Trio Shawl KAL – Colour Inspiration

You may have seen Maya’s post introducing the Trio Shawl and the first Knit With Attitude KAL of the year. If that hasn’t got you racing to your needles then maybe these colour inspirations will.

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This shawl is great for the beginner and experienced knitter alike. The simple knitting is made for indulging in your favourite fibres and colours. Combining three, the formula is simple: 2 parts MC, 1 part CC1 and 1 part CC2. You are also not restricted to a certain yarn weight or having to make a shawl using all the same bases or fibres. With this shawl you can yield to all those skeins you have been dreaming of and not really found the project for. Heavier weights will give you a larger shawl and light weights will give you a smaller one and why not combine them together for a texture adventure. Maya is combining a 4ply, a light 4ply and a heavy DK with her’s. It’s a good idea to knit a little swatch with your chosen yarns and adjust the needle size to get the quality of fabric you like.

Below I have put together some suggestions using DK and 4ply weights. Merino, Norwegian Pelssau, Romney and Shetland, Buck Mohair and Dalla Sheep yarns. Hand dyed and Undyed. No restrictions here!

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This combo uses Hillesvåg Vilje as the MC, incorporating the earthy Kettle Yarn Ramble in Gorse and Black Elephant Minis in Tranquility for the contrasts.

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Here I have opted for a darker MC to allow the bright yellow and white shades pop out. Hillesvåg Sølje in Beige for the MC and Garnsurr Pan in Sneivin and Black Elephant Minis in Nostalgia.

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This combo is about a punchy bright contrast, drawing out the pinks of the speckled minis. Hillesvåg Vilje as the MC with Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Coral and Black Elephant Minis in Lazy Days.

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The combination offers a more moody contrast with the white but still having a few colour pops from the hand dyed. Hillesvåg Vilje for the MC and Sølje in Rød and Garnsurr Pan in Tarik Roshan for the contrasts.

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I love a pink and green combo and these muted tones have a vintage quality. Hillesvåg Vilje and Kettle Yarn Ramble in Hawthorne and Black Elephant Minis in Arlandria.

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I flipped the MC on it’s head with this one. Using a black instead a white will make your contrasts pop, like neon lights against the night sky. The MC here is Sølje in Svart with Garnsurr Pan in Gryteflaks #3 and Black Elephant Minis in Blame Fawkes for the CC’s.

I hope these combo’s give you some inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

 

Trio Shawl KAL

So many of you noticed my Instagram post on Strikkelisa’s new design the Trio Shawl this weekend, and several of you commented on wanting to cast on with me. As usual (most of the time) your wish is our command so here goes, the first KWA KAL this year is the #trioshawlKAL

Trio Shawl by Strikkelisa

An ideal beginner’s shawl project and a stunning quick fix for the more experienced knitter, the Trio Shawl offers an interesting construction and an opportunity to play with colours! I always wear my shawls with the point at front and I particularly like the way this construction really show off the design when worn like this. You can use any yarn weight for this design and properly let loose your inner colour combo geek – you need three colours divided on 4 equal parts of yarn – 2 parts MC, 1 part CC1 and 1 part CC2. For my version I’ve decided to go for Hillesvåg Vilje as my MM, Garnsurr Pan in Kjeta as my CC2 and Black Elephant Minis in Cornfields as my CC1.

The pattern is available in Strikkelisa’s Ravelry store, in Norwegian and English.

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So here’s how we roll:
Sign Up is via e-mail to make it easier for us to keep track of you all, drop us a note and don’t forget to mention your instagram name to maya(at)knitwithattitude(dot)com.

Cast On by Sunday January 13th
Cast Off by February 20th (in time for the Unravel Festival so you can wear it and show off if you’re going)

We are keeping image posting to our Ravelry #trioshawlKAL group and Instagram for this KAL so post your progress pictures and FO’s using the hashtags #trioshawlKAL and #knitwithattitude so that we can find them. Winners will be drawn at random from posted FOs Monday February 25th. (We’ll use the ravelry project pages and instagram posts as entries).

