Feature of the Week: May 21

Easy-to-wear, open-front cardigans have been the trend for a few seasons, and this summer is no exception.  This raglan cardigan with a lace inset on the sleeves and garter stitch trim is an easy fit for any wardrobe.  Divino from Lana Grossa feels silky smooth and has plenty of drape without losing shape.

Pattern: Design 6, Filati Pocket Issue 2

Sizes: 36/38, 40/42

Yarn Required: 9, 10 balls of Lana Grossa Divino

Feature of the Week: May 14

An aptly titled pattern, Cruise Ship is the perfect packable cardigan for cool nights on the sea.  With short sleeves and an open front, it also makes great vacation knitting, in case you don’t have time to finish before you set sail.

Ripple, one of the season’s most popular cotton yarns, adds texture and interest without requiring any fancy stitch patterns.

Pattern: Cruise Ship Cardigan by Rosemary Drysdale, in Collage

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X)

Bust: 34 (39, 43, 47, 51, 55)”

Yarn: Tahki Yarns Ripple 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) balls, shown in #1 Pearl

 

Feature of the Week: April 30

This lovely cardigan from The Scrumptious Collection, Volume 1 is knit with Scrumptious Lace, a delectable silk and merino blend.  A perfect weight for summer, the  lace edging features nupps and cables.

photos from Fyberspates Ltd

Pattern: Hethe by Judy Furlong, from The Scrumptious Collection Volume 1

Sizes: 30, 31-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50 in

Yarn Required: 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins of Scrumptious Lace

Feature of the Week: April 16

Any other runners out there keeping tabs on the Boston Marathon? Nope? Not to fear, you don’t need to run to wear this top from Tahki’s Filatura Di Crosa Spring/Summer Collection.

A trapeze-style top with an overall Chevron pattern, the yarn and stitch pattern combine for a summer-weight garment that allows for air flow.

Pattern: Amalfi in Filatura Di Crosa Spring/Summer 2012

Sizes: X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL)

Yarn: 7 (8, 9, 11, 12, 13) balls of Filatura Di Crosa Tiffany (44% Cotton/ 39% Viscose/ 13% Polyamide/ 3% Metallic/ 1% Polyester)

 

Feature of the Week: March 26

Spring has sprung into summer-like weather without so much as a by-your-leave.  If you’re at all like me, the summer clothes need to be pulled out and winter clothes packed away for the season (or the next 8 months).  To keep cool, we’re featuring this halter top out of a mesh yarn with a center flower

It uses one hank of Celeste and 1 ball of Stella.  Celeste is the mesh yarn, which is stretched out, cut in a few pieces, hemmed, seamed and then pulled into a halter shape with the center floral medallions crocheted out of Stella.

Doesn’t it look like one of those pieces which puzzles everyone as to it’s construction? I couldn’t believe that I didn’t need to knit the mesh body before piecing it together.  The mixed textures of the two yarns play nicely off each other and the floral motif is ideal for warm weather garments.

Find the pattern in Pop Culture

Feature of the Week: March 19

One thing I struggle with in the warmer months is dressing to accommodate both cold air conditioning inside and the heat of the outdoors.  Tops made out of linen or a linen-blend work best for me, so these two tops caught my eye when I was flipping through Tahki’s spring collection.  Both are made out of Lily, a linen/cotton/viscose blend with a subtle texture and sheen to the yarn.

Satin Ribbons, a raglan tee, uses several colors in a slip stitch pattern to create the illusion of stranded colorwork.

This long-sleeve pullover called Love Notes features a center panel in a drop stitch pattern and could be casually worn with jeans or paired with dress slacks for a more elegant style.

Both of these patterns are published in the Collage booklet from Tahki Yarns.

How do you adjust to the temperature extremes between indoors and outdoors?

 

Feature of the Week: March 12

Men’s knitwear patterns are not as common as those for women, so we get pretty excited when we find one that looks amazing and uses an amazing yarn. This Striped Vest from Blue Sky Alpacas fits into the amazing look and amazing yarn category – stripes! a vest! Alpaca Sport!

The vest is modeled with jeans, but could easily complement dress pants or a tie. Alpaca Sport is warm without a lot of bulk and feels soft next to the skin.  Since the yarn is so lightweight, the vest is a great layering piece, wear it under a jacket for a little extra warmth or as an outer layer on a cooler day when a shirt just isn’t enough but a sweater isn’t necessary.

Pattern can be found here.

Yarn can be found here

 

Feature of the Week: February 20

We’ve had lots of good stuff from Sublime this year and the Fourth Fabulous Sublime Merino Wook Dk book is no exception. This cute little cardigan looks perfect for spring layering.  The simplicity of the design makes it a great addition to any wardrobe.  The darts for the waist shaping add a little visual interest in the front and back, and the color block at the bottom of the cardigan makes it a bit whimsical.

We do have a lot of customers who just want a basic, good-looking cardigan that will go with most of their outfits – I think this fits their search.  Knitting it in two tones of gray or in one color are other ways of envisioning how this sweater can become a wardrobe essential.

The v-neck and the raglan sleeve shaping maintain a crisp, refined look; this sweater is well suited to showcasing a few special buttons from the button box.

Pattern: Autumn Girl in The Fourth Fabulous Sublime merino wool dk book #654

Sizes: 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42″ bust

Yarn required: Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool Dk  7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10 balls of main color, 1 ball of contrast color

Feature of the Week: February 13

Although the weather today certainly isn’t typical of what we’ve experienced this winter, don’t let the cold and wet keep you from working on handknits for the upcoming spring and sure-to-be-hot summer.  Our Feature of the Week features a lightweight Tussah Silk – warm in winter and cooling in the summer.  The subtle texture and slight lustre of the silk combine with an elegant drape to create a little bit of indulgence in the every day.

Pair the qualities of silk with an oversize style and a draped front to get this chic top that is ideal for Texas weather and which could be dressed up or down depending on the day (or night).

The pattern also offers a version in long sleeves:

Pattern: Imelda (short sleeves), Imogen (3/4 length sleeves) in the Luxurious Sublime tussah silk dk hand knit book #650

Sizes: 32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46, 48/50, 52/54

Yarn: Sublime Tussah Silk Dk

Imelda: 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 balls

Imogen: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16 balls

 

 

Feature of the Week: February 8

Marion has designed this heart-full slouchy hat just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Replete with traveling stitches and cables, it is a very warm hat.  Knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, the heart motif really pops against the reverse stockinette stitch background.  The hat uses three balls of Cashmerino Aran and color #610 Ruby is a perfect complement to the stitch pattern.

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