Knit a Neutral

I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Knit a Rainbow series, it was a great way to explore the shop and focus into a single colour. But how can I forget neutrals!

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The fleeces of animals that we spin to make yarn are infinitely varied when it comes to colour. Undyed and neutral shades offer us an experience to create something as naturally as possible. It’s also quite nice to see how the natural colour of the yarn effects the dyed shades, which can be seen quite clearly in the grey of the Hillesvåg Pelsullgarn and the G-uld undyed white and greys. Natural shades are earthy and warm and these inviting tones vary from blacks, to browns, to greys, to creams. Natural shades can also be blended to create a whole tonal palette which can be seen in the amazing number of shades of Garthenor Number 1 (there are more, I just couldn’t fit them in).

So here we have them, my pick of the neutrals. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own neutral, follow this link to the undyed section of our website: UNDYED.

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G-uld – alpaca in Undyed Grey and Undyed White – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Hillesvåg – Sølje in Naturgrå – 100g 4ply – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Sølje is an 4Ply weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Unbleached  – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Purl Alpaca Designs – Medium in Champagne and Copper – DK 50g – 100% Alpaca. A classic weight, luxurious yarn with a lovely stitch definition which shows off lace and cabled garments for adults and children perfectly.

From The Mountain – Afghan Cashmere in Dark Brown and Light Brown – Sport 100g – 100% Cashmere. A 100% cashmere yarn hand spun in Afghanistan by women being paid fairly for their work. It is deliciously soft, with a hand you have to feel to believe.

Hey Mama Wolf – Schafwolle #03 in Natural Grey – Worsted 100g – 100% Organic Wool. Schafwolle #03 is a natural dyed, worsted weight organic wool yarn from Hey Mama Wolf.

Hillesvåg – Sol – DK 100g – 100% Norwegian Lambswool. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in 100% Norwegian Lambs Wool, Sol is the finest white fibres in a DK weight yarn.

Garthenor – Number 1 in  Chalk, Pebble Shale, Oartmeal, Moorit, Chalkboard – Lace 50g – 100% Organic Wool. All British and certified organic! Garthenor Number 1 is a laceweight yarn suitable for practical wear as well as for very special heirloom pieces.

 

Woollen or Worsted?

Woollen or worsted? You may or may not have come across these terms before, they sound like so many others in the knitting world. Woollen does not necessarily mean something that is wooly and worsted is not just a yarn weight found commonly in America. What I’m talking about here is the way the yarn is spun. Woollen and worsted spun yarns have very different properties and are great for different projects. But how do you identify them and what are they good for. It’s taken me a while to puzzle that out but I will share with you what I have learnt.

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There are two distinct ways in which fibre is spun into yarn and this twist gives different qualities, from plumpy and fibrous to strong and smooth. The shelves of Knit With Attitude contain a selection of all these types and hopefully after reading this post you will be able to identify them.

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Woolen examples above are Kettle Yarn Ramble and The Fibre Co. Lore.

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Woollen spun yarns are lighter and airier, are a lot more squishy and often fuzzier or more fibrous. The twist is often quite loose and the yarn has less strength. Woolen spun yarns are carded and the fibres spread out evenly but they are not combed and don’t all lie in one direction. They face all directions creating the bouncy airy quality. This process also does not remove fibres of different lengths, which gives you a yarn with more of a halo and more likely to bloom after washing. As they are not combed to remove the shorter fibres you often find bits of hay and vegetation within the yarn.

Woollen spun yarns have these qualities:

  • It is warmer due to more air trapped in the fibre.
  • This airy trapping along with the irregular direction of the fibres creates a plump squishy yarn.
  • It’s more likely to bloom and have a halo due to the various fibre lengths, this may give slightly less definition to textural stitches.
  • It is much lighter but weaker than worsted spun yarns

How do you identify a woolen yarn? Characteristics to look for are: Light bouncy twist, irregular ply, more fibrous with a halo or fuzzy, squishy. It’s a great yarn if you are looking for something warm and cosy with a softer definition and less drape.

