Our newest yarns have something in common. Ultra Wool DK, Uneek Cotton DK, and Modern Cotton DK all happen to be — you guessed it! — DK weight, which is just what you’ll want for Casapinka’s Noncho pattern giveaway celebrating National Bubble Tea Day on April 30 (yup, apparently that’s a real thing). But a bit of backstory first.
The 4th Annual LYS Day was April 17th. The fact that it was even held surprised a lot of folks — the 3rd Annual event last spring had to be canceled, then it was re-scheduled for fall, then the original sponsoring group TNNA technically disbanded, so there was far less hoopla. The designer Casapinka, who’s a big supporter of local yarn stores and independent dyers, learned too late about the scheduling of LYS Day 2021 to organize one of her exclusive freebies by the 17th but rallied to create Noncho to show her LYS love.
When you purchase your DK weight yarn from GYI for Noncho on Friday, April 30, or Saturday, May 1, we’ll give you a download code for the pattern, but PLEASE NOTE — the code expires at 11:59 p.m., EDT, May 2. Noncho, a 2- or 3-color “not-a-poncho,” will eventually be released in a fingering weight version, too.
Another LYS Day pattern/yarn promotion that we’re glad has been extended comes from the designer Shaina Bilow and Manos del Uruguay yarns. Bilow is making her Garden State shawl pattern, below, available free (regularly $6.50) with an LYS purchase of Manos del Uruguay Alegria through the end of April. You’ll get the download code with your purchase of Alegria at GYI this week. Aren’t the eyelet “flowers” knit right into the stripes pretty? The crocheted flowers sewn on the edge are a sweet touch. Of course, you could eliminate them completely or make more and trim the entire hem.
And we have both soft pastel and bright floral shades of Alegria for your Garden State:
Now about those new yarns… two of our favorite yarns got a spring trim. We now carry Ultra Wool DK (machine washable 100% wool) and Modern Cotton DK (60% Pima cotton/40% Modal rayon) from Berroco. These thinner yarns make fabrics that are lighter and more comfortable to wear than their heftier worsted weight cousins — think needle sizes US 5-6 rather than US 7-8. They are perfect “baby yarns.” And, boy, have we had requests lately for soft yarns for baby blankets, sweaters, and bonnets — the pandemic baby boom is real!
Above is my favorite bare naked color, Cream 8301. Below, our 20 colors of Ultra Wool DK on the top shelf of our Great Wall of Berroco, above restocked Vintage Worsted shades.
A random octet, showing both solids and heathers:
And here is the always cool Modern Cotton DK:
My baby blanket adaptation of Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*, shown below in the color Piper, was knit in the worsted version of Modern Cotton, but a DK version of the blanket would be fantastic! (I’d just widen the garter stitch borders slightly to keep it the same size.) For a chart-free, more “mindless” pattern for a baby blanket, I’d go with Summer Sidewalk, a free pattern from Fifty Four Ten Studio.
For a new shop model of Modern Cotton DK, I vow I am going to make Jujuba, a free Norah Gaughan pattern that I’ve wanted to make for 10 years. (You read that right — ten years.)
Gaughan’s pattern uses a highly unconventional construction method to make the sweater nearly seamless. The directions seem to defy logic, but, encouraged by project notes on Ravelry, I am determined to unlock its secrets! I already know I want to give the pattern a few tiny tweaks, including a neat trick from Roxanne Richardson to reduce the bulk of the center seam: “Finessing the Three-Needle Bind-Off.” I will be posting about my Jujuba adventure here. (KAL, anyone?)
Our new self-striping Urth Uneek Cotton DK would be a great choice for a sweater knit side-to-side like Jujuba if you — like me — prefer to wear your stripes vertically. The colors in this yarn are amazing! A shop sample is already in the works — an asymmetric shawl that combines the Uneek Cotton with the solid color Modern Cotton DK. More about it also in a future post.
Bobbles are very, very “in” right now, and Berroco kicks off their latest Cardi Party Make-Along with a free cardigan pattern this week that’s a bobble lover’s dream come true: Amy Christoffers’ Sebec cardigan, knit from the bottom up with a v-neck and set in sleeves. Yarn is their worsted Pima 100, always in good supply at GYI. The Cardi Party begins May 14 and runs through June 25; details are on the Berroco Makers Group on Facebook. If you’d like to join the Party but make a different Berroco cardigan pattern, there are lots to choose from. You’ll get your pattern free with the code BerrocoCardiParty2 on Berroco’s website or Berroco’s Ravelry Store. (Code is good only for one Berroco pattern, not patterns from their partner brands Lopi, Lang Yarns, Amano, or Wool Addicts.)
Keep in mind that Berroco’s 123 DropShip Program is still going strong; available kits are shown here, and we can always order any amount/color of any Berroco or partner brand yarn for you for direct shipment to your home. (Is it time to start on a Lopi sweater for next winter?)
Look, a few new colors of Rowan Felted Tweed have just popped in! Check out that intense Sulfur yellow.
Several customers, admiring our Malabrigo Mechita fingering weight yarn dyed in Malabrigo’s new Speckled Collection style, have asked, “how will this look knit up?” Well, a lot like this:
On my needles, above, is an in-progress Scalene* shawl from Carina Spencer in the Speckled Collection’s Island colorway. It will be an FO by the next post.
I have but one lone customer FO to feature this post, but it’s a stunner: Joanne made her gorgeous Through the Trees reversible cowl in Knittinbro Sock colorways Secret Code and All of the Lights. The pattern comes from George Cullen; it appeared in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 35: Winter 2020.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at GYI.