Posts Tagged ‘sylvan’

Spirit Of The Woods Cowl

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Cowls have now become a standard fashion item and having one for every season is equally important.  For spring, its all about a pop of colour to brighten up an outfit combined with a side order of warmth to ward off the damp chill.  In summer, the look lightens up with a lacy linen or cotton version worn strictly as a decorative element.  When fall rolls around, a cosy cowl becomes indispensable as an extra layer, easy on, easy off as the weather fluctuates and finally, there is the heavy artillery cowl, ready for winter action in a super bulky wool designed to stand up to the fiercest of elements.



This season, Sylvan comes out of the shadows, playfully light in nature and incredibly soft.  A new wool blend from Sirdar, this yarn is spun with a thick and thin twist in a choice of eight tri-shaded woodsy hues.


The unique texture of Sylvan combined with a simple pattern stitch forms an interesting pebbly-effect while the fun colour interaction creates a versatile topsy-turvy cowl design.  By flipping the cowl from top to bottom, the colour changes instantly.



Finished Size: 86 cm/34 ins x 33 cm/13 ins

Yarn: 1 ball each of Sirdar Sylvan in 3 shades (as shown above)- A = #202, B = #204, C = #205

Needles: 7.00 mm/US 10.75 – 60 cm/24 ins

Tension: 11 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Moss St.

Moss Stitch:

Rounds 1: [K1, p1] rep.

Round 2: [P1, k1] rep.

Rep these 2 rounds for pattern.

Cast on 92 sts in A. Join in round being careful not to twists st over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Work in Moss St throughout following Stripe Sequence

10 rounds in A.

2 rounds in B.

2 rounds in A.

Rep last 4 rounds 3 more times. Cut A.

10 rounds in B.

2 rounds in C.

2 rounds in B.

Rep last 4 rounds 3 more times. Cut B.

10 rounds in C.

Cast off loosely with C.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Sirdar Sylvan

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

It starts out something like this, an inconspicuous flyer in the local paper advertising back to school gear, then out of the blue, the first scattering of fallen leaves appear on the sidewalk, next, the CNE is ready to roll open its stately gates.  Yes….this is when the wistful realization occurs, summer is quickly reaching its expiration date.

All it takes to bring knitters back into the fold is a few crisp, cool mornings and the anticipated arrival of new yarns.  Sirdar is at the head of the line with Sylvan, also known as ‘spirit of the woods’.  This lightweight chunky yarn is gently tri-shaded in earthy tones with a silky slub that slides effortlessly across the needles.

Here is a sampling of Sirdar’s newest rustic look in stores now-

Sirdar Leaflet #7482

Sirdar Leaflet #7482

Crossing over into early fall, this rugged-looking pullover trimmed with a handsome shawl collar is just one of three striking designs for men featured in the Sylvan Collection. Burley (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7485

Sirdar Leaflet #7485

Topping off the woodsy look, four transitional accessories that require 1, 2 or 3 balls of Sylvan and will knit up in a flash before the cool weather arrives.

Sirdar Leaflet #7486

Sirdar Leaflet #7486

Wanted: A cosy charmer with deep ribbed pockets to warm up exceptionally cold fingertips.  This design features raglan sleeves and a turnback collar for a classic look.  Balsam (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7487

Sirdar Leaflet #7487

Making the grade this fall, a deep v neck vest with dual travelling cables that veer off in opposite directions to create a soft subtle edging.  Instructions for ribbed wrist warmers also included.  Hocklety (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7489

Sirdar Leaflet #7489

Longer in the back and shorter in the front, this trendy design features simple texture, a polo neck, and we give it a three star rating as an ideal project for a new knitter.  Arbour (shown above).