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Worsted spun yarns are denser and strong, they are often smoother, closely plied and lustrous. Worsted spun yarns have an extra process which involves aligning the fibres and combing out shorter hairs. This leaves you with an even fibre with a tight twist, where air is squeezed out. This results in a yarn that is much stronger and denser, owing to the alignment and evening out of the fibres and less likely to bloom or be fuzzy because of this. All this gives you great definition and drape.

Worsted spun yarns have these qualities:

  • Great stitch definition due to tight twist and even fibres.
  • A smooth even yarn with less halo.
  • Strong due to the longer fibres and less air between them.
  • Often softer due to smaller fibres being removed.
  • Not as warm as woollen due to being denser.

How do you identify a worsted yarn? Characteristics to look for are: A tight even twist, very little halo or fuzz, more lustrous, denser. It’s a great yarn if you are looking for superb definition and durability and more drape.

Needle in a Yarn Shop – Knitting needles and their materials

Wood, bamboo, metal, carbon fibre! At Knit With Attitude we stock a variety needle types made from all sorts of different materials, but what to choose? In this post I will talk a little bit about the different materials and what qualities they have.

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We do four different types of needles in Wood, Bamboo, Metal and Carbon. In these we have circulars, double points and straights. Let’s take a closer look at each type.

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Metal

Metal needles are probably quite familiar to most of us. They are strong, durable and super smooth. This smoothness makes them a good go to when tackling most yarns, from the fibrous to the smooth, as stitches glide with ease. This makes for speedier knitting.

Metal are one of the pointiest, making them great for projects that involve a lot of decreases or picking up, as the point is perfect for slipping between stitches. That being said yarns that tend to split like ones that are loosely plied can be easily split by the pointedness of the metal needles.

Metal is one of the heaviest and hardest, this makes them more durable but can also cause hand fatigue with some people over long periods of time.

In the range of metal needles we stock are the Knit Pro Zings. These strong and smooth needles are colour coded to easily identify between sizes. They all have bright silver tips which stand out against your projects. We sell the 35cm Straights, the 20cm DPN’s and fixed Circulars in 40 or 80cm’s. Along with the Knit Pro, Soft Grip Metal Crochet Hooks.

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Bamboo

Next we have bamboo, bamboo is softer and more yielding in the hands than metal. Not to say bendy, but with a little bit more bounce which can make them more comfortable in the hands. Also much lighter than metal so when working on heavier projects you are less likely to feel weighed down.

One quality of bamboo that really sets it apart from metal is their grippyness. By that I mean the slight textural nature of Bamboo holds the yarn but doesn’t snag. This makes them the perfect needles for slippery yarns like silks and bamboo fibre.  Their grippyness gives you more control so stitches are less likely to slip off, or the needle sliding off and flying across the room. This is definitely a bonus if you are knitting with DPN’s. In this regard they are perfect for beginners who are just getting to grips with the basics. Slightly less pointed than Metal, so less likely to split looser yarns.

In Bamboo needles we Stock Clover 33cm Straights, 20cm DPN’s and Fixed Circulars in 60 and 80cms. As well as Bamboo Crochet Hooks.

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Wood

Wood sits between bamboo and metal when it comes to hardness, weight and grip on the yarn. Wood are warmer in the hands with a little bit more weight than Bamboo. Great for those who are looking for a more comfortable alternative to metal with slightly less grip than Bamboo. Wood are great all round needle and work well with most yarns. Similarly not as pointy to avoid splitting, but pointy enough to cope with complicated knitting projects.

Wood like bamboo are not as strong as metal so smaller sizes are more likely to snap from careless use. But well looked after will reward you with hours of comfortable knitting.

In wood we stock Knit Pro Symfonie range, a strong and durable needle made from laminated birch in attractive multicolours. We have 30cm Straights, 20/15cm DPN’s and Interchangeable Tips in short and standard sizes, which work with the Knit Pro Cables.

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Carbon

Lastly we come to the carbon knitting needles. These are made from carbon fibre. Carbon fibre gives you one of the strongest needles you will find, its also used in aircraft making and spaceships. Strength is not the only quality carbon fibre has, it is also supple, with a slight give making them more comfortable to hold. They are also warmer to touch and lighter in the hand, also contributing to a comfortable knit. They work really well when it comes to using smaller sizes because of this. Carbon fibre is smooth but with a very slight grip on the yarn, allowing stitches to glide with ease but also giving you control. Perfect for working on smaller projects or DPN’s. The carbon fibre needles we stock have brass metal tips giving them a flawlessly point which is helpful when doing more complicated work.

