New Yarn: G-uld – No. 4

We have been smitten with G-uld ever since our amazing adventure on their dyeing workshop. Read more about our experience in my earlier blog post. Their naturally dyed yarns, in colours that defy imagination just have to be seen to be believed. We have been enjoying G-uld Alpaca for a while now but now we have a new member of the family. Meet No. 4.

no4-webThis gorgeous blend of 75% Falkland Merino and 25% Gotland wool gives the base a lovely heathered halo which lends itself beautifully to the overdyed colours. As usual the dyes are all natural and we have everything from madder, mugwort, heather and indigo in 18 shades including one undyed. The yarn is a light 4ply with 650m per 100g skien. Its perfect for knitting on its own for a light and airy feel or held double for a more robust weight. Whats great about No. 4 is that like the Alpaca each label tells you what was used to create the colour. Next time you are in store check them out. Subtle variations are created by layering different dyes. Like heather creating a yellow, layered with indigo gives and amazing green.

Here are some projects to get you excited:

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The Westwind Cowl by Louise Schelde Jensen is a perfect way to test drive this yarn. If you are looking for a project to see what qualities this yarn can have then look no further. Hold the yarn double or single depending on how dense you would like the fabric. A simple mesh pattern is repeated with garter ridges in between. Give yourself over to the colourful joys of this yarn.

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Sif by Stine Hess Rahbek is a beautifully simple jumper with elegant cable details running along the side and up the raglan seam. This would work perfectly with No. 4 held double.

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Rambling Rose Jacket by Susie Haumann. Would also work holding two strands of No 4. Giving crisp details to the design and allowing you to indulge in your favourite colour.

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Watch this space as G-uld will be launching a series of patterns that are designed especially for No 4. Like this jacket by Anne-Sopie Velling. We can’t wait!

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I’m totally in love with the colours and texture of this yarn so I’m planning in using it for my version of this years Stephen West mystery KAL – Starflake. I’m going for KAW1016 Madder and KWA1002 Mugwort/Indigo. I shall be holding them both double and really looking forward to taking it for a spin and thinking of the memories from our workshop. If you still need some inspiration for for Starflake check out the blog post I put together, or if you are curious how No. 4 is knitting up, I’m sure I will be posting my progress on my instagram.

Yarn Pairings for Laine Issue 9

It’s that time of year where the lovely team at Laine tempt us with a new season of gorgeous knits from some of the most talented designers working today. We are never disappointed with what Laine produce, from their stunning photography to interviews, articles and seasonal recipes.

This issue has 13 designs by Fiona Alice, Rachel Brockman, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Aleks Byrd, Renée Callahan, Verena Cohrs, Elly Fales, Whitney Hayward, Marianne Munier, Lavanya Patricella, Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre, Susanne Sommer and Becky Sørensen. An interview with Lavanya Patricella. A story about Petra Mikaelsson from Fru Valborg. Kristine Vejar’s story from A Verb For Keeping Warm. A column by Jeanette Sloan along with a travel guide to Munich, featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop.

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PINACEAE, by Rachel Brockman. A bold graphic cabled sweater. I like what Rachel has done with the cables here. Creating a statement pattern repeat rather than the traditional twists we normally see. Knitted flat with drop shoulders and a-line shaping, a guaranteed winter accessory. Knitted in The Fibre Co. Lore which we stock here at Knit with attitude. Seen here in the colour Courage, but why not try one of the other 9 colours.

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MISS APPLE’S LITTLE CARDI, by Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre. We see again that classic combo of a mohair lace held with a sturdier yarn. The softness of the fuzz is still proving irresistible. This cute simple cardigan is knit seamlessly in the round with a bit of steeking to open the front. Try this in in a combo of Hey Mama Wolf Schafwolle #03 and Fyberspates Cumulus and don’t be scared of the steeking!

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JOY by Renée Callahan. Clever construction and quirky details are a highlight of this cardigan. Worked from the front to the back and stitches picked up for the sleeves. No picking up for the trim, which gives you a simple but satisfying shape around the neck of this loose fitting easy to layer design. I think John Arbon Devonia DK would look lovely here.

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RISTTEE, by Aleks Byrd. This is just simply one of the most stunning designs and has it all! Fading, colour work, twisted stitches, the lot. The yoke is just dreamy. Chevron stitches combine with pockets of colour work giving you a quilted effect. Worked seamlessly from the bottom up, giving you plenty of opportunities to play with colour. Try this in Hillesvåg Sølje a good toothy yarn perfect for colour work and comes in an amazing range of colours.

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FLOREA, by Becky Sørensen. These simple but stylish mittens would be easy to knit but give an effective outcome. A minimal flower design sits against a background of reverse stocking stitch and the petals are worked over two rows. Try this in Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04 to give you good definition to the stitches.

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WOODBINE, by Fiona Alice. A striking combination of bold lace panels and horizontal stocking stitch make an interesting garment. The panels are knit first then stitches picked up along the edge and knit out. Using larger 6mm needles it will be speedy to knit but as it calls for yarns held double (a mohair lace and aran yarn) it will be light an airy.  Try a combination of Àrd-Thìr and Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace.

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MÖKKI, by Verena Cohrs. An easy to knit cosy jumper that is not without its interesting details. Rib panels on either side and a divided front and back make this a simple design without being boring. Try this in Àrd-Thìr for some cosy warmth.

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PIANTA DI GRANO, by Lavanya Patricella. This simple but elegant scarf/wrap is a joyous combination of brioche increases and decreases with garter stitch. These stitches go together to create a wheat sheaf motif over this large two colour design. The moody tones of Black Elephant Merino Singles would make this the perfect autumnal accessory.

