Hello Fiber Friends,
Pattern uses two to three 100g hanks of HiKoo® Simpliworsted. (Shown in #026, yellow – #020, light brown – #064, Taupe)
Hello Fiber Friends,
Pattern uses two to three 100g hanks of HiKoo® Simpliworsted. (Shown in #026, yellow – #020, light brown – #064, Taupe)
We love it when talented designers use our yarns to create great designs! We spotted this pattern that was recently published on Ravelry. Keep an eye out as we continue to post designs that we think will keep you inspired.
Imagination Sweater by Kate Oates knit in HiKoo® Kenzie
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins #1006 “Kumara”, 1 skein #1019“ Manuka”, #1008 “Kale”, #1017 “Kiwano”, #1009 “Oceania” & #1005 “Bayberry” each.
This pattern can be found in her newly published book Knits for Boys.
The spring Interweave Knits is packed with great designs for warm-weather knitting and wearing, and we’re especially fond of the Sleeper Car Jacket by designer Beatrice Perron Dahlen. It features our lovely, soft and drapey sport-weight yarn, Rylie, which is the perfect trans-seasonal yarn. Beatrice was kind enough to share her design process and how she came to create such a classic and wearable garment. Beatrice’s Ravelry group is called Thread and Ladle, so please join her there and post your FO!
Recently I have been pouring over traditional shawl and lace books. Such sources of inspiration! The elements of beauty haven’t changed much over time, particularly when it comes to lace. My favorites are the traditional hap shawls of Shetland. The stories about the lace shawls of Shetland, and how many women made an income through this delicate lace knitting is captivating. But haps, the simpler, mostly garter stitch shawls with a touch of lace edging are what they wore everyday while working these extravagant ‘wedding shawls’ to sell. And more than the elaborate lace shawls, they are what interest me most. A simple shawl to wear while you knead bread, nurse a baby and work up finely spun lace yarn.
The hap is what sparked the idea for the Sleeper Car Jacket. I applied a simple traditional Shetland lace border to the opening of a top-down, seamless raglan cardigan. All in all a simple piece, all garter stitch but for the pretty lace down the front. It is built with extra ease for a relaxed fit – notice how it comes right down over the hips- and the swingy drape of Rylie just adds to that feeling.
I love top-down seamless construction for so many reasons, chiefly among them is how quickly they are finished, and that you can try it on as you go. That can also make it more easily customizable. Make it shorter, work it with less ease, make the sleeves long, the sky is the limit!
I was very pleased with how Interweave Knits styled this piece- such a great layering cardigan! And with a pop of color it’s just what spring needs! (Though with at least 3 feet of snow in the past week here in Maine, spring definitely feels like a long way off!)
When working with magazines, editors sometimes choose different yarns than what you may have submitted your proposal in. That was the case with this cardigan, but I was very excited to work with Rylie. It has a beautiful sheen and texture, and I am looking forward to working with it again!
I can’t wait to see your Sleeper Car Jacket’s popping up on Ravelry! Do come by and share your finished object in my Thread & Ladle Ravelry Group!
We were so delighted to see that the latest issue of Twist Collective featured a beautiful cardigan design using our fabulous alpaca/wool/silk blend, Simplinatural. Nevyn by Susanna IC is both super stylish and wearable. Love the cables! Susanna was kind enough to share her design process. Read all about it below.
Published in Twist Collective Winter 2014, I designed the Nevyn cardigan with detailed cables, mock ribbing, and I-cord edgings, in combination with a body skimming fit. The back cable panel creates a subtle waist shaping, the vertical lines of the overall ribbing pattern elongate and flatter a wide range of body types, while the zipper accentuates the garment’s modern vibe and clean lines. I worked Nevyn in pieces so it can be sewn together in order to provide extra support along the side seams; this prevents stretching and helps balance out the weight of the back cable motif and the front zipper.
To me, fall and winter knitting is all about cables and textures worked in cozy, soft yarns. I love working with cables and Nevyn started its life as an idea for a cabled vest. Ever since I moved to Texas, I don’t get to wear my jackets and hand knit sweaters very much, but I do get a lot of use out of my sleeveless vest. It is a great layering piece because I can wear it over short and long sleeve tops during the transitional seasons, and I can also wear it under a jacket as an extra-warm layer during those few frosty days.