In carbon we stock Knit Pro Karbonz a strong durable carbon fibre needle with pointy brass tips. We have 30cm Straights,15cm DPN’s and Interchangeable Tips in short and standard sizes, which work with the Knit Pro Cables.

Knit a Rainbow – Pink

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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The last post in my rainbow colour series goes to pink. Pink is a strange one and doesn’t seem to our eyes to appear in the selection of seven visible colours of the rainbow. But is instead a combination of red and blue light (without green), and doesn’t have its own wavelength. Regardless of this, it is still a beautiful colour and deserves it’s own post.  Pink can vary from light pale pinks to darker magentas. With more yellow it heads towards coral and more blue towards a purple. It can be shocking and neon but also muted and gentle.

So here we have them, my pick of the pinks. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own pink, follow this link to the purple section of our website: PINK.

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Hillesvåg – Tinde in Mørk Rosa – DK 100g – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Tinde is an DK weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah DK in 217 Xenon – DK 50g – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. Socks Yeah! DK is a fabulous, hardwearing yarn with a high twist and a brilliant stitch definition in a gorgeous palette of 10 colours.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Cotton in Sweet Pea – DK 50g – 100% Cotton. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton is a soft cotton with a lovely stitch definition suitable to properly show off your favourite crochet and knitting projects.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA05 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Bamboo in Sweet Pea – 4ply 50g – 100% Bamboo. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Bambo has a gorgeous drape and a lustrous shine, however due to its twist this Bamboo yarn will ‘sag’ less than the usual Bamboo yarns.

Blue Sky Fibres – Alpaca Sport in 538 Hibiscus – Sport 50g – 100% Baby Alpaca. A 100% baby alpaca yarn with a high sheen and springy softness with an excellent stitch definition that creates an amazing drape.

Fyberspates – Vivacious DK in Mixed Magentas – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for kids wear.

The Fibre Co. – Meadow in Cosmos – Lace 100g – 40% Merino, 25% Baby Llama, 20% Silk, 15% Linen. Meadow is a perfect combination of four luxurious fibres. The merino and baby llama provide softness and bounce, the silk sheen and drape, and the linen a crisp hand and lovely stitch definition.

John Arbon – Devonia DK in Broken Flower – DK 100g – 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale. A gorgeous blend of 3 UK breeds, creating a soft to the hand and shiny yarn in 4Ply and DK.

Kettle Yarn – Islington DK in Padparadscha – DK 100g – 55% British Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 45% Silk. A lightweight BFL wool and silk blend, versatile and strong while maintaining buttery softness – a sophisticated choice for everyday items, luxurious next-to-skin wear and precious accessories.

Garnsurr – Søkke Merino in Frau – 4ply 100g – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

John Arbon – Knit by Numbers in KBN24 – DK 100g – 100% Merino. An exciting range of double knit organically farmed Merino, spun in a colour palette that aims to provide knitters with the precise shade they require.

Hedgehog  – Fibres Merino DK in Jelly – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A great all purpose yarn, hardwearing and machine washable, still next to the skin it feels soft. The ideal yarn for sweaters, scarves, hats, literarily anything you can think of!

Kettle Yarn – Beyul in Electric Amaranth – 4ply 100g – 20% Baby Yak, 20% Silk, 60% Merino. Kettle Yarn’s BEYUL combines the best of 3 fibres – the gentle halo of high quality Yak down, a subtle shimmer from silk, and the bouncy goodness of the softest superwash Merino.

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles in Rosehip – 4ply 100g – 100% Merino. Squishy and soft, with the right amount of twist! This yarn will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering/4Ply weight yarns.

Du Store Alpakka – Alpakka Tweed in 121 Cyclamen – Aran 50g – 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Donegal. A tweed blend which is sturdy yet soft against the skin. In a classic aran weight it is perfect for those winter favourites.