So enough with the blah blah and let me know what I can win, you say. Do we have some proper goodies waiting for you! Strikkelisa has generously gifted 3 free patterns of choice to our winner and here at Knit with attitude we will follow this up with an accompanying yarn pack in colours of your choice! Yes that’s right – it is a whole new project + two patterns in one go! Also, if you choose to get the yarn for your Trio Shawl from Knit with attitude you will be entered into a draw where you can win the value of your purchase refunded and to top it up even more you’ll also get 3 patterns free of choice from Strikkelisa.

Right so that’s the deeds so far, I hope you feel inspired and ready to cast on with me!
(BTW for more inspiration check out the insta hashtag #triosjal to have a look at all the gorgeous versions made while the pattern was tested.)

Over to George for some colour and yarn combo suggestions …

Trio Shawl by Strikkelisa

Homeward Bound Knit-a-long

As mentioned in the post below – we were completely overwhelmed and so so so happy about how well our Homeward Bound Shawl had been received – that we decided to prolong our celebrations with a knit-a-long happening over on our Instagrams! The Homeward Bound Shawl is available as a kit in three gorgeous colourways in our online store, or you can get it as a single pattern on Ravelry.

The KAL started May 5th – but doesn’t end until June 19th so there is plenty of time to join in on the fun, and this is what you have to do:

  • Post any progress pictures using the hashtag #homewardboundshawl, every picture is an entry to the prize draw – so the more the better.
  • Make sure you follow both Knit with attitude and Natalie Selles, and tag both of us on your posted picture.

That is it! On June 20th we will draw two winners from all the post entered between May 5th and June 19th. One of you will receive 4 skeins (a total of 200g) of the brand new CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK in the colours of your choice, and the second prize is a pattern of free choice from Natalie Selles along with one of her super pretty draw string project bags.

As the knit-a-long has already begun we are really enjoying all the lovely Homeward Bound projects that are beginning to pop up over on Instagram – just have a look – we can’t wait to see more!

And … this is Maya’s progress so far, ready to tackle the stripes section.

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Help Us Keep Hackney Warm!

Dirty sleeping bags curled up on cardboard mats under railway bridges and in shop doorways, fear of abuse and always the cold: rough sleeping is a tough and unkind existence affecting increasing numbers of homeless people in Hackney.

It’s a problem that we think has a special resonance with us as knitters. We are after all in the business of warmth. We create warmth with our stitches in all sorts of ways, and so we’re thinking it’s time to look at how we can share the warmth with our neighbours on the streets.

East London Yarn Triangle

The East London Yarn Triangle is four-and-a-bit miles long, or 466 scarves long. Our aim is to spread the word amongst enough knitters so that we can make those scarves real this winter and share some warmth with rough sleepers to help in their nightly battle against the cold. Please join the three shops in the ELYT this winter in our attempt to knit those miles as scarves and provide some warmth!

We are now urgently collecting DK, Aran and Chunky wool to share with knitters who are up for contributing scarves to help wrap up Hackney’s rough sleepers this winter. The project kicked off at 12.00 noon at the Hackney Picture House on 9th October, a couple of hours before the screening of Yarn, the Movie.

All three shops in the East London Yarn Triangle: Knit with Attitude, Fabrications and Wild and Woolly will continue collecting finished scarves, and operating a yarn exchange for Scarf Knitters, throughout the season. Pop by the shop and see if we have any yarn ready to be knit up into scarves for you, or drop by any stash yarn for us to pass on to a knitter.

Are you in? Here’s the plan..

Scarves can be knitted from any yarn with whatever stitch pattern you like best – garter, rib or stocking stitch. We recommend casting on for a width of about 25 cm and knitting a 150 cm length. If you want help in calculating how many stitches to cast on with your wool, pop into any of our shops and we’ll work it out for you.
Once you’ve knitted your scarf, drop it off at anyone of the shops and we’ll make sure it gets passed on to a rough sleeper.
The Keep Hackney Warm Project is an initiative of the East London Yarn Triangle.