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LUMI by Marianne Munier. Doesn’t this look cosy! Generous ribbing and a big rolled neck, make this a great design to keep you warm. The interesting part of this design is the textural fading. We’ve seen a lot of colour fading in the knitting world, but I love how this has been applied to texture. Like a mirage, it fades from stocking stitch to purling more and more every row, until you flip completely to reverse stocking stitch. Try this in Hillesvåg Tinde, the overdyed grey base will give you a beautiful heathered look.

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SUMMER LONGING, by Susanne Sommer. A elegant but simple cardigan for layering away the chill. Low sleeves and oversized fit make it the perfect piece to wear over the top of any outfit. The pleasing chevron stitches create a minimal but striking design detail. Knit in a plant fibre blend try The Fibre Co. Luma for coolness as well as warmth.

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RAMSAY, by Whitney Hayward. A classic wardrobe stable is the iconic cabled pullover. This design is no exception. Worked flat in pieces and seamed together and knit in 5.5mm needles would be speedy as well. Knit in a soft chainette yarn it has to be Hexa. Knit a jumper you want to melt into.

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UPPLEGA, by Elly Fales. A cute pair of socks with a design motif that reminds me of rain or snow falling from a cloudy sky. Knitted socks are always a welcome winter accessory. Try in Coopknits Socks Yeah! with a great range of colours you will easily find the perfect contrasting tones to make the colour work pop.

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WINTER SUNS, by Olga Buraya-Kefelia. A lovely triangular shawl with the most pleasing hazy sun pattern repeat. I can imagine some really fun colour combinations with this design and it really evokes that iconic image of a setting sun hanging low in the sky. Knit this combining John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK and for the suns I think the warm tones of the new Twisted Fintch Tweedy BFL Donegal really lend themselves to the burning sun.

A wonderful adventure –
The G-uld Dyeing Workshop

A couple of weeks ago Maya and I spent the most magical of times in Denmark. Being the first ever stockist of G-uld we were excited to really understand the ethos and process behind this wonderful company. Having admired posts from other attendees of G-uld’s workshops we couldn’t wait, we were really going!

We arrived in Copenhagen and after a day of sight seeing we took a train to Vejle in Jutland. We waited excitedly at the station to be picked up and taken to our home for the next couple of days and met some fellow workshopers also waiting. After a short drive from Vejle we found ourselves entering the Danish countryside. We all chatted away and wondered what the next couple of days had in store for us. The workshop was held at a scout camp in the Vejle Ådal surrounded by beautiful woodlands, open fields and farmland. That evening we got to know each other, drank wine, had a wonderful meal and of course knit! Daniel and Trine are the most amazing cooks and boy did we eat well! On a beautifully decorated table with vases of plants, that we would later learn were perfect dye plants.

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The workshop is taught over three rigorous days where you are taken through the fundamentals of dyeing wool with natural materials. You learn how to treat and prepare yarn, what ratios of dye materials to use and how combinations of these materials can give you a whole range of colours. Also how colours can be altered and darkened with potash and iron.

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The workshop is hosted by Anne, Anne-Sophie, Trine and Daniel and there were 14 people taking part. We were from all sorts of backgrounds: dyers, yarn shop owners, town planners, designers… All keen to learn something new. After breakfast and plenty of coffee, we all gathered around a large table with circles of naturally dyed colour placed temptingly in the middle. The first day starts with learning about the processes involved and what we would be doing over the next couple of days.

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We then head outside to the dying area to start the first task. We are using a fine wool, like a fine lace weight or embroidery thread to dye on. These skeins arrive from the mill with just one tie, so to prevent a tangly mess we tie up the skeins in four places and also one longer tie for dunking into the dye baths.

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Now the skein is prepped for dyeing. Some get treated with an alum mordant which opens up the fibre and allows the dye to permeate, though some dye stuffs high in tannin do not need the alum process as the high tannin acts in the same way.

On our fist day we dyed with walnut, cochineal and madder and we split into four teams to divide up the labour. A group was in charge of mordanting and the other three groups were in charge of the three dye baths.

g-uld-05The dye baths are huge soupy drums full of dye stuff that the wet alumed skeins were dunked in to. These baths were heated up and the skeins were left to simmer for an hour. This is the walnut dye bath above that gives a mild fawny brown. We dyed four skeins in total for each dye bath. One was kept as the original colour, one went to be over dyed with something else, one went to be over dyed with indigo and the last was for a darkening process in either potash or iron.

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We were all very excited about cochineal and madder. The cochineal dye bath on the left and the madder on the right.

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Here we have a days worth of dyeing from walnut, cochineal and madder. Lighter colours were created by dying a second and third skein after the first dye bath to use as much colour from the bath as possible.

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The afternoon saw half the group go on a foraging walk while the other half maintained the dye baths. We went looking for Oak, St Johns Wort and Mugwort. As you can see we found quite a bit!

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Then we went back to the dye pots to make a fresh batch of dye with our foraged plants. The brewing of fresh materials smelt amazing, like herbal teas. We also got a lot of Oak as well, these were chopped down to help release the most colour. All ready to dye with the next day.

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The day ended with another great meal and a well deserved glass of wine, or two! Plenty of knitting and good company.

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Refreshed after breakfast we head back to the dye pots. Excited to start creating other shades, we learnt about ways of creating darker tones through the use of potash and iron.

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You can see how the pinky shades have gone richer and more purply through this process. Iron has to be well washed after, unfortunately for the washers it was quite rainy at this point.

On the list to dye with today were the Oak, St Johns Wort and Mugwort that we harvested as well as some dried heather. Heather is an intriguing one, giving a surprising bright yellow. In the afternoon we had the chance to play with indigo!

