George’s Zooey Baby Sweater

I find working here at Knit With Attitude a terrible temptation. Not only is all the yarn stunning, Maya has a wonderful eye and great ethic when choosing the yarns she stocks. So when we started stocking Zooey by Juniper Moon, I just had to give it a go, and to add even more temptation we have just expanded the colour range to a total of nine different colours!

With what seems like summer coming to its peak these past weeks, I think there are still some good excuses to knit some summery garments as the heat mellows into autumn.

Zooey is the perfect yarn for those who like the idea of working with linen but find it too stiff. The yarn is a 60% cotton and 40% linen blend. Which gives you all the joys of both fibres. The cotton softening the linen and the linen strengthening the cotton. This creates a beautifully textured yarn, which has points of slightly thicker and thiner strands which would look gorgeous simply knit in stocking stitch. But as all my friends seem to be either expecting or giving birth right now I stuck with a simple baby cardigan from an old pattern I dug out of my stash. Zooey gets two thumbs up for being washable, so perfect for baby items and those who are worried with woollen aftercare. On the plus side, the more you wash the softer it will become, so on a woollen cycle in the machine at 30° it will reward you again and again.

This cardigan knit up super quick, as baby clothes do, but also because it’s in double knit. All the colours have great nautical names and I went for ‘Rigging’ a kind of coral pink colour. This pattern gives you an idea of the stitch definition and general texture you can achieve. With a slight scalloped and lace detail made by making stitches and decreasing in purl you can see that the detail is not lost, as the yarn has the strength to hold the pattern. I bet it would cable very well. Also there are panels of flat stocking stitch, mainly on the sleeve, which due to the nature of the yarn have a beautiful rustic chic feel which would also give adult garments a lovely finish.

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So the baby in question is not quite with us yet, she is due in September and I can’t wait to see her. Even more I can’t wait to see her in the cardigan, after all we knit things to be worn and see life brought to them. So if you are looking for a lovely DK yarn with a great colour range and a wonderful texture then choose Zooey.

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.

altair

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.

catchfly

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.

hollis

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.

nouri

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.

olivette

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.

redbudisle

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!

tanneryfalls

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.

thornett

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!

trailbreeze

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.