If you would like more information about the event please contact:
May Linn Bang 020 79983282, Barley Massey 020 72758043, Anna Feldman 020 89855231
email: [email protected]

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 17 Summer 2016

Issue-17-Cover-ImageThere has been so much anticipation for this latest issue of Pom Pom here at Knit with attitude, especially after hosting the samples for Yarn Shop Day at the end of April. It’s finally here! The garments fit perfectly with our Summer Top KAL, and even better, we’ve just received loads of new summer yarns here in the shop that are just right for summer knitting. We have brand new linen and cotton/linen blends, as well as top ups and new colours in lots of other summery fibres.

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First up we have Altair by Joanne Scrace. This triangle shawl is a take on the granny square classic, but with a more modern twist. Worked from one corner to the next, it is easily adaptable for yardage depending on what you plan to use. We think the bright colours of Botany Lace would be a fun summer piece to pull on over summer dresses.

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Catchyfly, by Wencke Lucas is a great example of how to take a tweed yarn, something usually associated with winter, and bring it into the summer months. We think that Terra, which is wool and silk would add to that lux feel while having drape as well.

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Lynn Brennan’s Hollis is an unusual piece in that it is knitted with clothesline cord! We don’t have any cotton that thick to recommend, but we have some beautiful leather and metal handles by Jul Design that would be the perfect finishing touch. Check them out the next time you are in our neighbourhood.

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Nouri is Maya’s favourite! Carol Feller designed this oversized pullover sweater with a lace detail over one hip. The sleeves are done in one piece with the body for maximum drape and ease of construction. We just received 6 shades of Zooey from Juniper Moon Farm. Held double this would be a wonderful summer sweater.

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Knitted dresses get a bad reputation, but Thea Colman dispels all of these worries with Olivette! It comes with instructions for both a dress/tunic and t-shirt lengths for everyone’s tastes. The front lace is placed asymmetrically and the longer length includes a surprisingly sturdy pocket. Vivacious DK has just the right amount of semi-solid colour to work well for this.

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The Red Bud Isle tank by Courtney Cedarholm would be a fantastic quick summer knit. It has contrast stripes and an overlapping split back that would be comfortable to wear while still being modest. How to choose which shades of Shiny Happy Cotton to use!

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Tannery Falls is the second crochet piece from the issue. Sara Delaney has designed wearable top with a loose gauge for maximum cool weather wear. Two colours of Meadow with it’s linen content would show off the yarn and pattern beautifully.

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Thornett is an all around favourite here at the shop! Sara Thornett’s top is everything you want from a summer top, easy to knit and wear with some lace for visual interest and loads of opportunity to use a fun colour. Luckily Eco-baby has lots of those to choose from!

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Trailbreeze is one of the more unusual garments in the issue, with it’s generous handkerchief hem over each hip. Courtney Cedarholm has done a brilliant job at keeping the lines otherwise clean to keep it looking modern. We have a brand new Swedish linen in 12 colours, from subtle neutrals to modern brights, you are sure to find a Växbo Lin Lingarn for this top.

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Sachiko Burgin has designed the last tee, Vaara. This simple top has a deep raglan yoke and a textured ribbed hem. We think this is another great use for the cotton/linen drape of Zooey, held singly this time.

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Last but not least is Windlass, by Kiyomi Burgin has draws inspiration from traditional aran sweaters with it’s cables and neckline, but brought forward a few seasons with split hems and no sleeves. The textures here would work well with Noro Tokonatsu.

Don’t forget to enter in our Summer Top KAL on Ravelry! We have a few people started already, we would love to see what you are working on. We will draw from eligible winners for prizes on July 31st.

Yarn Shop Day Winner!

We are very excited to announce the winner of our draw on Saturday for Yarn Shop Day. Congratulations to Gail! She won 4 balls of Blacker rare breeds yarn. They include a Pure Polwarth in cream, Manx wool with Mohair, in a natural tan, Pure Black Welsh Mountain wool in almost black, and a Gotland in dyed blue.

