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–
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).