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Here we have a heather dyed skien coming out of the dye bath. Heather can be used any time of year from its stalk to its flowers. I just love the colour.

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The afternoon gave us what we had all been waiting for, indigo! Indigo is a strange one and starts green, but with reaction to oxygen turns blue. Indigo sits on the surface of the fibre, not like the other dyes, so it can be layered up to create darker and darker blues.

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Here’s a set of indigo dyed skeins. The fun was combining colours. Over dyeing reds and yellows to give purples and greens. A fun part we all enjoyed was getting out the extra water and aligning the yarn after being in the dye bath! Don’t stand in the way!

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Our last day saw us visit G-uld HQ and their beautiful shop. Here we wound up all the little mini skeins from the larger ones so we could all take a little bit home. Between us we wound 1035 minis!

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Now the fun begins and we get to put together our circle of colour. We dyed 69 different colours in total from only nine different dye baths.

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And here you have it the circle of colour created over a few days by an amazing bunch of people and taught and nourished by the amazing team at G-uld. Friendships were made and a new appreciation for the skill and knowledge that goes into creating the beautiful range of colours in G-uld’s yarn.

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Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom 30

The Autumn issue of Pom Pom is nearly here and this issue titled ‘Sea Change’ takes in a watery theme. Inspired by the sea and its ever-changing shapes and textures.Taking its cues from the sea itself or its contact and influence on the land. With a palette drawn from the sea, as well as the colour of the beach, stones and shells. This issue has a whole array of designs to see you into the colder months. Four jumpers, two wraps, a cardi, a tee, and a hat, phew… that will keep you busy. Alongside these we have Pompoms usual array of interesting articles and recipe’s.

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Featuring designs by: Kiyomi Burgin, Sachiko Burgin, Meghan Fernandes, Annie Haas, Sylvia Watts-cherry, Ainur Berkimbayeva, Emma Ducher, Inyoung Kim, Katrin Schubert, Andrea Cull. As usual I have put together some yarn suggestions from Knit With Attitude, so let’s dive in.

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Seelig by Katrin Schubert a cosy wrap for those breezy days on the beach. Echoing the gentle waves of a calm sea this two colour project is knit in DK, you just know it’s going to be squishy, warm and a must have layer. Combining two-colour brioche with garter stitch in an easy to remember repeat. I would choose Fyberspates Vivacious DK for subtle variegation or Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK for a more speckled option, or why not combine the two!

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Eventide by Inyoung Kim is a super cute and cleverly designed tee with eye catching scaplloped detail running over the lower half of the body. If this doesn’t say seaside then I don’t now what does. The repeating shell motifs allow you to have a bit of fun with colour, although I think this would be equally as stunning knit completely monochrome. I think the subtle natural shades of Hey Mama Wolf Sockyarn #04 would lend themselves quite prettily to the nature inspired look of this top.

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Aphotic by Annie Haas. I love the echo of colour work with the neutral texture on this one. A complex collection of triangles creates a bold statement yoke that looks fun to knit. But if the colourwork is getting too much for you then on the lower part of the body ‘colour’ is created by adding some purl bump texture. A yarn with good definition will create a striking pattern so try Hey Mama Wolf Schafwolle #03.

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Astragal by Ainur Berkimbayeva is a gentle pattern with a delicate yoke. My favourite element of this design is the detail in the rib. Just extending the rib to create a wave gives you an unusual but pleasing feature. I would try The Fibre Co. – Lore which has the softness of a lambswool but also a good crispy definition to make the details pop.

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Trove by Emma Ducher is a beautiful all over textured jumper in a classic shape. Have fun with colour on this one. The base colour  highlights the little coloured stitches which remind me of sea glass caught amongst the pebbles. Maybe try The Fibre Co. Cumbria for a softness and great palette of colours.

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Fata Morgana by Sylvia Watts-Cherry is a jumper you just want to melt into. A classic combo of a wool and mohair held double but also paired with an incredibly striking graphic pattern. I think the simple colour range of John Arbon – Knit by Numbers paired with Fyberspates Cumulus would be so snuggly and create a dreamy garment.

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Timbre by Meghan Fernandes is a cosy, fluffy and warm looking hat. Definitely one to see you through to the winter or those cold evening walking along the sea front. A delicate criss-crossing pattern overlaid in the mohair traces over the entire hat, like the ripples left in the sand after the tide has gone out. A combination of Àrd-Thìr and Hedgehog Fibres KidSilk Lace would be dreamy.

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Columella by Andrea Cull. Everyone needs something to wrap themselves up when going for a late summer stroll along the beach. Those chilly sea winds can quickly make you cold. The welcome relief of a snuggly wrap especially one as beautiful as this is never turned down. This all over cabled creation will be interesting to knit as well as wear. Knit in a worsted weight mohair wool blend, try holding The Fibre Co. Cumbria double to get the right thickness with this cosy blend.

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Isobue by Kiyomi Burgin & Sachiko Burgin. A clever use of colour on this relaxed cardigan. A simple fit makes it perfect for casual wear and a welcome layer for bear shoulders. With a wide minimal neckline which stretches almost to the top of the shoulders makes this cardigan the perfect top to throw on when the weather changes. Whats more, it’s reversible due to the clever construction. Buttoned at the back and the front creating a novel way of creating a garment fun to knit and fun to wear! Try this in Garnsurr – Søkke Merino combined with Hedgehog Fibres KidSilk Lace, to find your perfect seaside combinations.

