping accents the  geometric effect.  It really is easier than it looks, and requires very few seams.  Canyon (shown above).