This is a quick sketch of the vest idea and a swatch of the back cable pattern from the original submission to Twist Collective:
After the basic idea was accepted, I’ve reworked the vest into a cardigan since not everyone lives in a warm southern climate. This was a win-win situation because adding the sleeves allowed me to add more cables just above the wrist ribbing – and I believe that one can never have too many cables. Then came the wait for the yarn… I am always impatient to see what yarn and color was chosen for my design, and opening the package always feels a little like Christmas morning. I was not disappointed. Alpaca, silk, and merino! Oh, my! Not only is SimpliNatural incredibly next-to-the-skin soft and snuggly, I was thrilled to find this beautifully rich shade of charcoal gray, which is one of my favorite colors. This project just flew off the needles thanks to the yarn’s softness and its amazing stitch definition, perfect for all the cables and textured stitches.
Here are two photos of the finished cardigan, © Faye Schiano for Twist Collective:
In closing, here are just a few options for making Nevyn your own. The original fits fairly close to the body, so for a roomier fit you can simply work the next larger size. If desired, you can easily customize the length of the sweater by working a few extra rows before the beginning of the back cable pattern. Finally, if you’d prefer a Nevyn vest, you can do that just by starting the armhole shaping about an inch lower and adding an inch or two of ribbing along the armhole after the shoulders and side seams are sewn together.
If you’re a fan of our Facebook page, you may have seen our post about the fabulous Tionne Pullover by Lee Meredith a few weeks back. It’s so unique and versatile that it seems like there should be another word besides pullover to describe it. We’re delighted that Lee agreed to give us some great insights into how she came up with the design, and how Kenzie turned out to be the perfect yarn choice. Of course, we couldn’t agree more!
Be sure to read to the bottom of the blog post. We’ve got a fantastic giveaway of the yarn to make the design!
It’s probably not a coincidence that my favorite design from the latest issue of Interweave Knits is the Matalina Pullover by designer Josie Mercier. After all, the yarn she used is the sumptuous Cashmere Queen from Schoppel-Wolle. Any garment designed with a merino, cashmere and silk blend is going to be a winner, and Matalina certainly is that. We invited Josie to tell us all about her experience with this design and the yarn, and here’s her story.
The Matalina sweater began in February of 2014 – and my home in Canada is sweater inspiration incarnate in February. An email came from Interweave Knits saying that they were looking for finer-gauged cabled sweaters. I love cables and sweaters individually, and together they are my very favourite thing to design and to knit.
I knew that I wanted the sweater to be fitted with waist shaping and set-in sleeves since lighter weight yarns are great for closer-fitting garments. I’ve had a thing for staggered cables lately and they seem to be working themselves into many of my design ideas. I wanted the loopy, staggered cables to take center stage in this pattern, not only because they appeal to me so much, but because another repeat can be added to each edge of the panel to make it wider for larger bust sizes. I also liked that, there was a center point to the cable which could be incorporated into the neck shaping. The other two cables were chosen because the scale worked nicely with the center panel.
After all the design elements were assembled, I searched for a name that was feminine and classic but not saccharine and finally found it in fiction: Matalina, the ethereally beautiful four-inch tall fairy wife with a heart of gold and nerves of steel from Kim Harrison’s novel “Dead Witch Walking”.
After the Matalina pattern was accepted by Interweave Knits, I began eagerly checking the mail for the yarn that Interweave had chosen. When I first heard that the yarn I was getting was a single ply, I was nervous that the cables would be obscured by the puffiness of the yarn. Once I saw the yarn swatched up, I knew that I’d had no reason to be nervous. Schoppel-Wolle’s Cashmere Queen is ever-so-slightly felted which keeps the yarn from overwhelming the stitch pattern, but it still has just enough of the lightness and halo of a single ply. And the green colour was bright enough to be cheerful but not so bright as to be overbearing.