Yarn Pairings for Laine Issue 8

It’s Laine! Issue 8 – Kelo. Featuring the work of 11 designers: Justyna Lorkowska, Denise Bayron, Libby Jonson, Julie Dubreux, Leeni Hoimela, Astrid Troland, Sus Gepard, Éveline Cantin-Bergeron, Jenny Sauselein and Marjorie Martin. As always we are in awe of the magic Laine manages to conjure up, and this issue is no exception. Featuring jumpers, socks, cardigans, shawls, there is something for everyone. Of course it is not just knitting patterns, but contains articles, recipes and interviews which all together make Laine one of those publications we just have to have.

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Let’s take a look between the covers and drool and dream over this collection. As always I have put together my recommended yarn pairings from Knit With Attitude.

laine-honeydewHoneydew by Justyna Lorkowska is a stunningly cosy looking jumper. Knit holding two strands together, something fuzzy and something smooth. You know this one is going to be a joy to wear. An over-sized rolled neckband and overall relaxed look make for a comfortable garment. The body is given texture by an all over stitch repeat, which will add interest to the design, but also interest to the process. Knit this in something luxury, The Fibre Co. Cumbria would give great definition to textured stitches and I think the colours of that yarn are spot on for this. For the fuzz try Fyberspates Cumulus with an array of pleasing complimentary colours that would work well with the Cumbria.

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Georgie by Libby Jonson is a textural masterpiece. A stunning all over open lace repeat gives drama, but the slouchy fit is unpretentious, making this a great go-to jumper for throwing on. Make it the comfiest thing ever and knit it in  Blue Sky Fibres Alpaca Sport

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Grace by Denise Bayron looks like the cosiest of classic sweaters. Elegant shaping with a simple cable motif running down the centre front. Worked seamlessly from the top down with raglan increases for the yoke and sleeves. Quick to knit, this will become a wardrobe staple. Knit this in an easy to knit cosy yarn like Hillesvåg Troll for that iconic cabled jumper vibe.

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Pasvik by Julie Dubreux is an amazingly multi functional piece. Unbuttoned, it’s a simple wrap or a little blanket – and buttoned up, it becomes a shrug, overcoat or a poncho! A sinewy collection of purl stitches trace around the design, giving life and energy to the whole garment. Try Àrd-Thìr, the twist in this yarn gives it great structure and will lend itself to great definition of the pattern.

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Heather by Ash Alberg – Look at the detail on this pair of socks! The perfect lacey treat to get stuck into. Worked from the toe up, so perfect for choosing a long or short style. A yarn that will give good definition and hold the pattern repeats like Hey Mama Wolf Sockyarn #04 would be perfect.

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Uoma by Leeni Hoimela is a dynamic jumper with a bold motif. A clever use of texture here creates a top that is fun to knit and fun to wear. Taking the graphic shape of a diagonal line and bringing a quirky design statement. ‘Uoma’ meaning a riverbed which is very apt for the strong crossed stitch lines, like the flow of water.  A simple seamless top down construction and knit in a merino silk blend. Try  Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply or if you are looking for some speckled action the Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles with its single ply and slightly silky feel would also work.

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Flower Buds by Astrid Troland is a lovely relaxed short sleeved top. I like the rigid edge over the shoulders that leads to a simple boat neck. This is made elegant by an understated use of yarn overs. The most minimal of details are worked across the body, almost mirage-like with the mere hint of a cable. This gives an overall texture without being cluttered. Knit in two yarns held together, a lace weight alpaca and a 4ply lambswool. I couldn’t help but flip this and pair two of my favourites, the lace weight Garthenor No.1 and the 4ply G-uld Alpaca. How fun would that be to knit.

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Waterlily by Sus Gepard is an intriguing cardigan with charming Kid Silk details. Decorative stitches use the character of a Kidsilk Lace to full advantage. Try the silk blend of Kettle Yarn Islington DK (at a slightly lighter gauge, a good idea to swatch) but the fibre blend and colour range lend themselves perfectly. Mix this with the Hedgehog Fibres KidSilk Lace.

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Cimes by Éveline Cantin-Bergeron is a textural dream. An all over pattern repeat creates a great fabric for this garment. A classic fit, relaxed, light and airy.  Knitted from the bottom up in the round with drop shoulders. A slightly variegated yarn like Fyberspates Vivacious DK is ideal. I would love to see this in the Deep Forest colour.

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Rosebay by Jenny Sauselein is a work of art. This piece is definitely not boring. An array of textured stitches of miniature leaf and branched fern go together to create this sumptuous creation. A great one for challenging your cabling and lace skills. Something like Hillesvåg Sølje would give you great stitch definition.

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Lakka by Marjorie Martin is a classic cardigan but knit from side to side, in one piece. An added detail to all that stocking stitch is a cute bobble detail. This acts to soften the boxy shape and add a delicate detail. Try knitting this one in John Arbon Devonia DK for a heritage feel.

There are some great pieces in this issue. I love all the patterned textural repeats that can be found all over. Full wall to wall lace, cables and other interesting stitches, create a bunch of patterns that are engaging as well as look beautiful.

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom 29

A summer issue of Pom Pom is always a joy. Reminding us that just because the weather is warming up, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be reaching for our needles and hooks. Nine designs fill this issue, inspired by ceramic tiles, terracotta, and sand. Think warmth; earthy and organic, also splashes of colour and pattern repeats. Some light and airy summer tops and essential wardrobe staples for the warmer months. There is even a gorgeous crochet bag! Perfect for trips to the beach.

pom-pom-issue-29-cover-kwaThis is a bumper issue, with more pages, more photographs and larger typeface. Featuring designs by Amy Christoffers, Sari Nordlund, Soraya Garciá, Isa Cateoillán, Clare Lakewood, Josée Paquine, Marjorie Martin, Rachael Reese and Stephanie Earp. An interview with Emi Ito, as well as other craft projects, project bag tutorial by artist Arrounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou. As well as a recipe from Rebecca Lawrence’s for Maple Bourbon Fudge. Phew!

