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Evie In Print

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This month as we turn the page from winter into spring, the air is buzzing with the anticipated arrival of this year’s fresh batch of warm weather yarns.  Some of the most popular cottons are stepping up their game by introducing a printed version.  This is a relatively new manufacturing process which differs from the traditional method of immersing yarn into a vat of dye and allowing the entire fibre to absorb a desired colour.   The printed method involves stamping a multi-colour pattern onto the surface of the yarn creating a mesmerizing mottled effect.

Evie Prints from Sublime is one of these cutting edge yarns, spun in Italy from the highest grade of Mako cotton.  Much lighter than its volume would suggest, this yarn is hollow at its core with a plush texture and an appealing palette that will instantly warm the senses.  The Sublime design team has put together a sensational selection of sixteen patterns to highlight the delicate beauty of this yarn and to co ordinate with the original Evie, available in solid tones.  From kimono jackets, stylish vests and pullovers to dressy scarves, cowls and hats, take a peek at what this collection has to offer-

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Button Up Cardigans

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

If the seasonal shift towards knitting involves more of a need for pint-sized apparel, then you have come to the right place.  Sublime offers up a striking collection of patterns that merge modern and traditional elements together with the latest in a series of booklets for tiny folk, The Nineteenth Little Sublime Hand Knit Book.  In this grouping of eighteen styles for newborn to toddlers, the Sublime design team has chosen bold Autumn hues complimented by paler vintage shades in Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, a smooth natural yarn with a light bouncy handle.  This is a yarn that knits to perfection, with each and every stitch nestling neatly into place.

 

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK

 

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Pixie Parade- Too cute for words…. this cosy cardigan featured as the cover model for Sublime Book 704 knits up on 4 mm needles with raglan sleeves and a well-fitting hood to keep munchkin-sized ears covered and warm.   Tilly Floss (shown above).

 

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Pumpkin Pizazz- A snappy style for a tiny gentleman who is on the move, whether its out to lunch with the ladies or off to the park for an afternoon playdate.  This itsy-bitsy cardigan is available in sizes 0-3 years and mimics the closures and sleeve tabs found on grown up duffel jackets, complete with a crisp turnback collar.  Cutie Carrot (shown above).

 

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Princess Pretty-  For the next dress up occasion that involves a perfectly-paired cardigan and matching ribbon-tied bonnet, this sweet duo is finished off with a flourish of vintage buttons for decoration.  Didy Dino (shown above).

 

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Cabled Comfort- Your little toddler will be ready for any tumbles or spills in this sporty cardigan  built for ease of movement and playtime durability.  Cutie Carrot (shown above).

 

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Festive Fancy-  This classic yoke design looks instantly refreshed in a vibrant shade of red and accented with contrasting stitch detail.  Little Lobbie and Vanilla (shown above).

Lola

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

While we love the sun-dappled days of August, there is also the sweet anticipation of sinking our fingers into the softest chunkiest yarns that we can scoop up as summer swings into early autumn.  Every so often, a yarn catches our eye, a little plumper and more pliable than all the rest or as we like to refer to it, the gotta-have-it yarn.  Sublime has created just that, a wonderful cushiony-soft super chunky wool spun from Italian extra fine merino. Lola comes in the most irresistible array of powdery pastels, refined neutrals and contemporary shades.

 

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Get the jump on cold weather knitting with L O L A, at two stitches per inch on 12 mm needles, you will have oodles of time to knit more than one gorgeous design from this collection-

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Twenty-one is the magic number of knitwear designs in this engaging LOLA collection from Sublime which includes the ultra cosy cover model complete with side vents and a drapey neckline.  Blue Moon (shown above).

 

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A little variety is the spice of life and this boxy vest is a cute variation on the cover design.  Well-suited to beginner knitters, it will also make a smooth transition from t shirt weather to the light layering days of fall.  Coco (shown above).

 

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this perfectly feminine interpretation has all the right angles to make it a clear cut winner.  Pointelle (shown above).

 

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Diagonal lines create instant impact on this hipster cardigan with three quarter sleeves.  Eres (shown above).

 

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Relaxed and ready to enjoy the crisp cool days ahead, this wide collared jacket features even stitching and simple construction.  Also offered in a sleeveless vest with or without the added collar.  Cocoon (shown above).

