We spend most of or days recommending different yarns for different projects. It may be a customer who comes in looking for yarn for a pattern or trying to substitute a yarn that may not be produced any more. Or even when we do the Yarn Pairings blog posts where I will try and match as best I can a yarn here in the shop with the pattern in a book or magazine. But there are loads of amazing designs written for all of the beautiful yarns we stock. So this post is all about the 'recommended yarn', looking at designs that use yarn that we stock here at Knit With Attitude.

As we are half way through the year I have decided to only look at designs that were published over the past 6 months of 2023. Hopefully there will be some fresh new inspiration and something you may not have seen before to inspire you to knit with some of the yarn from our selection.

As it turns out there are lots of designs that have come out this year in the yarns we stock, far too many to fit them all in. So to break it down I have decided to do Part One and Part Two. I used Ravelry for my pattern searches and all pattern links will go to the result on Ravelry. It has been a fun way of searching though the patterns by typing the yarn brand in the search field and organising the results by publication date. This is going to be a bumper blog post...

Springlight Cowl by Sofija Durward. Knit in &Make DK seen here in the colours Borealis Bash and Mellow Yellow. This colourwork cowl comes in two sizes (pictured here is the large). A simple but engaging colourwork repeat that would be great for those wanting to try colourwork for the first time or an easy project for colourwork fans. Depending on the size you can knit this cowl in either two or three balls.

&Make DK is a wool, alpaca and linen blend, soft and great for garments and accessories, the touch of linen makes this a great springtime or autumn yarn.

Holly Blue Cardigan by Carol Feller. Knit in Stolen Stitches Nut Sport seen here in the colour Hatter’s Teal Party. This simple cardigan has a lovely circular lace yoke design and looks great in this linen blend yarn. My favourite part that you can't quite see in the above image is that a patch of the lace design is repeated on one side of the body its a quirky touch that lifts the design.

Stolen Stitches Nua Sport is a linen, yak and wool blend. Lighter than the worsted version but soft and has a great texture with the edition of the linen.

Time to decompress socks by workknits designs. Knit in Coopknits Socks Yeah! in (I think) the colours 115 Jadeite and 117 Almandin. Top down colourwork socks that are designed to be simple and relaxing. Contrasting heel flap and toes are always a great choice with socks and the design is engaging but not complicated.

Coopknits Socks Yeah! is one of my go to sock yarns, a reliable blend of merino and nylon its not only for socks but any project where you need a bit of strength.

Doddle Socks - Cuff Down (DK) by Amanda Clark. Knit in Coopknits Socks Yeah! DK in the colour 214 Pigeon. These super simple socks are so easy they are named Doddle Socks. Knit from the top down and contains all the classic sock features. Nice and simple and just what you need if you are looking for a basic sock.

Coopknits Socks Yeah! DK like the 4ply is a great sturdy merino and nylon blend.

Forest Mist by Janina Kallio. Knit in The Fibre Co. Cumbria in the colours Hadrian’s Wall (now discontinued so I have pictured Saddleback Slate) and St Bees Beach. I love the idea of knitting in a heavier worsted weight yarn for a shawl but still keeping it light and flowy by making it entirely of lace. A nice two tone triangular shawl that draws attention to the colour change by the change in lace repeats.

The Fibre Co. Cumbria is a beautiful blend of merino, masham and mohair. It comes in a range of rich jewel like colours.

Durango Shawl by Irina Anikeeva. Knit in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering in the colour Buttermere. This amazing triangular shawl/wrap is emblazoned with cables! They grow and multiply from the tip to the widest point.

The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering has the same great fibre blend and colours as the worsted but in a lighter 4ply version.

Wavelets Vest by Cassie Ward. Crocheted in The Fibre Co. Meadow in the colour Sea Holly (a colour we currently don't stock so I have shown Bell Flower). A summery vest crocheted in a summery yarn. Worked flat with filet crochet zig zag details, this would be a great beginner friendly crochet project.

The Fibre Co. Meadow is a light lace weight blend of wool, lama, silk and linen. A great yarn for summer projects or light flowing shawls.

Wild Child Cardy by Lee Sartori. Crocheted in The Fibre Co. Amble in the colours Chalk Cliffs, Seawall, Walk Me Home and Daffodil to name a few. Crochet granny square garments seem right on trend at the moment and I love the vintage vibe of this one. Made from a combination of square motifs, it looks like it would be really fun to make.

The Fibre Co. Amble is made from easy wash merino and alpaca with the edition of recycled nylon making it a great choice for super soft socks or garments that need to be a bit more hard wearing.

Celebration Shawl by Bronagh Miskelly. Knit in Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply in the colour Strawberry. Shawls that only take one skein of yarn are always great to have on hand. Perfect for gift knitting or putting to use a precious skein from your stash. A classic triangular shawl starting at the middle top and then increasing to the longest edge featuring a pleasing lace border and mock cable central panel.

Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply I love Vivacious, the colours are so lovely. Hand dyed variegated yarns on a soft superwash merino base.

Sandspit Shawl by Ann Dewey. Knit in Fyberspates Gleem Lace in the colour Sea Glass. Another one skein shawl but this time in the lighter Gleem Lace. A lovely hand dyed silk blend. Starting again from the top centre and increasing into a triangle shape at its longest edge. Simple rows of eyelets add interest to the design.

Fyberspates Gleem Lace is another hand dyed yarn from Fyberspates. Blending blue faced Leicester and silk to create a yarn with a slight sheen to it.

Cuff That Cowl by Alison Kip. Knit in Fyberspates Cumulus in the colours Ruby Red and Sphagnales. This is a great idea for a simple cowl. The main cowl is knit in two balls of Cumulus and then choose a nice contrast colour for the clever cuff. The cuff can be fastened and unfastened around the cowl in an ingenious way allowing you to knit multiple cuffs and mix and match as you please.

Fyberspates Cumulus is the softest blend of alpaca and silk, great for all those projects that ask for a mohair lace edition.

Stay tuned for part two...