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Argil by Clare Lakewood – Argil screams summer! Light airy and quite simply stunning. A perfect layer over a summer top, or worn just on its own for a trip the the seaside. A clever use of stripes add a dynamic edge and the tied off front an informal touch.  Worked flat beginning at the back, divided at the neck and rejoined at the front. These stop half way down the body. You then work the front in halves working towards the middle, seamed with a 3 needled cast off. Knit in a 4ply, in a wool silk blend, combined with a linen. I love the idea of these two textures. For the linen I would go for Växbo Lingarn and for the silk blend what about Kettle Yarn Beyul. Of course if you wanted to stick completely with plant fibres you could substitute the Beyul for Nuturing Fibres Eco-Lush. The blend of cotton and bamboo would echo the matte and glossy texture of the wool and silk.

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Earthen by Amy Christoffers – I’m getting Art Deco vibes from this cardigan. A simple but very effective all over fan pattern repeat, giving texture and structure. Lets face it the summer is not always sunny and a welcome cardigan is definitely one to have. I particularly like the way the fan pattern falls into the rib. The body is worked in one piece and the sleeves worked separately and later seamed. Worked in a cosy DK merino I would try Fyberspates Vivacious DK, is anyone else thinking the Blush colour-way for this?

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Faience by Soraya García – I really like the construction of this piece. It’s so simple but so effective. It’s worked completely flat. Starting at the back, you then divide for the neck and work the two fronts separately. You pick up for a rib around the neck and down the front, then seamlessly join the fronts with a 3 needle bind off. You pick up stitches either side and echo the ribbing, you then join the back and front with a crochet slip stitch up to the arm holes. Genius! A simple all over pattern repeat adds symmetry and style. Why not push the boat out with this one and knit it in From the Mountain Cashmere, you will never want to take it off.

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Minton by Isa Catepillán – You may remember Isa for being the crochet superstar from the last issue of Pompom, well she is back and worked her crochet magic once again. A stunner of a bag made up of 12 identical square motifs. A classy way of toting around your swimwear or for the elegant grocery shop. A good sturdy fibre is needed for this project so choose Växbo Lingarn .

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Ogee by Sari Nordlund – This sleeveless top is a texture lovers dream. Worked in one piece with an allover pattern. Travelling twisted stitches and scallop lace go together to make this simple shaped garment, a work of art. Cleverly reversible, with either a higher neckline worn at the back or front. Perfect for throwing on in a hurry. Knit in a cotton blend I would be tempted to knit this in Nuturing Fibres Eco-Lush or Eco-Fusion.

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Rievaulx by Josée Paquin – A lovely checkerboard of intarsia in a simply shaped tee. Worked completely flat, allowing you to get absorbed by the pattern. Sleeves are picked up around the arm hole and also worked flat with short row shaping. Finally the side seams are joined and ta-da! I would definitely go for Socks Yeah 4ply for this, with such a range of colours that work wonderfully together, you will be spoilt for choice.

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Rookwood by Rachael Reese – You may be knitting for summer but you still need shawls right?! A welcome layer to drape around the shoulders to shield from the sun, or give a little warmth if it gets cool. Simple panels of garter stitch are broken up with seafoam lace. A delightful lace stitch that plays with light in such a charming way. A nice sized triangular shape will carry you through to autumn as well. Knit in a no nylon sock yarn, well I would have to recommend Hey Mamma Wolf Sockyarn #04.

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Sanctuary by Stephanie Earp – The pattern repeat on this top is gorgeous and really runs with the theme. Little tile repeats radiate from the yoke of this top down worked in the round tee. The simple wide neck will make it a cool edition to your wardrobe but also stylish. Knit in a 4ply cotton blend, tey again either Nuturing Fibres Eco-Lush or Eco-Fusion.

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Tesserae by Marjorie Martin – A one piece circular yoked top, knitted in the from the top down. Using a mosaic pattern to great effect. Alternating 2 colours every other row, with a combination of slipped stitches. An attractive creature that finishes it off are the Latvian braids. I love the vibrant pattern of this one, a great opportunity to go wild with colour. Choose some nice contrasting colours and make the pattern vibrate. Knit in a wool silk blend Kettle Yarn Beyul might work well here, giving you a truly luxurious feel.

I really like this issue, I think it is a very strong theme to work with and there are some great summer wardrobe staples. Dream of the sun and get knitting!

New Yarn: G-uld Naturally Dyed Alpaca

We are beyond excited to be the first stockist of G-uld! G-uld is an independent yarn dyer in Denmark who dye exclusively with natural dyes. These stunning range of colours are concocted with pure artistry. Their ethos is based on good craftsmanship, with understanding and respect for the material, quality and nature. Their production and materials are rooted in old traditions and with a great desire for the past to meet the present.

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G-uld was founded in 2013 by Anne Støvlbæk Kjær and Louise Schelde Jensen and the team now consists of Anne Støvlbæk Kjær, Louise Schelde Jensen and Daniel Ejler Christensen.

“First and foremost, we want to deliver delicious plant-colored yarn, beautifully designed and inspirational. Knitting joy, presence and good experiences that come from working with good craftsmanship and good materials. And an insight into historical dyeing of textiles and yarn.”