 

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As the temperature dips this season, stay toasty warm in this tunic , especially lovely with its relief work running vertically up the front centre panel.  Delphinus (shown above).

Spring Shawls

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

As the days warm up and we focus on spending more time outdoors, the shift towards wearing lightweight shawls is as natural as slipping under the shade of a tree on a hot sunny day.  Just as there are endless options in accessories to match an outfit, there is also a myriad of gorgeous shawls that will work with each and every occasion whether its meeting a friend for lunch or watching the kids play at the park.  Whatever your style or your budget, we have one that will spark your interest and compliment your spring look-

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Looking for a bit of polish without all the bling, something lightweight and elegant that drapes with ease as it wraps across the shoulders or around the neckline?  Try this stunning design, knit in an innovative cotton yarn tightly encased in a silky coating, Ibis (col. 79).  Pattern available in Katia’s Casual Collection.

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Pale and shimmery grey tones strike a chord this season as the new neutral.   This triangular shawl is a fun little accessory with a multitude of style options and it makes a great beginner project.  Knit in Creta, a soft and slubby cotton yarn available this spring in twenty inspiring shades.

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Is there a wedding invitation in your mailbox?  Be ready to join in the celebration with this light and lacy shawl, its the icing on the cake when it comes to pretty dress up styles.  Knit in Sublime Egyptian Cotton DKBud Pink (shown above).

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Cutting corners is allowed, especially when the end result is such an attractive shawl.  Knit in Jaipur (col. 203), Katia’s lace weight cotton, delightfully-dyed in a colourful ribbon effect.  FREE pattern available here.

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Are you ready for the weekend and its only Monday morning?  Try on this casual contemporary look to wear with jeans and a t shirt, a two-tone kerchief featured in Katia’s latest Casual Collection, it works up quickly with a crochet hook and a few balls of Ibis (col. 78, and 75).

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Longing for drama now that your favorite Netflix series is finished?  The Hope and Glory Wrap knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, is a brilliant balance of smoldering hues and mysterious design elements, plus it might just inspire a Knit A Long for your next group project.  Sea Salt and Betty (shown above).

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If bold colours are your thing, then this is a design you can really have fun with.  Choose from a paintbox palette of forty plus shades in Mirasol Nuna, and watch the magic happen on this wedge-shaped shawl as each colour transitions from one to the next.

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Now this is a shawl that speaks volumes.  Worked in short rows using a combination of garter stitch and openwork, the finished design resembles a pinwheel.  Knit in Jaipur (col 214) by Katia.  FREE pattern available here.

In The Bag

Monday, March 7th, 2016

As we gear up for the arrival of spring, our focus has been centered on swingy little tops, lacy shawls and light airy tunics, but there are some beautiful accessories that have suddenly caught our eye.  This season, Sublime welcomes in the sunshine and fresh breezes with a stylish collection of knitted handbags to add punch to last year’s outfits or accent a brand new look.

For the finishing touch, check out the full range of sew in and clip on handbag handles from Knitter’s Pride.

Sublime has ‘It In The Bag’ for Spring 2016-

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This whimsical tote bag features a lacy leaf motif positioned front and centre, gently highlighted by a contrasting lining.  Knit in Extra Fine Merino Worsted.  Pattern available in Sublime Book 699.  Botanica (shown above).

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Well-structured with a side and bottom panel for additional support, this fully-lined handbag has a profusion of texture, knit in double seed stitch with a Celtic knot for added interest.  Sublime Book 694Holiday (shown above).

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From early morning shopping at the market to an afternoon picnic at the park, this splashy striped tote has room to carry it all and is just one of the fabulous warm weather styles in The Second Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted Design Book 699.  Plan out your own unique colour scheme from a range of more than twenty shades in Extra Fine Merino Worsted or go bold with the suggested palette shown above in Flounce, Botanica, and Chartreuse.

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Naturally elegant with a botanical influence, this is a keep-forever style that will instantly dress up a casual outfit.  Knit in Sublime’s brand new Evie, as plush as cotton can be, and dyed in a palette of soft pastels.  Latte (shown above).