Knitting up this cabled sweater on US Size 5 / 3.75 mm needles on a tight deadline will forever be near the top of my list when I think of my knitting accomplishments. Fortunately, it’s never that difficult to spend long hours with cashmere and silk running through your fingers. Never the less, it was with a great sense of accomplishment that I blocked this sweater the day before it needed to go off in the mail. That good feeling flattened like wet angora when I looked down at the sweater and found a mistake in the cable. One that could not be fixed without ripping out at least two weeks of work. One that I had no hope of fixing in time. One that stayed in the sweater can be seen in the magazine’s photographs.
And no, I’m not going to tell you where the mistake is!
A finished sweater! I always take a snapshot of my finished sweaters before mailing them off because I’m terrified that something will happen to it in transit and I’ll have no proof that I’ve done all that work.
We introduced Hikoo Kenzie a couple of years back, and it has been so successful because it’s a soft, wearable tweed at a versatile worsted-weight gauge. We’re excited to introduced Kenzie’s bulkier cousin, HiKoo Kenzington!
It knits up at 3 1/2-4 stitches per inch on a US 9-11 needle, so the timing is perfect for holiday gift knitting. The lightweight chainette construction means you’ll get stitch definition without being weighed down with a heavy garment or accessory! Feast your eyes on the beautiful color palette:
Kenzington will be arriving in stores in the next few weeks! We have a new free magalog coming soon, too, which has some great free patterns using this great yarn. In the meantime, there are over 11,000 patterns in Ravelry that have this gauge and recommended needle size. That should keep you busy for a little while!
Our next The Fiber Factor KAL (beginning November 2nd) is the Evolution Shawl by designer and contestant Rachel Henry. She shares her thoughts on the design and yarn selection process in today’s guest post. Be sure to check out all the gorgeous Evolution Shawls that are already posted on Ravelry, pick up your yarn and get ready to cast on! You’ll have a gorgeous FO in time for holiday gifting (or wearing)!
It’s been more than a year since I received the details of the very first challenge of The Fiber Factor. I was so excited to open the box and get started! The challenge itself was wide open: “Knit Your Life!” declared the judges. The unassuming cardboard box contained a wealth of gorgeous yarn, and each ball cried out for swatching.
I had already decided that the best representation of my life (or, at the very least, my knitterly life) was a big lacy/textured shawl with lots of complexity and flow. Stitch dictionaries spread around me, I swatched with my first choice yarn: Leinen Los (left). I had a serious crush on that yarn! Alas, it proved too fantastic in and of itself and the lace pattern could barely be seen. I moved on to my second choice yarn, Unisono right), and found happiness there.
The stitch patterns I chose for Evolution begin simply and flow into each other with increasing complexity. The shawl shape is my personal favorite: six increases on every right-side row form the body into a graceful curve that is easy to wear and has an appealing flourish.
I made charts and a spreadsheet to track my progress – knitting on a short deadline requires organizational skills and commitment! Each day I knit my scheduled allotment of stitches, and I finished with time to spare.
I had hoped for a more enthusaistic reception from the judges … if I recall correctly, one of the criticisms was that the color changes of self-striping Unisono obscured the stitch patterns. With time I’ve come to accept that this is true, not least because I’ve recently re-knit Evolution in a solid color myself. It is much more serene than the vibrant original, and the stitch patterns shine. I’ll never give up my love of colorful self-striping yarn, I promise, but I have learned that sometimes a little restraint goes a long way.
A well-balanced blend of wool, nylon, and acrylic, this voluminous fiber works up effortlessly on US 13 needles, providing wonderful drape and stitch definition. Each hank is 110 yards and 200 grams.
Available in 24 colors, Zumie is available through your LYS or local HiKoo stockist.
Playing on Zumie’s quick-knit element, each hank features two complimentary patterns printed on the inside of the banding (for those seeking some instant gratification). The hat or cowl can each be knit with just one skein! They will definitely be my go-to gift knit this fall.
The pattern uses a cool slip-stitch ribbing technique, which you can see demonstrated on our YouTube channel, Skacelevision.
Zumie will begin arriving in shops in mid-to-late June. These projects are perfect vacation knitting, so be sure to pick up a few skeins. You can knock out some holiday gifts before school starts!