Their interest lies in bringing us back to hand skills. Where mass production and technology has made us lose touch. In the past the hand skills of the individual was often a necessity and way of life. These crafts often involved nature and the craftspeople and nature were at one. There was a knowledge in the year’s course, materials, and accessibility. But these crafts still live on and in a busy world it is important to remember them.

“For us, the good qualities of the materials and exciting history ensure that with the work of the hand they can create unique things, and perhaps through the process, achieve mental health. We believe that in the 21st century we need unique elements – and good craftsmanship that has taken time to make, is definitely worth waiting for”

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Now for the yarn itself! A super soft, 100% Alpaca in a collection of 20 amazing naturally dyed shades and 2 undyed. G-uld Alpaca is a 4Ply weight yarn with a lovely twist, making sure you get a superb stitch definition. A luxurious yarn perfect for your new favourite jumper, cardigan, hat or shawl, the possibilities are endless. Each colour is labelled with the natural dye material used to develop that specific colour. Anything from Madder Root to Walnut and many in between.

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A new yarn needs new inspiration so here is a selection of great projects to get you started. In store we have, the Rambling Rose Jacket, Westwind Cowl and Sunflower Beanie.

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Here is the Rambling Rose Jacket by Susie Haumann. A simple open jacket edged with a pretty cable detail. Seen here in strong deep purpley-red from the cochineal dyed KWA01. The alpaca would make this a wonderfully soft top with great drape, the perfect warming layer.

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The Westwind Cowl by Louise Schelde Jensen will highlight the texture of this yarn and give you great definition. A simple mesh pattern is repeated with garter ridges in between. Give yourself over to the colourful joys of this yarn and knit this pleasing warm cowl.

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The Sunflower Beanie by Marie Mønster lets you play with two colours. A perfect two skein project and a great way to experiment with this yarn. It’s clever design creates a spiral of stitches reminiscent of the seeds lined up in the centre of a sunflower. Seen here in the Madder Root dyed KWA08 and the Undyed Grey.

You have to see this yarn to believe it, the amazing skill of the dyers and the ability to produce such an amazing range of colours with just natural materials is mind blowing. Whats more it’s on the most gorgeous base you could imagine.

Yarn Pairings for Interpretations Vol. 6

The popular design duo of Veera Välimäki and Joji Locatelli have come together again for another super edition of Interpretations, now in it’s 6th volume! The Interpretations series is the work of two friends, one from Finland and the other from Argentina. Each volume is based around 6 words, these 6 words give the inspiration for 12 designs. The words inspiring this issue are: Courage, Glee, Silence, Rapture, Connection and Scale. Each designer producing a design inspired by each word. This issue has a textural monochrome feel, with large shawls that have extensive pattern repeats and cosy tops with a relaxed and comfy fit. Working with the same starting point, the identity of each designer can really shine through, bringing a unique twist and personality to each piece.

Interpretations-Vol-6-coverThere is something available from head to toe in this issue, so below I have taken a look at the designs and put together some yarn pairings.

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Interpretations-Vol-6-05The Moonquake Cowl by Veera Välimäki is a graphic brioche cowl. Who doesn’t love brioche? Giving you dynamic vertical stripes and making such a wonderful squishy fabric, perfect for accessories like this. Mixing it up, the brioche rib flips and in doing so the dominant colour flips. Perfect for playing with those high contrast yarns. This pattern calls for a Hedgehog Fibres, try in contrasting tones of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles for a looser gauge knit.

Interpretations-Vol-6-07The Resolute Wrap by Joji Locatelli is a massive all over lace, arrow shaped shawl. Chevrons of a bold graphic lace repeat are broken repeatedly by a few rows of garter stitch. This gives structure and direction to the shape, while also anchoring the eye and avoiding an over saturation of pattern. This would look beautiful in the slightly variegated tones of Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply.

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The Wintergate Beanie by Veera Välimäki is a compelling all over cabled design. Featuring large and small cables that intertwine. It is like a pocket sized cabled sweater with interesting shaping and intriguing pattern. Giving you the fun of a cabled project but without the marathon of a large garment. Knit in a sport weight, try Blue Sky Fibres Alpaca Sport, for a hug your head deserves.

Interpretations-Vol-6-04The Moonlight Socks by Joji Locatelli makes use of a strong graphic pattern repeat along the front. Complex without being too fussy, while also being interesting to knit. Knit in five different shades to create a faded design, with a great colour palette to choose from try picking a gradient from the selection of Coopknits Socks Yeah!

Silence:

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The Hidden Sweater by Veera Välimäki is a delight in monochrome textural work. The yoke doesn’t employ two colours for effect, but is drained of colour. Leaving the essence of a yoke behind. That doesn’t mean it’s boring, but instead is striking. The texture of the stitches are allowed to bring their own colour. Toped off by it’s relaxed fit and rolled neck, it is also comfy. Try the luscious softness of The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

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The Understated Sweater by Joji Locatelli is a classic example of Joji’s ability to make effortless and wearable pieces. The simple boxy low-cut top is the perfect layer over a shirt. It’s smart shape is highlighted by a modest rib detail along the shoulders. Try this in Fyberspates Vivacious DK.

Rapture:

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The Smoke and Amber Wrap by Veera Välimäki has the perfect name. Ribbons of cable fill this shawl, but they also change direction along their length. This creates a texture that beguiles the eye, taking it on a journey and losing it, like being lost in fog or not quite making out something through a haze of smoke. I would be tempted to knit this in Kettle Yarn Islington DK, it’s sheen would catch the light and highlight the cables beautifully.