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A triptych of vibrant shades makes this origami-style shoulder bag really pop.  Well-designed using the seamless magic of mitered knitting, find this pattern and many more fresh spring looks in the Second Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted Design Book 699.   Flounce, Bloom and Aubergine (shown above).

Sophia By Sublime

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Judging by the beautiful array of knitting yarns and fresh airy designs, the first blooms of spring cannot be too far down the garden path.  Known for sophisticated styles and natural fibre yarns that never fail to disappoint, Sublime tempts our needles this spring with a new Italian quality that is sleek and sophisticated.

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Sublime Sophia is a supple blend of bamboo sourced viscose, merino wool and silk dyed in a palette of six striking shades that shine with a silvery patina.  This collection features sixteen designs with a polished Euro-look and a velvety-smooth finish.

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Simple in structure, this boxy top is ideal for light layering, highlighted with a peekaboo mesh pattern.  Nova (shown above).

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This lacy shawl slides effortlessly into place across the shoulders and is held secure by a cascade of pretty flower motifs.  Leila (shown above).

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Not ready for a long-lasting commitment to just one colour?  This stylish wrap is knit on the diagonal in a simple and effective eyelet pattern bringing the full shade spectrum into play.

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Cap off your favorite sleeveless warm weather ensemble with this short and sweet asymmetrical cardigan knit on 4 mm needles.  Also available as a sleeveless vest.  Pewter (shown above).

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Making waves this season, Sublime’s breezy top suits a day or evening outfit with a subtle rolled neckline and an ultra relaxed look.  Also available in a sleeveless version.  Enya (shown above).

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Knitted skirts are coming out of the shade and ready to shine in the sun again.  This classy mid thigh design features a diagonal lace pattern complete with a fluttery hemline.  Pewter (shown above).

Sublime Natural Aran

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

While the leaves put on their showy display of colour and the early morning dew is replaced with a crisp layer of frost, its clear that knitting season is in full swing once again.  As you plan a fall road trip to visit family and friends or to just enjoy the magnificent scenery, be sure to look for yarn shops along the way.  This is the time of year when their shelves are fully-stocked with an equally stunning display of colour and texture, showcasing the very latest from all your favorite brands.

This week we preview a new collection of designs knit in Natural Aran from British yarn manufacturer, Sublime, a company well-known for sleek sophisticated styles and premium quality yarns.

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A yarn with a true heritage feel, Natural Aran is a pure wool milled in Yorkshire, England and available in a palette of soothing neutrals and bold brights.

Here is just a sampling of the fourteen designs featured in The Second Sublime Natural Aran Handknit Book –

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The cover model for this 60’s inspired collection, the Lou Lou Poncho shows that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, when cleverly worked into a fabulous combination of cables and ribbing.  Minky (shown above).

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The name says it all, the Sublime Forever Sweater will remain a favorite chill chaser that just gets better with age.  Designed with a myriad of cables and an easy fit that is timeless.  Also featured as a vest pattern.  Ecru (shown above).

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The bold graphic lines on this Drift Pullover are a fascinating design element while the three quarter sleeves and slash neckline create the perfect style for fall layering.  Chambray (shown above).

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A polished dress up style, the Infinity Cardigan is designed with a masterful mix of cables that shape a natural scalloped border to conceal the buttonholes.  Minky (shown above).

A Need For Tweed

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Shuffling through the fallen leaves and listening to them crunch underfoot while breathing in the woodsy scent wafting from a nearby chimney, and don’t forget that once-a-year craving for freshly-baked pumpkin pie, well…………..isn’t that just fall in a nutshell?  There is something intrinsically comforting about this time of year, as the days get shorter we ease our way back into layer after layer.  Knitters adore this season, more than any other it offers an abundance of opportunities to cover up in chunky woolen armor, all in an effort to keep the cold at bay.  Far from the silky allure of alpaca and the smoothness of merino, tweed wools have their own unmistakable charm, exuding warmth with a rustic texture that creates a heathery look flecked with tiny cotton nubs in contrasting colours.  The British have a fondness for tweeds, having been a part of their attire since the 1800’s, and brought to the forefront by Sherlock Holmes in his distinguished-looking cape and deerstalker cap.