Susan Crawford – Fenella in Constance Spry – 2ply 25g – 100% Pure British Wool. A 2 ply yarn that knits up to that elusive vintage ‘3 ply’ tension, grown, spun, dyed and finished in Britain.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah! in 116 Ruby – 4ply 50g – 75% Merino 25% Nylon. A fabulous sock yarn with a gorgeous palette in a wide range of colours designed by Rachel Coopey. Socks Yeah! is hardwearing and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

Knit a Rainbow – Purple

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with classic rainbow order we find ourselves at the end of the rainbow with purple! From pale lilacs and lavenders to richer and moody dark royal purples. Found in nature, with flowers like Violets that give their name to the colour. Violet being the true end of the spectrum of light and purple itself being a colour that exists between red and blue. More red and it becomes electric, more blue and it becomes richer. It’s the colour of plums and aubergines. A royal colour and a colour piety.

So here we have them, my pick of the purples. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own purple, follow this link to the purple section of our website: PURPLE.

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Fyberspates – Vicacious 4ply in 628 Blueberry Imps – 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for showing off lace and cabled knits.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Bamboo in Violet – 4ply 50g – 100% Bamboo. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Bambo has a gorgeous drape and a lustrous shine, however due to its twist this Bamboo yarn will ‘sag’ less than the usual Bamboo yarns.

John Arbon – Devonia 4ply in Nightshade – 4ply 100g – 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale. A gorgeous blend of 3 UK breeds, creating a soft to the hand and shiny yarn in 4Ply and DK.

Black Elephant – Merino Singles in Knights of Cydonia – 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. Handdyed Merino Singles from Black Elephant in a gorgeous array of deep speckles and solids.

Kettle Yarn  – Ramble in Damson – 4ply 100g – 100% Wool, Romney and Shetland fibres. Kettle Yarn Co.’s Ramble melds the softest grades of traditional fibres into a delicately lightweight, springy yarn. Think Shetland haps, Fair Isle and Fisherman’s jumpers, or just deliciously toothsome garter stitch.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Lush in Lilac – 4ply 50g – 40% Bamboo, 60% Cotton. Eco-Lush is a 40/60 blend of bamboo and cotton yarn that can be used for everything from cardigans to blankets. The cotton and bamboo are locally grown and while not certified organic, they have been farmed within these principles.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Cotton in Bordeaux – DK 50g – 100% Cotton. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton is a soft cotton with a lovely stitch definition suitable to properly show off your favourite crochet and knitting projects.

Hillesvåg – Sølje in Gråfiolett – 100g 4ply – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Sølje is an 4Ply weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Lilac  – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Du Store Alpakka – Alpakka Tweed in 117 Purple – Aran 50g – 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Donegal. A tweed blend which is sturdy yet soft against the skin. In a classic aran weight it is perfect for those winter favourites.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious Lace in Amethyst – Lace 100g – 55% Merino, 45% Silk. This lace weight merino and silk blend yarn is a must for lush knitting, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques lace and structured stitches spectacularly.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah! in 112 Sugilite – 4ply 50g – 75% Merino 25% Nylon. A fabulous sock yarn with a gorgeous palette in a wide range of colours designed by Rachel Coopey. Socks Yeah! is hardwearing and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA09 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Hey Mama Wolf – Ahimsa No.10 in The Sky Was All Violet – Lace 50g – 100% Eri Silk. Ahimsa No.10 is handdyed using plant dyes, it is organic and fair traded, a true luxurious fibre.

Garnsurr – Pan in Tesu – DK 100g – 70% Buck Moahir, 30% Dallasheep. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Hedgehog  – Fibres Merino DK in Spell – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A great all purpose yarn, hardwearing and machine washable, still next to the skin it feels soft. The ideal yarn for sweaters, scarves, hats, literarily anything you can think of!

Knit a Rainbow – Blue

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with classic rainbow order we move on to blue! Blue, one of the three primary colours. Stretches from dark moody navy, to bright and light sky blues. On the spectrum between green and violet. Move towards green and you have teal, go the other way to violet you head towards ultramarine. Often seen as a cold colour, or a colour of sadness. But it is also the colour the sea and the sky. In ancient times a rare and expensive colour ground from lapis lazuli. But now a whole host of blues exist for us to enjoy.

So here we have them, my pick of the blues. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own blue, follow this link to the green section of our website: BLUE.