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The Ravishing Vest by Joji Locatelli is a graceful long cardigan. It’s elegant shaping would make the perfect layer over summer dresses, when the temperature cools in the evening. The sophisticated shaping is given form by textural stitches that change style at the waist, playing with the silhouette of the body. Knit in a sport weight merino/silk blend try it in Scrumptious 4ply/Sport.

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The Frozen Fields Shawl by Veera Välimäki, like is namesake, has an air of the crisp frost that settles on the ground in the morning. Garter stitch ridges have a great effect here, becoming almost structural against the lace panel repeat. The lace itself separates, giving character and interest to the overall design. Knit in a subtle gradients of Ninapetrina Tynn Rosy Merino, a slightly heavier gauge but the colours are oh so perfect.

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The Community Tunic by Joji Locatelli features a bold yoke with strong graphic shapes, moving away from the traditions of a complicated pattern repeat. Simple yet bold the yoke gives this top a strong modern feel, without being austere. Long in the body it would make the perfect layer over leggings, what’s even better is it has pockets. Stylish yet practical. Try Hey Mama Wolf’s Schafwolle #03 for a sturdy practical top.

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The Saltwater Coat by Veera Välimäki is a practical cardigan, making the perfect layer. Short oversized sleeves make this garment roomy while also stopping it being cumbersome. Knit in reversed stocking stitch, it makes use of the textural purl side and it also has a pair of good sized pockets. Knit the in this in the cosy Hillesvåg Blåne.

Interpretations-Vol-6-02The Evolve Shawl by Joji Locatelli is a texture lovers dream, while also having the joy of fading yarns in a harmonious way. A bold elongated triangle is made graphic by the triangle shaped stitch repeat, bringing subtle angles along its length. Between colours is an even bolder garter ridge striping which breaks the pattern repeats in a striking way. Knit like this in three distinct speckled monochrome colours, the end result is vivid and elegant. This design calls for the moody shades of Black Elephant Merino Singles.

This issue has a gentle feel, strong designs, but with a sensitivity. Colours are muted and understated and the pieces are wearable and practical. A lovely issue that I hope will inspire many creations.

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 28 – Spring 2019

It’s really starting to feel like spring might not be that far away, here in London. The sun is shining and it feels unusually mild. What better way to celebrate this feeling, than delving into the latest spring issue of Pom Pom. Aptly themed for this time of year, this issue is ‘The Botanical Issue’. Designers were given the theme of flora, looking to nature and plant forms for their inspiration.

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So we have nine knitting and crochet patterns, plus articles and recipes. All exploring the botanical theme. I’ve put together some yarn pairings from the shelves of Knit With Attitude, so lets take a look at these natural wonders!

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Sweetfern by Liza Laird and Kate Madden is a cute slouchy brioche hat. Taking the characteristic use of two colours that brioche offers, while also bringing in stitch shaping for that natural leafy vibe. A trailing vine motif runs from the rib to the crown creating a bold and graphic design. Choose two contrasting colours of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles for maximum effect.

Davallia-by-Isa-Catepillan-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Davallia by Isa Catepillán is an interesting cover up shawl-cum-jacket. This crocheted piece is full of drama. A large tasseled fringe hangs from an elegant lacey body. It reminds me of the dappled light through the trees. It would make a great layer for spring days and cool summer nights. Choose a light yarn with a plant fibre content like the linen blend of Stolen Stitches Nua.

Adiantum-by-Kelly-Ordemann-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-28Vines trace the shape of the yoke in Adiantum by Kelly Ordemann. A playful use of pattern, the plant motif radiates from the neck giving the appearance of a necklace of ferns. With clever shaping, it is also flattering to wear. A plant themed top like this calls to be knit in a plant dyed fibre. Choose Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04 in its dreamy natural shades.

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Another crochet offering is Water Clover by Isa Catepillán. A stunningly elegant crochet top with lacey star details. A simple shape made all the better by the pattern repeat. Crocheted in a cotton, linen blend try The Fibre Co Luma which has a soft light papery feel which is perfect for wearing next to your skin. This top will definitely see you into the summer and beyond.

Aurea-by-Stella-Egidi-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28This dramatic shawl is the Aurea by Stella Egidi. You cannot get a design that is more close to nature. Leaf and reed motifs sit side by side to create a pattern repeat that is reminiscent of a forest canopy or leafy woodland floor. Knit in a merino single try Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles or a bunch of Black Elephant Minis.

Vivarium-by-Amber-Platzer-Corcoran-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Vivarium by Amber Platzer Corcoran is a fun colour work jumper, with a selection of bold graphic plant motifs. Vivarium takes its name from terrarium structures used for holding plants and means ‘place of life’. This design allows a fun juxtaposition of colour through the botanical elements and with a relaxed drop shoulder fit, it will be the perfect cosy spring evening layer. Colour work projects scream out for Hillesvåg Tinde in a great range of colours you will find the perfect greens!

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Ginkgophyte by Emily Greene is worked flat and seamed, with sleeves worked in the round. With a bold central detail that is repeated on the back and accentuates the simple form. Short sleeves make this the perfect spring garment, for when the days get longer and the promise of summer is just around the corner. Choose the cool and super soft Kettle Yarn Beyul for this, a lovely light yarn perfect for wearing next to your skin.

Woodwardia-by-Lydia-Gluck-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Woodwardia by Lydia Gluck is a top down raglan jumper with a cosy rolled neck and with a lovely vine detail running along the raglan seams. We all know spring weather can be a little unpredictable so this cosy jumper will become a wardrobe staple. Try this in the soft Vivacious DK.

Filix-by-Judith-Brand-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-28Filix by Judith Brand are stylish crocheted fingerless gloves. A graphic abstracted fern chevron motif runs along the back of the hand. These fingerless gloves are the perfect size for keeping out the evening chill by extending over the wrist. This pattern calls for a silk, merino blend so try Scrumptious 4ply.