Building on their British heritage, Sublime, have produced two separate tweed yarns, a dk and aran weight, each featuring a collection of more than twelve designs.  Let’s see a sampling of the newest styles-

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Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK

Available in eleven distinctive tones, Luxurious Tweed DK by Sublime is softly spun in a premium wool freckled with colourful cotton bits.  This season’s range include four paler hues- Dawn, Stone, Buff Blue and Dusk.  See below an example of two of the exquisite designs featured in the Second Luxurious Tweed DK Book

Textured Pop Over Vest

Textured Pop Over Vest

Sophisticated in an unassuming way, this Textured Pop Over Vest is designed with an interesting medley of stitches to add even more character to the finished fabric.  Pattern is also available with alternate three-quarter length sleeves.  Dawn (shown above).

Biker Chic Jacket

Biker Chic Jacket

Put away your leather and zip away the frosty cold in this stylish boy-meets-girl Biker Chic Jacket, designed with crisp lines and the comfort of wool.  Dusk (shown above).

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Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed

Available in eleven colour options, Luxurious Aran Tweed by Sublime is richly dyed and spun in a blend of wool, cotton and llama.  The newest shades of the season- Beech, Fauve and Whistler are highlighted in these three knitwear designs from the Third Luxurious Aran Tweed Book.

Wilde Green Vest

Wilde Green Vest

Artful construction gives this Wilde Green Vest the look and feel of an origami project.  The wide front lapel transitions gracefully into a straight back collar that projects over the shoulders.  Raw edges are right on trend.  Fauve (shown above).

Mitts and Match Cardie

Mitts and Match Cardie

The Sublime design team has mixed together a smatter of innovation and a sprinkling of youthful spirit to create this Mitts and Match Cardie.  Clearly it is more than first meets the eye.  The cardigan itself has a lovely unstructured look with softened edges, and for extra coverage check out the integrated arm warmers knit in a textured pattern stitch.  Choose either a solid shade or optional contrasted sleeves.  Beech (shown above).

Tweedy Girl Vest

Tweedy Girl Vest

Well-shaped to trace the curve of the shoulders, this Tweedy Girl Vest borrows from a classic with a Jackie O face-framing collar knit horizontally in a staghorn cable pattern. Whistler (shown above).

Baby Blues

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

It’s a boy’s world out there with frogs to catch, forts to build, and the occasional kite to fly. With a slighter higher ratio of boys being born over girls (a prevalent trend since 1940) it really is no surprise that baby outfits are being knit predominantly in shades of blue.  Finding a good selection of patterns for baby boys is a walk in the park, just take a browse through the extensive catalogues of both Sirdar and Sublime, two leading British manufacturers offering tiny designs that are contemporary and appealing in yarns sturdy enough to stand up to whatever little guys can get into.

 

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Just one of the boys!  No bells and whistles are required on this one, an easy-fitting raglan cardigan featuring subtle rib detail and a matching cap.  Knit in Snuggly DK, Sirdar’s classic baby yarn rounded off with more than ten shades of irresistible blue.  Peaceful (shown above).

 

Sublime Little Pip Tank

Sublime Little Pip Tank

Oh boy!  Keep the look crisp and modern with this popover vest, a much-needed layer for wee guys offering comfort on cool days.  Just one of the seventeen designs in Sublime’s Book 671, knit in ultrasoft Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, offering more than thirty-five storybook colours in the range.  Puddles (shown above).

 

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Button Up!  Looking dashing and dapper in this gentleman’s vest, a combination of stripes and cables to knit in either a pullover or button front style.  Knit in washer friendly Snuggly Baby Bamboo.  Dinky Denim and Bobbi Blue (shown above).

 

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Little boy blue!  This cosy cardigan is fit for a pint-sized prince in a crew or v neck style, with convenient fold-over pockets just big enough to be stuffed with little treasures. Knit in Snuggly Baby Bamboo, a dk weight yarn that feels soft and silky against baby’s skin.  Bobbi Blue (shown above).

 

Sublime Captain Lively Sweater

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Sailor boy!  There must be a sandy beach nearby for this tiny tyke to wile away the hours in this Captain Lively sweater with a nice roomy neck opening and stripes that add pizazz.  Knit in Sublime’s Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK,   Rubadub and Puddles (shown above).