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Clockwise from top left:

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Turquoise – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Du Store Alpaca – Hexa in 923 – Aran 50g – 100% Alpaca. This alpaca yarn is made from a single strand of twisted fibres knit into an I-cord. Hexa is super-soft and thick, still as lightweight as feathers.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA16 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Black Elephant –  Merino Singles Mini in Tranquility – 4ply 20g – 100% Superwash Merino. The mini version of Black Elephants popular Merino Singles. A sumptuous range of moody shades.

Hey Mama Wolf – Ahimsa No.10 in Pale Blue Eyes – Lace 50g – 100% Eri Silk. Ahimsa No.10 is handdyed using plant dyes, it is organic and fair traded, a true luxurious fibre.

Hedgehog  – Fibres Merino DK in Dragonfly – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A great all purpose yarn, hardwearing and machine washable, still next to the skin it feels soft. The ideal yarn for sweaters, scarves, hats, literarily anything you can think of!

The Fibre Co – Terra in Sorrel – Aran 100g – 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino, 20% Silk. Terra is an aran weight single ply yarn with a rustic look and incredibly soft handle and bounce. The blend of alpaca, merino and silk noil is kettle dyed.

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles in Cedar – 4ply 100g – 100% Merino. Squishy and soft, with the right amount of twist! This yarn will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering/4Ply weight yarns.

The Fibre Co. – Meadow in Bellflower – Lace 100g – 40% Merino, 25% Baby Llama, 20% Silk, 15% Linen. Meadow is a perfect combination of four luxurious fibres. The merino and baby llama provide softness and bounce, the silk sheen and drape, and the linen a crisp hand and lovely stitch definition.

Fyberspates – Cumulus in 906 Turquoise – Lace 25g – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk. Cumulus is a deliciously soft, heavy lace weight baby alpaca yarn with a wonderful halo.

Kettle Yarn – Beyul in Delft – 4ply 100g – 20% Baby Yak, 20% Silk, 60% Merino. Kettle Yarn’s BEYUL combines the best of 3 fibres – the gentle halo of high quality Yak down, a subtle shimmer from silk, and the bouncy goodness of the softest superwash Merino.

Fyberspates – Vivacious 4ply in Shoreline – 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for showing off lace and cabled knits.

Kate Davies – Àrd-Thìr in Ardnave – Arn 50g – 60% Highland Wool, 40% Alpaca. Àrd-Thìr is a beautiful alpaca/wool blend aran weight yarn in an mouthwatering palette of colours inspired by the Scottish Highlands.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah! in 120 Azurite – 4ply 50g – 75% Merino 25% Nylon. A fabulous sock yarn with a gorgeous palette in a wide range of colours designed by Rachel Coopey. Socks Yeah! is hardwearing and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

The Fibre Co. – Lore in Reliable – DK 100g – 100% Kent Lambswool. Lore is a 100% Lambswool, an honest woollen spun DK weight yarn that blooms into a beautiful knitted fabric after washing.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Blue – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Stolen Stitches – Nua in Hatter’s Teal Party – Sport 50g – 60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen. Nua is a lightweight blend of merino, yak, and linen, in a gorgeous range of colours with a natural tweed effect.

The Fibre Co. – Luma in Breton – DK 50g – 50% Merino, 25% Cotton, 15% Linen and 10% Silk. A classic DK weight yarn. Plant-based fibres mixed with silk and wool provide a built-in layer of warmth in winter yet lightness when required in warmer temperatures.

Hillesvåg – Tinde in Blåturkis – DK 100g – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Tinde is an DK weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply in 309 Midnight – 4ply/Sport 100g – 55% Superwash Merino, 45% Silk. This 4-ply merino and silk blend yarn is a must for your favourite projects, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques like cables and lace spectacularly.

Knit a Rainbow – Yellow

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with the classic rainbow order, we move from orange on to yellow! Yellow sits between orange and green in the visible spectrum. Sometimes seeming more green -certainly in the case of the overdyed grey base of the Tinde or in the neon tones of the Hedgehog Fibres. At its darker, warmer end, it touches on orange and browns and at its lightest, fades into a buttery creaminess. It’s a warm colour, a colour of optimism. A colour of summer, the colour of sunflowers!

