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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Yarn Pairings for Amirisu Volume 10

Amirsu have knocked it out of the park with another fantastic issue. Spring/Summer can be a traditionally difficult season for a knitting magazine, but there is no concern for that here! There are three beautiful tops, two sweaters and two shawls. Each of the pieces are wearable and practical, but with little details that really make them stand out. The theme for the issue is Spring Vintage, and all the garments are named after flowers. There is also a craft city guide of Nashville. We have Volume 10 available in store and online.

This issue also comes out in perfect timing for this year’s spring top KAL. We had such a good time last year, we couldn’t help but do it again this year. Stay tuned for more information!

First up is Asagi, a v-neck t-shirt designed by Bristol Ivy. The raglan sleeves feature a leaf lace motif that adds a bit of visual interest but would still be quite simple to knit. We love the idea of knitting it up in one of our sock yarns, such as Vivacious 4ply. The simplicity of the design would really let a hand dyed yarn shine.KOD-15819_medium2

Next up we have Botan, by Helen Stewart. This triangle shawl is based on garter stitch and has little bobbles in the stripes. This is a great way to show off a special yarn such as Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. The stripes could easily be done with a leftover ball or another contrast skein.KOD-15869_medium2

Camellia by Joji Locatelli is the first of the sweaters. It is a relatively simple pullover with minimal shaping. The central stripe panel is knit side to side in garter stitch, and it has matching garter stitch bands for the hem and cuffs in a solid colour. We would knit it in Susan Crawford’s Excelana 4ply.KOD-16065_medium2

Nadeshiko, designed by Leila Raabe is a beautiful and beginner lace friendly shawl. It begins with a crescent of stocking stitch and purl ridges before moving into the lace border. A yarn like The Fibre Co.’s Meadow would really let the lace pattern shine.KOD-16006_medium2

The next top is Sango, by Melissa LaBarre. This simple top has a zigzag border, and a sweet button detail at the shoulder. We would knit it up in one of the many beautiful colours of Debbie Bliss Eco-Baby.KOD-16086_2_medium2

Sumire is the last of the shawls, this one by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. It features a main colour for the body, and a small amount of yarn for the contrast border. This is a great pattern for both semi solid and solid hand dyed yarns. We have been dreaming of the fantastic colour combinations available with the Fyberspates Scrumptious 4plyKOD-16199_2_medium2

Last but not least is Wisteria by Amy Christoffers. This cardigcan features an allover lace pattern that makes it perfect for summer months. Knit up in Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK it would be warm with a delicious shine! KOD-15947_medium2

Fibre Feature Fridays: Cotton

One of the hardest things about choosing a new project is deciding which yarn to use. We have lots of yarns in the shop that are great for summer and lightweight knits. Our Summer Top KAL is in full swing, so over the next few weeks we will feature different fibres that we carry and highlight what makes them good for summer knits to help you decide on what to use. Some will be familiar to you, some may be a surprise!

Our first fibre feature is cotton. Cotton is pretty well known for being a summer fabric. It is a plant fibre that is cool, soft and easy to clean. It has none of the ‘prickle’ factor that animal fibres can have, so it works equally well for those with skin sensitivities and for hot weather.

Unfortunately, cotton has a bit of a contentious place in the global fibre industry at the moment. Due to the high quantity of water and pesticides needed to make cotton grow on an industrial level, commercial cotton can have disastrous results for the environment. This is why we do everything we can to carry yarns that come from companies that ensure their cotton comes from ethical and environmentally friendly sources.

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby in solid colours

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby in solid colours

Eco Baby is hands down the most environmentally friendly cotton in the shop. Not only is it organically grown, it is also dyed with non-toxic dyes in recycled water to minimize the impact on the communities that produce the yarn. Debbie Bliss has ensured that the yarns are produced in a way that benefits the producers in other ways as well, the labour is fair trade as well. Eco Baby comes in a range of solid pastels, as well as variegated. Perfect to mix and match. Debbie Bliss’s Eco Baby and Eco Baby Print – a 100% certified organic and fair trade cotton.

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Prints

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Prints

We love our Manos yarns, and Serena is no exception. Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit social organization and a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Since 1968, Manos has provided jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguay rural areas. The Manos mission is to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic growth and by enabling craftspeople to improve the quality of their craft products. Serena is a cotton and alpaca (yes! alpaca!) blend. The alpaca makes the yarn incredibly light, while the cotton makes it more appropriate for warm temperatures. We have 6 super sweet and summery colours in stock that range from pastel blue to bright pop orange. Manos Serena – 60% Baby Alpaca/40% Cotton.

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Manos del Uruguay Serena

Mirasol is another company that works directly with the communities that produce it, this time in the Munani region of Puno in Peru. A percentage of each yarn sale goes directly to help fund a remote school. We have a range of 12 brights and neutrals that are perfect for any sunny day. Mirasol Pima Kuri – 100% ethically produced Pima Cotton

Mirasol Yarn Collection Pima Kuri

Mirasol Yarn Collection Pima Kuri

What can’t you say about Noro?! This well established company from Japan ticks all the boxes. They are environmentally friendly, from the fibres to the dying, and boy to they know colour! Noro is personally involved with inspecting all aspects of production, from visiting the animal farms to checking the machinery used and keeping restrictions on the dye processes to maintain products that are as eco-friendly as possible. Between the unusual fibre combinations to the trademark long colour repeats, Noro is always recognizable on the shelf. We have Noro Kibou – 54% Cotton, 34% Wool, 12% Silk and Noro Tokonatsu – 40% Cotton 30% Silk 30% Viscose, in stock.