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Saturday was the kick off for our Summer Top KAL/CAL. It was fun to see the garments that people were planning for, we can’t wait to see them made up! Here in the shop we have cast on an infinity snood for a shop sample in The Fibre Co.’s Meadow. It’s an unusual blend of wool, baby llama, silk and linen. Despite the blend we think it would make a great summer top, and we can’t wait to show you the sample when it’s done, you’ll be able to give it a squish in person and see for yourself!

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If you are planning on participating in the KAL/CAL we are over on the Ravelry group talking about our makes, feel free to join in! There is also still a 10% on all yarns that contain cotton, linen, bamboo or silk in the online shop if you need to pick up some yarn. The promotion runs until Sunday at midnight!

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We would also like to announce the prizes for participants of the KAL/CAL! We will draw from finished garments posted in our FO thread by midnight on July 31st. First prize will be a gift certificate of £50 to spend online or in the shop. Second and Third prize will be goodie bags filled with yarn and patterns.

 

Summer Top KAL/CAL 2016

We are happy to announce that we are running our annual Summer Top KAL/CAL again! Just like last year we are encouraging everyone to knit or crochet a summer top. We’ve got lots of summer friendly yarns such as cotton, bamboo, linen and even wool to make something special to wear in the warmer months. Check out our blog series from last summer for more information about what makes each yarn blend perfect for summer wear. The KAL/CAL will run from April 30 – July 31. 

The rules are:

  1. Must be at least 50% KWA yarns, newly purchased or stashed.
  2. May include UFOs (perfect for those of you that may not have finished last summer!)
  3. Prizes will be chosen at random from tops posted in the FO thread on Ravelry by midnight on July 21, BST.

To help you get started we are offering a discount on Love Your Yarn Shop day, Saturday April 30. Just mention the KAL/CAL at the till at the time of purchase to receive 15% off a garments worth of yarn (200g minimum, enough for a size small top). We’ve added to our Pinterest board to help with your inspiration. 

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Asagi by Bristol Ivy from the Volume 10 issue of Amirisu.

For all of you that can’t make in in store but still want to join in on the KAL/CAL, we will be offering 10% off all yarns that contain cotton, linen, silk or bamboo in the online shop with the code SUMMERTOP. The promotion will run from Monday May 2 – Sunday May 8 at midnight British Summer Time. We can’t wait to see what you decide to make! 

Sceles by Anna Maltz.

Sceles by Anna Maltz.

For our YSD customers we will also have goodie bags available for the first 20 customers that spend over £30, and everyone is welcome to enter a draw to win 4 balls of rare breed yarns generously provided by Blacker Yarns. Just enter your name and email into the jar and we will draw a name at the end of the day. 

As a special treat we will also have a preview of the sample garments from the Summer Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly! The physical copies won’t even be ready from the printers yet, but we will take pre-orders on the day if you want to make sure you get your issue right away. This is a rare opportunity to see the garments in person before the issue is available. We have some advance information that the summer issue includes quite a few garments, so it may be just the inspiration that you need to pick your summer top, and with the discount it would be a perfect time to pick up your yarn as well. 

  

Getting to know: Fiona Alice

We are always on the look out for new knitting designers and books here at the shop. We were so excited when East London local Fiona Alice’s new book came out! Take Heart: A Transatlantic Knitting Adventure is published by Pom Pom Press out of Dalston, so this book is really made in our neighbourhood!

Hot off the press - the stunningly Take Heart - A Transatlantic Knitting Journey

Hot off the press – the stunningly Take Heart – A Transatlantic Knitting Journey

To create a proper celebration we are running a KAL (knit-a-long) to knit the Ketch Harbour Shawl from the book. You can pick up a kit with the yarn and the book on the website or in store with a whopping 15% discount (that is £66 for the yarn and the book compared to the regular price of £78. If you already have the book, don’t worry, you can join the KAL and get the yarn from us still with a discount. Just use the code KETCHKAL when making your purchase online or mention it to us if popping by the shop. Please note that the discount only applies for 3 skeins bought at the time as this is the amount needed to complete the Ketch Harbour Shawl. One lucky participant will win the value of their purchase back to spend on even more yarn!!!

