We’ve received lots of new and returning yarns in the past few weeks. There’s a lot to catch up on!
Take a look at new Rowan Felted Tweed Colour – wow! Rowan took some of our favorite solids of original Felted Tweed, magically stirred them together, and created eight amazing gradient colors.
Colour is the same smooth, tweedy DK base of merino wool/alpaca/viscose as original Felted Tweed, but now the colors blend beautifully into one another, ever so gradually.
You can see this slow color change in the Mist* cardigan by Kim Hargreaves, part of the debut Felted Tweed Colour pattern collection from Rowan…
…and also here in Savoy*, a poncho from Martin Storey, another design from the same collection.
New to Felted Tweed? You’re in for a treat! For a small project to sample either the solid or gradient shades, my Tree Hollow* fingerless gloves take just one ball. Pattern is available free at the shop with yarn purchase.
We’re also introducing another Rowan yarn this fall – Brushed Fleece, a bulky weight with absolutely no bulk. It’s a light, fluffy, super soft blend of extra fine merino wool and baby alpaca. Brushed Fleece has been a Rowan staple for several years, and it’s easy to see why – it provides cozy, snuggly warmth without weight.
While a natural for hats and scarves, keep it in mind for fashion sweaters such as the Sucre Cardigan, a free Rowan pattern.
Le Mont Royal, a free pattern from Espace Tricot, is a shrug when it’s buttoned and a scarf when it’s not. Designed to be knit with Brushed Fleece, it’s easy to make and easy to wear.
This plummy version of the Churchmouse Two-Point Cowl* was also designed for Brushed Fleece.
The Victoria muffler, a free pattern Quail Studio/Rowan, would be great for Brushed Fleece, although going down one or more needle sizes is an option to consider. (But those pompoms are a must!)
I’ll be using Brushed Fleece with two of my favorite free patterns from Churchmouse, the Minimalist Hat and the Very Gifted Cowl, both of which are written for multiple yarn weights. Quick gift knits, anyone?
We have 14 of the newest colors of Malabrigo Sock, inspired by folk and fairy tales. Expect your yarn to have names like “Sneezy,” “Gepetto,” “Three Little Pigs,” “Land of Oz,” and “Alice.” This well-priced, machine washable 100% merino wool is great for socks, of course, but also makes superb shawls, accessories, and baby garments, so let your imagination go where the wild things are!
Below, Malabrigo Sock crocheted in Suncatcher* by Elena Fedotova and knitted in Gold Dust* by Lisa Hannes:
Speaking of fingering weight yarn, more new colors of Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Sock are in!
The last shipment included Practically Perfect Smalls, 81 yard mini skeins. Oh, the possibilities!
Jill used Practically Perfect Sock for her Checks All the Boxes* shawl from designer Cally Monster.
This 80/20 merino wool/nylon yarn has great stitch definition, particularly with mosaic knitting.
Opal returns with the arrival of the Rainforest 17 Collection of Sockenwolle 4 Fach, a.k.a. 4-ply fingering weight. This is the absolute favorite sock yarn of quite a few sock knitters we know.
If you’re not a sock knitter yourself, you can still enjoy the fun of letting self-patterning Opal Sockenwolle do all the work by making a Longstocking Muffler from Churchmouse. Our sample used just one ball, pompoms included.
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted has been fully restocked. This yummy 100% fine highland wool from Peru, a light worsted weight, has been one of our go-to yarns since it was first introduced. We carry both the 50g and 150g hanks. Here is Jill’s Mountain Mist* in Woolstok Worsted, a Tin Can Knits design that’s knit seamlessly from the yoke down.
All the Woolstok colors you’ll need for Michael Vloedman’s sumptuous Gresham Wrap* are now available.
Our customer Tina used our Berroco Aerial held together with a DK weight yarn from a local sheep farm for her beautiful Ystävä* cardigan from Jonna Hietala. I think you’d easily get gauge – and as beautiful a sweater as Tina’s – using either Woolstok or Felted Tweed carried with a silk mohair.
If the Rasta is here, can Fall be far behind? Everyone’s favorite for super quick, super squishy projects, Malabrigo Rasta never disappoints. Always on the lookout for new Rasta-friendly patterns, we’ve recently spotted Kristel Nieves’ Frida Hat*…
… and the Reef Beanie* from Lizzy Knits.
Until “sweata weatha” arrives, there’s nothing “betta” than a poncho or slipover. Jill knit Casapinka’s Noncho* using self-striping Urth Uneek Cotton DK with a solid color of Berroco Modern Cotton DK.
But when the mercury falls, Gina’s ready – she rocked the Rooibos top-down pullover from Amy Christoffers by holding Manos del Uruguay Alegria double – first with other fingering weights from her stash and then with itself toward the hem for a faded effect. She added a clever folded neck, not in the original pattern.
Steven used Malabrigo Silkpaca for his ethereal Titania’s Shawl by Susanna IC. The pattern appeared originally in Interweave Knits, Summer 2017 issue. This lace would be well met by moonlight…
I pulled out some organic cotton yarn from my deep stash to make this baby set. Berroco Modern Cotton DK would be my choice to make it again. The sweater is Wee Liesl* by Ysolda Teague. The bonnet and booties are Florence* by Kate Gagnon Osborn.
Molly knit her heathery Malt blanket from the Tin Can Knits Simple Collection with Berroco Vintage Worsted. Time after time, the 12 patterns in The Simple Collection prove to be a knitter’s favorite “first” – first hat, first scarf, first mittens – and we recommend them over and over.
Joanne took a break from her knockout sock knitting to whip up a washcloth of smooth Berroco Pima 100.
I’ll end with an inspiring gallery of original shawls from our customer Yael. These six come from a much larger collection of over 200! She literally makes the patterns up as she knits and crochets, adding beads and embellishments, choosing yarns for their colors and textures. We’re proud that so many come from GYI. (More shots on Instagram.) Enjoy her creative, imaginative designs!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!