I hope these suggestions get you excited and ready to spring into spring. This is a very calm and gentle edition of Pom Pom with subtle details carrying the theme. A collection of interesting but also wearable pieces.

 

Yarn Pairings for Laine Magazine Issue 7

One of our favourites here at Knit With Attitude is Laine. With its sumptuous photography and simply gorgeous designs, it’s not only a book of patterns, but something you can pick up for inspiration again and again. With a host of great designers work between its covers, it will have you itching to start that new project. So what’s a new project without the yarn! In this yarn pairings post I have but together some yarn suggestions from the shelves here at Knit With Attitude. So read on and admire the patterns and start dreaming!

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Also for all of you placing your pre-orders before Laine 7‘s release on the 15th February you will get it for the old price of £20 on the 15th it will go up to £22.

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First up we have Apricite by Kiyomi Burgin. A gorgeously warm looking jumper, which is taking on the massive trend of holding a single strand of mohair lace with another yarn. Giving you the tender halo of a mohair with the strength and body of a base yarn. This jumper is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up. A relaxed drop shoulder shape, with a simple lace detail that runs along the front and back and is carried along the sleeves. Understated, but with a few details to keep the knitter interested. A fairly simple knitting project that would please anyone who is daunted by seamless construction. This pattern would look great in a combination of the heathered tones of the Fibre Co. Lore and the lovely floaty Hedgehog Fibres Kid Silk Lace. Plus you get the fun of combining two interesting fibres.

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Next up is Bohus by Carol Feller. This jumper is inspired by Bohus Knitting, a Swedish knitting cooperative active between 1939 and 1969. Designed to be one of those comfy slouchy jumpers you have to be forced out of on cold days. The coloured yoke features an interesting purl detail between colour transitions to create a mirage effect. This pattern calls for John Arbon’s Devonia DK, a rich Devon breed blend, which we have in every colour.

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When you think brioche there are two names that spring to mind, thats why Brioche Buddies by Nancy Marchant and Stephen West is so special. A collaboration by brioche royalty, this pattern features an entertaining mix of zig zagging brioche and garter stitch panels. With two size options, it will make the perfect wintery or spring layer. I would choose two contrasting tones of Vivacious 4ply and Hedgehog Fibre Twist Sock, the slight variegation in this yarn mixed with a contrast speckle would make this pattern come alive.

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Calla by Natasja Hornby is a stunning large triangle shawl. Sequences of broken rib alternate with charted lace and cable sections, this is a project for those who like to get their teeth sunk into heavily structured stitches. For a softness you’re neck deserves choose John Arbon’s Knit by Numbers. One of the softest merinos I have felt, although you may take you some time in choosing from all those colours!

laine05Davvi by Aleks Byrd takes its name from Northern Sámi language and means ‘north’. Inspired by the shapes seen in traditional Sámi clothing and woven belts. The chevron shapes echoing the shapes of trees in the forest and the peaks of mountains. Knit in three contrasting colours and featuring an intriguing combination of twisted stitches and colourwork to create a quilted effect. A perfect go to colour work yarn with great grip and definition is Hillesvåg Sølje with a great selection of colours to choose the right combo.

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I can see Eryza by Meiju K-P becoming that go to cardigan you can throw over anything. A warm hug perfect for layering up in a chilly office, or for going on a frosty country walk. This one also takes on the great joys of double stranding, to create a soft fuzzy cloud like texture. Try a solid Socks Yeah DK paired with the fluffy Fyberspates Cumulus in a complimentary or even contrasting colour.

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Kouhei by Whitney Hayward is a wide embracing cardigan. Simple but classic. An easy shape to knit and wear. Its worked from the bottom up, flat, until the underarm, where the fronts and back are separated and worked flat until the shoulder. Knit this one in a warm Hillesvåg Blåne.

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Laemmin by Renate Kamm, a simple waistcoat/vest that has an overall pleasing checkerboard texture and nice small cable details on the back. A generous neckline and clean shape, go together to make for understated elegance. Worked flat and trimmed with a neat i-cord edge, it would make a great layer under a jacket or over a shirt. Knit this one in the new Kate Davies Àrd-Thìr which would give great stitch definition.

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What a stunning colour work garment this is. Marit by Kristin Drysdale features an all over fair isle pattern in three colours. This cardigan lets you have a go at one of knittings scariest techniques, steeking! The centre opening and armholes all use steeking, which I might add is great fun and less scary than you imagine. I good toothy yarn that grips well is good for this project, get stuck into the wide colour palette of Hillesvåg Sølje.

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I love the simple boxy shape of Nerea by Lærke (Fiber Tales). It also has an interesting construction. Knit sideways, in two halves, beginning from the sleeve cuff moving on to the body and seamed down the front using Russian grafting. A technique that uses a crochet hook, which I think makes for a pleasing detail down the front. Effortlessly minimal and topped off with a feathery calliper cable along the sleeves. I would knit this in John Arbon’s Devonia DK.

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Talla by Dami Hunter is a two colour cowl project, making use of the mosaic technique. A fun way of building up a colour work project while only knitting one colour per row. This way minimising a twisty mess that can sometime result from some two colour projects. Try the soft Vivacious 4ply for its undulating colours and pick two with a nice contrast.

I hope you enjoy this issue and have fun choosing your yarns for this issue. It certainly feels like a wintery instalment, with an overriding colour theme of blues and greys set against the snowy landscape. I think that’s why there seems to be a lot of oversized projects here, one that you want to wrap up in and keep the cold out.