Yarn Pairings for Laine Magazine Issue 5

It’s new magazine season! Friday May 25th saw the release of both Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 25, and Laine Magazine Issue 5. We are truly spoilt for choice these days with new ideas and inspirations. You can read our blog post with yarn pairing for Pom Pom from the other day, and we’ve decided to do the same for the new issue of Laine as well.


First up is Adrift, a beautiful crescent shaped shawl with alternating bands of texture, designed by Veera Välimäki. It looks like a perfect antidote for those wanting a break from the more wildly patterned shawls that have been popular for the last while, while still being interesting to knit and practical to wear. Since the main feature of this pattern is texture, a solid or semi-solid yarn is best in order to see the pattern. We think Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply with it’s wool/silk blend would tick all the right boxes for this.

laine_5_veeravalimaki_7_medium2Next up is Brennivin, designed by Thea Coleman. This drop shoulder sweater is knit from the bottom up for a seamless finish. It features a vertical lace pattern on the fronts and back, as well as a generous deep ribbed collar and practical pockets. A semi-solid yarn such as the Vivacious DK from Fyberspates would still show off the lace pattern while creating plenty of depth of colour in the stocking stitch sections.

laine_5_theacolman_4_medium2Another shawl in the issue is Elevate, designed by Susanne Sommer. This large rectangular wrap features a two colour brioche knit on the bias and attached i-cord borders for a lovely, tidy finish. As it uses two colours there are plenty of options to personalise your own version. With so many shades to choose from, John Arbon’s Knit By Numbers DK lets you go for either a high contrast or two more subtle shades.


Kuru is another boxy sweater, this time designed by Laine’s Jonna Hietala. This is a design that really lets the yarn shine, with a top down seamless construction. We carry the yarn called for, the absolutely stunning Terra from The Fibre Co. The yarn is an alpaca, merino and silk blend, with subtle colour variation and nubs of silk. We can see this pattern becoming a wardrobe staple that you reach for over and over again without even thinking about it.


Knit dresses are a less common garment, but Lotta by Marie Greene is a great one to consider. Depending on the finished fit desired it works well with more or less positive ease. The top has textured stitches on reverse stocking stitch, which then switches to regular stocking stitch for the body before transitioning to rib for the hem and cuffs. With a garment like this you will want a good amount of drape in the yarn to stop it from being too stiff. Nua, a wool, linen and yak blend from Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches will maintain the stitch definition while also being a yarn appropriate for warmer weather.


Meerschaum are a sweet pair of lacey socks from Sachiko Burgin. Knit in a heavier sock yarn these would be super fun to knit, and cozy to pull on when the temperatures dip in the evenings, perhaps while curled up on the sofa in front of a fire? We think nothing could match better than knitting these up Hey Mama Wolf’s Sock #4, which is all dyed using organic natural dyes in Germany.


Another shawl from this issue is Midsummer Rose. This stunning oversized shawl uses a combination of lace and twisted stitches to create textures that flow from one to the next throughout the pattern. The stitch patterns fit together well, so it can be easily made bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of pattern repeats worked. A shawl this lush and gorgeous deserves a yarn of equal footing, so we would recommend Beyul by Kettle Yarn. This yarn is an absolutely luscious blend of merino, silk and yak which creates fantastic drape and stitch definition.


This issue is so strong with classic shapes for everyday wearing, and Nutkin by Clare Mountain is a fantastic addition to the list. Knit flat for structured seams and easy portability of pieces, it stops short of being too simple with a textured panel on the sides. We have a few sweater quantities of the recommended yarn, Islington DK by Kettle Yarn Co.


Another classic shape with a twist is Scandinavian Spring, by Sus Gepard. This cardigan has a fairly basic shape, but is knit with a textured stitch and two yarns held together for a more interesting look. It calls for a laceweight mohair and a 4ply yarn to create a finished fabric that is light and airy without loosing too much structure. We recommend Kid Silk Lace from Hedgehog Fibres and the Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply.


Last but not least is Svelge. Designed by Berangere Cailliau, the sweater features comfortable dropped shoulders and an oversized fit. It is knit seamlessly from the bottom up, with sleeves picked up and knit down afterwards. It features a sweet lace detail in the v-neck that both adds some visual interest and keeps the sweater wearable. The v-neck is written in two different depths, depending on your taste. We think that Cumbria from The Fibre Co. is an equally classic yarn for such a classic sweater shape.


That’s our round up for Laine Issue 5! We can’t wait to see what you might make from this issue, don’t forget to let us know if anything catches your eye as well. Issue 5 is on sale in person or online now.