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Noro Kibou

Noro Tokonatsu

Noro Tokonatsu

Colour can be a bit tricky with cotton, which is one reason we are happy to work with Wool and the Gang. We also know that their yarns are all ethically produced in partnership with small producers in Peru. Their Shiny Happy Cotton is produced with no use of pesticides and comes in over 20 shades! It’s hard to pick just one.  WATG Shiny Happy Cotton – 100% Cotton

Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton

Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton

My Honey

My Honey Cardigan

Finally something has been completed (and I’ve got the pictures to prove it)!
Nemi’s new cardi is the My Honey by Elena Nodel. It is such a fun knit with lots and lots of constructional details making sure you’ll never get bored.

My Honey in Debbie Bliss Eco Baby

My Honey in Debbie Bliss Eco baby

I’m a huge fan of Elena’s designs and have made several of her kids garments. This time I chose to make the cardi in lovely, soft, and organic cotton from Debbie Bliss. Eco-Baby is a very versatile cotton yarn perfect for those throw over cardigans when the summer days turn a bit chillier. And as you can see, Nemi is absolutely pleased with her new summer cardi (all though she thinks I’m the slowest knitter in history….)

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Inspiring Knits

Entering a yarn shop, approaching those walls covered in woolly loveliness, sometimes it can be hard to visually imagine how a yarn will look like knitted up as a garment. You are just so completely surrounded by colour it can be hard to mentally distinguish between them. I find it particularly difficult to choose multicoloured yarns, although they look pretty neatly rolled up in balls, I hardly ever dare to buy them because I’m just too unsure about how the final result will look like. I believe this is why most of us feel more comfortable approaching those shelves with a particular pattern in mind. However a few, very dedicated, knitters I know enter the yarn shop in a different manner.

One of my regulars, and I have to say a very skilled knitter, comes in to browse the shelves to see what grabs her attention. She will pick up a ball that strikes her and study it closer. It might sound weird but it is like if she lets the yarn ‘speak’ to her, and you can see she is quickly brainstorming alternative uses for the yarn. She will normally leave with that one ball of yarn, and take it home to experiment. A few days later she’ll be back with a certain project in mind.

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This early spring she knitted two jumpers in two completely different yarn qualities, yet they are both so very much ‘her’. She kindly agreed to let me take some pictures to show you all. I think it is pretty amazing how the designs of her garments perfectly compliment the yarns that she originally picked up. To give us some insight into how she approached and created her jumpers, she also generously gave us a brief description of her knitting process. I don’t know about you, but I find these notes incredible fascinating. Now that I’ve seen these beautiful results of her work, I feel inspired to widen my own comfort zone and maybe allow myself to choose yarns for future projects in a more immediate and playful manner. And maybe, so will you.

Black & White Jumper

Jumper 1 in Pure MILK Fiber by Viking of Norway
The black and white first: it is an adapation of Kim Hargreaves’s pattern ‘Paloma’ from her collection of designs ‘Whisper’. For a softer drape I have knitted it in the round and I have cast on the body in a cream-coloured milk yarn that I had left from a past project as I didn’t have the thinner size needle I would have needed for the bottom bit. Originally, I wanted to use the preliminary cast on to be able to knit the bottom bit downwards once I had bought the thinner needles but then I found that the cream line actually accentuates the bottom of the garment very nicely, and so I left it as it was.

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Another way in which my top differs from its inspiration is that I shaped the shoulder by short-row-wrapping and then joined the shoulder seams by crocheting the live stitches together, for a very neat and firm seam. Lastly, I picked up stitches for the sleeves at the arm holes – as the top is so wide that the armholes are reaching onto the ‘arm’ and therefore no sleeve cap shaping was needed, but I could just diminish the width of the sleeve as I went downwards, in increasing intervals. Finally, I sewed the lower edge of the sleeves together – and before I did so, I went through the row of picked-up stitches at the armhole edge and tightened them backwards so the first row looks now nice and tight.

Red Jumper

Jumper 2 in Eco-Baby by Debbie Bliss
The red sweater (which turned out a tee): I wanted to use that yarn because the colour hooked me. The pattern is my own idea and I did it because I liked the geometric, open fabric pattern of the black and white sweater, and wanted to continue to experiment with open fabric, but in a geometric way, not going into floral laces. I thought about ways to create an open fabric with vertical stripes. First I thought about going across, so that I would knit horizontal wrap stitches and they would appear vertically in the finished top. But I had seen ladder stitch in a store bought garment recently and I liked the straight lines as opposed to the zig zag lines in the wrap stitch I had just used for the other top.

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I again knitted the body in the round, but this time I decided to take the short-row-wrapping a step further and shaped not only the shoulders but also the neckline that way, finishing it off with 3 rows in single rib. To finish off the piece I picked up stitches around the armhole and knitted 6 rows in single rib, as 3 rows looked too narrow