I have to admit that I am very excited to be launching the Wrap Me Up Cardigan pattern, it has been years since I had the time to develop and design a larger garment, not to mention finding the time to write, test and tech edit such a huge project. And let me tell you – the Wrap Me Up Cardigan is humongous!
Basically it is the cardigan I always wanted for myself – one to cuddle up in on the sofa on a chilled evening with my knitting at hand, still so stylish you want to be seen about town wearing it. The Wrap Me Up is oversized, still the texture of the super-squishy brioche and the weight of the softest Alpaca gives it a drape that will hug your shapes making it super comfy and flattering to wear, like a big blankety embrace!
The yarn used is Hexa by Du Store Alpakka. This is a yarn that lies extra close to my heart, not only because it is absolutely gorgeous and super-soft, but also because by using it you are supporting local communities in Peru through the Mirasol Project. Peru’s heritage and culture of textile artistry is rich and ancient. The Du Store Alpakka yarns are made from the animals tended by these communities for generations in the Peruvian highlands. A portion of every purchase goes directly to the funding of a boarding centre and school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno.
Hexa is super-soft and thick, still as airy and lightweight as feathers. Almost like witchcraft, hence it’s name, however it is modern technology that has made this combination of thickness and light weight possible. The yarn is constructed from a single strand of twisted fibres that are knit into an I-cord tube. The finished yarn is, in fact, a knitted tube.
We are making the Wrap Me Up Cardigan pattern available at some time tomorrow Friday January 19th, as yarn kits – basically when you buy the yarn needed for the cardigan you will receive a printed copy of the pattern for free. The pattern will also be released as a single pattern Thursday February 1st.
Every single yarn shop owner that I’ve ever met had their own passion for knitting as the main reason for starting their business adventure – and then they, like me, were struck by the bitter sweet realisation that although you spend every day surrounded by the most beautiful woolly temptations there never is any time left for you to knit! What happens then, is that your knitting time becomes very precious to you and you become very picky – and so it is only the projects that you love the most of all the amazing projects that are out there – those that you simply can’t live without – that are the ones that will finally find their way onto your needles.
If you follow our instagram (knitwithattitude) or any of the marvellous people that work here in the shop – Natalie (leeleetea) and George (georgeacullen) – you would have noticed that we’ve had a Brioche craze happening between us. No surprise maybe – it seems like the whole knitting world is struck by this alluring technique these days – and I’m no exception.
The last year we’ve had some amazing publications delivered to the shop, by Nancy Marchant (Leafy Brioche) and Stephen West (Westknits Bestknits – Number 1 Shawls), to mention a few. And it was while flickering through the ‘Bestknits’ I fell in love – I fell hard – just look at this!
So this Christmas I actually managed to knit – and finish – something, my very own Askews Me Shawl!!! For my version I chose to use the Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Genie as my light colour, and John Arbon’s Knit by Numbers in 02 as my dark colour, I found that they were the perfect match – my shawl is so squishy, soft and comfy I would practically sleep in it.
Now, if you’d seen all those gorgeous projects popping up across the knitting community’s social medias and have thought you might want to try the Brioche yourself but at the same time felt intimidated by approaching this technique – let me encourage you to give it a go! I highly recommend Stephen’s patterns – they are so well written. All though I’ve dabbled in Brioche before (more on that in a blog post to come), when doing the Askews Me, I found myself encountering a few new techniques that I haven’t tried before – like the Two-colour cast on – but his instructions are so detailed and easy to follow it went like a breeze. Come on – give it a go!
I’m attempting Stephen’s pose – but not half as graciously as the man himself…