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 25 – Summer 2018

New magazine days are always fun here at the shop, and we are absolutely in love with the latest issue from Pom Pom Quarterly. Summer 2018 is Issue 25 for them and it does not disappoint. Spring can be a bit of a tricky season for knitwear but here there is loads of inspiration. One reason this issue is so good is that they have picked one of the best hot weather themes, it’s all about stripes! There are 11 patterns, ranging from sweaters, t-shirts, wraps and even a practical bag. We have matched each pattern with a yarn available here in the shop to help inspire your knitting and summer projects. The yarns featured are all fantastic for summer projects, and highlights some of the non-wool and vegan yarns that we carry. 


First up is Anni, by Gina Röckenwagner, a t-shirt that is simple in shape but not in style! It features both horizontal and vertical stripes using three colours, with one of the colours used for solid cuffs, hem and neckline. There is so much fun to be had with this pattern in terms of choosing colours, from bold contrasts to more subtle shades. With this in mind we would recommend the Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton, which we carry in 18 different colours.


Next up is Bayadere, by Lori Versaci. This boxy, oversized sweater is a cozy best friend to reach for all year round! Knit up in a cotton/wool blend like Spud & Chloë Sweater it works brilliantly as a transitional garment between the seasons, as well as those unseasonably cold evenings that are inevitable in a British summer! It uses three colours in a mix of textural stripes.


Deauville by Tina Tse is versatile boxy tank top. Worked in stripes that seem simple from afar, they also feature a subtle texture up close that stops it from being too stark. The recommended yarn is one we carry, Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton, its wide colour palette again means that there are loads of options for colour combinations.


Herrera by Paula Pereira would make a fantastic beach cover up with it’s boxy super oversized casual look. Knit in a linen it is also easy care and will only get better with age and wear. We recommend the Växbo Lin Lingarn 12/2 which comes in a wide range of bright summery colours.


Next up is Lia Moya’s Judoka, a striped bag with a fun construction. Knit in one long piece it is then seamed to create the over all shape, and two corners are knotted to create the handle. Using a few colours of stripes this would be a good stash buster to use up leftover bits and bobs, but we would also love to see it in the Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion, a blend of bamboo and cotton.


Leiden one of our favourite patterns out of this issue, but we might be biased as it was designed by Natalie Selles, our resident knitting teacher here at the shop! It turns usual striped tops on its head by including chevron stripes that run both vertically and horizontally in a panel that is knit first. Stitches are then picked up and knit outwards from there, joining up with the back to knit the sides and sleeves. There are attached i-cord edgings for a polished finish on all the hems and cuffs. Because of the modular construction there is absolutely no seaming in this top! Overall this top works as a both formal and casual wardrobe addition that is sure to get plenty of use in any wardrobe. To add to the comfortable feel of the shirt, we would love to see it knit up in The Fibre Co.’s Luma, a summery lush blend of wool, cotton, linen and silk.


Macklin by Susanne Sommer is a beautiful oversized wrap knit using short rows to create a bias for maximum drape. The brioche is two colour with hardly and contrast, and then 2 contrasting stripe colours for a total of four colours used all together. We think that Hedgehog Skinny Singles would work brilliantly for this project, with loads of colour options to choose from. The contrasting stripe colours use only a very small amount of yarn, so perfect for using up any leftovers you may have from other projects.


Nasreen by Lana Jois is another pattern taking traditional garter stitch stripes and turning them slightly on their head for a biased effect. The tunic shape is easy to wear, featuring a rib at the top and bottom and a finished edge on the armhole worked in a single colour. A yarn such as Stollen Stitches Nua, a mix of merino, yak and linen, continues the drapey feel of the design.

Nasreen_by_Lana_Jois_Pom_Pom_Quarterly_Issue_25_Summer_2018_07_medium2Another top using the garter ridge stripes is Riley, by Amy Christoffers. It features a bottom panel knit side to side, from which the centre panel is knit vertically on both the front and the back, last of all the side panels are picked up and knit outwards towards the sleeves. This is another perfect occasion to use the Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton, with it’s range of colours and soft fabric.


The last garment from this issue is Tarmac, by resident Pom Pom writer Anna Maltz. This swingy tank top is worked from top-down using a provisional cast on to work the front and back separately, before joining again at the underarms to work the rest of the body. The shape is created from yarn over increases in the body, and all the edges are finished with a striped applied i-cord edging. For something this lightweight we love the idea of knitting it up in The Fibre Co. Meadow, a luxurious blend of merino, llama, silk and linen.


Last but not least is Vasarley, an oversized wrap from Julie Dubreux of Julie Knits in Paris. The rectangular wrap is worked from the centre of one of the short sides for a chevron/bias effect. It is worked in two colours using slipped stitches to create the overall striped look. For an extra drapey look Manos del Uruguay’s Serena would be perfect.


This issue is proof that knitting doesn’t have to be confined to the winter months, there are so many options and ideas for summery, hot weather garments and accessories out there! Any pieces catching your eye? The issue is currently up for pre-order on the website and will be shipped out by May 25, 2018.