So here we have them, my pick of the yellows. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own yellow, follow this link to the orange section of our website: YELLOW.

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Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply in 325 Daffodil – 4ply/Sport 100g – 55% Superwash Merino, 45% Silk. This 4-ply merino and silk blend yarn is a must for your favourite projects, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques like cables and lace spectacularly.

Garnsurr – Søkke Merino in Sneivin – 4ply 100g – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Garnsurr – Pan in Sneivin – DK 100g – 70% Buck Moahir, 30% Dallasheep. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Lush in Sunglow – 4ply 50g – 40% Bamboo, 60% Cotton. Eco-Lush is a 40/60 blend of bamboo and cotton yarn that can be used for everything from cardigans to blankets. The cotton and bamboo are locally grown and while not certified organic, they have been farmed within these principles.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Cotton in Sunglow – DK 50g – 100% Cotton. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton is a soft cotton with a lovely stitch definition suitable to properly show off your favourite crochet and knitting projects.

The Fibre Co. – Luma in Goldenmosa – DK 50g – 50% Merino, 25% Cotton, 15% Linen and 10% Silk. A classic DK weight yarn. Plant-based fibres mixed with silk and wool provide a built-in layer of warmth in winter yet lightness when required in warmer temperatures.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah DK in 215 Sphene – DK 50g – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. Socks Yeah! DK is a fabulous, hardwearing yarn with a high twist and a brilliant stitch definition in a gorgeous palette of 10 colours.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Yellow– 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles in Highlighter – 4ply 100g – 100% Merino. Squishy and soft, with the right amount of twist! This yarn will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering/4Ply weight yarns.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA17 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

John Arbon – Knit by Numbers in KBN54 – DK 100g – 100% Merino. An exciting range of double knit organically farmed Merino, spun in a colour palette that aims to provide knitters with the precise shade they require.

Fyberspates – Vivacious DK in 804 Sunshine – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for kids wear.

The Fibre Co. – Lore in Happiness – DK 100g – 100% Kent Lambswool. Lore is a 100% Lambswool, an honest woollen spun DK weight yarn that blooms into a beautiful knitted fabric after washing.

Hillesvåg – Tinde in 2119 Gul – DK 100g – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Tinde is an DK weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Blue Sky Fibres – Alpaca Sport in Buttercup – Sport 50g – 100% Baby Alpaca. A 100% baby alpaca yarn with a high sheen and springy softness with an excellent stitch definition that creates an amazing drape.

Du Store Alpaca – Hexa in 932 – Aran 50g – 100% Alpaca. This alpaca yarn is made from a single strand of twisted fibres knit into an I-cord. Hexa is super-soft and thick, still as lightweight as feathers.

 

Knit a Rainbow – Orange

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with classic rainbow order we move on to orange! Orange can range from deep rusty browns to bright neon oranges. Orange can seem more yellow at times and more red in others and there seems a fine line between them both. Orange is the colour of food: oranges, carrots, saffron, its a warming colour, the colour of fire!

So here we have them, my pick of the oranges. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own orange, follow this link to the orange section of our website: ORANGE.

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Black Elephant –  Merino Singles Mini in Golden Coast – 4ply 20g – 100% Superwash Merino. The mini version of Black Elephants popular Merino Singles. A sumptuous range of moody shades.

John Arbon – Devonia DK in Amber Blaze – DK 100g – 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale. A gorgeous blend of 3 UK breeds, creating a soft to the hand and shiny yarn in 4Ply and DK.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply in Persimmon- 4ply/Sport 100g – 55% Superwash Merino, 45% Silk. This 4-ply merino and silk blend yarn is a must for your favourite projects, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques like cables and lace spectacularly.

Kettle Yarn – Islington DK in Persimmon – DK 100g – 55% British Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 45% Silk. A lightweight BFL wool and silk blend, versatile and strong while maintaining buttery softness – a sophisticated choice for everyday items, luxurious next-to-skin wear and precious accessories.

John Arbon – Knit by Numbers in  KBN13 – DK 100g – 100% Merino. An exciting range of double knit organically farmed Merino, spun in a colour palette that aims to provide knitters with the precise shade they require.