Ketch Harbour - stunningly constructed - a new take on  the shawl

Ketch Harbour – stunningly constructed – a new take on a shawl

Read all about the Ketch Harbour Shawl KAL right here – Also check out this blog post for some yarn pairing ideas for all the patterns in the Take Heart collection.

We were able to grab Fiona over the holidays and ask her a few questions about her new book, and of course her knitting adventures!

How long have you been knitting?
I’ve been knitting since I was little. My mother, Wendy, taught me but it was just a hobby I picked up from time to time as I grew up. I’ve seriously been knitting for the last six years. After graduating university I had time again for my hobbies and began to work at LK Yarns, a little yarn shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Shortly after starting there my interest in knitting began to grow, along with my yarn stash.

What inspired you to get into writing patterns?
While working at LK Yarns I found I was continuously altering patterns as my knitting skills and conference grew. Eventually I stated knitting and selling my own accessories at various craft fairs and boutiques around Halifax. However, I was often approached by other knitters inquiring if I sold just the written pattern. It was because of their interest I decided to try my hand at it and that’s when I submitted my first design to Pom Pom Quarterly, Take Heart. 

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This book is an exploration of costal areas, as well as your journey from Canada to England. Can you tell us a little more about the inspiration for the patterns, and especially Ketch Harbour?
Many of these patterns are ones I’ve always wanted to design and own myself. I played with simple textures and motifs that slowly grew into a reoccurring geometric theme.

Ketch Harbour originally began with a few classic textures I was inspired to combine such as  the lace and over all simple knit and purl texture. I also wanted to play around with the negative space of the piece and created interesting cutouts. Eventually the subtle whale tail motif grew out my sketches and I decided to keep it.

When naming the patterns afterwards I chose beaches and harbours. Ketch Harbour is a small finishing village in Nova Scotia often know for it’s stunning views of the ocean and whale sightings. 

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Ketch Harbour

How did you go about choosing yarns for the book?
From the beginning it was an intentional decision to only use yarns from Canadian and British companies. I still had a hard time narrowing down the selection so I picked a few I have always loved working with, such as Illimani, Handmaiden and Toft. Plus a few I was finally excited to try for the first time, like Viola and the Uncommon Thread.

Most of them are blends of fibres I personally love to work with so there’s lots of alpaca, llama and silk throughout the book. 

Do you have any plans for future designs?
Of course! I’m looking forward to head back into the yarn festival season. I’m excited to be able to promote the book at the Waltham Abbey Wool Show, Unravel and Edinburgh Yarn Festival this winter. Plus I’ve have a few ideas for some new accessories in my head for a while so I’m looking forward to getting back to my sketchbook to start getting these ideas down. 

Photo Credit: Fiona Alice

Photo Credit: Fiona Alice

Are you a process or product knitter?
I would have to say both. The process is a very important part to me. I often start with sketch and lots of swatching before I move on to the final piece. However, the time and effort I put into the evolution of the design is to achieve a desired final product I envisioned when starting. Often the piece can change through the swatching stage, but it is really satisfying when I can produce a wearable accessory from a initial sketch in my notebook. 

What are you currently knitting?
I’m actually going back through the book and knitting a few pieces from myself. I’ve almost completed my own Ketch Harbour shawl. I also have the Caswell Bay mitts and Martinique Beach on my needles too. After this is will on to new designs in the new year! 

Thanks Fiona!

TAKE HEART – Ketch Harbour KAL

We are just about to cast on for this KAL starting tomorrow Monday January 4 and though it was about time we nailed down the details and offered some more inspiration.

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The Ketch Harbour pattern calls for the stunning Kettle Yarn Co Islington DK a lush BFL/silk blend, oh so soft, but still with a firm twist to give a stitch definition that will truly high light the design details of the Ketch Harbour Shawl. Pictured in Fiona Alice’s Take Heart Collection the shawl is made in the classic Icicle. I’m debating whether or not to go for the darker Old Smoke, or to splash out in a brighter colour like the Marigold or even the Verdigris.