 

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Boys will be boys!  That means spills and thrills, so it might be best to keep the look relaxed with a sporty pullover knit in alternating bands of stocking stitch and ribbing.  Knit in Snuggly Baby Bamboo, a seasonal favorite from Sirdar, with thirty-eight popular shades to choose from including Dinky Denim (shown above).

The Big Slouch

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Its Blovember and head cover is a necessity for the next four to five months but even more importantly, it is all about sporting the ‘look.’  The slouch hat ranks number one again in stylish headwear, a trend that has been around since 2009, when Hollywood’s elite group of actors, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp adopted this new-fangled toque which likely evolved from a combination of a skull cap and an oversized tam worn by Rastafarians.  With no signs of fading fast, the trendy lopsided beanie with the relaxed vibe is in demand for kids, men, and women of all ages.  Wear it high on the forehead with ears covered and let the bulk of it fall naturally to the back or side of the head.

Stay one fashionable step ahead of the weather with the Top Ten Slouch Hats for F/W 2013-

 

Whistler Beanie by Sublime

Whistler Beanie by Sublime

Plain and simple, this ribbed Whistler Beanie is a quick gift to knit for a special man in your life.  Cast on with two balls of Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK for the solid version or add some snazzy stripes.  There are a dozen new shades to choose from in the full eye-catching spectrum this season.

 

Tweed Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Tweed Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Sweet and demure, this cosy style combines an interesting lace pattern with the rustic beauty of a speckled tweed yarn.  Knit in Highland Lux, a soft and silky blend of fine merino, alpaca and Donegal viscose available in twelve choices, including these rich hues- caramel, rose, winter green, and claretCharcoal (shown above).

 

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A flower blooms all winter on this capacious hat design by Sirdar (Leaflet #9855) sized from little tykes to adults.  Knit in Softspun Luxury Chunky, a washable yarn that delivers razzle dazzle shine and plenty of warmth. Gracie (shown above).

 

Ushuaia Hat and Scarf Set by Katia

Ushuaia Slouch Hat and Scarf Set by Katia

Once upon a time, there lived a Bohemian Princess with long golden tresses, who was shivering in the cold……  This slouch hat with matching pocket scarf solves that problem lickety-split.  Knit this combo on jumbo needles in Katia’s new polar quality- Ushuaia, a softly spun wool with acrylic out in shops now in all eleven multi-coloured shades.

 

Staghorn Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Staghorn Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

This don’t-mess-with-the-hair slouch hat has a nice deep ribbing to maintain a grip on windy days, and a side cable panel to draw your attention.  Knit in Baby Llama Heather a new quality in the Diamond Luxury Collection that has been flying off the shelves this season.  Look for six deeply-dyed jewel tones.  Indigo heather (shown above).

 

Azteca Slouch Beanie by Katia

Azteca Slouch Beanie by Katia

An ideal cold weather buster, Katia’s self-striping Azteca looks irresistible in this cowl and slouch beanie set.  An easy project for first-timers and just as appealing for women to wear.

 

Freya Slouch Hat by Sirdar

Freya Slouch Hat by Sirdar

Texture in abundance and for sensitive folk, this Freya slouch hat is knit in a pleasing mix of cotton and brushed acrylic.  Baffin (shown above).

 

Sublime Book #625

Sublime Book #625

A cute combo that covers the bases from top to bottom, starting with a face-framing candy-striped slouch hatSublime delivers a crayon box assortment with more than fifty colours now readily available in Extra Fine Merino DK.

 

Button Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Button Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Go big or stay home when it comes to the ultimate in luxury yarns.  Baby Alpaca, features a brand new selection of Hand Paints this season, eight in total.  Two skeins will knit up this simple button slouch hat in an evening on 6.00 mm needles and its a FREE patternLagoon (shown above).

 

Bramble Slouch Hat and Cowl by Mirasol

Bramble Slouch Hat and Cowl by Mirasol

Berry inspiration sets the tone for this lovely ensemble, both hat and cowl are knit in a fun bramble stitch with maxi-sized merino wool, Ushya from Mirasol.  Three new heathery shades are ready for the picking- silver cloud, mallard and field berry.