Hillesvåg – Blåne in Cognac 2013 – Aran 100g – 100% Norwegian Pelt Wool. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Blåne is an aran weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Fyberspates – Vivacious DK in Peach Bellini – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for kids wear.

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles in Copper Penny – 4ply 100g – 100% Merino. Squishy and soft, with the right amount of twist! This yarn will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering/4Ply weight yarns.

Garnsurr – Søkke Merino in Gryteflaks #21 – 4ply 100g – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles in Kid You Not – 4ply 100g – 100% Merino. Squishy and soft, with the right amount of twist! This yarn will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering/4Ply weight yarns.

Ninapetrina – Tynn Norwegian Lambs Wool in Gold – 4ply 6 50g Skiens – 100% Norwegian Lambs Wool. The Tynn Norwegian Lambs Wool Gradient is dyed on Norwegian Lambs Wool by Ninapetrina in Norway.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah DK in 208 Hecate – DK 50g – 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. Socks Yeah! DK is a fabulous, hardwearing yarn with a high twist and a brilliant stitch definition in a gorgeous palette of 10 colours.

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.

Knit a Rainbow – Red

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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I’m starting in classic rainbow order with red! Reds can range from bright scarlets, to dark burgundies. Red dips its toe in to oranges, as well as pinks and purples, giving us a whole sumptuous range to play with. Red is a colour of passion, of danger and of course wine!

So here we have them my pick of the reds. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own red, follow this link to the red section of our website: RED.

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The Fibre Co – Terra in Madder – Aran 100g – 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino, 20% Silk. Terra is an aran weight single ply yarn with a rustic look and incredibly soft handle and bounce. The blend of alpaca, merino and silk noil is kettle dyed.

Fyberspates – Cumulus in 900 Pilar Box – Lace 25g – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk. Cumulus is a deliciously soft, heavy lace weight baby alpaca yarn with a wonderful halo.

Garnsurr – Pan in Hørningen – DK 100g – 70% Buck Moahir, 30% Dallasheep. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Red – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Du Store Alpakka – Alpakka Tweed in Red 120 – Aran 50g – 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Donegal. A tweed blend which is sturdy yet soft against the skin. In a classic aran weight it is perfect for those winter favourites.

Kettle Yarn – Beyul in Monk’s Robe – 4ply 100g – 20% Baby Yak, 20% Silk, 60% Merino. Kettle Yarn’s BEYUL combines the best of 3 fibres – the gentle halo of high quality Yak down, a subtle shimmer from silk, and the bouncy goodness of the softest superwash Merino.

Stolen Stitches – Nua in Angry Monkey – Sport 50g – 60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen. Nua is a lightweight blend of merino, yak, and linen, in a gorgeous range of colours with a natural tweed effect.

The Fibre Co. – Luma in Sherry – DK 50g – 50% Merino, 25% Cotton, 15% Linen and 10% Silk. A classic DK weight yarn. Plant-based fibres mixed with silk and wool provide a built-in layer of warmth in winter yet lightness when required in warmer temperatures.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply in Cherry- 4ply/Sport 100g – 55% Superwash Merino, 45% Silk. This 4-ply merino and silk blend yarn is a must for your favourite projects, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques like cables and lace spectacularly.

Black Elephant – Merino Singles in Moulin Rouge- 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. Handdyed Merino Singles from Black Elephant in a gorgeous array of deep speckles and solids.

John Arbon – Knit by Numbers in  KBN19 – DK 100g – 100% Merino. An exciting range of double knit organically farmed Merino, spun in a colour palette that aims to provide knitters with the precise shade they require.

Lopi – Léttlopi in Crimson Red 9434 – Worsted 50g – 100% Icelandic New Wool. A sturdy, proper pure wool yarn in a worsted weight that sits between the UK DK and Aran. It is made in 100% Icelandic New Wool and comes in a wide range of gorgeous solid and heather colours.

Susan Crawford – Fenella in Baked Cherry – 2ply 25g – 100% Pure British Wool. A 2 ply yarn that knits up to that elusive vintage ‘3 ply’ tension, grown, spun, dyed and finished in Britain.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA01 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Hillesvåg – Sølje in Burgunder 2104 – 100g 4ply – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Sølje is an 4Ply weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Expect the rest of the rainbow to be covered shortly!

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