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To help you get started we are offering a 15% discount on the Islington DK yarn in a range of colours and the Take Heart book. Three skeins of yarn and the book would regularly retail for £78, but we have them here for you for £66. If you already have the book, don’t worry, you can join the KAL and get the yarn from us still with a discount. Just use the code KETCHKAL when making your purchase online or mention it to us if popping by the shop. Please note that the discount only applies for 3 skeins bought at the time as this is the amount needed to complete the Ketch Harbour Shawl.

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All though Cast On is January 4th (for the more eager and impatient of us) we have decided to run this KAL until February 28th – which gives almost two months of knitting pleasure! As usual we have set up a Ravelry KAL thread to talk about our projects and to show of the finished results – we are also accepting entries from non-ravellers, just send us a picture of your shawl to ‘knitalong at knitwithattiude dot com’. We will feature all finished shawls here on the blog – and one lucky winner will win back the the value of their purchase as a Knit with attitude voucher to spend on even more yarn!!!

Ready, steady, needles set – GET KNITTING!

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Take Heart yarn pairings and KAL!

We are excited to have a brand new, hot off the press book in the shop. East London local Fiona Alice has created Take Heart: A Transatlantic Knitting Adventure. It is a book of 11 accessories for Pom Pom Press, all inspired by her journey from growing up on the east coast of Canada to living in England. We will be be featuring this book over the next few weeks in advance of a KAL for Ketch Harbour in collaboration with Kettle Yarn Co.

The KAL will cast on on Monday January 4, which gives you a few weeks to choose some yarn for it. We carry the stunning Kettle Yarn Co Islington DK called for in the pattern. To help you get started we are offering a 15% discount on the yarn and book. You can send this along as a hint for a gift from someone, there’s still time! Or, if it hasn’t arrived wrapped up it is a wonderful treat to yourself. Three skeins of yarn and the book would regularly retail for £78, but we have them here for you for £66. Closer to the day – as usual we will set up a Ravelry thread to talk about our projects and to show of the finished results – and one lucky winner will win back the the value of the kit as a Knit with attitude voucher to spend on even more yarn!!!

In our usual fashion, we are once again doing a pairing post of all the yarns we think would work best with the gorgeous patterns from this book.

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First up we have Ketch Harbour, a new take on the shawl shape. The pattern calls for 3 skeins of Islington DK from The Kettle Yarn Co., which we have in 6 lush shades.

coverNext up we have the cover headband, Queensland Beach. It features simple but elegant cables. We think that it would be cozy and warm knit up in Hexa, an alpaca chainette.

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There are two sets of hat and mitts in the book. The first set has a leaf stitch motif on the back of the hand of the fingerless mitts, and on the top of the hat, with twisted rib details. These textures would sing in Scrumptious 4ply, a wool/silk blend from Fyberspates.

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The second set is Chester Basin. This features two colours of a tweedy aran yarn knit up in an all over stitch pattern. Our pick is Terra, from The Fibre Co., a lush baby alpaca/merino/silk blend. The closest colours we have would be Shale and Yarrow.

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Martinique Beach is a stunning colourwork snood knit in 4 colours. It is long enough to wear doubled up. We would have a lot of fun picking 4 colours of Blacker Swan to knit it in! martiniquebeach

Next up is this pair of legwarmers, Pennard Castle. The pattern is written for both a thigh-high and regular length. We would knit it in Vivacious 4ply, a fantastic sock yarn from Fyberspates. It has great stitch definition for the texture and comes in many neutral and bright colours. pennardcastle

This book includes a reprint of the Take Heart hat. Originally published in Pom Pom Issue 7, it is the only pattern available on its own. It is the hat that started Fiona’s path towards the book, so it is only fitting that it is included here! We would love to knit it up in Scrumptious Aran, with a Du Store Alpakka pom pom for the top. takeheart2

Last but not least is Three Cliffs, a wide scarf that is perfect for wrapping up in. It features a subtle chevron rib pattern. It would look wonderful knit up in a yarn with a bit of drape and lots of warmth like Rooster DKthreecliffs2

 

What are you looking to cast on first?